Living in a family of avowed sports fans makes holiday shopping so much easier. If you're ever at a loss for gift giving ideas, there's always a Rockies dugout store nearby. Somehow the fact that I write for Purple Row slipped to my family, so every Christmas I can count on at least two or three Rockies related gifts. Which is awesome.
This year my cousin gave me fifty Rockies baseball cards, procured from his summer visit to Cooperstown. They were largely old-school players; highlights include Eric Young, Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker, and Walt Weiss during his first tour of duty. I also appreciated the Brad Hawpe and Matt Holliday cards, Gen-R players who really got me into the Rockies during the 2007 run.
That cousin is a notoriously savvy gift giver. Last year he gave me this framed picture.
But the cards were actually the extent of my Rockies related gifts, which makes it a light year. My brother said he wanted to get me a Corey Dickerson jersey, but for some reason the dugout store didn't have any. Something about how the player needs to be in the league for a year before commercial jerseys get made. He knew about how much of a man-crush I have on Dickerson; maybe it'll show up under the tree next year.
Speaking of my brother, I got him a black Nolan Arenado shirt jersey (they're called shirseys right?). I figured that was the safest bet; Nolan is sure to be awesome next year, and he'll be a Rockie for a good long time. Also, he's less cliched than Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez. I had to wade through a huge pile of Rutledge shirseys at the store, which I'm sure are three for a dollar, but I got the last Arenado in his size, so I'm pretty happy about that. The only problem is that our mom gave him an identical Arenado shirsey literally right before he opened mine. Oh well; maybe he'll let me have one.
So, valued reader, what kind of Rockies swag did you give or receive this year? Let us know in the comments, with pictures or links if you want.