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Colorado Rockies news and links for Friday, November 24, 2023

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On the heels of the worst season in Rockies history, it’s kinda hard to think about buying Rockies gear right now. I keep deleting emails from the organization about ticket plans, passports, and gift cards. Even though dreams of a full season of Nolan Jones and Brenton Doyle are very exciting, the plethora of pitching problems is postponing any purchasing on my part.

In that light, with a balance of frustration and disappointment with future optimism, here’s a wacky Black Friday gift guide for Rockies fans. Whether you’re just browsing or looking to support a loved one’s addiction to losing, you might be surprised at some of the Rockies apparel and gear that exists. From nostalgia to unmatched oddness to good deals, there is something for everyone.

BreakingT Shirts

From the makers of custom T-shirts most of the country won’t understand, BreakingT is your go-to website. Unfortunately, of the 18 items that come up when you search “Colorado Rockies,” only 17 are for the Rockies, and only six feature current Rockies. Half of those belong to Charlie Blackmon. Two center his face and sunglasses that either say Chuck Nazty or Home Grown, while the other says Mr. 400. One has Kyle Freeland with “I’m a Kyle Freeland Guy,” another has a comic book-style drawing of Kris Bryant that says “K-Boom,” and another has Justin Lawrence’s “Caution Watch For Sweepers,” which is far and away the best.

Otherwise, it’s lots of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Tony Wolters, Troy Tulowitzki, C.J. Cron, Raimel Tapia, Connor Joe, or Las Cucarachas.

Baseball Hall of Fame

I visited this site to check out if there was any interesting or new Larry Walker memorabilia. While there are some Walker mementos, there is also a strange collection of Rockies gear, including a 48-inch authentic on deck circle. If you’ve ever wished you had a turf mat with the Rockies logo in it so you could stand on deck in your living room, in the garage, or maybe even have it with you on the go, you can now.

There are also various baseball cards, plaques, grilling sets, and a weirdly large collection of prints with Bugs Bunny wearing Rockies pinstripes.

MLB Shop

Every kind of jersey, golf shirt, T-shirt, hoodie, and more can be found here. It’s funny that the highlighted jerseys have Blackmon, Bryant, Freeland, Ryan McMahon, or Germán Márquez. MLB Shop, like national baseball reporters and fans, are a little behind on getting Nolan Jones, Ezequiel Tovar, and Brenton Doyle on their radar. If I was getting a jersey right now, it would 100% be Jones. On the other hand, the sale rack is loaded with all sorts of gear and accessories from 2021 All-Star T-shirts that are $6.64 to Blake Street Bombers can coolers ($3.74) and license plate screwcovers ($3.74) in case you need to “spruce up your ride with some Colorado Rockies flair.”

DNVR Locker

The folks at DNVR always come up with good merch. The DNVR Locker shop includes T-shirt designs that say “Colorado Rakes” and “Purple Reign.”

As soon as the Rockies offense actually rakes and there is some sort of reign to celebrate, I would proudly buy either. Other shirts feature “It’s Always Sunny at 20th and Blake” and “Blake Street 32 oz. Bombers.”

FOCO

If bobbleheads are your jam, check the Colorado Rockies gear at FOCO. You have to hurry because many are already sold out, which is mind-blowing. They have Rockies bobbleheads of generic players in All-Star Game host cities over the years, Peanuts characters like Charlie Brown and Snoopy (currently sold out), as DC characters like Superman and Batman, Game of Thrones Rockies (many of which are sold out — really?), and numerous Dingers.

I’m sorry to report that for now, the Rockies nutcracker is sold out. There are also jackets, sandals, utility gloves, robes, and more. The shirt that stands out the most is the floral button-up shirt with Rocky Mountain geographically fitting flamingos.

If nothing else, some of this could be really great for gag gifts or white elephant parties this holiday season. At the same time, until the Rockies can deliver something for fans to celebrate and turn Black Friday into Purple Friday, I’m accepting that it’s ok to stay on the sidelines for merchandise.

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