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Rockies need Blake Street Bombers run at Coors Field

“Spilly” has started a movement that hopefully can’t be stopped.

During the fifth inning of Friday night’s Rockies-Diamondbacks game, Ryan “Spilly” Spilborghs watched the “Legends Race” at Chase Field. He pointed out that the Rockies should have their own version of the run at Coors Field.

Spilly, the former outfielder who is now a TV analyst for Rockies games on AT&T SportsNet, suggested a run featuring the Blake Street Bombers or Rockies legends Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and, maybe Charlie Blackmon when he retires.

For the uninitiated, the in-game races are cool.

Runners are basically human-sized bobbleheads that run around the dirt perimeter of the field. They often topple over as they sprint under the weight of their giant noggins. Or they overturn. It’s a classic slapstick comedy.

The top two are the Racing Presidents at Nationals Park in Washington DC and the Famous Racing Sausages at American Family Field in Milwaukee.

The Race of Presidents features the fearsome Mount Rushmore-inspired quartet of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. Famously, Teddy is always the underdog and he failed to win a single race for almost seven seasons, even with a head start. Teddy finally won for the first time in an afternoon game on October 3, 2012, the first game played after the Nationals reached the playoffs for the first time.

The Brewers’ racing weiners are Brat, Chorizo, Hot Dog, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage. The race is a wonderful nod to Milwaukee’s diverse ethnic roots.

The Rockies used to have the “Tooth Trot”, which was sponsored by a dental company. The competition included Toothy (a tooth), Fresh (a tube of toothpaste) and Bristles (a brush). I don’t invent anything.

The race was commercial and contrived and had nothing to do with our city, our state or the Rockies. The Tooth Trot’s finest moment came in April 2019 when Toothy nearly flattened first baseman Daniel Murphy as he exited the Rockies dugout.

As I used to tweet, “I can’t handle the Dent!”

We may not be able to do anything about the current Rockies product on the field, but we should heed Spilly’s call for a new run.

At Chase Field, caricatures of D-backs legends Mark Grace, Matt Williams, Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez go head-to-head. The Rockies should do something similar. Sure, they would copy the D-Backs, but so what?


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