This article first appeared in the Rocky Mountain News baseball preview section on March 31, 2008, but has been updated to reflect some of the performers' upcoming appearances.
These ten performers with Colorado ties might compete with the Rockies for the entertainment dollar, but that doesn't stop them from pledging their allegiance to Denver's destiny darlings. They know a good thing when they see it, and this eclectic mix of proven veterans and up-and-coming stars was enthralled by the Rockies' run to the 2007 pennant. When asked by the Rocky Mountain News to offer their views on the sensation that is the Rockies, this lineup of pop, rock, R&B, blues, country, and comedy didn't hesitate to play ball by showing support for the home team. Here are some of their entertaining thoughts:
How you know him: Blue, a stand-up comedian who hit the big time when he won season four of Last Comic Standing, has made national television appearances (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Regis and Kelly), performed before sold-out crowds on college campuses and at comedy clubs, and competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, said: "Not only is Josh Blue America's funniest comedian, he's breaking down barriers for people with disabilities ... He has shown millions of Americans that people with disabilities can live without limits."
His short-and-sweet (and tongue-in-cheek?) e-mail response to the Rocky:
When did he catch Rockies fever? "What?"
Where are the Rockies on his radar screen? "Who?"
What impact did the Rockies' run in 2007 make on you as a baseball fan? "Mo' money."
Fave Rockies moment of 2007: "It's all over."
Where you can see him: Aug. 14-17, Caroline's on Broadway, New York.
Message to the Rockies: "Go Rockies!"
How you know her: Admittedly a bigger fan of the Broncos than the Rockies, this former country (Trick Pony) performer turned rocker was born in Denver, grew up in Littleton, and lives in Tennessee but "I still wear a Colorado Rockies jersey! I get a lot of crap for that!" Collins, a professional performer since the age of 4 who later appeared on NBC's The Search for America's Most Talented Kid and ABC's The One: Making A Music Star, attended her first Rockies game with her grandmother when she was "10 or so." She said the Rockies in 2007 "made me a crazy fan! I would watch the games on my bus while on the road and then in my hotel rooms... A little obsessed, maybe?"