• Jugueton Toy Drive
• More than Baseball
• 2013 Fantasy Camp
• Familiar Faces
• TeamSmile Event
• Player Spotlight
• Community Spotlight
December 2 - Venezuelan Winter League All-Star Game December 5 - "Make An Impact" school visits, Erie Elementary School and Aspen Ridge Academy School December 3-6 - Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, Nashville, Tenn. December 7 - Make-A-Wish Store, an event at Children's Hospital Colorado where families can go holiday shopping at the hospital while their children continue their treatments December 6 - Rule VI Draft, Nashville, Tenn. December 11 - Dominican Winter League All-Star Game December 13 - "Make An Impact" school visits, Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School and Meridian Elementary School December 15 - Jugueton 2012, Centro San Juan Diego December 26 - 100 days until Opening Day at Coors Field
MOVEMBER MUSTACHE & MULLET
Charlie Blackmon raising awareness for men's health issues
Testicular cancer, prostate cancer and other serious health concerns are issues that affect millions of men around the world. And it's not just the men who suffer from these diseases; it's also the women and children around them who are fighting the battle. In order to raise funds and awareness for critical men's health issues, the Movember mustache movement has been building over the past few years with millions of men around the world growing mustaches throughout the month of November, asking their friends and family to donate money to this cause.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon is among these mustached men; he knows a number of people who have had bouts with cancer, and with an association to the issue, Blackmon launched a Movember mustache campaign on November 1.
Those who know Charlie, know that he has a good sense of humor and you can imagine that his Movember 'stache would reflect that. While playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic, Blackmon has had fun trimming up his facial hair to create a unique mustache look. And what's more, Blackmon decided to pair his crazy mustache with a mullet hairstyle. Through the rest of the week, you can visit Blackmon's Movember profile page to donate to his campaign and have your money go to a great cause. But there are only a few more days so check it out now!
If donating to a genuinely worthwhile foundation is not enough, Charlie has also offered to add some prizes for those who donate to his campaign. For every donation of $10 or more, fans will receive a signed photo of Charlie. Along with an autographed picture, several donors (the top 25% of donors in terms of money given) will also receive a signed baseball. AND if Blackmon reaches his overall campaign goal of $1,600 by the end of November, he will have lunch with one randomly selected donor next year.
Make sure to follow the Rockies on Facebook and Twitter for Chuck's Movember updates and visit his campaign page, to donate today! For more on Charlie the ballplayer, read this month's Player Spotlight below.
LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF TOYS
Centro San Juan Diego's annual Jugueton toy drive returns this holiday season and the Rockies will again be a major part of the event. Jugueton-which means "toy-a-thon" in Spanish-is an important event for many families in Colorado's Hispanic community and it has become an important resource for families in need. The goal of the event is quite simple: gather as many toys as possible, through donations, for less fortunate families so their children can have a special holiday season. There is always a need for toys, so those interested in helping are asked to bring unwrapped toy(s). Some of the organizations that benefit from toys donated at Jugueton include Grupo VIDA, Father Woody's Haven of Hope and others. During the drive itself, there is entertainment planned for adults and children alike and there may even be a visit from our favorite purple friend, Dinger!
Jugueton 2012 will be held at Centro San Juan Diego, located at 2830 Lawrence Street in Denver, on Saturday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call Centro Juan Diego at (303) 295-9470 extension 104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE TO THE ROCKIES THAN BASEBALL
2012 Adams County Commissioners Career Expo
Members of the Colorado Rockies front office participated in the Adams County Commissioners Career Expo at the Denver Merchandise Mart on Tuesday, November 13.
An important event for all 8th grade students in the Adams Country School District, the career expo provided an opportunity for Rockies staff to spend time with students, teaching them about careers in sports. Along with highlighting various departments within the Rockies organization, outside of the players on the field or the baseball operations staff, Rockies staff imparted to students the importance of focusing on education, staying in school and working hard to achieve their goals.
LIVE THE MAJOR LEAGUE DREAM
2013 Rockies Fantasy Camp
As a kid, did you ever dream of making it to the Major Leagues? Well, at Rockies Fantasy Camp, you get the opportunity to live like a big leaguer saving you all of the years of hard work and sacrifice!
Entering its 16th year in 2013, Rockies Fantasy Camp is a unique opportunity for fans to live like Major League ballplayers for a week, enjoying first-rate hospitality, wearing authentic Rockies gear and utilizing the Rockies' world-class Spring Training complex, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Rockies Fantasy Camp package includes far more than just a few perks here and there. Fantasy Camp includes five days and four nights in Scottsdale, airfare on Frontier Airlines, a hotel room for the week, authentic personalized Rockies uniform, camp photos and other collectibles, Fantasy Camp video, personalized baseball cards, access to exclusive reunion events during the 2013 Rockies season and more.
