Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tips for the Colorado Rockies' opening day

Posted by on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 5:37 PM

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As usual, it's snowing in Colorado and baseball is starting. Or, it's 80 degrees in Colorado and baseball is starting. Or it's one in the morning and the other by game time.

Point is, baseball is starting. The Colorado Rockies are back and, with the addition of soft-tosser Jamie Moyer, are either popularly thought to be sure bets to win the World Series, or finish fourth in the division — I forget which.

But if you've done the smart thing and bought your tickets to Opening Day early, then you don't need to sweat the fact that they're sold out. (You can still easily find a few, by the way, on Craigslist.) Feel free to sweat the opponent, the hated San Francisco Giants; think about sweating whether the schedule magnet or team towel is a better get; and maybe sweat a few other things you might not know to, um, sweat.

To that end, and with six days to go, here are four tips to further your full enjoyment of Opening Day at Coors Field:

• Come to the ballpark early, as there is expected to be a heavy demand for parking throughout downtown Denver.

• Coors Field parking lots will open at 10 a.m., with gates to the ballpark opening at noon. (Game time is 2:10 p.m.)

• Ignore the above tips and use public transportation for all your travel needs. If you're coming from the Springs, park at an early light rail station and take it all the way to Union Station. See RTD-Denver.com for more.

• The Opening Day Fest begins at 11 a.m. on 21st Street, between Blake and Market streets. Find games, activities, food and live music, which gets going around noon; the pre-game show begins at 1 p.m.

As to who you'll be watching, here's an update from Troy Renck at the Denver Post:

By delaying activating Jamie Moyer until Saturday and Drew Pomeranz until April 15th, the Rockies will open the season with an extra reliever and bench player, clearing the way for Tyler Chatwood, Eric Young Jr., and Jonathan Herrera to make the team.

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