April 24, 2010
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Welcome to Colorado.
Opening Day on April 9 was absolutely perfect, 70 degrees and sunny, with all of the signs of spring in the air. Colorado is notorious for tricking people into believing that summer is here, then sending a mocking snowstorm as a reminder that summer is really another month off.
On Friday morning Denver's weather looked more like the Broncos should have been playing rather than the Rockies, but the club still thought that they would be able to get the game in. They might have played, until another round of wet weather came through and ensured that the game would not happen.
What that means for fans is what has become a rarity in Major League Baseball. The Rockies will host a true doubleheader on Saturday. What that means is that a ticket to either game, Friday's rainout or Saturday's regularly scheduled game, is good for admission into either game, or both.
Major League Baseball used to play doubleheaders frequently, but it has become a lost art since teams realize how much revenue is lost by essentially giving a 2-for-1 special. Doubleheaders of the most recent variety are usually "day-night doubleheaders," which means the stadium is cleared out and fans must purchase tickets for both events.
Game time for the first game is 3:05 and the first pitch for game two will be approximately twenty minutes after the conclusion of the first game. For those looking to watch on TV, FSN Rocky Mountain will not pick up the broadcast until 5:30. What that means is that the majority, if not all, of the first game will be without TV. 850 KOA will still be broadcasting both games over the radio waves.
Two baseball games in one day may be too much for many fans, but it represents a rare opportunity to see a true doubleheader. With the weather forecast calling for rain until the 3 o'clock start time, the Rockies should be playing the first game in the sunshine.
A note for those planning on attending: The Rockies have asked for fans to wear purple in honor of team president Keli McGregor who passed away on Tuesday. McGregor was just 48 years old and clearly had a huge impact on this club. The club was also planning a tribute to McGregor before Friday night's game, so it is safe to assume that same tribute will be held prior to game one.
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