Purple Push for the Grand Junction Rockies Leads Up to Their Inaugural Season Playoffs

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What do you get when you combine a city that hosts an event that completely revolves around baseball with a new minor league team that needs a home? The answer is … the Grand Junction Rockies. Previously a ball team from Casper, Wyoming, the Rockies found their new home this year, and what an inaugural year it has been. Grand Junction has opened their arms to this new team and the Grand Junction Rockies have had a year full of records being set and awards being won, such as setting an opening day attendance record for the club! Now, the PURPLE PUSH is on!

Grand Junction Rockies Purple Push

Rockies come home to continue on their fight for the second half Championship.

Purple Push Has Spread to Fans and Facebook

In a press conference by the Grand Junction Rockies General Manager, Tim Ray, he asks that all those in the Grand Junction area show their support of the team by wearing purple for the rest of the season. The Rockies are currently one game out of first in the Pioneer League South, and are positioned well to make it to the playoffs in their inaugural year, but they need to keep winning in order for that to happen. Making the playoffs cannot be taken lightly. When the team was in Casper, they did make it to the playoffs their first year, but in the ten years following, that never happened again. What’s happening in Grand Junction this year is special. Ray told BlueFinn Creative Group, a local Grand Junction social media company, that he would even consider drying off with a purple towel to show support for the local team. Facebook fans are encouraged to show their support by tagging themselves in a “Purple Push Picture” and then changing their profile icon. “76 games in 81 days! It’s been a grind.” says manager Tim Ray. He’s looking to give the Rockies as much support as possible.

Support for the Grand Junction Rockies is Much Deserved

An inaugural year hasn’t held this much excitement in a long time. Many of the players who came with the team have been able to keep their spirits high and their stamina even higher. Currently, the Rockies have a 39-30 record with just 1 win below the top team. With those kind of stats you can believe that the fans are crowding the stands every chance they get. Purple Push is not only designed to help fans show their support, but it’s also a push to reach the 100,000 milestone for home game season attendance. Tim Ray believes this would be an excellent way to show the Pioneer League that “this is where baseball belongs.”

In addition to the fans and the team itself, the players have certainly proven themselves worthy of baseball honor as well. The 2012 All-Star team was announced on August 24 and it should come as no surprise that three of the Grand Junction Rockies players were selected to be on the prestigious team. Scott Oberg and Eddie Butler, both pitchers, were named to be on the team as well as the position player, David Dahl. In fact, 18-year old Dahl was named the 2012 Pioneer League MVP.

You Can Still Show Support

If you’re wondering if there is still time, the answer is undoubtedly “YES.” The three things you can do to show your support for the Grand Junction Rockies is to wear as much purple as you can; shirts, pants, shorts, socks, shoes, sweaters … well, maybe hold off on the sweater for now. The other way to show your support is to head over to the Grand Junction Rockies Facebook page and “Like” and then change your own profile picture to match theirs. The Rockies are looking to paint Facebook purple and you can always make a difference. The last way to get in on the Purple Push movement is to buy your tickets for the upcoming game and be in the bleachers. A list of games can be seen here and tickets can always be purchased on the Grand Junction Rockies website, on their Facebook page or at City Market stores.

The final Purple Push days are under way. The last game of the regular season is Thursday, September 6th. Fans can show their support by wearing purple, engaging on Facebook and being at the games to participate in a baseball season that will surely be remembered in the history books.

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