While out in Colorado for a wedding, Nik and I decided to catch a Rockies game with a few of our friends. The Rockies were playing the Cubs, and since we live in Chicago, we decided we’d root for the Cubs. Also, having Ryan Dempster on my fantasy baseball team helped me root for them.
We parked our rental car and walked a few blocks to Coors Field. The stadium is in downtown Denver and really stands out. From the minute we walked around the exterior, I was impressed. We decided to kill some time before the game at Breckenridge Brewery across from the stadium. We got seats at the bar and enjoyed a few beers.
Once we finally went into the stadium, we walked around the lower concourse. The bullpens are out in right-center field and you can look right into them from an area on the lower concourse. They are some of the most landscaped bullpens I have ever seen.
Further along the lower concourse in the outfield is an area to meet Dinger, the Rockies mascot. There are clearly marked signs about when he’s there and the autograph process. As we continued walking, I noticed how fan friendly the team and stadium are. Dinger was out on the field with a group of kids playing catch! Who else does this before a game?
Later in the game, there were several fan interactions and contests. One included a guy who had to run from left-center field to 2nd base, put the base in place and then run to 1st base in under 20 seconds. He did not complete the contest in time, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an on-field contest like this once a game has begun, even if it was between innings. I should also mention, before the game began, there were kids at each position waiting for the Rockies to take the field. The players all signed autograph’s and then the kids ran off the field.
Our seats were in the upper level, out toward right field. We had a great view for the whole game, even getting a little sunburnt. I would never have expected it to be warmer and sunnier in Denver than here in Chicago.
The game was a run-filled affair, including Seth Smith’s 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st. The Cubs tied it up, and took the lead over the next two innings, but then the Rockies tied it again. It was at this point we started rooting for runs, no matter which team scored them. We just didn’t want extra innings.
The Rockies heard our plea and scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th, which essentially sealed the 9-5 win.
All in all, it was a great weekend in Colorado. Congrats to my friends, Carrie and Chris, on their marriage. And thank you to Denver and Colorado Springs for leaving a good impression on us.
*The full set of Cubs/Rockies pictures are here.