Billy Joel and the Colorado Rockies Share Something in Common
The Colorado Rockies celebrate their 30th season in 2023. 30 years of highs and lows, 28 years of all the fun we have all had at Coors Field, 30 years of America's Greatest Game in the Mile High City. How does Billy Joel play into the picture?
Singing and baseball have gone hand-in-hand ever since they started singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch, so It's not that weird that the Rockies would share something in common with The Piano Man.
Dante Bichette, above, was one of the first players for the Colorado Rockies, back in 1993. He was awesome; he had played for the Brewers and the Angels prior, but as a Rocky, everybody just loved him. After 30 years, Dante is just one of the many great players we've seen at Coors Field.
At lot of people may know that Billy Joel makes a point of performing at all the great baseball stadiums across the county: Wrigley Field, Dodgers Stadium, Yankee Stadium, even Coors Field, in the summer of 2019. This story does, indeed, involve a baseball stadium, but not Coors Field.
When the Rockies first started out, Dwight Gooden (above) was into his 10th season of pitching for the New York Mets. The Mets are where this story starts coming together.
The Colorado Rockies very first game was against the Mets on April 5, 1993. The Rockies had David Nied on the mound to start the game; they lost to the Mets, 3-0. That game took place at Shea Stadium. That is where Billy Joel comes in.
WHAT DO THE ROCKIES AND BILLY JOEL SHARE IN COMMON?
Shea Stadium. The Rockies' very first baseball game took place at Shea Stadium and Billy Joel was the very last concert that took place at ....Shea Stadium.
That show took place July 18, 2008. He actually played back-to-back nights, July 17 and July 18, which they turned into a concert-film documentary. The documentary was about Shea Stadium, the Mets, and Billy Joel: "The Last Play at Shea."
Call me sentimental, but I think that's a great "coincidence."
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