Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Rockies owner Dick Monfort walked by the media cafeteria. He was no longer hunched over or limping from shoveling snow for four hours.
While his effort was admirable, it raised the question of why team employees were needed to clear Coors Field, delaying the start of the first game of Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader with the Mets by 2 hours, 2 minutes.
Colorado swept the doubleheader, winning the first game 8-4 with Todd Helton delivering a two-RBI single in a three-run fifth inning. The Rockies then rallied from an 8-2 deficit to win the second game, 9-8 in 10 innings on Jordan Pacheco’s game-winning single.
Several players wore ski masks, and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who hit a 438-foot home run, called the first game, “the coldest game ever.”
...According to Monfort, a confluence of factors left 150 empty volunteers digging out the field rather than relying on plows or heavy equipment.
“It was an incredible (effort),” Monfort said. “We didn’t think there would be that much snow. There wasn’t supposed to be. When I got here, there were five people removing snow off the tarp. (Head grounds keeper Mark Razum) Raz felt like it would come off the grass better, where we could get the tractor and get it off. The texture of the snow, it just wasn’t doing it. So people just started grabbing shovels and working. Had we not had that many people out there, we would have never gotten it off.”
Posted: April 17, 2013 at 04:47 AM | 25 comment(s)
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