It may be hard to believe but the Colorado Rockies are celebrating their 20th anniversary! This week, STUDIO 12 host Steffan Tubbs and his guests will discuss baseball, fans, and the history of the Rockies and Coors Field. Join in the live conversation.
- Jason Hirsh is a major league baseball player and free agent, and former starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. During his junior year of college at California Lutheran University he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2003 amateur entry draft with their top pick in the second round. Hirsh made his major league debut with the Astros in 2006, winning his first game on August 17th of that year, after which he was promptly doused with beer in the team shower in celebration by his teammates. In 2007 he relocated to the Rockies during what would become known as the epic “Rocktober” win streak. During that famous season Hirsh pitched 121 innings, struck out 75 players from opposing teams, and was able to keep the batting average of players he was pitching against down to .244. In his entire major league career, Jason Hirsh has thrown a grand total of 2,737 pitches. Despite his immense success, Hirsh remains humble. At the top of his Twitter feed he humbly describes himself as a “professional baseball player dedicated to being the best in all aspects of life. Its not the path I would have chosen, but it’s the path I’m going to take.”
- Jason Fleming is the Director of Promotions & Special Events for the Colorado Rockies. As the top Rockies fellow tasked with engaging fans, Fleming is one of the most visible members of Colorado Rockies HQ. Among his duties, Fleming is responsible for major events like Rockies Fest, Opening Day Fest, the 5k Home Run for the Homeless, the Celebrity Golf Classic, Rockies Rookies Kids Fan Club, and even assisting the Rockies mascot “Dinger” the dinosaur. Jason Fleming’s career with the Colorado Rockies spans 12 years (out of its 20 year existence). Today, Fleming celebrates his 16th full day on Twitter.
- Dusty Saunders is an Emmy Award winning sports television columnist and freelance columnist for The Denver Post. His prolific career spans nearly six decades, having started out as a copy boy for the Rocky Mountain News. In the 50 plus years since he has been a police reporter, city hall reporter, feature editor, and has covered the broadcasting beat as a critic and columnist. Saunders was a founding member and past president of the Television Critics Association, a national organization made up of critics and columnists from major newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Canada. He is a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado School of Journalism, and has won several national awards including the prestigious Scripps-Howard Award for achievements in reporting. Look out for Dusty Saunders’ weekly TV-radio sports column every Monday in The Denver Post.
- Jerry Schemmel, “The voice of the Rockies,” is a veteran radio host and sports broadcaster. He was tapped in 2010 to join Jack Corrigan as a play-by-play broadcaster for the Colorado Rockies via 805 KOA Radio. Schemmel might as well be the voice of the Rocky Mountain Region because his broadcasts are heard in over five states. His storied career spans nearly 30 years. Before joining the Rockies he spent 18 years covering the Denver Nuggets. He has even been an announcer for the CSU Rams and the Head Baseball Coach at Metro State College of Denver. Schemmel has been a guest on numerous major national programs including “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, “48 Hours”, “Regis & Kathy Lee”, and now he joins us at “Studio 12”!
Take a look at this quick timeline of the Rockies’ 20-year history: