• Stepping Up
• Dia Del Nino
• Blue Moon Brewing Co.
• Tees for Charity
• #Snowseries x2
• Player Spotlight
• Turning it Back
• Community Spotlight
EY JR. STEPPING UP
"STEALING SOME SMARTS"
Eric Young Jr. has been stepping up to make a difference in the community, lending a hand in Denver through a variety of different projects. Young and his wife, Victoria, spent a few afternoons at Children's Hospital Colorado to brighten the days of young patients before Spring Training, and EY Jr. recently launched a program to promote literacy in Denver.
Along with partners Denver Public Libraries and Volunteers of America, EY Jr.'s six-month "Stealing Some Smarts" program, which started on April 20, features Young leading public literacy events on Saturdays throughout the season.
While the first two sessions are designed for pre-kindergarten and elementary school children, one of the special things about Stealing Some Smarts is that it's not just targeted toward kids. Realizing the importance of adult literacy and the need to encourage reading for men and women of all ages, each session-April 20, May 18, June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 21-is designed to reach a different age group, with the final two sessions geared towards adults.
Every Stealing Some Smarts event takes place at a different Denver Public Library branch and EY Jr. chooses books to share during the assembly, reading to younger scholars and leading book discussions for older students.
With EY Jr.'s lead, the Stealing Some Smarts program is a step toward improving the lives of men, women and children in Denver. Look for much more on EY Jr.'s Stealing Some Smarts program in the upcoming June issue of Rockies Magazine.
DIA DEL NIÑO
ROCKIES TAKE PART IN THE CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM
On Sunday, April 28, the city of Denver celebrated El Dia del Niño (Children's Day) by hosting a number of celebrations throughout the city. Various museums and the zoo had free entrance for families to celebrate this day. The biggest celebration, with over 3,500 kids in attendance, plus parents or guardians, was held at the Denver Art Museum and the Rockies were on hand to help with the festivities.
Dinger made an appearance at the Art Museum and, as usually is the case at events with young children, was incredibly popular, signing autographs and posing for photos. The Rockies also donated VIP ticket certificates to be given to lucky winners and purple T-shirts for kids in attendance at various Children's Day events.
In total, there were a total of 12 cultural groups that performed throughout the day and activities for the kids included free admission the Denver Art Museum, creating and painting their own Aztec hats, learning the Mayan language, making their own cultural necklaces and watching magic shows. Other celebrations for this holiday were held at the Denver Zoo, St. Cajetans Church and one in Greeley, Colo., organized by a local non-profit organization.
NEW BREW, NEW LOOK, NEW HOURS
20TH ANNIVERSARY ALE AND THE REDESIGNED BLUE MOON BREWING CO.
In the spirit of celebrating 20 years of Rockies Baseball, the Blue Moon Brewing Co. and brewmaster John Legnard chose to commemorate the occasion by creating a limited-release brew available only at Coors Field this season. The 20th Anniversary Ale was born.
As part of the promotion of this special beer, the Rockies and Blue Moon launched a contest where fans were asked to write a creative, hypothetical description of the beer. The winner of the 20th Anniversary Collaborative Brew Writing Contest was Mary Lee Holbrook who wrote the following description:
Like CarGo's sweet swing, Blue Moon's 20th Anniversary Brew is uncommonly smooth and easygoing. It's a refreshing Amber Ale built with all the right players, home-grown and imported hops and Abbey malt. Just as 1993 was the exciting start of a love affair with the Rockies, 2013 is the year to enjoy the beginning of a new beer tradition for the ages!
Not only does the Blue Moon Brewing Co. offer a limited-release brew specifically for the Rockies' 20th Anniversary, starting Thursday, May 2, the brewery will be open on non-game days as well: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (hours subject to change). So Rockies fans and beer aficionados alike can come down to the park to try any variety of seasonal, limited-release and experimental brews, straight from the Blue Moon brewers who have been brewing at Coors Field since 1995.
Stop by and check out the newly redesigned Blue Moon Brewing Co. at the Sandlot starting May 2.
MICHAEL CUDDYER SELLS T-SHIRTS TO HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE
In late April, outfielder Michael Cuddyer launched a new line of T-shirts where $10 from every purchase of a special Cuddy T-shirt goes directly to help purchase a toy-filled birthday gift bag for less fortunate children. A partnership with Cheerful Givers, an organization with whom Cuddyer has a longstanding relationship, and 108stitches.com, birthday bags are sent to children at shelters, so less fortunate parents can provide their children with birthday gifts.
