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Opinion: Rockies’ injury brings Royals hope

June 9, 2005

Hey Royals fans -- yeah, I'm talking to you.

You know who you are.

Come on out from behind the curtains and show your face. I have some good news.

It's not about Buddy Bell, although as it turns out it looks like he was a pretty solid selection to replace Tony Pena as the manager of this mess.

It's not about John Buck eating spinach over the weekend and suddenly turning into Popeye either.

No, it's not even really about the Royals.

It's about the Colorado Rockies, and it pains me to mention it.

Monday, the Mile High City's version of the Royals, their National League counterparts, announced something that should give the Royals hope -- an injury to one of their best players.

It seems that rookie sensation Clint Barmes fell down some steps while carrying groceries over the weekend and broke his left clavicle. That, for those of you like me who have no idea about the names of certain body parts, is your collar bone. Don't worry, I had to look it up. I wanted no part of science when I was in school.

The injury will keep Barmes sidelined for at least three months, but it's more likely that he'll miss the rest of the season.

What is it with these Denver athletes and their ill-fated falls?

Just a few years back, then Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese tripped over his dog and missed a few games with an ankle injury.

Oh, how I miss John Elway and the Avalanche.

Getting back to Barmes, his injury will unfortunately keep the Rockies in the race for the worst record in baseball for most of the summer.

I say unfortunately because by birth -- both through geography and brainwashing -- I am a Royals and a Rockies fan. Yikes!

Talk about a bad baseball year for this fan.

Don't get me wrong. The battle between these two teams would be epic if it were to happen. It would be nothing but good guys battling their tails off, and it would probably produce a pretty captivating World Series. Convincing the rest of the baseball world of that would be next to impossible, though, so I'll spare you any more about that.

The thought of a Rockies-Royals fall classic brings back memories of those great KU-K-State football games of the 1980s. You know, the games that people dubbed the "Toilet Bowl."

And that's sad because both teams have great things going for them and lousy luck going against them.

I'm not exactly sure where either franchise has gone wrong. Quite frankly, I think they're both just victims of the modern era of baseball. For Kansas City, a small market team with a tiny fan base and questionable ownership, the battle is purely uphill. And not one that appears to be ending anytime soon.

For the Rockies, a franchise that defined and modernized the current downtown stadiums and the ability to throw cash - literally - at whomever they want, it's the ownership and bad moves that have created the downfall.

Either way you're staring at two franchises on opposite ends of the financial spectrum battling it out for Major League Baseball's worst record.

It will be that way until December, and I'm not sure who I'm picking to prevail.

Like I said, it would be a heck of a series.

And it's a heck of a shame.

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