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Monday, May 14, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Colorado Rockies

The westernmost park I’ve ever visited. My one night there, I watched Aaron Cook throw a 79-pitch, four-hit, no-walk shutout against the Padres in a nifty one hour, 58 minutes. I haven’t been paying attention: Does it still play as such a severe pitcher’s park?

Truthfully, it’s behind only PNC on my personal favorite list. Just a beautiful place in a really nice setting. And that’s something coming from me, as I don’t like spending time west of the Mississippi, or south of the Ohio. I’m weird like that.

Coors, of course, is one of those rare corporate names that truly feels right for a number of reasons. Can we improve on a park named after the world’s best beer-flavored water? Based on its inclusion in By Acclimation Week, I’m not sure we’re going to try.

Tomorrow: The Birds’ Nest

Ballpark History

Built: 1995

Capacity: 46,897

Name: Coors Field, 1995-present.

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Mile High Stadium 1993-94.

Distinctive Features: the Rockpile bleachers in the outfield just beyond the Rocky Mountain themed landscaping; the purple ring of seats on the 20th row of the upper deck, signifying one mile above sea level; Blue Moon Brewery at The Sandlot.


Ballpark Highlights:

During construction of the park, workers discovered several dinosaur fossils on the grounds, including a triceratops skull. The club honored that find by choosing a triceratops as its mascot, Dinger.

On Oct. 1, 1995, the Rocks outlasted the Giants 10-9 in a typical Coors Field slugfest to claim the NL wildcard, becoming the fastest expansion team to reach the playoffs in ML history (a mark later broken by their rivals to the southwest).

On May 5, 2002, in a game against the visiting Dodgers, the Rockies dabbled in PDD* with the launch of the humidor. Three years later, Jason Jennings blanked the visiting Padres for the first 1-0 victory in park history, more than 10 years after the maiden game was played there. 

On Oct. 1, 2007, Matt Holliday may or may not have slid home safely with the winning run in a one-game playoff with San Diego, culminating one of the all-time great closing runs in baseball history. The Rockies would keep the momentum for the following fortnight, sweeping the Phillies and Diamondbacks to reach their only World Series.

In 2016, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 3,000th hit with a seventh-inning triple off Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin. We can only hope that a Peyton Manning celebratory text went unreturned.
*Power Dampening Device,

SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 14, 2018 at 11:19 AM (#5671783)
Rocky Mountain Park.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:11 PM (#5671840)
Apparently the feature that allows you to schedule the release of these threads is not working. Apologies fot the deluge.
   3. BDC Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:29 PM (#5671866)
If all goes well, Coors should become, late next week, the westernmost park I'll have been to. It's been raining in Denver on and off – I see that May is the rainiest month on average in an otherwise pretty dry place, just my luck – but I hope to be there to see the Reds game on the 25th.

Coors is fine, though the old Mile High Stadium was originally built for minor-league baseball and also had a terrific name. I just discovered that the Broncos' current stadium is supposedly called "Sports Authority Field at Mile High" – that ought to be an easy one to "take back" if we do something like this for the NFL. I can't imagine anyone but a paid announcer calling a stadium "Sports Authority Field at Mile High."
   4. Rusty Priske Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:53 PM (#5671901)
Huh... why is Coors considered an acclimation vote? It is just bland corporate naming rights park. Miller makes sense, because they are the Brewers. Here... not so much.

Mile High Stadium is already taken. I think a nice simple 'Mountain High Park' would work.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM (#5671907)
4. It was just my suspicion. Nominations are welcome.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 14, 2018 at 01:07 PM (#5671922)
I'm fine with Coors, which is a famous and venerable local institution, but Mountain View Park would be nice. Some of the seats actually have views of the mountains.
   7. Bote Man Posted: May 14, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5671928)
I think a nice simple 'Mountain High Park' would work.

Heh, Coloradans have been mountain high for over 4 years now. Maybe there's some magic that can worked into the name?

Long Bong Field
   8. QLE Posted: May 14, 2018 at 01:12 PM (#5671930)
High Park, thereby representing the topography, the fans, and the baseballs.

Pity that "The Launching Pad" was Atlanta-Fulton, as it would apply well here.

Home Run Field, Wave It Goodbye Park, and Longball Stadium, all to honor the same attribute.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 01:45 PM (#5671969)
Bichette Field, in honor of the quintessential Rockies "slugger."

1993-1999, all with COL

HOME .360/.397/.642, 2094 AB
AWAY .268/.303/.431, 1956 AB
   10. Greg Pope Posted: May 14, 2018 at 02:38 PM (#5672027)
This is going to be my first real disagreement with SoSH on this project. I don't like Coors Field as a name, for this project. I think the nomination of Rocky Mountain Park is good.
   11. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 14, 2018 at 02:46 PM (#5672035)
Mile High Stadium is already taken. I think a nice simple 'Mountain High Park' would work.


