VIP picnic at Coors Field for Rockies’ home opener

April 10, 2012

Anything was possible Monday when the Colorado Rockies hosted their first home game of the season preceded by a VIP picnic at Coors Field attended by politicians, former politicians, baseball lovers and those who could wangle a ticket to the ultimate food and fan fest.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock had jointly proclaimed the event Wear Purple Day, and the well-heeled picnic peeps obliged by donning their finest Rockies apparel.

The biggest buzz at the bash was chatter about 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer, the oldest player in Major League Baseball, but closer to this crowd’s age than anyone else on the Rockies bench.

“We’re going to love him if he wins games,” said the ballpark’s patron saint, Pete Coors. “He’s not quite as old as I am.”

Former Gov. Bill Owens, accompanied by his handsome son Mark, made an optimistic yet guarded prediction for the outcome of this season. “They’ll go 83-79 or 84-78,” Owens said about the 162-game season.

New police chief Robert White got his first taste of Rockies’ hospitality at the hearty party where he shared a picnic table with King Soopers’ chief Russ Dispense and Robinson Dairy milkman Charlie Walling.

“I can’t wait to get out of this uniform and get to a couple of games,” Chief White said. “This is a great baseball team.”

Josh Hanfling, former Denver man about town who air jordan spizike recently relocated to London, reminisced about seeing the first Rockies game ever in New York with his dad, Bob.

“I love baseball,” Hanfling said. “They say cricket is just like baseball, but I still don’t get it.” Hanfling said a few British words have invaded his vocabulary. “I say flat instead of apartment, bollocks, and I’ve asked to use the loo.”

“But he hasn’t met the queen, which makes me really disappointed,” Bob, the senior Hanfling, said.

Rockin’ realtor Juanita Chacon took it old school for the home opener by wearing a signed Andrés Galarraga jersey.

“He gave it to me during the inaugural season,” Chacon said about the former first baseman. Chacon, who’s just a tad older than pitcher Moyer, said she was pleased about the 49-year-old’s addition to the team. “The

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