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Opening Day at home: Watch the biggest moments in Colorado Rockies history

Posted: 11:33 AM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 13:34:31-04
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The Rockies today were supposed to be in San Diego, beginning their 2020 season against the Padres. Yet here we are, with no baseball in sight.

The coronavirus pandemic put the Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball on hold until at least May, if not longer. Fortunately, MLB's searchable video archive holds thousands of clips from over the years, enough to keep you busy until baseball returns.

Let's take a dive into some of the biggest moments in Rockies history. We'll go in chronological order, beginning way back in 1993, when the upstart franchise called Mile High Stadium home.

April 9, 1993: First win in Rockies history

Charlie Hayes homered in the win.

And by the end of the year, the Rockies broke the MLB single-season attendance record at 4,054,587. Here's some footage from Mile High Stadium on Sept. 17, 1993.

April 26, 1995: Dante Bichette hits walk-off homer in Coors Field opener

Now that's how you open a stadium.

Oct. 1, 1995: Rockies clinch wild card for first-ever playoff berth

Curtis Leskanic got a groundout against the San Francisco Giants to send Colorado to the playoffs.

Aug. 2, 1997: Todd Helton's first career homer

A young Todd Helton smacked his first home run, a solo shot, in Pittsburgh. He'd go on to hit 368 more.

July 7, 1998: Coors Field host the All-Star game.

April 8, 2003: Helton reaches base seven times

Four hits, three walks. Have a day, Todd Helton.

Sept. 4, 2006: Tulo's first career homer

A 21-year-old Troy Tulowitzki found the seats for the first time with a solo shot to center field against the Padres.

Oct. 1, 2007: Holliday safe at home to send Rockies to playoffs

A line-out from Jamey Carroll was enough for Matt Holliday to tag up from third and score the game-winner in the 2007 Wild Card game.

Oct. 15, 2007: Rockies sweep D-Backs to head to World Series

Watch the biggest moment in franchise history, as it happened.

Oct. 28, 2007: Holliday homers in the World Series

The Rockies' only World Series appearance didn't turn out the way they wanted. But this three-run blast from Matt Holliday was still a cool moment at Coors Field.

April 29, 2013: Arenado's first hit

Nolan Arenado, now among the game's best power hitters, got his first MLB hit on an infield single.

Sept. 25, 2013: Helton homers in final game at Coors Field

You couldn't have written a better ending for Helton's career at Coors Field.

Oct. 2, 2018: Rockies beat Cubs in the wild card game

The Rockies have gone through an up-and-down stretch in recent years, but their 2018 Wild Card win at Chicago was a highlight.