DENVER (AP) Drenched in bubbly the night the Colorado Rockies clinched a playoff spot, general manager Jeff Bridich soaked up the scene.
Revelries like this haven't come along all that often in Rockies history. Predicted by many to be mediocre this season, the team earned its first postseason appearance since 2009 behind bearded NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon, slick-fielding , heavy-hitting third baseman Nolan Arenado and a young rotation. Asked if his team was ahead of schedule, Bridich pondered the question as he wiped sparkling wine from his eyes.
"Whose schedule?" Bridich said. "We felt like we could be playing meaningful games and postseason games this year. That's exactly what these guys went out and achieved. I don't care about any schedule. ... To have it come together this year with this group is a great feeling."