Coors Field’s greatest moments (Nos. 25-21): Dick Monfort shovels snow; longest game in history

In its first 25 years, Coors Field, which opened April 26, 1995, was home to some of baseball’s wildest moments, longest nights and most majestic home runs.

It also hosted countless awesome sunsets.

Following is the first of a five-part series celebrating the top 25 memories, players, milestones and headlines of the first quarter-century of the ballpark in LoDo.

Doug Pensinger, Getty ImagesRockies team employees work to remove snow from the field as the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies prepare for a double header at Coors Field on April 16, 2013 in Denver.

No. 25, Snow day, April 16, 2013: The Mets and Rockies woke up to 9 inches of snow on the ground but somehow managed to play a doubleheader. How? Anyone who could grab a snow shovel did so, including Rockies owner Dick Monfort and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. The Rockies even borrowed shovels from the Broncos, giving the human snowplowers 75 shovels in all.

The temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees, tying for the 10th-coldest game in the Mile High City. The Rockies warmed themselves up with an 8-4, 9-8 sweep of New York.

No. 24, Ice, ice baby, Feb. 26, 2016: A message on the video board at Coors Field read “Thanks for the memories.” The crowd of 43,319 rose for a standing ovation, and the players on the ice raised their sticks in acknowledgment. Avalanche fans then broke out into their classic “Red Wings suck” chant.

Detroit had seven members of the Hockey Hall of Fame on its team, while the Avalanche skated five Hall of Famers. In the end, the Avs’ alumni beat the Red Wings 5-2 on the eve of the Stadium Series regular-season game between the organizations.

Avs defenseman Ray Bourque had a goal and two assists and Joe Sakic, the Avalanche’s longtime captain, and now the team’s general manager, had a goal and an assist for Colorado. Goaltender Patrick Roy, then the Avs’ 50-year-old coach, stopped 20-of-21 shots in two periods of duty in the net.

No. 23, Grand larceny, June 30, 1996: Eric Young tied a big-league record with six stolen bases, Quentin McCracken swiped two and Ellis Burks and Dante Bichette each stole one as the Rockies notched a wild, 16-15 walk-off win over the Dodgers. Colorado’s 10 stolen bases — the Rockies swiped four in the fourth inning — remains a franchise record, as do the 201 bases stolen that season.

Leading 15-14 entering the ninth inning, the Dodgers sent closer Todd Worrell to the mound, but he gave up singles to Bichette and Vinny Castilla. Jeff Reed delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to score Bichette and tie the game. McCracken then smacked a double to score Castilla and win the contest.

No. 22, Fourth of July fireworks, July 4, 2008: Trailing 13-4 coming to bat in the fourth inning, the Rockies staged multiple rallies to finally beat the Marlins 18-17.

The Rockies scored one run in the fourth inning, four in the fifth, three in the sixth, four in the seventh and two in …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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