Colorado Rockies: New clubhouse tradition makes its way to Milwaukee
By Kevin Henry
Fear not, Colorado Rockies fans. The newest team-wide fashion addition to the home clubhouse at Coors Field has also made its way to Milwaukee on the first road trip of the post-All-Star Game break.
As the story was told in this article, purple Crocs have become a mainstay within the Colorado Rockies clubhouse. After starting pitcher Chad Kuhl wore Crocs before throwing his first career complete game and shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in late June, relief pitcher Lucas Gilbreath parlayed a family relationship at Crocs into a pair of purple Crocs that was a surprise gift to every Rockies player.
During the homestand before the All-Star break, players were seen not only wearing the purple Crocs before and after each game, but also customizing them with jibbitz (plastic charms that can be put in the holes of Crocs) that expresses more of their personality and/or hobbies that they enjoy.
The big question, however, was would the Colorado Rockies take the jibbitz-filled purple Crocs on the road with them
A wraparound weekend set with four games against the Brewers in Milwaukee represented the first road trip for the Rockies since the Crocs appeared in front of their lockers. With our own Noah Yingling following the Rockies in Milwaukee, he asked Gilbreath for an update on how many players brought their Crocs with them to Wisconsin.
“I’ve seen a lot more Crocs that I honestly expected and some of the guys who didn’t bring them were like, ‘Oh shoot, I forgot them,'” Gilbreath said. “Everybody has bought in on them and everybody has them decorated up, so I’d say a large majority of the guys brought their Crocs with them.”
And which players currently have the most jibbitz decorating their Crocs? Gilbreath said that outfielder Yonathan Daza as well as relievers Carlos Estévez and Alex Colomé, “may have more little decals on them than everyone else combined.”
Gilbreath estimated that 75 percent of the Rockies players have their Crocs along with them this trip, showing the fun, team-building idea that started in Denver could well become a nationwide travel thing for the Rockies the rest of the season.
“I think it was kind of a funny thing at first and kind of a fun story, but I think the guys actually like them,” Gilbreath said.