Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and celebrities across the globe have stepped up to help in any way they can. Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia has followed suit, saying he was “unable to just sit at home and do nothing while knowing that others within his community were in dire straits…”
Tapia was able to help around 150 families in the Dominican Republic after he arranged a drive to gather food, medical supplies, and other necessities. While we’ve always admired Tapia for his fun attitude, gameplay, and lovable personality, we’re now seeing him shine off the field doing what he can to help those in need.
While Raimel Tapia is doing what he can to help out in need, it appears that Aramark (the company employing all concession workers at Coors Field) and the Rockies themselves have not stepped up in the same way.
Debra Gow-Kennedy and her husband both work for Aramark at Coors Field and have felt the blow during this crisis and have been forced to pawn their belongings off just to make ends meet. Gow-Kennedy and many other employees are already in struggling just two weeks after what should have been the start of the season. While a lot of teams have been working to help out employees during this time, here’s to hoping the Rockies and Aramark make sure this group is given the care they deserve going forward.
Creative ideas for when and how to start the MLB season have been published left and right over the last few weeks, but Arizona Sports put forth an interesting (albeit self-serving) strategy for how to get baseball going on…Put all the games in Arizona!
The heat was enough to scare me on this idea until the article pointed out the fact that no fans would be present. But with ten spring training stadiums in addition to Chase Field, the idea would be to play three nationally televised games per day in Chase Field with the rest of the teams playing across the area on their local broadcasts. It would be a great chance to get games started in the only place in the country able to meet the demands of having 30 MLB teams in action on a regular basis. Plus the Rockies wouldn’t be too far from home.
People tend to get down on Rockies pitchers more often than not, but why not focus on all the great pitching performances in franchise history? Was it Freeland in the 2018 Wild Card Game against the Cubs when he gave up just four hits in 6 2⁄3 innings of shutout baseball? Or maybe Germán Márquez’s near no-hitter against the Giants that proved to be one of the high points of the 2019 season? Some people think the no-hitter Ubaldo Jiménez threw in 2010 is the most obvious choice seeing that it’s the only no-no in franchise history.
I’ll always be partial to Freeland’s heroics at Wrigley Field but Roxpile made some pretty convincing arguments for these other performances, all of which were special moments in Rockies history.