Three cheers for the Junction Rockies

With just a few days of team practice under their belts, the Grand Junction Rockies will take the field tonight in their playing debut, an exhibition game against the Greeley Greys, a summer collegiate team.

We join numerous baseball fans in this region in welcoming the Rockies’ players, coaches and management to Grand Junction and cheering for them to earn what we hope will be one of a long streak of victories.

Tonight’s contest will be this community’s first opportunity to watch and cheer for its own professional baseball team directly connected to a Major League team. The Junction Rockies are the rookie affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, playing in the Pioneer League.

The young players on the Junction Rockies team are hardly household names — with one exception. Outfielder Ryan Garvey is the son of legendary L.A. Dodgers player Steve Garvey. We trust the names of others will become familiar as the season continues — people such as the Rockies’ first-round draft pick David Dahl, pitcher Brian Rike and manager Tony Diaz.

There will be bittersweet moments when the more successful of those players move up the ranks of the Rockies’ farm system, perhaps to one day play at Coors Field.

For now, enjoy the exhibition game tonight at Suplizio Field. Get ready for the season opener next week in Ogden, Utah, and the home opener on June 23.

And, more than anything, get ready to cheer for your Grand Junction Rockies.

Tonight’s game begins at 6 p.m. at Suplizio Field. Tickets are $8 and $10 at the gate.


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