Mile High Stadium no longer exists does it? I thought that was gone. In any case, Mile High Park works for me.
   12. BDC Posted: May 14, 2018 at 02:54 PM (#5672043)
Mile High Stadium no longer exists does it?

The original one is gone, but apparently the new stadium keeps the name in an awkward Colorado Broncos of Denver at Mile High sort of way.
   13. puck Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:31 PM (#5672087)
Huh... why is Coors considered an acclimation vote? It is just bland corporate naming rights park. Miller makes sense, because they are the Brewers. Here... not so much.


I don't know why the same wouldn't go for Coors in Colorado. Local people are very comfortable with the name, it's not just another corporate sponsor. Once upon a time it wasn't just another corporate beer, either.

I've never heard of locals having a problem with the name, so I don't have a replacement suggestion. If you'd like to really make the local hardcore fans mad, Dinger Field. (Dinger is the purple Stegosaurus mascot.)

Mile High definitely won't work. Everyone still calls the Broncos stadium "Mile High."

How about "Park Effects Field, Stupid!"? Or "Below Average Offense Field." Maybe the front office will figure it out.
   14. stanmvp48 Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:37 PM (#5672098)
"If you want a score from another game, tough #### field". The scoreboard down the third base line was showing Saturday's scores on Sunday.
   15. Rusty Priske Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:47 PM (#5672106)
I don't know why the same wouldn't go for Coors in Colorado. Local people are very comfortable with the name, it's not just another corporate sponsor. Once upon a time it wasn't just another corporate beer, either.


I'm not saying you are wrong. I am saying it never would have even occurred to me that this isn't just a standard corporate naming rights thing, and therefore easily disposed of.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 14, 2018 at 04:01 PM (#5672121)
I think a nice simple 'Mountain High Park' would work.
As long as they promise to build River Wide Park down the street.
   17. jmurph Posted: May 14, 2018 at 04:26 PM (#5672146)
To merge with the Brewers thread, since it's (as far as I can tell?) the same parent company, both Coors and Miller should henceforth be known as Molson Field.
   18. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: May 14, 2018 at 04:41 PM (#5672155)
It's a bit of a shock to find that locals are so complacent about the Coors name on the stadium. I've always included it in the nomenclature of corporate blight. Cruddy beer, cruddy politics.

I'd settle for Rocky Mountain Park as a substitute, but will also suggest Zephyr Field in honor of the successful minor league franchise that preceded the Rockies in Denver. And of the refreshing alpine breeze, of course.

Hell, the Bear Den would be a better name.
   19. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 14, 2018 at 05:47 PM (#5672214)
Coors Field works for me.

Rocky Mountain Park works for me. (Or Rocky Mountain Stadium? Is there an actual national park already called Rocky Mountain Park? Sounds like there might be, but I dunno and am too lazy to go to google and check).

The Humidor. Too cute. But just throwing out ideas

The Place Where Curve Balls Go to Die
   20. stanmvp48 Posted: May 14, 2018 at 06:01 PM (#5672227)
"but will also suggest Zephyr Field in honor of the successful minor league franchise that preceded the Rockies in Denver"

Incidentally there is a Zephyr Field in suburban New Orleans where that minor league team moved in 93.
   21. Srul Itza Posted: May 14, 2018 at 06:16 PM (#5672238)
Combining the relevant attributes:

Rocky Mountain High Field
   22. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 14, 2018 at 06:19 PM (#5672240)
Rocky Mountain Park works for me.


This is in keeping with the tradition in this series of people suggesting geographic names that aren't really where the park is. In this case, the Rocky Mountains are ~25 miles from the park, which is why I think Mountain View Park works better.
   23. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 14, 2018 at 06:21 PM (#5672242)
Mountain View Park is good.
   24. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 14, 2018 at 06:23 PM (#5672245)
Pity that "The Launching Pad" was Atlanta-Fulton, as it would apply well here.

Rockies' Pitchers' Horror Show.
   25. Perry Posted: May 14, 2018 at 07:13 PM (#5672266)
Is there an actual national park already called Rocky Mountain Park?


Yes, it's about 75 miles from Coors.
   26. Perry Posted: May 14, 2018 at 07:16 PM (#5672268)
I can't imagine anyone but a paid announcer calling a stadium "Sports Authority Field at Mile High."


The funniest thing is, Sports Authority, a sports equipment retailer, went out of business two years ago. Yet the name remains.
   27. SoSH U at work Posted: May 14, 2018 at 08:24 PM (#5672297)

This is going to be my first real disagreement with SoSH on this project. I don't like Coors Field as a name, for this project. I think the nomination of Rocky Mountain Park is good.


