Before there were medals and championships and huge paychecks and fame and glory, athletes competed against each other for one reason: pride.
With the Winter Olympics in full swing, we are getting daily reminders of just what it can mean to the human soul to wear the colors of the place you came from and compete for their honor. In this age of free agency, trades, and constant maneuvering to gain a financial edge, this kind of competition can often feel like the one place where the name on the front of the jersey means more than the name on the back of the jersey.
Unless your name is Kyle Freeland.
Continuing our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the Colorado Rockies 2017 season, we look back at some standout instances where the Denver Nine gave their fans every reason to beam with pride. Especially for one of their own.
Honorable Mention: Sweeping the Dodgers, September 10