Colorado Rockies rumors: Larry Walker taking the field on All-Star Sunday

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Larry Walker speak to the media after being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2020 on January 22, 2020 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown, NY. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Larry Walker speak to the media after being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2020 on January 22, 2020 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown, NY. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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Colorado Rockies fans will reportedly have the chance to give Larry Walker a rousing welcome back to Denver during the upcoming festivities surrounding Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

According to Troy Renck of Denver’s ABC-TV affiliate, former Colorado Rockies outfielder and 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Larry Walker will participate in the celebrity softball game that will take place at Coors Field on Sunday, July 11, two days before the All-Star Game will be held in the same venue.

Walker, who became the first Rockies player to be voted into Cooperstown and baseball immortality in January of 2020, is set to have a busy summer in 2021. With his induction ceremony postponed by COVID-19, is scheduled to be finally officially become a part of baseball royalty on July 25 in Cooperstown. Additionally, Walker’s number 33 will officially be retired by the Rockies before Colorado takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Denver on August 21.

Who will join Colorado Rockies legend Larry Walker in the celebrity softball game during All-Star weekend in Denver?

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When the celebrity softball game was last held during All-Star weekend in Cleveland in 2019, players continued the tradition of having a local flair to the game. Celebrities such as Jamie Foxx, Drew Carey, and Dr. Oz took part in the game, as did former and current athletes such as Jim Thome, J.R. Smith, and “The Miz” of WWE fame.

Walker becomes the first likely-to-be-confirmed player in the celebrity softball match, and now Rockies fans will begin guessing who with Colorado ties will join Walker at 20th and Blake for the game. Don’t be surprised if Denver Broncos legends John Elway and/or Peyton Manning aren’t a part of the festivities. How about Buzz Lightyear himself, Tim Allen, who was born in Denver? And, of course, let’s not forget about “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who met each other at the University of Colorado.

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And what about former Rockies players who could also take part in the game? We’ll keep an ear and eye out for any further developments.

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