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Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Biggest pop culture moments for all 30 teams | MLB.com

Dodger closer Kenley Jansen may take the mound to Tupac Shakur’s ‘California Love’, but Tupac’s clothing selection has shown some love to the Rockies dugout, too.

Tupac wore the infamous ‘Catch The Fever’ shirt for a show in 1993, and the shirt saw a resurgence 24 years later. Ian Desmond printed them out for the whole team in 2017 as the team worked toward their first postseason appearance in eight years. MLB.com released an article talking about the biggest pop culture moment for each MLB team, instead citing the 1996 film The Fan as the Rockies moment. “The Rockies haven’t had many movies, but they are the “other” team in this thriller with Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes.”

RoxPile called this film “the forgotten horrible movie with ties to the Rockies” a month ago. The film follows a San Francisco Giants player; fortunately there have been other pop culture moments where the Rockies were in the spotlight, rather than merely being an opponent.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been spotted in an occasional Rockies hat as well—likely due to his initials, but perhaps a love for the team too.

Jeff Bailey of The Denver Post suggested the characters of Colorado-based South Park should do a race promotion in place of the Comfort Dental Tooth Trot. It would be a prime pop culture opportunity even if just one of the South Park characters were added to the mix.

ESPN to televise Korea Baseball Organization games | ESPN

The NC Dinos and Samsung Lions faced each other at 11 p.m. Denver time, kicking off the KBO’s slate of games on ESPN. Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez were the commentators.

ESPN’s broadcasts of KBO action on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday have a 3:30 a.m. (Mountain) scheduled first pitch. With a wake-up in Denver around 6 a.m. or so, you can start your day with some late-inning action.

Everything you need to know about the KBO | DRays Bay (SB Nation, Tampa Bay Rays)

The KBO is comprised of 10 teams. It is a “more pitching-friendly league” with respect to a lower league ERA than MLB last year. There also seems to be some deep-rooted bonds between many players: “There are only a few dozen high school and college teams [in Korea]. Most of the players in the KBO have known each other from childhood.”

Stadium Review – Coors Field, Denver | Bat Flips & Nerds: A British Take on Baseball

Coors Field scores an 8.5 out of 10 on this rather comprehensive review. Author Sarah Briggs talks about lower downtown and the Union Station area extensively, as well as the more unique aspects of Coors Field that Rockies fans have become accustomed to.

Briggs says the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field has “some of the freshest Blue Moon beer, because it is brewed on site to the same specifications as the main Coors brewery in Golden.” Blue Moon’s website says their story began at the Sandlot, where the “fan favorite” beer debuted as “Bellyslide Wit” in the inaugural season at Coors Field (1995).

The review mentions how each brick at the ballpark is engraved with the words “Coors Field”. The bricks also say “Robinson” for the Robinson Brick Company, and ballpark construction workers placed (most) bricks with the words facing inward. A few bricks have been found with the words facing outward.