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Rockies plan busy homestand

Rockies plan busy homestand

ST. LOUIS -- The Rockies plan a raucous celebration of their 2007 National League championship during the first homestand of 2008, starting with Friday afternoon's home opener against the Diamondbacks.

The season will begin with a poignant moment. Amidst the Opening Day pomp, the Rockies will honor the late Joe Kennedy, who pitched for the club in 2004 and 2005 but died unexpectedly of a heart condition last Nov. 23. Kaige Kennedy, 1 1/2-year-old son of Joe and Jami Kennedy, will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the 2:05 p.m. MT start.

The Rockies will raise the NL Championship banner before Saturday's 6:05 p.m. MT contest with the Diamondbacks. The first 10,000 fans will receive a replica NL Championship pennant.

The biggest ceremony will occur on Sunday, when the players and the coaching staff will receive their NL championship rings. The event will occur before the 1:05 p.m. MT game with the Diamondbacks, who lost to the Rockies in the NL Championship Series and have to spend the weekend watching them celebrate.

On Monday night, before the 6:35 p.m. MT opener of a four-game set with the Braves, Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday will receive the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for his offensive performance. The first 30,000 fans will receive a replica of the NL Championship ring.

On Tuesday, the first 10,000 fans will receive a poster of the championship club. On Wednesday the first 7,500 fans get a Coors/Rocky Mountain News T-shirt commemorating the title. The celebration concludes Thursday with first 10,000 fans taking home a Wells Fargo replica of the NL Championship trophy.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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