GJ Rockies will open season in Ogden


Grand Junction Rockies 2012 Schedule

Home games played at Suplizio Field

Home games first pitch: Monday,-Saturday, 7:05 p.m.; Sunday 2:05 p.m.

First Half

Monday, June 18 @ Ogden

Tuesday, June 19 @ Ogden

Wednesday, June 20 @ Ogden

Thursday, June 21 @ Idaho Falls

Friday, June 22 @ Idaho Falls

Saturday, June 23 vs. Idaho Falls (Opening Day)

Sunday, June 24 vs. Idaho Falls

Monday, June 25 vs. Orem

Tuesday, June 26 vs. Orem

Wednesday, June 27 vs. Orem

Thursday, June 28 @ Ogden

Friday, June 29 @ Ogden

Saturday, June 30 @Orem

Sunday, July 1 @ Orem

Monday, July 2 @ Orem

Tuesday, July 3 vs. Orem

Wednesday, July 4 vs. Orem

Thursday, July 5 vs. Idaho Falls

Friday, July 6 vs. Idaho Falls

Saturday, July 7 vs. Ogden

Sunday, July 8 vs. Ogden

Monday, July 9 vs. Ogden

Tuesday, July 10 – Off

Wednesday, July 11 @ Missoula

Thursday, July 12 @ Missoula

Friday, July 13 @ Missoula

Saturday, July 14 @ Billings

Sunday, July 15 @ Billings

Monday, July 16 @ Billings

Thursday, July 17 @ Billings

Wednesday, July 18 – Off

Thursday, July 19 vs. Missoula

Friday, July 20 vs. Missoula

Saturday, July 21 vs. Missoula

Sunday, July 22 vs. Missoula

Monday, July 23 vs. Billings

Tuesday, July 24 vs. Billings

Wednesday, July 25 vs. Billings (Mesa County Day)

Thursday, July 26 – Off

Friday, July 27 @ Idaho Falls

Saturday, July 28 @ Idaho Falls

Second Half

Sunday, July 29 @ Idaho Falls

Monday, July 30 @ Idaho Falls

Tuesday, July 31 vs. Orem

Wednesday, Aug. 1 vs. Orem

Thursday, Aug. 2 vs. Orem

Friday, Aug. 3 vs. Ogden

Saturday, Aug. 4 vs. Ogden

Sunday, Aug. 5 vs. Ogden

Monday, Aug. 6 @ Orem

Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ Orem

Wednesday, Aug. 8 @ Orem

Thursday, Aug. 9 @ Ogden

Friday, Aug. 10 @ Ogden

Saturday, Aug. 11 @ Ogden

Sunday, Aug. 12 – Off

Monday, Aug. 13 vs. Helena

Tuesday, Aug. 14 vs. Helena

Wednesday, Aug. 15 vs. Helena

Thursday, Aug. 16 vs. Great Falls

Friday, Aug. 17 vs. Great Falls

Saturday, Aug. 18 vs. Great Falls

Sunday, Aug. 19 vs. Great Falls

Monday, Aug. 20 – Off

Tuesday, Aug. 21 @ Helena

Wednesday, Aug. 22 @ Helena

Thursday, Aug. 23 @ Helena

Friday, Aug. 24 @ Helena

Saturday, Aug. 25 @ Great Falls

Sunday, Aug. 26 @ Great Falls

Monday, Aug. 27 @ Great Falls

Tuesday, Aug. 28 @ Idaho Falls

Wednesday, Aug. 29 @ Idaho Falls

Thursday, Aug. 30 @ Orem

Friday, Aug. 31 @ Orem

Saturday, Sept. 1 vs. Idaho Falls

Sunday, Sept. 2 vs. Idaho Falls

Monday, Sept. 3 vs. Idaho Falls

Tuesday, Sept. 4 vs. Idaho Falls

Wednesday, Sept. 5 vs. Ogden

Thursday, Sept. 6 vs. Ogden

Opening day will have to wait a few days for the Grand Junction Rockies.

At least the home opener.

The Rookie affiliate of the Colorado Rockies opens the 2012 season on the road, playing June 18-20 at Ogden, Utah, then June 21-22 at Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Professional baseball hits Suplizio Field at 7:05 p.m. on June 23 against Idaho Falls, the start of a five-game homestand.

“From a selfish standpoint, it gives us some extra time to make sure we’re ready,” General Manager Tim Ray said Tuesday after the schedule was released. “We like the schedule for a lot of reasons.”

The schedule was approved by Major League Baseball during last week’s winter meetings in Dallas.

One of the biggest pluses on this summer’s schedule: the Rockies are home July 4.

“We’re glad we’re home for July 4. That’s going to be a big day,” Ray said. “We’re already talking with the city about partnering up for that day and make it a fun day for the fans.”

Other than opening day and July 4, one special day has been set, “Mesa County Day” on July 25, with first pitch at 2:05 p.m.

“We’re in the very early stages,” Ray said. “With Mesa County Day, we want to be able to invite everybody to come out to the ballgame.

“Rob (Schoeber, the director of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation) said they have free swimming (at Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool) on Wednesdays, so we want to take advantage of that and have kids come to the game before or after they swim, get their families involved.”

Home games Monday through Saturday at Suplizio Field begin at 7:05 p.m. First pitch on Sundays is at 2:05 p.m.

The Pioneer League plays a 76-game split schedule.

Each club has 19 home and 19 away games each half. The first half of the season is June 18 to July 28, with the second half July 29 to Sept. 6.

The first-half winner in each division plays the second-half winner from its own division in a best-of-three playoff series.

Division champions meet in a best-of-three series for the league championship.

Grand Junction is in the South Division with Ogden, Orem and Idaho Falls. In the North Division are four Montana teams, Missoula, Billings, Great Falls and Helena.

Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball have approved Grand Junction’s cap logo, an interlocking GJ that will mirror the interlocking CR worn by the Colorado Rockies. Grand Junction’s uniforms and colors will be the same as the big club’s.

Ray is still in negotiations for a soft goods vendor, so Grand Junction Rockies T-shirts, caps and sweatshirts aren’t yet available. He hopes to have a contract finalized soon.

Currently the only front-office employee, Ray said an assistant GM and an operations director will join the club in the coming weeks. After the first of the year he hopes to have an intern on board to help answer the dozens of phone calls he gets every day.

Season ticket sales are still climbing, with more than 500 sold. Season tickets are $299 each and can be ordered by calling Ray at 970-255-ROCK (255-7625).

Ray will spend the next three months working with local businesses on sponsorships and promotional dates and continue to get the word out about the club.

“We’re in the very early stages of putting it all together,” he said. “The schedule was just released and there was no way to create a specific (promotional) day until the schedule was finalized.

“Now that we have, we can move forward and go to some sponsors about creating some fun days.”


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