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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

Spring 2015

This Issue's Features:

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UNFORGETTABLE OPPORTUNITY - 2015 Tulo's Kids

Tulo's Kids

For the third consecutive year, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki arranged and funded a trip to Spring Training for a group of kids and their caregivers from Children's Hospital Colorado's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Departing from Children's Hospital Colorado on March 6, the traveling party arrived in Scottsdale and immediately enjoyed a fun evening at Dave & Busters. The next day, March 7, began with a breakfast at their Phoenix hotel, before heading to Salt River Fields for the day's special events. When the group arrived at the Rockies' Spring Training facility, each kid was given an authentic Rockies jersey with their name and No. 2 on the back. And after receiving their new gear, "Tulo's Kids" headed up to the patio attached to the Rockies' executive offices for a meet-and-greet with the real No. 2, Tulowitzki. After chatting with everyone and posing for photos, the group was free to enjoy the Rockies game from their shaded seats.

The final day of the trip for Tulo's Kids was another memorable one. Before boarding their flight and heading back home to Colorado, there was a special get-together before the Rockies' workout. The photos, autographs, smiles and hugs were abundant, and it was a special opportunity for the entire Rockies camp-players, coaches and staff-to meet this courageous group. The kids made purple bracelets for the Rockies players and staff, gifts they wore proudly.

DEDICATED - Lehi Ball Field Dedication

Field Dedication

One of the Rockies' goals every Spring Training is continuing to foster a strong relationship with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the tribe on whose land Salt River Fields is built.

On March 1, the Rockies and Salt River Fields co-tenant Arizona Diamondbacks came together to dedicate a newly refurbished Lehi Ball Field in Mesa, Ariz. The Rockies were represented by pitchers Tyler Anderson, LaTroy Hawkins, John Lannan and Scott Oberg, as well as Owner/Chairman & CEO Dick Monfort, Vice President of Community & Retail Operations Jim Kellogg and Assistant Director of Community Affairs Dallas Davis. Hawkins threw out the first pitch at the new field, the first time he'd ever done so at any event in his 20-year career.

When the official opening ceremonies were complete, Davis and the Rockies players put on a baseball clinic for children from the community. And after station work, the kids were divided into teams for some Wiffle Ball game action.

REUNION WEEKEND - 20th Anniversary of the Coors Field Opener

Coors Field

April 26, 2015, will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Major League game at Coors Field, and what better way to celebrate than with some of the players from the 1995 lineup.

Weekend plans are still in the works, but over 15 of the 1995 Rockies are scheduled to attend the game on April 26, including Ellis Burks, Larry Walker and others. Fans can look forward to autograph opportunities and other festivities throughout the game. Follow Rockies social media for the latest updates on the Coors Field 20th Anniversary reunion weekend and get your tickets now!

STAND UP - "Find One Reason To Smile Comedy Jam"

Comedy Jam

On March 29, LaTroy and Anita Hawkins hosted the inaugural Find One Reason to Smile Comedy Jam in Scottsdale, Ariz., an event designed to raise funds and awareness for the Hawkins' charity, Find One Reason to Smile.

The Comedy Jam, hosted by Rob Rodriguez and featuring A.G. White and Chris Porter, a participant on "Last Comic Standing 4," was a night of fun, laughter and fundraising. Find One Reason to Smile is centered around a series of coffee table books that will be created to uplift, empower, inspire and raise funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence. For more information on Find One Reason to Smile, follow @AEHFashion on Twitter.

DAY TRIP! - Wyoming School Visits

Dinger School Visit

On March 25, Dinger made the trip north of the Colorado border to visit Rockies fans in the great state of Wyoming.

During the Rockies' offseason Caravan around Rockies Fest, the traveling party was not able to tour Wyoming, but Dinger wanted to make the trip to "Wyo" as soon as his schedule allowed. So, Assistant Director of Community Affairs Dallas Davis headed north on I-25 with his purple friend to do a pair of school visits in Cheyenne.

Dinger romped around downtown Cheyenne, visiting the State Capitol among other places, before visiting with the students at Afflerbach and Fairview Elementary Schools. Both schools had a strong show of support with many students and teachers decked out in their Rockies purple. It was a great visit with the great Rockies fans in Wyoming, young and old, and Dinger and his travel crew are already looking forward to the next road trip, wherever it may be!

BOOKMARK IT - Rockies Ticket Specials

Ticket Special

With the first pitch of the 2015 season just days away, now is a good time to remind Rockies fans to bookmark the Ticket Specials page! Whether it's the Wednesday morning HOT ROX Deal, PowerTickets or the $19.95 Blake Street Steal, the Tickets Specials page is the place for great deals on Rockies tickets.

GET IN SHAPE - Rockies Home Run for the Homeless

Home Run for the Homeless

The 2015 Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless is scheduled for Sunday, May 3, at Coors Field. Make plans with your family and friends to run or walk for a good cause, supporting Colorado Rockies Charities and Denver's Road Home, an organization whose cause is to help end homelessness in Denver.

The 5K run begins promptly at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K walk at 8:05 a.m. and Kids' Fun Run at 10 a.m. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, two complimentary tickets to a 2015 Rockies game, the opportunity to win great raffle prizes and an invitation to a post-race reception featuring refreshments and entertainment.

PRETTY IN PINK - Honorary Bat Girl

Honorary Bat Girl

Major League Baseball's Honorary Bat Girl program returns again in 2015!

Introduced in 2009 as a way to raise awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day, the Honorary Bat Girl program has seen thousands of testimonials submitted and more than 10 million fan votes cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

If you, or someone you know, has an inspirational story in the fight against breast cancer, tell the story in the form of a nomination for Honorary Bat Girl. Nominations will be accepted through April 16 and the Rockies' Honorary Bat Girl-each club will have one winner-will be honored prior to the Mother's Day game at Coors Field.

Player Spotlight - Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick will toe the rubber for the Rockies on Opening Day, April 6, 2015, at Miller Park. It will be his first start as a Rockie and his first career Opening Day start. "Kyle has been everything we thought he was," Rockies Manager Weiss said in Spring Training. "He's very professional, very efficient on the mound. He's a veteran guy that's pitched in big games."

On Feb. 4, 2015, the Rockies signed Kendrick to a one-year free-agent contract. After eight seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, pitching on winning teams and a staff loaded with Cy Young winners, Kendrick is viewed as a solid fit for the Rockies, in part due to his high ground-ball rate and ability to pitch well in a hitter-friendly park.

After 226 career games, 185 starts, Kendrick has a 74-69 record with a 4.42 ERA. Kendrick has also proven to be durable, having pitched 199.0 innings last year and 150 or more innings in four of the last five seasons.