Major League Baseball Tour
San Diego Padres
ABOUT THE GAME
2 hours 38 minutes
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
62 degrees, overcast
Did you know?
As we travel from one Major League Baseball stadium to the next, we are really enjoying how each stadium is completely different and has its own character, history, and architecture. Here are a few of the unusual facts about Coors Field Stadium that we found especially interesting.
Facts Unique to
Coors Field Stadium
High Altitude Baseball
It’s important to note that the wind can easily play a much greater role than altitude in turning fly balls into home runs. The same 400-foot shot, with a 10-mph wind at the hitter’s back, can turn into a 430-foot blast. (A 10-mph wind is close to the average prevailing wind in the United States.) So, it’s easy to see how a good tailwind can beat high altitude for home-run hitting any day.
An important effect of altitude on baseball is the influence thinner air has on pitching. In general, curve balls will be a little less snappy, and fastballs will get about an extra six inches of giddy-up due to the decrease in resistance the thinner air provides.
About the Stadium
Retired Numbers (42) and (17)
The Colorado Rockies have two retired numbers: 17 and 42.
In 1997, the Colorado Rockies, Major League Baseball and other Major League Clubs celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. On August 13, 1997, in a ceremony attended by Jackie’s widow, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon, the Colorado Rockies officially retired the number 42 in honor of Jackie’s historic and heroic contributions to the game of baseball.
Todd Helton’s number 17 was retired on August 17, 2014 in honor of his 17 years of service to the Colorado Rockies. Having played his entire career in Colorado, Todd retired as the career leader in almost every offensive category in team history. His commitment to the organization and community were recognized with a weekend-long celebration culminating in a pregame ceremony and unveiling of his number plaque in center field above the bullpens.
Our Reflections on the Game
Advice and reflections from the Glanville Team
Thoughts from James
Coors field Colorado Rockies. It was a perfect day for baseball not too hot or cold and my mom said she liked the clean bathrooms. Coors Field, you feel like you are in the mountains and the balls fly high!James
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado. Centrally located and within walking distance to great restaurants and hotels. The feel from the outside is of an old brick stadium and gives the feel of old baseball, yet it is modern and completely dialed. SUPER clean restrooms and lots of different food choices!! Including the Denver dog (a hotdog) of course!Christie
Some snapshots from the game.
Thank you for following along! Stay tuned, next we are heading to Anaheim, California to the Angels Stadium on April 24th, 2016. See you after!