9.24.16 Rockies Game Notes

Attached are the game notes for the Colorado Rockies’ 7:10 p.m. MT game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

9.23.16 Rockies Game Notes

Attached are the game notes for the Colorado Rockies’ 8:10 p.m. MT game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

9.22.16 Rockies Game Notes

Attached are the game notes for the Colorado Rockies’ 8:10 p.m. MT game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Into Not-That-Thin Air

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Prior to the final game of the recent series in Arizona, Eddie Butler found some time before stretch to head up onto the technological marvel that is the Chase Field roof. Some friendly Chase Field stadium operations staffers served as his guides/sherpas. Luckily for us, he brought his camera so that he could document his ascent of the self-proclaimed “most unique venue” in baseball. chase-wheel

During the hours prior to stretch and batting practice, while many professional baseball players across the land are engaged in card games or deep into their iPads, Eddie was already getting started on his workout. At roughly 250’ above the ground at its center, the massive roof takes a bit of effort to access. From the top of the upper deck, Eddie was escorted up a long and narrow set of stairs that led to the catwalk that runs along the interior perimeter of the ballpark. Once he completed his climb and was onto the catwalk, Eddie started to hear the groaning and popping of the roof as it began to slowly close for batting practice. His timing could have not been more perfect.

He got there just in time to experience, up close, six movable trusses comprised of nine million pounds of structural steel being pulled closed by over four miles of cable. If that sounds impressive to you, then… well, yes, it’s quite impressive indeed.

As soon as the roof was closed and everything was prepared for a nice climate-controlled batting practice session down below, Eddie and company were able to push on towards the summit. Eddie had visions of getting to the very top of the roof, and he would not be denied. This harrowing portion of the ascent would involve jumping over the catwalk and climbing over the rollers (each weighing a few tons themselves) and the cable to access the small overlap between the trusses. After slipping between the narrow gap, he was literally on top of the Arizona baseball universe.

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The surface of the Chase Field roof is described by Butler as “squishy, with a little bit of give to it.” For the faint of heart, it would be helpful to remember at this point that we’re talking about nine million pounds of structural steel underfoot. Chances are it will hold up. After some time spent meandering along the sprawling expanses of the roof, far above the city of Phoenix, Eddie decided that he needed one more shot on his camera before heading down. He just had to get a shot of the gap between the trusses at the highest point. Butler got down on his stomach and literally wedged himself between the gap in what sounds like the ultimate nightmare scenario for people who have both claustrophobia and acrophobia.

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With that, Butler had accomplished what he set out to do, and it was time to head back down and get on with what would otherwise be just another day in life of a Major Leaguer.

What will Eddie’s follow-up advanture be on his next trip to Chase Field? Well, maybe they’ll let him rappel from the roof to go change out those flags for cleaning. Yes, that is how they get to the flags. Not kidding.

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As fascinating as the Chase Field roof is as a modern marvel of engineering, we still prefer our Rocky Mountain backdrop and blue Denver skies overhead.

9.21.16 Rockies Postgame Notes

Attached are the postgame notes for the Rockies’ 11-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at Coors Field.

9.21.16 Rockies Game Notes

Attached are the game notes for the Colorado Rockies’ 1:10 p.m. MT game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field.

9.20.16 Rockies Postgame Notes

Attached are the postgame notes for the Rockies’ 10-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at Coors Field.

9.20.16 Rockies Game Notes

Attached are the game notes for the Colorado Rockies’ 6:40 p.m. MT game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field.

9.19.16 Rockies Postgame Notes

Attached are the postgame notes for the Rockies’ 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field.

9.19.16 Rockies Game Notes

Attached are the game notes for the Colorado Rockies’ 6:40 p.m. MT game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field.