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Top opening day performances in Rockies history

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April 10, 2015

Opening day in Colorado is one of the best in baseball. The Rockies are 13-9 in their home openers and have put out some spectacular performances.

Clint Barmes – April 4 2005 – Rockies 12 Padres 10

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The young Clint Barmes burst onto the scene going 4-6 with 3 RBI including a Walk off  two run home run off of Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rockies the opening day victory over the fathers. Barmes started off hot that year before suffering a season ending injury carrying deer meat he received from teammate Todd Helton.

Mike Hampton – April 2 2001 – Rockies 8 Cardinals 0

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Hampton made his Rockies debut in dominating fashion. Hampton shut out the red birds over 8 and a third innings pitched allowing 5 hits and 3 walks, and striking out 5 batters. Little did the Rockies know that would be the most notable performance of Hampton’s tenure in Colorado.

Charlie Blackmon – April 4 2014 – Rockies 12 Dbacks 2

Blackmon’s made his first opening day roster in 2014 and didn’t disappoint. Blackmon went an astounding 6-6 with 5 RBI scoring 4 runs. Blackmon was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the Rockies victory over Arizona.

Eric Young – April 9 1993 – Rockies 11 Expos 4 

First game in franchise history, first pitch seen by a Rockies batter, “it is MILE-HIGH and outta here!” The unlikeliest of sluggers set up a storybook day for the Rockies to which people still say they can feel the thunder of the old Mile High Stadium. EY’s day is only remembered for his lead off homer, but he finished 4-4 in the Rockies win over the team formerly known as the Expos.

 

Dante Bichette – April 26 1995 – Rockies 11 Mets 9

The inauguration of the Blake Street bombers. In the Coors Field opener, the Rockies trailed the Mets by a run in the bottom of the 14th inning before Bichette launched a Mike Remlinger pitch into the left field bleachers. Bichette only went 2-6 in the game but to this day, his walk-off might be the most iconic in Rockies history.

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