The Colorado Rockies came on fresh from the Cincinnati Reds last night. Energy was high and the team wanted to continue their streak against Washington on a similar note. The Rockies were favored in this matchup. They had their ace, Germán Marquez, on the mound, and while he’d struggled to that point, he faced a so-so Nationals lineup that ranked squarely in the middle of MLB runs per game and 17. in OPS. Yes, everyone was feeling fine…except for the Coors Field scoreboard operator. He was battling demons, and just before the first pitch he gave heartbreaking advice under the guise of “game notes.”
Hey man, do you need someone to talk to? I mean, I’m here for you if you need to vent.
You can tell that this man has clearly been through something. I mean, what person in a sane mind spells “Pat Benatar” wrong, especially when they have their iconic song “Heartbreaker” in their head? This man was clearly screaming for help and in a desperate state of “Will anyone notice my pain!” threw this life advice on the board. Or maybe he looked into a crystal ball earlier that day and knew the Rockies would be crushed 10-2 by the humble Nationals. I would be in bad shape too if this happened to my favorite team.
I had to find this man. If not to interview him, then at least to ask him how his day was. However, after several searches I could not be sure who is currently running the board. Then I realized… “Wait. I spend all my time asking, “Who is the scoreboard operator?” and never stop thinking ‘As is the scoreboard operator?’” I was exactly what brought the Rockies’ scoreboard operator to his knees when they wrote the life advice above. I was ashamed of my selfish thinking and can only apologize to the operator.
But seriously, this is nothing new for Rockies fans. Any regular at Coors Field is very used to seeing those odd but hysterical tones radiating down on the fans from left field. In early June 2019 the operator was seen complaining about being thrown in”grocery store prison.” In July of that year, the scoreboard plunged deep Anatomy of the puffer fish and how that changes the meaning of the song by Hootie and the Blowfish”Hold my hand.” In May, the operator spoke about his first wife and the maintenance disputes he had to endure. He’s spoken out so much about his own personal life that Rockies fans may know this guy on a more personal level than his first wife ever did. Maybe that’s why their marriage didn’t last.
Whoever runs this board at Coors Field obviously has an incredible sense of humor. never change Unless, of course, you’re going through some seriously tough times and need a change of pace or scenery to get back on your feet. In that case…yes, please change.