Opening Day in baseball is the best time of the year. Especially in beautiful Denver, Colorado.
I’m from Wyoming, a state not really known for baseball. Only 14 players have ever made it to the big leagues out of Wyoming. Wyoming is one of the few states that doesn’t have baseball programs specific to its high schools. As I grew older, I started to understand the game more, and the game became a part of my life. Baseball was part of my daily routine during the spring and summer until I turned 18.
As a kid I’d always go to Colorado Rockies games with my dad. Even though I’m a true Boston Red Sox fan, Rockies games were still the time of my life growing up. Once I was older, I went from going to games with my dad, to going with my teammates and girlfriend.
Rockies games have always been the summer go-to for me, even though the Rockies have not always been a good team. The Rockies have only made the postseason four times in the team’s 24 years of existence. The Rockies’ lack of success would never stop me from going to watch them. For me it was just about being a fan of baseball and watching these professionals make a living off a game I love.
One experience in 2013 that I will never forget is when I got to see former Rockie legend Todd Helton play in his last game at Coors Field, and hit a home run in his first at bat.
When it comes to popularity, the Red Sox are in a different class compared to the Rockies. The Red Sox are only rivaled in popularity by the likes of the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, so fans wanted to see them play. It was amazing seeing famous stars like David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia play live when the only time I’ve seen them is on TV and video games.
With the popular Red Sox in town, and it being Helton’s last home game, there was a massive outing of fans. It was a one ball, one strike count on Helton, when Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy threw a sinker pitch right down the middle of the plate that Helton hit a mile. I’ve never experienced anything so loud, I couldn’t even hear myself yell. It was phenomenal, something you could never make up in a movie, even though the home run came off my favorite team.
Another experience I’ve had at Rockies games that I will never forget came from the most recent game I attended. On April 11, 2018, my girlfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary and figured there was no better way to celebrate than going to a Rockies game. They were playing the San Diego Padres and it was the perfect way to celebrate since both of us are Rockies fans.
It was a beautiful day and we had seats pretty much behind home plate, 12 rows up, by far the best seats I’ve ever sat in at a game. The game was full of high tensions, since in the previous game pitchers from both teams hit opposing players that were up to bat.
The first time Rockies shortstop Trevor Story was up to bat, he was hit by a pitch. Third baseman Nolan Arenado didn’t like seeing his teammate hit, by the way it looked on how he stared at the pitcher, but let it go. The next time Arenado was up to bat, he was also almost hit by a pitch.The 96 mile per hour pitch sailed right behind him. As soon as this happened Arenado charged the mound to fight the Padres pitcher, Luis Perdomo. As Arenado was charging the mound, Perdomo threw his glove at him and then ran away.
No punches were directly landed, but it was still such a rush and something I wasn’t expecting. The scuffle lasted about 10 minutes, with punches and players shoving one another, even after Arenado had been separated from the group. I could hear cursing and yelling from one team to the other.
The Rockies ended up winning, with closing pitcher Wade Davis striking out Padres catcher Austin Hedges to hold onto the narrow victory 6-4.
These are just two personal experiences that make Rockies games so special. One never knows when a moment like this will happen and that alone is a good reason to get out of town for a day and enjoy a Rockies games.
During the summer I love being at a baseball field. I’m majoring in Mass Media at LCCC to hopefully one day become a baseball play-by-play announcer for the Rockies or the Red Sox.