#SNOWSERIES AND #SNOWSERIES2
The return of baseball usually means that the temperature begins to rise and summer is on the way. But every once in a while in Colorado, especially in April, Mother Nature challenges the Rocky Mountain Region with the occasional spring blanket of rain and snow. This was never more evident than this month, with unprecedented snowfall totals that caused some improvisation on behalf of the Rockies.
With the New York Mets in town, the Denver Metro area had grim weather reports. After the first game of the series was postponed on Monday, April 15, a doubleheader was scheduled the next day to make up the snowed-out game. Weather reports called for snow to slow down overnight, but after Denver received 8-10 inches of snow that night, Tuesday morning became a scramble to ensure two games could be played. As Rockies front office employees began to arrive at work, an organic movement of about a hundred staff members left their offices or cubicles and began to aid the grounds crew in shoveling Coors Field, helping to clear the snow so games could be played. Shovel by shovel, cart by cart, an estimated 250 tons of snow was removed from Coors Field and the Rockies ended up sweeping the Mets in what was dubbed on Rockies social media as the #SnowSeries.
What should have been a once-in-a-lifetime Coors Field shoveling situation turned into a once-in-a-two-week thing as another big snow hit the following Monday when the Rockies hosted the Atlanta Braves. Once again, Rockies front office employees were called into action alongside the grounds crew, as 3-5 inches had to be cleared from the field. #SnowSeries2. With a system in place the second time around, the snow removal process was smoother and the Tuesday, April 23, doubleheader began on time.
While both series were cold and there were sore muscles abound for Rockies front office staff, #SnowSeries and #SnowSeries2 won't soon be forgotten and were a, well, interesting way to end a successful homestand.
TURNING IT BACK
"TURN BACK THE CLOCK NIGHT"
In honor of the first game in Rockies history, April 5, 1993, at Shea Stadium against the New York Mets, the Rockies hosted "Turn Back the Clock Night" on Tuesday, April 17, again against the Mets. While it was a chilly evening, there were many elements throughout the game to flash back to that first-ever Rockies game, including throwback uniforms-the same jerseys and pants worn that day in 1993-"1993" low-tech scoreboard graphics, childhood photos of Rockies player featured on the scoreboard, '90s music and batter intros commemorative bases and more.
It was a special night at the ballpark and a big win over the Mets made it even sweeter.
Acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on February 14, 2013, the Rockies added sure-handed infielder Reid Brignac and a player to be named later or cash from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitchers Alex Reid Brignac to bolster an already strong infield corps. As of April 25, Brignac has a career .973 fielding percentage at shortstop (185 games) and .977 at second base (73 games). While he has limited experience at third, Brignac also figures to see time on the "hot corner" for the Rockies.
Drafted in the second round (45th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Amant (Louisiana) High School, Brignac (pronounced brin-YAK) has a career .227 batting average with 10 home runs and 70 RBI in 272 games. He's had a nice start to the 2013 season, where he's hit .500 (6-for-12) with one or more runners on base, as of April 25.
Brignac made his Major League debut on July 4, 2008, and hit his first Major League home run on September 14, 2009, finishing the game 4-4 with three RBI, a run, a stolen base and a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Juana Bordas is an extremely accomplished and well-respected leader in the Hispanic community, not only in Colorado but nationwide. President of Mestiza Leadership International, an organization that provides "training and organizational services for collaboration, diversity, and effective leadership in the community," she is an outstanding and constant presence in the areas of female empowerment and multicultural leadership.
Bordas is vice president of the board of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a group whose mission is to promote education to create "a better society, one that is more just and more loving, one that provides greater creative opportunity for its people." She is also the author of two books, Salsa, Soul and Spirit and The Power of Latino Leadership and she is founder and/or co-founder of Mi Casa Women's Center, National Hispana Leadership Institute and The Circle of Latina Leadership, all nationally recognized organizations.
A member of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and former Peace Corps volunteer, Bordas was honored as a Wise Woman by the National Center for Women's Policy Studies and she recently served as advisor to Harvard's Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program. Bordas' list of awards, accomplishments and associated organizations goes on and on, and the Rockies are proud to have her as a member of our community.