Colorado Rockies: Team, players doing good things while on hiatus

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 19: Daniel Murphy #9 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates with Raimel Tapia #15 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 19, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 19: Daniel Murphy #9 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates with Raimel Tapia #15 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 19, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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DENVER – APRIL 4: Fans pour into Coors Field for opening day for a game between the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies on April 4, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

The Colorado Rockies may not be on the baseball field, but that doesn’t mean that the team and its players aren’t still making an impact.

While the Colorado Rockies and their fans weren’t able to celebrate what was supposed to be Opening Day in Denver on Friday (with an afternoon game scheduled against the San Diego Padres for what would have been the home opener), the team still did plenty of good in the community.

With the Rockies celebrating instead a #StayAtHomeOpener, money was raised to help meet the need of several local organizations providing much-needed services in Denver and surrounding areas. The Stay at Home Opener, broadcast on Rockies.com and AT&T SportsNet, also served as a fundraiser for Feed The Rockies. With donations coming in from Rockies fans while watching the edited versions of several Opening Days crammed masterfully into one nine-inning game, the Rockies Foundation matched all donations up to $300,000.

On Saturday morning, the Rockies announced that (with matching) more than $353,000 had been raised to help those less fortunate.

According to the club, 100 percent of proceeds for Friday’s simulated Opening Day went to Care & Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, Food Bank of the Rockies and Weld Food Bank. All of these organizations help people in Colorado and Wyoming.

Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy got the event going in style, donating $100,000 to the Rockies Foundation as the club announced on Twitter just before “first pitch.”

And that isn’t all Murphy has been doing to make an impact

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