20 Stadiums in 20 Days – Coors Field

If you read my last post, you’ll recall that I was in Los Angeles. Two days later, the second leg of my business trip took my husband and I to Denver, home of the Colorado Rockies. Whereas our experience at Dodger Stadium had been sunny and warm, our visit to Coors Field turned out to be anything but that. However, it was a great night.

We were apparently following the Dodgers, as we would see them take on the Rockies on September 17, 1996.

coors.jpgThis picture is the only one from our visit to Coors. It was not taken the night of the game we went to – note that the sky is beautiful and sunny. Less than 24 hours prior, it was dark, rainy, and cold. So rainy that I didn’t even try to take my camera to the game, which is really unlike me.

So why did we go to a rainy night game? Because this was only the second season for Coors Field, and it was still pretty hard to get tickets. I’d ordered the tickets in advance once I knew we’d be in Denver, and was only able to get Rockpile seats for the game. Still, we had the tickets and wanted to use them, considering our flight home left the next afternoon.

It hadn’t actually been raining all day, though it was looking threatening. And having just come from L.A., we didn’t have anything warm to wear. So a few hours before game time, we ended up in a Gap in downtown Denver, buying jackets with fleece linings in them.

As we left our hotel for the walk to the stadium, it was raining lightly. Once we got to the stadium it continued to rain. Game time comes, and guess what? Rain delay!

Ultimately a two-hour rain delay. Lord only knows why we waited it out, and didn’t just go back to the hotel. But we walked around and around the concourse, and eventually it was announced that the game would start. We made our way to our seats.

Not only were they in the Rockpile, the farthest section from the field, they were only a few rows from the very top of the Rockpile. But because of the delay, there were a lot of empty seats, so after an inning or two we moved down to the front of the section.

It never did really stop raining; it just sort of drizzled and misted most of the night. And even though we had our brand new fleece-lined jackets, I still froze my *ss off!

Eventually we made our way over to the first row or two of the left-center field seats. While we were there, we saw a home run hit by the Dodgers’ Tim Wallach bounce off some guy’s chest, only to be claimed by another guy sitting a few rows in front of him. The first guy tried to argue that the ball should be his because it hit him first, but to no avail.

The Rockies didn’t do much that night, losing to the Dodgers 9-0.

So what, you ask, was so great? Hideo Nomo had just pitched a no-hitter at the most hitter-friendly park in the major leagues. And we had witnessed it!

The next day was, of course, beautiful, but we had a late afternoon flight to catch. We walked around the stadium area, so I could take the above picture. A man walking down the street asked us if we wanted two tickets to that afternoon’s game, as he couldn’t use them. We said “no thanks”. After walking another block we could have kicked ourselves, having just realized that we could have gone in at least for a few innings, even if we didn’t stay for the whole game. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.

Postscript: we still have the jackets we bought in Denver, and I often wear mine during the winter. And believe it or not, the price of Rockpile tickets is still the same as we paid almost 13 years ago – only $4!

Trivia Tid-Bit! Can anyone tell me what was unusual about this game? (yes, I know, but I want to see if you do)

Up next, The Ballpark In Arlington.

 

11 Comments

Isn’t it funny how we always end up having to buy things when we go to games? We went to a Red Sox game at the end of May in Fenway. We had coats & hats & mittens but it was SO cold we had to go and buy Red Sox fleece blankets to wrap ourselves up in them!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I can’t believe you got to watch a no-hitter! I wouldn’t have liked the cold and rain at all, but seeing a no-no is quite a dividend. Looking forward to your next road trip!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

There was something more unusual than a no-hitter? Wow…can’t wait to hear what that was!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Nomo’s no-no… not only a great feat, but also an excellent tongue twister!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Interesting, only people whose names start with “J” have commented on this post!
Julia – yes, it certainly drives the cost of the game up when you have to buy more clothing just to stay warm!
Jane – normally I don’t tolerate cold well, so I guess it was divine intervention that caused us to stay for the big payoff!
Jenn – yes, there was something unusual. You’ll find out in the next stadium installment. :-)
Jeff – say it really fast three times, especially after having a drink (or two)!
Sue

Could it be that game was Hideo Nomo’s Red Sox debut? Neat blog on Coors. I love that the Rockpile tickets are the same price. Great game to have witnessed…D
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

Only no-hitter at coors field. But also any no-hitter is special, especially a rainy one! That sounded like a fun game.
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

D – this was Nomo’s no-hitter as a Dodger, though he did go on to throw one for the Sox as well. I’d love to get back to Coors sometime when it’s sunny and warm!
Diamond – as it was getting late in the game and the crowd realized what was happening, it was pretty cool! (and I’m not talking about the temperature!)
Sue

Hi, Sue …

Great idea, “20 Stadiums in 20 Days” !!!

It made me think of how many Stadiums I have visited over the years, and the total is: “Nine” Major League Stadiums, and “Two” Minor League Ballpaks !!!
Of the ones you have featured already, I have visited Camden Yards [two times]; and, Fenway Park [two times] … I have never been to Coors Field or Dodgers Stadium !!!
Also, on my list: Yankee Stadium [many, many, times]; Shea Stadium; the K.C. Royals ballpark; and, the old Stadiums in Detroit; Cleveland; Philadelphia; Cincinnati … The two minor league parks were in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Norwich, CT. … So, Sue, I have to increase my traveling to catch-up to your total of 20 Stadium visits !!!
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Sue, regarding the unusual event in the above game, I would say, it was not only the “no-hitter” by Hideo Nomo, but, also, the fact that it was a “complete game” no-hitter by Nomo !!!
The “Complete Game” by starting pitchers is becoming as rare as a shutout, or no-hitter !!! … I would like to see teams increase the pitch-count for starters, and not limit their innings … It would be great to actually see [more than] a few “complete games” pitched by starting pitchers this year and in future seasons !!!
Take care, Sue, and keep up the excellent work on your blog !!!
– Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Jimmy – that’s not what I was thinking of, thought you’re right, complete games are unusual these days! Hope you get to visit some new stadiums – how about new Yankee and new Shea this year? Thanks for the kind words!
Sue

Sue,
I was googling Nomo and found your post! Wow! You got to see his no-hitter. In all the games I have attended, I have yet to see a no hitter. Good for you. My only time in Colorado, it had snowed the night before and they did not give us our luggage until the following day. I was at the game drinking a couple of cups of hot chocolate. It was freezing and I was wishing I had my Dodger poncho with me that I had left in my luggage. Great trip down memory lane . Can you believe

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