"It's an all-inclusive dirt cruise," says Rockies Director of Promotions & Special Events Jason Fleming, one of the main coordinators of Rockies Fantasy Camp each year. "Just like an all-inclusive vacation, you go and you don't have a worry."
Well, campers do have to worry about playing ball. They also have to make sure they're ready to have a fun, unforgettable time rubbing elbows with current and former Rockies players and coaches. Campers need to make sure they're ready for the time of their lives. And luckily, for many campers, the Rockies official Major League athletic training staff is at Camp to give them the same treatment the Rockies receive during the season, taking care of all the campers' aches and pains so they can stay on the field throughout the week.
No matter how you break it down, Rockies Fantasy Camp truly is the experience of a lifetime, a dream for any person who ever dreamed of making to the bigs.
Rockies hire Walt Weiss as new Manager and Dante Bichette as new Hitting Coach
In case you haven't heard by now, the Rockies have brought back some familiar faces to the Major League coaching staff for the 2013 season.
On November 9, former Rockie Walt Weiss became the sixth manager in club history. Regarded as an outstanding "baseball mind," Weiss brings a winning tradition with him. Weiss appeared on four World Series teams, winning a world championship in 1989 with the Oakland Athletics, won the 1988 American League Rookie of the Year and has played for and studied the game under some of the most well-respected managers in the history of the game in Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox. Weiss will also bring added grit, intensity and quiet confidence, qualities he was known for as a player.
Along with Weiss, the Rockies brought back Dante Bichette, an all-time fan favorite, to be the Rockies' new hitting coach. Remembered for, among many other things, hitting the 14th-inning walk-off home run on the inaugural game at Coors Field, Bichette has spent the past few years working with his sons-his oldest son Dante Jr. is one of the top-rated prospects in the New York Yankees farm system-and other top prospects in central Florida.
Along with Bichette, Weiss' Major League coaching staff consists of Tom Runnells (bench coach), Jim Wright (pitching coach), Rene Lachemann (first base coach), Stu Cole (third base coach), Bo McLaughlin (assistant pitching coach with focus on relievers) and Jerry Weinstein (catching instruction/defensive positioning coach).
Rockies participate in TeamSmile Event
On Saturday, November 17, the Rockies were part of TeamSmile at the Pepsi Center, an annual event that provides underserved children with vital oral care services. The Rockies and five other Denver pro sports teams participated and Dinger was on hand to mingle with the kids before and after their appointments. Those in attendance at TeamSmile also received a special visit from Rockies legend Vinny Castilla who spent time meeting children and signing autographs.
TeamSmile is an organization whose mission is to "provide no cost oral health education, screening, treatment and preventative care to underserved children and youth" throughout the United States. 2012 was another successful year for TeamSmile in Denver and United Way Colorado invited over 200 children to receive dental care from over 100 local dental professionals. All totaled, the services provided to kids at this year's event totaled over $60,000.
You already know about Charlie Blackmon's humanitarian nature through his Movember mustache campaign detailed in the article above, but Blackmon is also regarded as one of the Rockies' top young outfielders.
Blackmon, 26, has had two stints with the Major League club in the last two seasons, appearing in 27 games in 2011 and 42 games in 2012. During his career in the Majors, Blackmon has compiled a career .270 batting average, with nine doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI.
From September 1 through the end of the 2012 season, Blackmon hit .361, including five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Blackmon hit an impressive .348 in left-on-left matchups in 2012 and he also boasts eight multi-hit games as a big leaguer, including three four-hit games. Blackmon's athleticism makes him an asset in the field and he's seen time at all three outfield positions.
A resident of Warwick, Ga., and a second-round draft pick by the Rockies in 2008, Blackmon returned to Georgia Tech during the 2011 offseason to finish up his degree in business management.
Estevan Flores is an outstanding leader in the Colorado community. Born and raised in Pueblo, Colo., Flores has an impressive and expansive history of making a difference in the lives of the underserved and disenfranchised. He's a respected leader, scholar and teacher with a deep passion for using education to improve the lives of others.
Flores is a visible leader in the community, well-connected and active on a number of boards and leadership organizations. Some of his current and past projects include helping to organize Colorado's Hispanic League and Hispanic Health Coalition and serving on the board of the Hispanic Education Committee of Denver, Clinica Tepeyac, PRAXIS and others.
Among Flores' proudest accomplishments, he was instrumental in overturning a law that excluded undocumented children from Texas' public school system. As a graduate student at the University of Texas-Austin, he volunteered for the United Farm Workers and Texas Farm Workers, and during a case against the U.S. Supreme Court, he provided key testimony as an expert witness on his research. Largely because of Flores' leadership and the exceptional lawyers working on the case, over a million Mexican and other undocumented children have been educated for over 30 years. The legacy of this case, Doe vs. Plyler (1982), reaches into Colorado and 11 other states.