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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

Winter 2014 - 2015

This Issue's Features:

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HAVING FUN, GIVING BACK - Rockies Fest and the 2015 Colorado Rockies Caravan!

Home Run for Kindness Dinner

The 2015 Colorado Rockies Caravan, a five-day tour across four states featuring the centerpiece event, Rockies Fest, in Denver, is an opportunity for fans throughout the Rocky Mountain Region to meet and interact with their favorite Rockies players and coaches. The Caravan, which features a traveling party of Manager Walt Weiss, GM Jeff Bridich, select players, coaches and Dinger, will take place Jan. 23-28 with visits scheduled in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, Colo., as well as Albuquerque, N.M., Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rockies Fest is a can't-miss opportunity for Rockies fans, so be sure to come to 20th & Blake on Saturday, Jan. 24 for an event-filled day with a Rockies Baseball theme. Rockies Fest is the perfect way to help you get through the home stretch of the offseason, featuring autograph sessions, player Q&A sessions, Rockies Family Feud, self-guided tours, kids' activities and much more. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for Rockies Season Ticket Holders, before opening to the general public at 12:30 p.m. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit Colorado Rockies Charities.

More than 30 Rockies players are set to attend, including Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Carlos Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu, Justin Morneau, Troy Tulowitzki and many more, along with the entire Major League coaching staff. And Dinger, of course. Along with the action-packed events schedule for this year's Rockies Fest, there will also be the annual merchandise garage sale where fans will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items with all money going to charity. The Chairs for Charity sale will be back again this year as well, providing collectors the opportunity to purchase a Coors Field chair. Details for the chair sale are available below

There is so much to see and do at Rockies Fest, ways to have fun and give to charity at the same time, so get your ticketsbelow and be sure to follow Rockies social media to watch the 2015 Caravan unfold!

PRESENTING A CHALLENGE - Rockies Participate in the 2015 Aspen Challenge

On Jan. 8, the Rockies presented a challenge to 22 Denver high schools as part of the Aspen Challenge. The Aspen Challenge is a nationwide program that provides young leaders the opportunity to propose solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. After being presented challenges by several local leaders, students team up to design a solution to their selected challenge and then, present their ideas on stage in a day-long competition.

In Denver's Aspen Challenge this year, Rockies Assistant Director of Community Affairs Dallas Davis challenged over 250 students to use social media as a positive tool to help encourage their peers to take a stand against bullying. This topic was a fitting extension of the Rockies Home Run for Kindness program which debuted last season with the goal of eradicating violence and bullying in schools. Stay tuned for what challenges these Denver Public School students choose to take on in the coming weeks.

"KEEPING" IT UP - The Rockies and MLB Groundskeepers Give Back

Groundskeepers Give Back

From Jan. 11-13, the Rockies hosted the 17th annual MLB Groundskeepers Conference at Coors Field. The event provides groundskeepers from all 30 MLB clubs the opportunity to share best practices, learn about the latest field maintenance equipment, materials and methods and learn from industry experts, league representatives, managers and players.

As part of the conference each year, the group renovates a local baseball field in need of repair. This year, the groundskeepers, partnered with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and donated field maintenance equipment to the Owen Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver. This gift will keep giving, providing the right tools for consistent maintenance going forward. The donated equipment includes a Toro utility vehicle, Turface mound clay, infield conditioner, field tarps and various hand tools. Additionally, the Colorado Rockies will completely renovate Andres Galarraga Field at the Owen Branch, including supplying all necessary infield materials, having the infield laser graded, as well as aerating, seeding and fertilizing the turf areas and making necessary repairs to the irrigation system.

MLB groundskeepers work hard to keep the big leaguers playing on the best field possible, and they do the same for the next generation of baseball talent.

WIFFLE BALL FOR CHARITY - Brandon Barnes' Barnyard Wiffle Ball Tournament

Wiffle Ball Tournament
Wiffle Ball Tournament

Brandon Barnes hosted his second annual Barnyard Wiffle Ball Invitational Dec. 14 in Anaheim, Calif. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, fans were invited to enter their own teams into the tournament to compete against each other while raising money and awareness for a great cause. Fans not wanting to compete in the tournament were invited to come and mingle with the players and participate in various raffles, auctions and giveaways. Other Major Leaguers in attendance included Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Tyler Matzek (Colorado Rockies), Cristian Colon (Kansas City Royals), Joe Kelly (Boston Red Sox), Mark Trumbo (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Justin Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers).

