Each and every one of you has a story. Here are the stories of Purple Row's new writers.
Since there's going to be a lot of new voices on the site for the upcoming season, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some insight into the minds behind some of the articles you'll be reading throughout 2013. In their own words:
Drew Creasman (MalcolmPFloyd)
Greetings! I am an avid Colorado sports fan who follows the Rockies and Nuggets very closely. I learned baseball from my father, growing up on the Western Slope where it's something of a religion. After taking some time off to pursue music, I have recently returned to (slowly) pursuing a Philosophy degree and spend as much time as I can writing, recording, and performing music along the Front Range in a few bands and now as a solo artist.
I am a baseball romantic who loves but is hesitant about advanced statistics. I bleed purple. I cried when Larry Walker was traded. The run in '07 was actually an important event in my personal life and I am completely and utterly stoked to be on the team here at Purple Row.
Kyle Domingos (kdomingos)
My name is Kyle Domingos; I'm 22 years old and in my last semester at Clearwater Christian College inClearwater, Florida. In May I will graduate with my bachelor's degree in business, and move back to myhometown of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where I have lived my whole life.
I played baseball through high school and have loved it since I can remember. I was decent, but not good enough to play at the college level. I always loved watching and critiquing the game, especially when it came to the Rockies. Some of my best memories are going to Rockies games, and by far the best game I attended was game 3 of the NLDS when the Rockies swept the Phillies.
When I'm not watching baseball, (which during the season is rare because I subscribe to mlb.tv so I can soak in as much as possible) I watch every Broncos, Nuggets, and Avalanche game I have time to watch. And yes, I still can't believe the Broncos lost to the Ravens.
My true love is baseball and the Rockies, but I'm basically a sports junkie. Other than watching, or playing sports, I like to play video games, nerdy I know but I'm still only 22, and hang out with friends. I also do a lot of social media between Facebook, Twitter (follow me@ MrkykyDomingos), and Instagram.
My goal after I graduate is to find a job and move out! I would love to have a career as a sportswriter, and I'm hoping this Purple Row experience can help me towards that goal. If not, I can always fall back on my business degree (right?). I look forward to contributing here on Purple Row and I can't wait for the season to start! Go Rockies!
Charlie Drysdale (Charlie77)
Born and raised in Western Colorado, my heart has always bled purple. I watched the Rockies inaugural game against the Mets with my History teacher in 1993. Four days later I snuck a radio into class and was punished for celebrating when EY Sr. hit a leadoff home run against the Expos.
Currently living in Southwestern Utah, the family and I take regular trips to view the many levels of the Rockies organization. These trips provide a unique opportunity to see the developmental side of the Rockies: from Spring Training and Fall League games in Phoenix, to the Modesto Nuts in nearby California and Grand Junction Rockies in Colorado and Utah.
My background is in graphic arts and video, with a portfolio that includes work for the NFL Network and ESPN. Later I became an Operations Manager for a national retail chain and earned my MBA. Happily married for 14 years with 3 beautiful children, my wife and I are physical fitness enthusiasts. My hobbies include: mountain biking, hiking and photography.
Jordan Freemyer (free7694)
I guess I'll start with this at the beginning; I was born in Denver and raised in Greeley, where I still live now. I've been a Rockies fan since the Rockies existed; in fact there were four generations of my family at Opening Day 1993. I missed the Coors Field opener in '95 with the chicken pox. My favorite player growing up was Neifi Perez, and now it's Tulo. I guess I have a thing for shortstops (My favorite non-Rockie ever is Cal Ripken Jr.).
I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in December 2010 with a degree in journalism & mass communications and have interned with both the school's athletic department and the Greeley Grays summer collegiate baseball team. My work has also been published in both the Greeley Tribune and Johnstown Breeze.
Aside from baseball, I do enjoy video games and movies as well as a myriad of other sports. I'm looking forward to contributing my voice to the great community and staff here at Purple Row and I hope you all enjoy what I have to say.
Jennifer Justus (Justus)
Most of my early life was spent in Colorado - I moved to Fort Collins from the east coast and then lived in Boulder while I was at the University of Colorado. I moved to Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2010. Since then I have had to enjoy baseball from afar, which has given me a much greater appreciation for the Rockies team and every single moment I've ever spent watching live baseball.
Now I spend my baseball-free time practicing martial arts, commuting to work and school by bicycle, and enjoying a really exceptional live music scene.
Kevin Minor (AFDenverFan)
I can remember rooting for Denver baseball back to the days of the Bears at Mile High in the early 80s. After giving up on being a baseball player by high school, I have remained a fan of the sport in general, and more specifically the Rockies, ever since.
Since joining the USAF the same year as the Rockies started playing baseball, I have moved several times but always lived within a few hours of either the Rockies or one of their minor league affiliates - except for the past two years. I spent those two years in Africa and relied on Purple Row for news and
information on the Rockies.
Now that I've returned to the United States, I look forward to giving back to the community. While interested in statistical analysis of the sport, I am a self-recognized amateur on the subject, having specialized in history and international affairs in my collegiate studies.
I have carefully cultivated three other Rockies fans by first marrying a Cubs fan and converting her and then having two daughters who equally love the color purple and going to baseball games. I am happy to discuss baseball, sports, life, Africa, and the military.
Jay Tymkovich (squalene203)
Greetings readers! My name's Jay Tymkovich (formerly squalene203), a long time Purple Row reader/commenter and even longer time Rockies fan. I was born and raised in Broomfield but have been living in LA the past few years, where both the air and fan quality is far inferior.
Baseball has always been a passion of mine; watching it, playing it, reading about it. I even wrote my Senior Thesis in economics about it (download it HERE if you're a glutton for punishment). In the last five or so years hardly a day has gone by where I haven't read an article on Purple Row, and I'm very excited to contribute to the excellent community that has developed here. So, in conclusion, GO ROCKIES.