Wed May 21 2014
What a day! Up at 630 am for an early plane to get to Denver in time for the Rockies 640 pm opener. Plane delayed a bit, Denver in rain as we arrived, got to the Denver Hilton Doubletree in time to check in and cab to Coors field. Our 2nd trip( of 3, eventually) in our 81for93 historic trip.
At the game, aggravation as we fell behind in the 4th, took a 2 run lead in the 5th, tied at 3 in the 6th, what could be better to end a bad day than a 1 run 4-3 lead in the 9th? Especially with Romo, after days of rest, coming in to close. True to style and history Romo walks the 1st batter, but why worry? He always likes a man on base to make his day. A great catch by Pence saves the game at the right field wall, a ground out fielder’s choice keeps a runner off 2nd base with 2 out. Again, with two out, ahead by 3-2 on the next batter, why worry? Except, it was that kind of day. Gonzalez singles the next pitch, but again, why worry, when with a 3-2 count, and 2 out, except once again it was not Romos day. Arenado doubles off the left field wall, and the locals go home with a 5-4 walk off win. The end of a less than perfect day! Still many hopes to take the series, with Cain and Hudson and Hudson due to pitch. There is, however, a historic remembrance. It was after the good start in 2013 that the Giants were crushed at Coors, which started their downward slide. History should not repeat itself.
And now for the ladies view- It was a long day. We had the early start, a delayed flight due to runway closures at SF, and turbulence much of the flight. We arrived in Denver to showers, and had no time to catch lunch. We dropped the bags at the Doubletree, and gobbled the warm chocolate chip cookies. We then grabbed our score books, a cab, and headed to Coors.
At the suggestion of Jamie at Gaga-inc.com I let the Rockies guest relations know we would be arriving. I was so busy that I only emailed the night before. I received a personal phone call from Albert at guest relations answering my questions about the food at Coors, and unique info on the stadium. He had several suggestions, but not having had lunch we opted to follow his suggestion to have a sit down meal at the Mt. Ranch grill. If you want to watch the game here special tickets can be ordered. We had good seats behind the Giants dugout so just wanted a sit down meal. I would suggest a reservation as the place is popular with locals. we met several Rockies locals who told us that they frequented the place
We were given seats along a bar that had an adequate view of the field. Bert opted for the Reuben and fries. He said he liked it. Bert isn’t much of a foodie, so the fact he commented on the generous portion of meat, and the fact that it wasn’t to “wet”was noteable. He said to be ideal he would have liked a bit more sauerkraut, but he liked it enough he would order it every time he went in. I ordered the shrimp sandwich off the special menu. I chose the onion rings. I gave the rings a thumbs down and opted to share Bert’s fries. The sandwich was above average. It had plenty of shrimp and peppers, but the sauce made it soggy in portions. The two 20 somethings next to us had the Helton burger and the French dip. They gave us ratings on their food. The Helton burger he gave a 6 and said it didn’t taste barbecued. I have read other reviews which gave it top marks, so the jury is still out on that. The french dip she gave 8/10 and her boyfriend agreed. The staff was attentive, the details such as purple napkins were good, and the manager wants to make sure you are satisfied.
Bert ordered dessert for both of us. He chose a bowl of ice cream, and got me the ice cream sandwich.
I have to say, that the ice cream sandwich is a meal for two. I would give it a 10/10. It had oatmeal cookies, vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, whipped cream, and fruit. Cookies were great, chewy, and tasty. People around me began drooling when this tasty treat was delivered.
Skip the doorman dropped by the table to chat about baseball history and gave Bert a Digger pin. It is reserved for kids 9 and under and 90 or over he told Bert. He is pictured at top of the page…and yes Bert wore the Digger pin for the game.
The manager posed with Bert on the way out and invited us back in Sept.
We then proceeded to our seats and were met by an MLB photographer from the Rockies. She snapped some photos, and agreed to share then with us. She is a Colorado native yet had not tried the Rocky Mt. Oysters. We invited her to join us for Rocky Mt. oysters the last game.
Coors field is a fun place to watch a game. Tickets were reasonable and we sat in section 142, row 4 seat 5,6. Our new friend Henry Kroll from the last trip to Coors stopped by to drop off some photos and a video for us. Pablo has a nasty habit of spitting a big wad of gum out after each inning onto the field.Yuk!
I had high hopes for the Giants and Mad Bum. I also believed we had another miracle win. It’s a good thing I left my heart in San Francisco, or it would have been broken with the last batter in the 9th. It is a game of inches, and we have shown character all season long. I was disappointed by the loss, because although we may not have the better team as far as super stars, ERA, or RBI’s the Giants have shown heart and pulled wins out of nowhere. This series may be the one that shows if they have enough heart to be World Series champs.