I'm finally back home where I can post a little more completely.

Again, apologies for the cluster #### that was today. The only team I had scheduled to release was the Cubs, who I figured needed no input from me. I had otherwise scheduled to release one new team each day. The only one that did as I expected was tomorrow's team, the other true no-brainer left.

As for the rest, I wasn't trying to deter any nominations. This was merely what I thought would happen with the noms. (While I recognized the one where there might be some disagreement was with the Rockies, I knew that Rockies fans like Puck and Tom had previously expressed the idea that the city was pretty comfortable with the Coors Field name). I didn't anticipate any real disagreement with the Orioles - but that's because I think Camden Yards, by itself, is the best name I've ever heard for a ballpark, and I guess I figured that idea was more common.

But, based on what I've seen today (assuming nothing changes), Wrigley and Miller will move on by acclimation, we'll keep open nominations for the Rockies for a few days (I do like Tom's suggestion), and we'll probably end up voting between Camden Yards, Oriole Park and Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the Orioles, but I'm tempted to make Libertarians' votes count 10 times the votes of regular humans in that one. (-:
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 14, 2018 at 08:27 PM (#5672298)
24 is pretty damn good.
   29. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: May 14, 2018 at 09:12 PM (#5672321)
Rocky Mountain High Field
I don't know how tongue in cheek that was but it kinda works.
   30. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 01:44 AM (#5672485)
The Colorado Rockies of Denver at John Denver Field
   31. Walt Davis Posted: May 15, 2018 at 02:39 AM (#5672492)
In keeping with the intro ... Pisswater Park. I suppose Stroh's Field is right out!

Larry Walker's HoF Case Memorial Field

Dante's Inferno (Surely they had a section of the stands called that back in the day.)

Anybody remember the NHL Team Stadium
   32. puck Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:55 AM (#5672588)
Anybody remember the NHL Team Stadium


I don't remember that, but google tells me they played in McNichols arena, where the Nuggets played before the Can. (The Pepsi Center.)
   33. mitchiapet Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:51 PM (#5673595)
Not being ever known as anything other than Coors Field makes it hard for this park to have it's name changed. It is one of the few examples of a ballpark actually spurring some economic revitalization of an urban neighborhood, in this case Lower Downtown Denver. Thus, I suggest LoDo Park in the neighborhood's honor.
   34. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 16, 2018 at 04:42 PM (#5673731)
Mountain View Park sounds too Silicon Valley.

I like Rocky Mountain Park. While Rocky Mountain National Park is not exactly close, the Rocky Mountains are what most people associate with Denver and Colorado. Certainly more than Coors, unless there's a Smokey and the Bandit remake.
   35. stevegamer Posted: May 18, 2018 at 04:48 AM (#5674804)
Rockies' Pitchers' Horror Show.


Just catching up, but this is fantastic.

I don't think the name needs changing, though. It's never been called anything else, and it fits.
   36. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 18, 2018 at 10:08 AM (#5674904)
While Rocky Mountain National Park is not exactly close, the Rocky Mountains are what most people associate with Denver and Colorado.


...for people who don't live in Colorado. If you live in Colorado, "Denver" and "the mountains" are two very different things. It's like naming Angel Stadium "Pacific Ocean Park."
   37. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 19, 2018 at 06:42 PM (#5675796)
Front Range Park
Cherry Creek Field
   38. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 19, 2018 at 06:59 PM (#5675804)
While Rocky Mountain National Park is not exactly close, the Rocky Mountains are what most people associate with Denver and Colorado.

...for people who don't live in Colorado. If you live in Colorado, "Denver" and "the mountains" are two very different things. It's like naming Angel Stadium "Pacific Ocean Park."

Also, it never should've been called the Astrodome because it was 20 miles from the space center, which people thus did not associate with the area.

C'mon. It's hard to argue people don't associate Denver with the mountains considering the name of the team.
   39. Omineca Greg Posted: May 19, 2018 at 07:15 PM (#5675808)
Just A Little Farther Boys And Girls, You've Almost Made It To The North American Cordillera Stadium at South Platte Valley Field.

JALFBAG YAMITT NACS...for merchandising purposes.

"I'll be seeing you....at the Bag!"

I actually came here to name it after Denver's favourite son, Douglas Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Park seems pretty good, not too confusing.

Oh, you can't pronounce it out loud, you silently mouth the word "Fairbanks" and then hold up a card with printing on it. Hopefully with some old timey piano playing. Has the hidden benefit that even if people are watching the game on mute, they still know what's going on.

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