Jeff Popick bio
Player: Jeff Popick
Jersey Number: 25
School: Colorado Mesa University
Height, Weight: 6-4, 220
Best Baseball Memory: Winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Being drafted by my hometown team.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Larry Walker. He played hard.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Parents. They always pushed me.
Favorite Food: Chicken alfredo.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Off-field hobbies: Golf.
Favorite Movie or Book: “The Dark Knight.”
Ever since Jeff Popick started playing baseball in tee-ball, he dreamed of playing for his hometown team, the Colorado Rockies.
That dream became a reality two weeks ago when the Colorado Mesa University All-American was drafted by the Rockies.
It was a surreal moment the first day he returned to Suplizio Field for the Grand Junction Rockies’ first practice on June 11.
“It feels a little different,” Popick said. “Now, it’s pro ball. There are new guys, new coaches, a whole new feel. I’ll get used to it real quick and hope for the best.”
Popick led Colorado Mesa University to its sixth RMAC title in the past eight years and was a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award, given to the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. He hit .424 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 65 RBI this past season.
He received an ovation in the exhibition game last week and will have family and friends in the stands supporting him all year.
“A lot of friends, family have been calling to see what’s going on,” Popick said. “I’m excited to get back here, meet some of these guys and start playing.
“The sky’s the ceiling.”