This past season, the Rockies had delusions of adequacy. Instead of making history with a first-ever division title, they posted the most disappointing year in franchise history.

Sustained success remains elusive.

The 2007 World Series? was followed by the 2008 foot in the bear trap. The remarkable 2009 playoff berth had no encore in 2010.

Entering their 20th season, the Year of the Fan in their marketing efforts, the Rockies' failure places them in great position. There will be no external expectations. They will be picked to finish closer to last than first next spring.