DENVER -- The Rockies dashing onto the field for the start of any game should be a big production, and it was on Friday afternoon for Opening Day at Coors Field.
During the winter, Colorado Symphony Orchestra composer Charles Denler wrote a new arrangement, "Take the Field," which will be the Rockies' song as they emerge from the dugout for the first pitch of each game this season. On Friday, the brass and percussion sections of the orchestra took their spots behind home plate and played the song live -- complete with an inspirational montage on the video board.
The horns and strings were part of a golden occasion, literally. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez were presented with their 2013 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Arenado was the first rookie third baseman in NL history to win the award, and Gonzalez took home the third of his career. Third-base coach and infield instructor Stu Cole and catching coach and defensive coordinator Rene Lachemann were part of the presentation.
The day started with honor guards of each branch of the military presenting the nation's colors. Also, 150 uniformed personnel from the military, Denver Police and Fire Departments unfurled an oversized American flag across the outfield.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less