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Grand Junction Rockies center fielder Nico Popa prepares for an at-bat during a game this season at Suplizio Field. Popa has been a consistently good player for the Rockies this season, hitting .416 with a .467 on-base percentage and 45 RBI. The University of Pittsburgh graduate is a crowd favorite. “I feel comfortable out there, I’m having fun,” Popa said.

Nico Popa had never been this far west before joining the Grand Junction Rockies this season.

Now, he’s somewhere everyone knows his name. Every time he steps to the plate at Suplizio Field, the PA announcer says, “Now up to the plate, center fielder number four, Nico—” and the crowd cheers, “Popa!”

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Grand Junction Rockies center fielder Nico Popa prepares for an at-bat during a game this season at Suplizio Field. Popa has been a consistently good player for the Rockies this season, hitting .416 with a .467 on-base percentage and 45 RBI. The University of Pittsburgh graduate is a crowd favorite. “I feel comfortable out there, I’m having fun,” Popa said.

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L: Grand Junction Rockies center fielder Nico Popa prepares for an at-bat during a game this season at Suplizio Field.  R: The University of Pittsburgh graduate is a crowd favorite. “I feel comfortable out there, I’m having fun,” Popa said.