The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on April 26, 1995 · Page 63
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 63

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Wednesday, April 26, 1995
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The Cincinnati Enquirer BASEBALL '95 Wednesday April 26,1995 G11 v r V ' Spotlight: Coors Field 'If God isn't here,' he can't be far The Associated Press DENVER Last month, replacement players gave Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies' spanking new $215.5 million ballpark, an unofficial christening in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. Nearly a month later, the "real Rockies" were soaking up the ambience of their posh new ballpark as they prepare for a new season and the official opening of Coors Field today. Shortly after flying in from spring training camp in Tucson, Ariz., Rockies' management led players through the facility, signaling the homecoming of Colorado's real boys of summer. First baseman Andres Galarraga sent four balls into left field stands during batting practice, drawing cheers from stadium employees. Galarraga said he'd never forget Mile High Stadium, where the Rockies played two seasons, but he, like most of his teammates, is impressed with Coors Field. "It's unbelievable everywhere you look, inside and out. When I got here, I couldn't find the words to describe how nice it is," he said. Catchers Joe Girardi and Jorge Brito were equally effusive. "If God isn't here, he can't be too far away," Brito said, quoting a Spanish adage. "I love it. I think everyone here is in awe," Girardi said. Outfielder Dante Bichette compared it to Baltimore's Camden Yards, "the only stadium that even comes close." "It's great out there," he said looking over his shoulder toward the outfield. "It's cozy. I feel like a little kid here. This has got to be the most beautiful stadium in the world." Infielder Roberto Mejia, taping the neck of a bat in the Rockies' dugout, said, "I've never seen any- I ! ; ,astt' - ! i . The Associated Press Coors Field, in Denver's lower downtown district, sits in the city's oldest neighborhood, steeped in railroad history. thing like it." Today the Rockies' season opener against the New York Mets season ticket holders who snubbed replacement players last month will watch team officials go through the motions of inaugurating the 50,249-seat ballpark again. This time, team officials assure, it will be official and, hopefully, uneventful in terms of security and parking. Rockies officials tried to keep the March 31 game with replacements low key, saving the fireworks for the return of the regular players. Still, about 47,563 fans toured Coors Field that day. Most said they were there to see the ballpark, not the game. They peered over upper-deck railings at the diamond below, then took in vistas of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Hundreds promenaded around Coors Field's 350-yard main concourse, one of only two in the majors offering fans an unobstruct ed view of the field. Dozens crowded into the Sand-lot Brewery, an on-site microbrew-ery run by the Coors Brewing Co., which paid $30 million for stadium naming rights. A few minor adjustments have been made since eager fans first flooded through turnstiles to tour the state-of-the-art ballpark the National League's first new baseball field in nearly 30 years. Coors Field, in Denver's lower downtown district, sits in the city's oldest neighborhood, steeped in railroad history. "Lodo," once Denver's skid row, is now bustling with baseball paraphernalia shops, art galleries, restaurants, pricey lofts and trendy pubs with names like The Dugout. After the March 31 exhibition game, euphoric fans streamed onto nearby streets, raising expectations the ballpark would fulfill its promise of further reviving downtown Denver. CABLE CUSTOMERS, GALL TODAY AND 02DER THE REDS 021 SPORTSCHANNEL FQ3 AS LITTLE AS PER GAME. THAT'S 38 GAMES FOI1 JUST $19.95. WHAT A DEAL! AFTER MAY 7, THE GAMES WILL COST $5.95 EACH. 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