DENVER — Thursday, April 5, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper joined Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock today in proclaiming Monday, April 9, as “Colorado Rockies Purple Monday” in support of the Colorado Rockies and their 2012 season home opener at Coors Field.
“The Colorado Rockies have captured the enthusiasm, fervor and support of the people of the City and County of Denver, the state of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Region and the nation,” Hickenlooper said in a signed proclamation. “The Colorado Rockies understand the rich tradition that has made baseball America’s national pastime and recognize that we have the greatest fans in the game.”
Hickenlooper is a former high school junkball pitcher and lifelong baseball enthusiast.
Rockies fans are encouraged to wear purple for Opening Day on Monday, April 9. To help celebrate the first home game of the Rockies’ 20th season, Hickenlooper and Hancock will both throw out Opening Day first pitches before the game.
This year has also been designated the “Year of the Fan” by the Colorado Rockies in recognition of the state-wide support the team has received over their 19 seasons as a Major League Baseball franchise.
Here is the full text of the proclamation signed by Hickenlooper.
Whereas, the Colorado Rockies have achieved significant success in recent years; the 2009 Club was one of four National League teams to reach 90 or more wins, as Colorado entered the playoffs as the League’s Wild Card representative for the third time. In 2007, the Rockies earned their first National League Championship and a trip to the World Series; and
Whereas, the Colorado Rockies have captured the enthusiasm, fervor, and support of the citizens of the City and County of Denver, but the State of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Region, and the Nation; and
Whereas, the Colorado Rockies understand the rich tradition that has made baseball America’s national pastime and recognize that we have the greatest fans in the Game, and
Whereas, the fans continued great support has boosted the attendance totals to 59,993,396 after 19 seasons played; and
Whereas, Colorado Rockies Purple Monday is now described as the “official color of the day” and to be worn by those of all ages; both young and old;
Therefore I, John Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim 2012 Opening Day, April 9, 2012,
COLORADO ROCKIES PURPLE MONDAY