The Colorado Rockies’ grounds crew was the real MVP of that weird, hail-delayed game

Colorado’s grounds crew got Coors Field into playing shape after some biblical weather.


The scoreboard at Coors Field in the wee hours of Wednesday morning read Toronto Blue Jays 14, Colorado Rockies 9.

It was, at first glance, a win for the visitors. The Blue Jays racked up five runs on Rockies’ starter Eddie Butler and another six on reliever Yohan Flande to cruise to the victory.

But make no mistake, the real winner of the game Tuesday night/Wednesday morning was the Colorado Rockies grounds crew, which made Coors Field playable after some biblical weather.

Rain that came down in sheets and then hail forced a 2 hour, 41 minute delay to the game.

When it finally relented, the Rockies’ grounds crew went to work. They squeegeed off the tarp. They walked around and shoveled water in the outfield into buckets. They even drove around a contraption that looked like a hairdryer on steroids.

By the time they were done working their magic, the field was playable.

Shoutout to the Rockies grounds crew. With all due respect to Carlos Gonzalez (who went 4-for-5 with five RBIs), you the real MVP.

Correction: This post originally listed an incorrect score.