• Hitting the road
• Mother of all deals
• Celebrating two decades
• New and improved
• Player Spotlight
HITTING THE ROAD
When the Rockies Spring Training schedule was released early last month, there were a couple games that jumped off the page. For one, the Rockies hosted Team USA at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 6, a game the Rockies won 8-7, and the club was set to finish the spring in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a matchup against the Seattle Mariners.
The Spring Training finale in Salt Lake gave the Rockies a chance to visit an important city in the club's market and a perfect opportunity for a road trip! So Dinger packed up his van, grabbed a couple friends from the Rockies Community Relations and Marketing Departments and hit the road. Destination Salt Lake City.
The #SLCRoadTrip, as it was dubbed on social media, began at 6 a.m. on Thursday, March 28 as Dinger and his friends set sail from Coors Field. The group had planned a number of stops along the way, photo opportunities and fan meet-and-greets, including appearances in Vail, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, Colo., as well as Moab and Provo, Utah, before finally reaching their final destination in Salt Lake. Every stop along the way was met with great enthusiasm from Rockies fans who were following the road trip on social media, including an especially memorable stop at the Rockies' Rookie League affiliate the Grand Junction Rockies, who arranged an event for fans at a local restaurant.
After leaving Colorado's Western Slope and crossing the Utah State Line, Dinger and the group made a southern detour to see the famous rock formations at Arches National Park in Moab. With a simple mention on social media and no scheduled arrival time, several fans showed up and Dinger made sure every one walked away with something special: a photo with Dinger, Rockies T-shirt or hat or 20th Anniversary bobblehead. Finally, after an outstanding, late-evening stop at a popular hot dog restaurant in Provo, Dinger and the guys finally pulled into Salt Lake just before midnight-a fun trip every step of the way.
While the road trip component of the #SLCRoadTrip celebrated Rockies fans in the region who may not be able to make it to Coors Field often, Dinger also had get to Salt Lake for two "Make An Impact" school visits, the first ever Rockies school visits in Utah, on Friday, March 29. The first school rally took place at Adelaide Elementary School in Bountiful, north of Salt Lake, and the second visit was south of the city, at Alpine Elementary School in Alpine. Altogether, over 1,000 students enjoyed the fun and educational program that over 100,000 Colorado and Wyoming students have participated in over the years.
With the two school visits in the books, Dinger and his team were able to look forward to the big game on Saturday, March 30, at the Salt Lake Bees' beautiful ballpark in front of a sell-out crowd of over 13,000 enthusiastic baseball fans. After the game, Dinger and the crew packed up and high-tailed it back to Denver to get ready for Opening Day in Denver.
MOTHER OF ALL DEALS
ROCKIES SEASON TICKETS AND MINI-PLANS
On the eve of another season of Rockies Baseball, there is still time to purchase a Rockies Season Ticket or Mini-Plan package. Not only do Season Tickets afford fans the best ticket discount available, up to half-off tickets, there are lots of other great reasons to commit to a season plan. Season Ticket and Mini-Plan holders get access to an exclusive hotline for all of their needs, a subscription to Rockies Magazine, discounts on parking and additional tickets, a fan-friendly exchange program, 20% discount at Rockies Dugout Stores and much more. Visit Rockies.com/sth for current information.
And if 15-20 games is more your speed, Mini-Plans allow fans to pick the games they want to see. So create a ticket package today at Rockies.com.
CELEBRATING TWO DECADES
ROCKIES 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
With first pitch of the Rockies' 20th Anniversary Season on the horizon, there are so many great things for fans to look forward to in 2013.
While there are still plans in the works for various events, fans can look forward to a number of special initiatives this season, starting with a reunion of the original 1993 Rockies team during Opening Weekend at Coors Field. The returning players have yet to be confirmed, but fans can expect to see some of their favorite players of that inaugural season. This year's Season Tickets feature historical photos and facts on some of the top players in Rockies history and Rockies Magazine will feature historical content all season long.
The Rockies will host "Turn Back the Clock Night" when the New York Mets visit Coors Field on April 16, in honor of the first game in Rockies history, April 5, 1993, at Shea Stadium. There is also a second-half event in the works for July that will feature more Rockies legends, and Purple Mondays return this season, back and better than ever.
As if all that wasn't celebration enough, there will be nine bobblehead giveaways this season, and an additional bobblehead, Carlos Gonzalez, available only as a gift with purchase at Rockies Dugout Stores or with the purchase of a full set. Information on the Rockies bobblehead program is available online at Rockies.com/bobble.
NEW AND IMPROVED
COORS FIELD GETS AN OFFSEASON FACELIFT
A factoid that is often thrown around is that Coors Field is the third-oldest ballpark in the National League, behind only Dodger Stadium (1962) and Wrigley Field (1914). Built in 1995, Coors Field is still in great shape thanks to a 25-year plan designed to ensure the park continues to operate properly and efficiently while providing the best experience for fans.
This offseason, there were several major construction projects going on at 20th and Blake. First, the Coors Clubhouse area was revamped: the restaurant was refurbished and the seating area behind home plate was redesigned to allow for a more comfortable experience for the fans who sit there. Another unique area of the ballpark, the Warning Track Party Area, located below the out-of-town scoreboard in right field, was completely redone to provide a "warmer" experience in that area. Stadium seats were added-replacing bleachers-along with a bar and gaming table.
Suites 1-10 were completely renovated based on designs seen at newer ballparks. With the new look and new layout of these suites, fans have a more open and social feel that is conducive to the way fans tend to enjoy watching a ballgame these days. In center field, a kids' playground was added to give the youngest of Rockies fans-before they're interested in watching the game-a place to have fun.
And the crown jewel of this offseason's ballpark updates is the new Press Club, located on the lower press level behind home plate. With this innovative concept, the working press box for writers and media was condensed and a new premium seating area was added next to the media's box with a large bar seating and open space, featuring beetle-kill wood and other high-end finishes. Along with food and beverages, the new Press Club provides its patrons with a view of the game that's hard to beat.
Visit Rockies.com, call (303) ROCKIES and read the March issue of Rockies Magazine for more information on all of these new areas, and check them out for yourself starting April 5!
Matt Belisle continues to be one of the top relief pitchers in Major League Baseball. A workhorse, Belisle's 230 appearances over the last three seasons (80 in 2012, 74 in 2011 and 76 in 2010) are the most for a pitcher in three consecutive seasons in Rockies history. And his 244.0 innings pitched in the past three seasons is second-most in the Majors. Two years ago, in 2011, Belisle won 10 games, most for all Major League relievers, finishing the season with a 10-6 record.
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round (52nd overall) of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Belisle made his Major League debut on September 7, 2003, and his career has soared since coming to the Rockies. He's a respected leader in the Rockies clubhouse, for the pitching staff and position players, and has forged a strong friendship with closer Rafael Betancourt.
Born and raised in Austin, Tex., Belisle is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing. He owns a 993-acre working ranch in Texas and enjoys spending time on his land with friends and family during the offseason.