By Alexander Rea
Wheat Ridge High School’s varsity baseball team got the special experience of playing on Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, for a non-conference exhibition against Monarch High School on March 23.
Both baseball programs were asked to sell Rockies tickets in exchange for a fun-filled day that all levels got to enjoy.
“Every player in the program is supposed to sell 25 tickets,” said the school’s head coach Adam Miller. This will be the 16th year Miller and WRHS have worked with the Rockies.
Players offered tickets to four different Rockies games: May 29 vs. San Francisco Giants, June 1 and 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, and June 19 vs. New York Mets.
For all the players who sold their required tickets, they were granted the day off from school, a bus ride to Coors Field, a tour of the big league locker room, and even got to take pictures and play catch on the field.
“The Rockies, weather depending, may curtail the lower level activities or some of our pregame, but unless it’s raining or snowing the varsity is good to go,” said Miller.
The weather ended up being a factor as the game was originally scheduled for Monday, March 19, but was pushed back to that following Friday. The seven-inning game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Senior Payton Dietrich played his last inning on Coors Field, at least in a Farmer uniform.
“Playing on a big league field was an awesome experience, having no bad hops was great,” exclaimed Dietrich who gathered nine putouts during the game, to prove he’s qualified.
“My favorite part of the game was actually getting my first hit of the season,” continued Dietrich on his one-for-three day with a walk and a stolen base.
“I sold my Rockies tickets by taking them to my sister’s games and selling them to parents there and also my mom and dad helped sell them at their work,” said Dietrich, who has become an expert salesman over the past four years.
The program works as an excellent trade as players get a rare opportunity to see a big league field at the ultimate perspective, and the Rockies in turn get a great look and some seats filled.