And off the field, the Rockies players recently proved that the “Rockies’ Way” is the right way. Last summer, a minor league coach in the Rockies farm system, Mike Coolbaugh, was killed by a line drive while coaching at first base. The Rockies players have now voted a full share of the team’s playoff money for the coach’s family. And the Coolbaugh’s two sons, five-year-old Joseph and three-year-old Jacob, threw out the first pitch of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. General Manager O’Dowd “almost started crying” when he learned what the Rockies had done. He said, “It was very emotional for me. It really went to the core of the character we’ve worked so hard to bring to this organization.”
With all the news these days about steroids, cheating, and felony arrests, modern-day pro sports needs a story about the good guys. And athletes need the reminder that it is possible to excel both as a player and as a human being—that character counts. And as for this Red Sox fan, well, I am going to be happy however the series turns out.