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Top 10 moments in Rox history
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04/08/2003  1:00 PM ET 
Top 10 moments in Rox history
By Allison Ann Otto / MLB.com

Dante Bichette was a member of the 1995 NL Wild Card Rockies. (David Zalubowski/AP)
April 9, 1993: The Rockies host Montreal on Opening Day at Mile High Stadium before a Major League record crowd of 80,227. Eric Young homers to lead off the bottom of the first. Colorado wins, 11-4, behind Bryn Smith who blanks the Expos for seven innings.

April 26, 1995: The Rockies play their first game at Coors Field. Dante Bichette knocks a three-run homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to give Colorado an 11-9 victory over the New York Mets.

October 1, 1995: The Rockies complete just their third season by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 10-9, to claim the National League Wild Card berth. No previous expansion team had made the postseason before its eighth season.

July 7, 1998: The American League beat the National League, 13-8, in the highest-scoring All-Star game in history. Roberto Alomar, the son of Colorado's current third base coach, Sandy Alomar, wins the MVP award.

October 6, 1995: Consecutive RBI singles by Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla in the top of the 10th inning give the Rockies their only playoff victory -- 7-5 in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. Although Atlanta won the best-of-five series, 3-1, the Rockies held a lead in every game.

August 23, 2001: Jason Jennings becomes the first player in MLB history to pitch a complete-game shutout and hit a home run in his major league debut, a 10-0 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.

September 28, 1996: Ellis Burks steals second base and the Rockies become the first Major League team to steal 200 bases and hit 200 home runs in the same season.

April 4, 1999: Colorado and San Diego open the season in Monterrey, Mexico and become the first teams to open a Major League season outside of the U.S. or Canada. The Rockies win, 8-2.

May 5, 1999: The Rockies become just the third team in the 20th century to score in every inning of a nine-inning game in a 13-6 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

July 10, 2001: After years of seeing their climate ruin their pitchers, the Rockies send left-hander Mike Hampton to SAFECO Field in Seattle -- where he becomes the first Colorado pitcher to participate in an All-Star Game.

Allison Ann Otto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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