As part of its "Colorado Classics" series, the Denver Post has a profile on Lew Cady, a Colorado Rockies superfan who's known for wearing tuxedos to games, eating fried Spam shaped like baseball bats and trying to be "first" in almost any new endeavor in town.
Needless to say, the 75-year-old "mayor" of Central City is an eccentric sort. So odd, in fact, that Cady once pushed to put his own unique stamp on Coors Field when it was being built.
From the Denver Post:
Cady formed his own idea about what Coors Field should look like when it was built. He suggested that the outfield fence should be shaped as a replica of the mountain range west of Denver, Pikes Peak located in the left-field corner, Mount Evans in center field and Longs Peak in the right-field corner. His idea was rejected because of the uneven fence, but Cady thought his idea had merit and would have given Coors Field more character.
"There's nothing distinctive about Coors Field," Cady said.
Actually, Coors' famous batter-boosting altitude seems to make it a pretty distinctive park as do the "Rock Pile" stands out in center and the specially marked row in the upper deck that denotes one mile above sea level. Blue Moon was also unfortunately unleashed upon the world after first being brewed at the park's onsite brewery.
But, yeah, we'd agree that Cady's idea for a Front Range-shaped outfield fence would be more distinctive than all of those things put together. And while there's nothing in baseball's official rules that spells out the shape or height of a ballpark's walls, it's hard to imagine how the team would have 1) padded the jagged edges to prevent player injury or 2) guaranteed the views of ticket holders in the seats beyond them.
Still, we have to give Cady extra points for imagination. People once doubted a lot of Bill Veeck's gimmicks and now he's beloved for them.
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