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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rockies employees clear half a foot of snow off field for doubleheader

“And then swept off the Mets” sez Carlos.

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.”

Repoz Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:47 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. OsunaSakata Posted: April 17, 2013 at 08:37 AM (#4416587)
MLB Network showed speeded up video of the clean up. People were walking a shovelfull of snow from in front of the dugout to somewhere beyond centerfield wall. Shouldn't they have pulled up trucks next to the dugout to transport the snow?
   2. Dale Sams Posted: April 17, 2013 at 08:53 AM (#4416595)
People were walking a shovelfull of snow from in front of the dugout to somewhere beyond centerfield wall.


I think hair dryers on extension cords would have been more efficient than that. Have we not invented industrial sized hair dryers yet?
   3. Randy Jones Posted: April 17, 2013 at 08:55 AM (#4416597)
Could ask Princess Vespa to borrow hers, but I hear she can't live without it.
   4. stanmvp48 Posted: April 17, 2013 at 09:01 AM (#4416598)
>"According to Monfort, a confluence of factors left 150 empty volunteers digging out the field rather than relying on plows or heavy equipment"<

Empty volunteers? Another example of Mr Renck choosing English words at random. A couple of weeks ago he said "The Rockies are as synonomous with pitching problems as peanut butter is with jelly."

Furthermore he had Tulowitzki being hit in different elbows, yesterday, in different articles

   5. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 09:57 AM (#4416637)
We were supposed to have a major blizzard last week which fizzled into an inch of snow. We all laughed. Obviously we angered the spring storm gods.
   6. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM (#4416647)
MLB Network showed speeded up video of the clean up. People were walking a shovelfull of snow from in front of the dugout to somewhere beyond centerfield wall. Shouldn't they have pulled up trucks next to the dugout to transport the snow?


Tough to do that without destroying the field. Even foul ground is still in play.
   7. McCoy Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM (#4416658)
Should have played in Milwaukee.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM (#4416671)
It just started snowing again.
   9. stanmvp48 Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM (#4416673)
Hoping for a single admission double header tomorrow. I believe they did that a few years ago.
   10. morineko Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM (#4416702)
The Rockies have the possibility of single admission doubleheaders in their cancellation policy. I know they had one in August 2008, because I had to pick an alternate game to go to because the makeup game was part of one.
   11. stanmvp48 Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM (#4416708)
Seems like there was a saturday single admission DH against the Marlins.
   12. Dale Sams Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM (#4416773)
How about landing a helicopter on the field, surely the friction of being whipped up will melt some of the snow. And the damage would only be where the craft landed.

Just trying to think outside the box here. The idea of walking a shovel of snow from the dugout to the outfield fence is boggling my mind.
   13. Greg K Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM (#4416791)
How about landing a helicopter on the field, surely the friction of being whipped up will melt some of the snow. And the damage would only be where the craft landed.

Just trying to think outside the box here. The idea of walking a shovel of snow from the dugout to the outfield fence is boggling my mind.

Just get some rollers and roll the snow flat. Compressed snow is awesome to play sports on! You haven't done a real cut as a wide receiver until you've done it rock hard, frictionless snow.
   14. salajander Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4416812)
How about landing a helicopter on the field

That's been done, though for rain and not snow...
   15. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM (#4416817)
And it's snowing again.
   16. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4416833)
Yep, this global warming, I mean "climate change", is really something. Clearly we're all fated to die in a watery global inferno.
   17. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM (#4416839)
I bet it snows all the time in Antartica. Because its cold there.
   18. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM (#4416854)
Yep, this global warming, I mean "climate change", is really something. Clearly we're all fated to die in a watery global inferno.


In Denver, it snows more in April than it does in February, and about as much as it does in January. This is because, at the height of winter, there's generally a ridge over the Rockies (caused, in part, by the fact that the Rockies act like a big boulder in the middle of an atmospheric stream). In the Spring, for reasons that I don't really understand but relate, I believe, to changes in the wavelength of buckles in the jet stream, that changes - you frequently get troughiness in the Rockies and on the high plains, and that causes severe weather/tornados on the Plains and snow in Denver.

This is how it has been forever, and how it will continue to be in a warming climate. Because it is situated at ~5300 feet at the foot of ~11,000 ft mountains, if Denver has a west wind, it will be warm and dry. If it has an east or northeast wind it will be cold and wet.
   19. salajander Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM (#4416866)
Yep, this global warming, I mean "climate change", is really something. Clearly we're all fated to die in a watery global inferno.

Is there some BBTF version of Godwin's Law? How about this:

salajander's corollary to Godwin's Law: "As an online a BBTF thread grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler fringe political beliefs approaches 1."
   20. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM (#4416869)
This is by far the most snow we've had all year. The last few winters have been very mild with little snow, so I'm happy to get all the moisture I can. The only other significant snow dump we had this year was Christmas Eve, I was glad for the timing at least.
   21. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM (#4416874)
I bet it snows all the time in Antartica. Because its cold there.


Most of Antarctica is a desert. There's very little snowfall, but what falls never melts.
   22. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:06 PM (#4416891)
Most of Antarctica is a desert. There's very little snowfall, but what falls never melts.


Its not quite right to call it a desert (even though you frequently see that wording in pop climate articles/books) because evaporation < precipitation on an annual basis. Put differently, there is very little precipitation in Antarctica, but there's freshwater everywhere.
   23. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4416900)
salajander's corollary to Godwin's Law: "As an online a BBTF thread grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler fringe political beliefs approaches 1."

Particularly when posted by the poster who most regularly b*tches about BBTF threads devolving into political discussions. That's twice he's done it on the same topic in less than a week. Irony appears to be beyond the grasp of some.
   24. Perry Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:17 PM (#4416905)
This is by far the most snow we've had all year. The last few winters have been very mild with little snow, so I'm happy to get all the moisture I can.


Yup. Colorado Basin snowpack has gone from 72% of average in early Feb. to 93% now, and still climbing. The last couple of weeks have been GREAT. I'd a lot rather have mid-April snowstorms than forest fires all summer, and if a couple of ballgames have to be sacrificed, oh well.
   25. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4417221)
The ignore feature is awesome.

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