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is especially personal for Barnes, whose younger stepbrother, Thomas, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 11 months old. After a successful surgery at 13 months to remove the tumor and years of tests, Thomas was pronounced cancer free in eighth grade. Now, Barnes looks to give back to the Foundation as often as possible, including this past season as part of MLB's Strikeout Cancer Day, when Barnes and the rest of the Rockies wore their K Cancer shirts in support of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Fans can join Barnes in support of the cause by visiting his website barnyardinvitational.com.

BOBBLEHEADS, HATS, A REUNION AND MORE - 2015 Promotional Schedule

Promotional Schedule

The 2015 Coors Field promotional schedule is out now! Among the exciting events going in this season is the Coors Field 20th Anniversary and Reunion event scheduled for April 26, commemorating the official opener at Coors Field on April 26, 1995. Other items featured on this year's promotional schedule include bobbleheads, a monthly wall calendar, beach towel, Purple Monday hats and T-shirts and much more! Special events include Fireworks Games, the annual Faith Day concert, Movie Night featuring The Rookie and Star Wars Night.

Single-game tickets are available now, so pick your games and get your tickets now to make sure you get these must-have items!

Casino Night
Casino Night

FULL HOUSE! - Morneau Casino Night

On Dec. 6, Justin Morneau hosted his 6th annual Justin Morneau Casino Night in Minneapolis, Minn., a fantastic event that featured casino games, live music, a silent and live auction, a wine wall and more. Although he is now a member of the Colorado Rockies, Morneau is still a fan favorite in Minnesota after his 11 seasons as the Twins first baseman and his ties to Twins Territory remain strong. All proceeds from the evening were donated to the Arthritis Foundation which supports arthritis research, education, advocacy and other vital services.

Coloring Contest
Coloring Contest

LIGHTING UP THE HOLIDAYS - Intermountain Jewish News Coloring Contest

On Dec. 22, Dinger and Vinny Castilla visited Children's Hospital to cohost the 28th annual Intermountain Jewish News Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest Awards Presentation. Students in grades K-6 were asked to create their own expression of Chanukah using anything from crayons and markers to fabric and beads. The students didn't disappoint and the mascot and Rockies legend were on hand to present framed certificates and accolades to the 14 contest winners and runners-up. After the award ceremony, Dinger was able to stop by Seacrest Studios, a new state-of-the-art studio inside Children's Hospital, where he got to interact with patients.

Earlier in the month, on Dec. 18, the third night of Chanukah, Dinger donned his yarmulke and helped light the menorah on the steps of the Denver State Capitol Building. Despite the frigid weather, the event was a great success and Dinger was able to stay and take pictures with kids around the menorah.

Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store

SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOPPING - Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store

On Dec. 5, Dinger visited Children's Hospital Colorado for the annual Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store.

This year marked the 28th time the Wish Store was open for "business," allowing young patients the opportunity to go "shopping" for their families while they are being treated. Dinger was on hand to take photos and interact with everyone in attendance and it was a special day all around.

SPRING FORWARD - Spring Training

Spring Training

It may be cold outside, but Spring Training will be here soon! Rockies Pitchers & Catchers will report to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Feb. 19, taking part in their first official workouts on the morning of Feb. 21. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 27, with the Rockies first spring game is on March 4.

Plan on making the trip to Arizona to take in the sights and sounds of Spring Training baseball.

Player Spotlight - Daniel Descalso

Daniel Descalso

On Dec. 16, the Rockies agreed to a two-year Major League deal with infielder Daniel Descalso. Descalso, 28, joins the Rockies after spending the entirety of his five-year MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals. Noted for his versatility and defensive ability, Descalso has seen time at all four infield positions in his career, having played 200 games at third base, 174 games at second base, 114 games at shortstop and nine games at first base. He also appeared in 44 playoff games for the Cardinals, including nine World Series games, and was an integral part of their 2011 World Champion team. The left-handed hitting infielder owns a career batting average of .243 (297-for-1223) with 68 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 111 RBI and 145 runs scored over 529 games.

The Redwood City, Calif., native looks to be an important piece for the 2015 Rockies. His ability to play all four infield positions gives Manager Walt Weiss the flexibility to give off-days to the four returning starting infielders without having to worry about a player playing out of position. Descalso also gives the Rockies a veteran left-handed bat off the bench, an important factor when backing up the right-handed hitting Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki. Combined with his high baseball IQ and his experience playing in big games, Daniel Descalso brings a tremendous amount of value to the table.