For anyone who hasn’t attended the Fan Fest at Coors Field, it was a really great experience for baseball fans. The Rockies had pretty much the entire stadium open for viewing. Depending on where you wanted to start, you could head down to the lower levels and walk past the coach’s conference room and into the Rox clubhouse. Very spacious, lots of TV’s (Helton explained they put video of opposing pitcher on while they begin preparing for game). Walking out of the clubhouse you walk past the home team inside batting cage, down a flight of stairs to the entrance to the dugout.
Across the hall by the clubhouse is a large video room with multiple screens for players to view pretty much any video they want to watch. Further down is the umpire’s room where the only access to the room is by the umpires and the attendant who is assigned to the room. No one else is permitted. Interesting fact: after every final game of that home stand, the umpires always get a police escort to the airport due to the tight schedule. Further down is the visiting batting cage and clubhouse.
Heading upstairs to the club level you can visit the TV and Radio broadcast booths as well as the (very spacious) press box. Along the club level concourse there are activities for kids (minor league player autographs (Nolen Arenado and Tim Wheeler stand out) and one of 2 stages where panel discussions by position players took place. I thought this was the highlight of the fest. Lots of good discussion and you could really tell who were the comics on the team (my opinion is CarGo is the primary-he was cracking everyone up). The panel discussion I attended was Colvin, Cargo, Cuddyer, Helton and EY2.
They discussed favorite/worst parks to play in (SF was a mentioned often about toughest). Helton mentioned that SF has vocal fans, lots of angry fans, he said they will say anything to you while you are on deck. Just about every one of the players mentioned NL West parks as tough.
Overall it was a great day down at the park. Managed some autographs (De LA Rosa, Cargo, Pomeranz, Arenado,) saw a ton of areas you normally don’t get to see and listening to Tulo and crew talking baseball. Nacasio walked by and he looked very ready for spring ball! Highly recommend it to anyone like those of us on Rox Walkoff!