Established in 1991, the Colorado Rockies are one of the newest teams to be added to Major League Baseball. Playing their games in Denver, Colorado, the Rockies didn't actually play their first game until 1993. The came into the league the same year as the Florida Marlins. The team's first game was April 5, 1993 against the New York Mets. Starting pitcher David Nied received the loss as the Rockies were beaten 3-0. The Rockies lost every game in the series, but won their first ever home game against the Montreal Expos. The game was played in front of over 80,000 fans, the largest crowd to ever attend a regular reason baseball game.
The Rockies struggled in their first season, winning 67 games. Nonetheless, the team set a record for overall attendance that may never be broken. A large reason for that is they played in Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos. With a larger seating capacity than other stadiums and a ton of interest in the city's first team, Denver residents supported the team in an unprecedented way.
In 1995, the Rockies made their first playoff appearance. The team racked up 77 wins to steal the Wild Card spot. Behind the bats of Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, and Dante Bichette, the team lost to the Braves in the first round of the playoffs.
In 1997, Larry Walker became the first player in team history to win the National League Most Valuable Player award. Walker hit .366 with 49 home runs and 130 RBI. There was some controversy surrounding those numbers, however, as hitters have and still do hit better in Denver. Since Coors Field is a mile above sea level, the air is thinner and the ball travels further. Despite deeper fences than anywhere else in the league, the stadium is said to be the easiest in which to hit a home run. Because of this, the team's ERA has always been poor.
The Rockies experienced only modest success until 2007, when the team made it to the World Series. The season was a memorable one for Colorado, as they shot up the standings for one of the most remarkable comebacks ever. They won 20 of their final 28 games, including 14 of their last 15, to overcome a six-game deficit on September 1. They tied the San Diego Padres in record and were forced to play a wild card play-in game. The game lasted 13 innings, and the Rockies won after overcoming a two-run deficit in that inning.
Colorado went on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League playoffs. They eventually lost to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.