This Friday, the Colorado Rockies play their home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The weather is supposed to be beautiful for baseball, adding to the fun for the fans who will pack Coors Field to celebrate the hopefulness of a new season. And taking the mound for the Rockies on Friday will be 23 year old rookie pitcher Kyle Freeland. This is particularly newsworthy because Freeland grew up in Denver, enjoying Rockies games in Coors Field since he was old enough to walk.
Freeland was born in Denver, and graduated from Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School. Freeland then pitched for 3 years at the University of Evansville, before being drafted by his favorite team in the first round in 2014. Friday’s game will be his first Major League start.
The Rockies play in Coors Field, which is one of the best ballparks in the country. Unfortunately, they have struggled the last 10 years to put a team on the field that is anywhere near as great as their park. But a new year brings new hope, and the Rockies will be sending a group of very young starting pitchers to the mound this season. Hopefully they can keep the team in the game until the Rockies offensive stars Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, and DJ LeMehieu put runs on the scoreboard.
Banjo Billy is rooting for a Rockies resurgence. YEEEEHHHAAAAWWWW ROCKIES!