• Truly a fantasy
• Wives doing their part
• Kidney aware
• Bedside manner
• Everyone can play
• Individual attention
• Going out with a bang
• Tweeting-up with your friends
• Player spotlight
• Community spotlight
September 6 - Hal O'Leary Awards Dinner, Coors Field
September 16 - Fans on the Field 5K/10K presented by the National Sports Center for the Disabled, Coors Field and other Denver sports venues
September 22 - Hispanic Adult Leadership Award presentation, Coors Field
September 27 - Player "thank you lap" for Fan Appreciation Day, Coors Field
TRULY A FANTASY
Fantasy Camp for Kids
On Friday, August 17, the Rockies partnered with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids for their annual Fantasy Camp for Kids at Jason Jennings Field in Lakewood, Colo.
Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids is a Denver-based organization that regularly teams up with Major League Baseball clubs to provide children from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation the opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball and meet some of their idols in the Major Leagues. The Rockies were the first to begin a working relationship with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, and other MLB clubs have followed suit, including the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.
A number of Rockies players and coaches were on hand to make a difference, including pitchers Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Christian Friedrich, infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco, Hitting Coach Carney Lansford, Bench Coach Tom Runnells and Bullpen Catcher Pat Burgess. Like many of the Rockies clinics, there were various stations throughout the field where the Rockies players and coaches spent time with the kids and taught them fundamentals of the game.
"We treat the kids like big league ballplayers," says Rockies Vice President of Community & Retail Operations Jim Kellogg. "They get jerseys with their names on them, they get hats and they rotate to different stations to learn the skills of baseball. It's just an opportunity for these kids to experience what Major League Baseball players do every day."
As Kellogg says, it's a working camp-not just a photo-op or autograph signing-and the kids work hard as they play the game and practice their skills.
"I can't think of anything that I'd rather do than be out here with these kids and some of the players," Runnells said after last year's event. "Just to see the smiles that they have on their faces, it's just so much fun. It's very gratifying and it's just a wonderful day for everyone who's involved here."
And Runnells, Belisle and Burgess must still enjoy spending a day at the camp because they've been back to help out multiple years in a row.
WIVES DOING THEIR PART
Rockies Wives Charity Events
The Rockies players take their responsibilities as role models and community leaders seriously. And so do their wives and girlfriends.
The always-popular Rockies Wives Charity Baskets silent auction was on July 28, featuring autographs and unique items that each wife puts in a basket to represent her husband. The wives also hosted a booth on the main concourse to collect donations, with all proceeds going to the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund, and the annual Rockies Wives Grab Bags event on August 17 and 18 added to that number.
By the end of the season, the wives will have raised $40,000 for Rockies charities and due to the outpouring of support from Rockies fans over the past few years, the Rockies wives have raised over $100,000 in support of their charity endeavors.
On Saturday, August 11, the Rockies and corporate partner, DaVita, hosted the DaVita Kidney Rock 5K Run/Walk at Coors Field.
Over 1,300 runners and walkers took to the streets of Lower Downtown Denver to raise awareness for kidney disease. DaVita, one of the nation's foremost authorities on treatment and care of those suffering from kidney disease, has been headquartered in Denver since 2009, but the company has long been one of the most well-known and active organizations for kidney care.
The Kidney Rock 5K featured a scenic tour around LoDo, with Coors Field at the center of the action, with live music, food and drink, kids' areas, free kidney screenings and much more. The Rockies were proud to have been involved in an event as fun and important as the DaVita Kidney Rock 5K.
University Hospital Visit
After the terrible tragedy at the Aurora movie theater on July 20, the state of Colorado, as well as the nation as a whole, was reeling from the news that there were 40 people who were killed or injured during the shooting.
On July 26, their first day back in town after a road trip, a group of Rockies players and coaches went to University Hospital in Aurora to meet with some of the victims of the shooting, give them words of encouragement and take their mind off their treatment. It was also a time to meet some of the doctors and nurses who stepped up to the plate in the heat of the moment.
"Getting in at three in the morning and coming in on our off day? That can't even come close to what's going on here," outfielder Michael Cuddyer told The Denver Post. "There wasn't even a thought not to come. To be able to brighten somebody's day, even if we are with them for just five minutes, is huge."
Altogether, over a dozen Rockies players and coaches spent part of their off-day at the hospital. The Rockies continue to send thoughts, prayers and condolences to those affected by this senseless tragedy.
EVERYONE CAN PLAY
National Sports Center for the Disabled Clinic
On August 3, the Rockies and the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) teamed up for their annual baseball skills clinic at Keli McGregor Field at Coca-Cola All-Star Park in Lakewood, Colo.
The NSCD is one of the world's leading organizations when it comes to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sports. They've been doing great work since 1970.
