For many Rockies fans it may just be another game at Suplizio field, but for Grand Junction Rockies players it was much more than that– it was a chance to honor their host families.
Before the first pitch Monday tonight, players were able to honor all 32 host families, handing them a heartfelt signed picture and flowers.
Many fans don’t realize how much these individuals provide for the players–offering them a roof over their heads, transportation and food throughout the season.
“It’s huge they are giving us a place to live for 3 to 4 months. It’s nice to have someone besides your parents and friends supporting you,” Grand Junction Rockies pitcher, Javier Medina said.
Coaches say that the bond this experience creates is unlike any other, bringing the fans and the players together in a different light– off the field.
“Our baseball boys, that’s what Anita calls them– our baseball boys, Medina’s host father, Jerry Sheetz said. “It’s a neat bond to have. They don’t take the place of your own children but they definitely part of your family.”
Not only did the host families receive their moment of fame on the field this Labor Day, they also received season tickets for the year that they volunteer to be a host.
If you’re interested in being a host family in the future, contact the Grand Junction Rockies.