Purple Push: the GJ Rockies' campaign for a postseason

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Since it's a presidential election year, the Grand Junction Rockies (COL) have gotten into spirit with their own campaign-- a campaign for their first postseason appearance since 2001.

The title of the campaign is "Purple Push" as the Rockies "push" for victories in each of their last ten games to secure a spot in the Pioneer League playoffs.

After Monday's loss to Great Falls, the Rockies trail the division-leading Ogden Raptors and Orem Owlz by one game.

"This is an opportunity that doesn't come around every year," said GJ Rockies General Manager Tim Ray on Monday.

"We're asking the community to reach out and embrace [the Rockies], who have worked so hard. Playing 76 games in 81 days, it's been a grind. Now it's time to celebrate as we make the Purple Push to the playoffs," said Ray.

Ray also said that the team is close to eclipsing the 100,000-fan attendance mark in the team's inaugural season on the Western Slope.

The Rockies finish the regular season with a six game homestand at Suplizio Field starting on Saturday, Sept. 1. If they make it to the postseason, the Rockies' first game will be on Friday, Sept. 7, which the City of Grand Junction has officially declared as Grand Junction Rockies Day.

"Wear purple, think purple, embrace these young men as we make our strides to the playoffs," Ray exclaimed.

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