Ode to Opening Day

The presentation of the National Anthem during Colorado Rockies Opening Day festivities at Coors Field in Denver.

Joshua Hardin

COORS FIELD HAS been dormant for months. Dugouts emptied by the flurries of November are waiting until athletes and coaches suit up for the next game. The outfield water fountains are dry, and the verdant turf was covered by tarps well before January. Without spectators, March snow piled onto its forest green seats, with the “Purple Row” marking Denver’s mile-high elevation frozen beneath icy wintery winds. Like the namesake Bears of a baseball team from Denver’s distant past, the home of the Colorado Rockies went into hibernation.

All of that is about to change. Spring, the season of renewal, a time of year when anything seems possible, is gently melting snow from the Rockpile bleachers and Left Field scoreboard. The press boxes and basepaths are thawed. Players, coaches and fans are ready to return to wake up the stadium and breathe new life into it once again.

The anticipation of a new start begins with spring training practices and peaks with the first Major League home game of the season, Opening Day. Optimism abounds for the year ahead, no matter the team’s record at the end of last season.

For the rest of the story see the March/April 2020 issue of Colorado Life.

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