"We have programs in the Denver area and in Winter Park," says Diane Eustace, marketing director for the NSCD. "We do skiing, both Nordic and alpine, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing. We provide opportunities so that people with disabilities can participate in any sport or activity that able-bodied people can do; we adapt it for them."
The clinic is a special time for kids with disabilities and their families, but it's also a day the Rockies enjoy.
"It's a good dose of perspective," says Rockies relief pitcher Matt Belisle, a volunteer at this year's camp. "It's a wonderful thing to be able to put on the jersey and light up some kids' eyes."
Dexter's Double Dozen
Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler and his fiancé, Aliya, recently began a program called "Dexter's Double Dozen." Fowler selects a group of 24 people-designed to coincide with his jersey number-and treats them to a Rockies game, providing tickets, T-shirts, concessions and a meet-and-greet with Dexter himself. The groups vary from month to month and Dex has hosted school kids of varying ages and families affected by the Waldo Canyon fires.
For Dexter, it's all about giving back to Rockies fans and treating special people to a night at the ballpark that might not otherwise enjoy the opportunity.
GOING OUT WITH A BANG
Year of the Fan in September
The Rockies have enjoyed rolling out the red carpet for you this year during Year of the Fan, but there's still plenty going on in September for you to enjoy before the 2012 season is over.
There are two Purple Mondays to enjoy at Coors Field, on Sept. 10 and 24. Make sure to come out to the ballpark in your purple and you could win one of several major prizes.
You can win a trip to the World Series in the LIKE, Save & Win Sweepstakes. All you have to do is LIKE the Rockies on Facebook and enter the sweepstakes. And make sure to SHARE it with your friends because it will give you more chances to win the grand prize of a trip to the 2012 World Series or any of the other prizes along the way.
There will be a Fan Appreciation Fireworks Game on Sept. 21 when the Rockies take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Of course, nobody does fireworks like the Rockies, so make sure to get in on the action!
Don't miss the unique promotional giveaway on Sept. 27: a fan-designed T-shirt for everyone who comes to Coors Field on the last home game of the season vs. the Chicago Cubs. Make sure to get the first-ever fan designed shirt!
One of the most popular events for the Rockies social media crowd is back!
The second full-scale ROCK SOCIAL of the year is scheduled for Monday, August 27, when the Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. All ROCK SOCIAL events include an outstanding ticket special (two tickets for $24), prize giveaways through the fifth inning, unique perks, special opportunities and much more.
And let this announcement of ROCK SOCIAL serve as a reminder to follow the Rockies on all of their social media channels: Facebook, Twitter (@Rockies and @LosRockies), Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr, all with their own unique features for you to enjoy. Visit coloradorockies.com/connect for more info.
Albuquerque, N.M., native Jordan Pacheco has made a name for himself with the Rockies this season. Coming up through the farm system, Pacheco, 26, had played catcher exclusively, hitting .308 with 29 home runs and 295 RBI in five Minor League seasons. When he made it to the Majors last September, however, Pacheco began to man the corner infield positions, seeing most of his playing time at third base.
In 90 games in the Majors this season, Pacheco is hitting .312 with two home runs and 33 RBI. Pacheco's .312 batting average leads all National League rookies and is second in the Majors, behind only Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
Pacheco has also shown excellent poise at the plate, including the ability to come through late in games and with runners in scoring position. Through August 20, Pacheco is hitting .370 with runners in scoring position, .600 with a runner at third base and .295 with two outs.
Pacheco has showed excellent consistency in his rookie year and he's a player to watch going forward.
Lucia S. Aandahl
Lucia S. Aandahl is a true leader in the community, especially when it comes to education.
Lucia was a longtime teacher in the Denver Public Schools system and now serves as the president of the Denver Public Schools Retired Employees Association (DPSREA). While she has touched and helped shape many students' lives over the years, Lucia, through the DPSREA, has successfully networked in a variety of areas and continues to serve the community. The DPSREA has a number of important functions for retired teachers, including ensuring that retired DPS employees maintain their voice with the Board of Education and Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association. But the DPSREA also keeps its members updated with current information on their health insurance, benefits and other services, as well as organizing social gatherings, guest speakers and other events where they can keep in touch with friends and former colleagues.
Lucia was also recently named the winner of the 2012 Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award, presented by the Denver Public Library to the "Colorado resident of Latino descent who has taken an active role in the community, above and beyond paid employment." For the award, the recipient must have "made an impact on the cultural life of the community through his or her involvement with the Denver Public Library or another civic institution." Lucia has certainly done that, and she will be honored at the awards celebration on September 15, helping to kick off Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month.
Lucia is also an active member of Centro San Juan Diego, serving as a mentor for other young leaders through the Las Madrinas program.