Rockies host Play Ball Weekend at Coors Field

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DENVER This weekend’s three-game series against Toronto will be celebrated as PLAY BALL Weekend at Coors Field. PLAY BALL Weekend will feature youth in various ways, from pregame baseball/softball team parades around the warning track, to helping Manager Bud Black deliver the lineup card to the umpires, to announcing “Play Ball!” to start each of the three games. The core event of PLAY BALL Weekend is Photo Day, taking place on Saturday, 4:30-5:25 p.m.

MLB launched PLAY BALL in 2016 as a league-wide initiative to encourage youth participation in both formal and informal baseball/softball activities. The PLAY BALL initiative weaves in perfectly with the Rockies’ ongoing efforts in youth baseball/softball and the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle.

The following events will take place over the course of the weekend:

Friday, May 31 vs. Blue Jays, 6:40 p.m.

PLAY BALL Lineup: Rockies players and members of the Rangeview High School RBI baseball team will exchange caps on the field prior to the game to kick off PLAY BALL Weekend at Coors Field. PLAY BALL Weekend will feature youth in various ways.

PLAY BALL Pregame Youth Parade: Around 1,700 youth baseball and softball players and coaches from around the state will take a lap around the warning track prior to the game.

PLAY BALL Lineup Card Delivery: A lucky kid will get the honor of accompanying Manager Bud Black as they take the Rockies lineup card to the umpires at home plate.

“Play Ball” Announcement: A lucky kid will get the honor of taking the mic and announcing “Play Ball!” to start the game.

Color Guard by Montbello JROTC
Canadian and U.S. National Anthems by Fountain International Magnet School

Wives Grab Bags: The significant others of Rockies players and coaches will sell grab bags filled with autographed baseballs on the main concourse behind Section 131. The funds raised will help the Colorado Rockies Foundation and fund the annual Children’s Hospital trip to Rockies Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Saturday, June 1 vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m.

PLAY BALL Photo Day: All fans should get to the ballpark early for a special PLAY BALL Weekend Photo Day with Rockies players and coaches, as well as Rockies alumni, Manny Corpas, Ryan Spilborghs and Cory Sullivan, posing with fans on the field. Gates A, C and D open to the public at 4:15 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event will end by 5:25 p.m.

PLAY BALL Lineup Card Delivery: A lucky kid will get the honor of accompanying Manager Bud Black as they take the Rockies lineup card to the umpires at home plate.

“Play Ball” Announcement: A lucky kid will get the honor of taking the mic and announcing “Play Ball!” to start the game.

Ian Desmond End NF Group: Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will host fans during pregame as part of his End Neurofibromatosis campaign with the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Color Guard by Poudre River Young Marines
Canadian National Anthem by Kristy Locke
National Anthem by Denver Public Schools

Wives Grab Bags: The significant others of Rockies players and coaches will sell grab bags filled with autographed baseballs on the main concourse behind Section 131. The funds raised will help the Colorado Rockies Foundation and fund the annual Children’s Hospital trip to Rockies Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sunday, June 2 vs. Blue Jays, 1:10 p.m.

PLAY BALL WEEKEND Autograph Sunday: Four Rockies players will sign autographs down the first base line starting at 11:40 a.m.
PLAY BALL Lineup Card Delivery: A lucky kid will get the honor of accompanying Manager Bud Black as they take the Rockies lineup card to the umpires at home plate.

“Play Ball” Announcement: A lucky kid will get the honor of taking the mic and announcing “Play Ball!” to start the game.

PLAY BALL Pregame Youth Parade: Around 2,000 youth baseball and softball players and coaches from around the state will take a lap around the warning track prior to the game.

Color Guard by Evergreen Fire Rescue
Canadian National Anthem by Kristy Locke
National Anthem by St. Vrain Valley Schools

God Bless America (seventh inning) by Airman First Class Alex Szasz
Hero of the Game: The Rockies will honor Petty Officer First Class Nick Stone during the seventh-inning stretch. Petty Officer Stone has been recognized by the Navy for his superior performance at the Navy Information Operation Command as a cryptologic technician, receiving two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and a Joint Service Accommodation Medal.

PLAY BALL Giveaway Item: Upon exit from the ballpark (beginning in the seventh inning), a limited number of PLAY BALL Eye Black sticks will be distributed to kids at the gates.