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Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort joined a crew of team employees helping to dig out snow-covered Coors Field on Tuesday.
DENVER — Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort joined a crew of team employees helping to dig out snow-covered Coors Field, clearing the way for the Rockies and New York Mets to play on Tuesday.
The first pitch for the opener of a doubleheader was pushed back two hours to finish clearing the field. At game time, the temperature was 39 degrees and there were still piles of snow in front of the Rockies' dugout.
Monfort had plenty of help. Rockies vice president Bill Geivett, wearing a heavy Montreal Expos jacket, and chief baseball officer Dan O'Dowd also shoveled snow off. Even Mets general manager Sandy Alderson pitched in.
"It looks like they want to see a game today," Monfort said.
The Mets hadn't played since Saturday after having consecutive games in Minneapolis and Denver wiped out by weather.
"We're pretty tired of sitting at the hotel," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Only a smattering of fans attended the early game, many bundled up in gear usually seen in the mountains. The weather on Wednesday could be worse, with more snow expected.
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