The Colorado Rockies winter caravan stopped in Grand Junction Thursday for a meet and greet with fans.
The caravan is making stops in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah throughout the week with different players on board each stop. In Grand Junction, pitcher Jon Gray, outfielder David Dahl, catcher Tom Murphy, and manager Bud Black stopped by to meet with fans at the Lincoln Park Barn. This stop, though, was a little more special for Dahl and Gray.
"This was the trip I was looking forward to the most, to come back to where my career started," said Dahl.
"It's surreal being back," said Gray. "This is the beginning for most our journeys."
The fans, like Grand Junction Rockies season ticket holder Paul McCowen, were excited to have them back in Grand Junction, as well. "Seeing those guys come here as high draft picks, very impressive and great people on top of that."
Many fans also find joy in watching players like Dahl and Gray grow on and off the field, and follow them throughout their professional journey.
"That's the coolest part of watching a game at Grand Junction, to see opportunity, see these guys as kids and have them move up into the big leagues," said Grand Junction Rockies season ticket holder, Judd Miller.
Miller was one of the many fans enjoying Thursday's meet and greet with his two sons.
"To me that's the biggest part of the game, that's why I became a fan," he said.
Pitchers and catchers head to Scottsdale, Arizona to start spring training on February 13, other players follow on February 19. First pitch of the 2017 season is Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee.