Rockies owner Charlie Monfort arrested for DUI, has happiest mug shot ever

Charlie Monfort mug shot
Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested on Monday in Windsor, Colo., for suspicion of DUI, according to The Denver Post.

The Post says Monfort, 54, was also cited for driving 10-19 miles per hour over the speed limit, though it’s unclear what led to him initially being pulled over.

Monfort was released Tuesday on $2,500 bond.

The Post notes that Monfort was arrested for DUI in 1999. His BAC was more than twice the legal limit during that arrest, though he had the charge reduced.

Monfort was apologetic in a statement released on Tuesday night.

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“I’m extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people. I want to apologize to my family, the Colorado Rockies staff, players, Major League Baseball and, of course, our fans for the embarrassment I have caused by my actions. I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I’m committed to do what’s necessary to deal with my problem.”

Now that we’ve gotten all the details out of the way … can we talk for a second about Monfort’s mug shot? Why does he look like he was just informed that he’s got a couple of hookers waiting for him in his jail cell? Bro, you just got busted for DUI. Wipe that smile off your face. Or is he only grinning because he knows he’s so rich he’ll beat the charges? Maybe that’s why he wasn’t sweating it.

Hey, I guess cracking a smile for your mug shot is better than making this face.

Colorado Rockies gave Todd Helton a live horse (Video)

When it comes to retirement gifts, it doesn’t get much better — and odder — than this.

The Colorado Rockies honored Todd Helton on Wednesday, which marked the franchise icon’s final home game with the team. Helton, 40, recently announced that he would be retiring after a 17-season career.

The Rockies had a “Thanks Todd” hashtag going on social media, put his No. 17 into the center field grass, added a tribute to him on the bases … and of course gave him a horse. They chose to give him a horse because he recently bought one for his daughter to ride on the family’s ranch, so they figured he could use another one.

More details on the horse via the Rockies’ website:

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Colorado Rockies rookies dress as Chippendales dancers for hazing


The more creative MLB teams get with rookie hazing, the less clothing the rookies seem to be wearing. The Colorado Rockies gave their greenhorns the Chippendales dancer treatment on Wednesday night.

As you can see from the photo above that veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez shared on Instagram, the rookies proudly strapped on their bowties and speedos and paid their dues like so many have before them. One lucky fan even caught up with the team in the hotel lobby of the Ritz.

If it’s any consolation to the Colorado rookies, they are not the first crew to have to prance around borderline naked in public. Some teams take it easy on their newbies and dress them up as pop stars. Others make them show some skin.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Umpires blow two calls on same play in Padres-Rockies game (Video)

Blown call

Nolan-Arenado-foot-off-bagThe San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies played into extra innings on Thursday night, and the umpiring crew may have determined the outcome of the game. Or maybe they didn’t. Well, they certainly made things more confusing than they had to be.

As you can see from the GIF above that GameReax shared with us, Yasmani Grandal hit a ground ball to third with the bases loaded in the top of the 12th inning. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado tried to get the force out at third and fire to first for an inning-ending double play, and he almost pulled it off. Chase Headley scored the go-ahead run when the runner was called out at third and safe at first.

The problem was the umpires got it backwards. The runner at third should have been safe, but third base umpire Cory Blaser called him out despite the fact that Arenado released the ball well before he touched the bag. Then, first base umpire Ed Hickox called the runner safe at first when the throw beat him by about a step. Here’s a video of the play:

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Peyton Manning and Von Miller were dressed to kill at Rockies game (Picture)


The Colorado Rockies hosted several members of the Denver Broncos for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees at Coors Field. To say that some of them were dressed to kill would be the understatement of the century.

In the spirit of saving the best for last, we’ll start by mentioning how great Von Miller’s shirt was. As one Reddit user pointed out after the photo you see above was posted on the social media site, it looked like the type of shirt where if you stare at it long enough a 3-D image will pop out. I don’t think it works though — I tried for about 10 minutes.

On to more important things. How fresh did Peyton Manning look? Tom Brady can have his hipster glasses and his GQ photo shoots. Manning took batting practice at Coors Field wearing an outfit that we can only speculate was picked out by Arnold Palmer and a kindergarten student.

And you thought NBA players like this guy had a sense of fashion? Peyton absolutely killed it on Tuesday night. If you think Colorado’s 2-0 win was a coincidence on a night where Manning looked like that, you’re an idiot.

Colorado Rockies somehow cleared out eight inches of snow at Coors Field

The Colorado Rockies and New York Mets are playing a double-header Tuesday after Monday’s game at Coors Field was snowed out. If you look at the pictures, it’s a wonder how they were able to clear out all the snow blanketing the stadium in time to play Tuesday.

Approximately 150 workers helped shovel an estimated eight inches of snow off the field. The Denver Post says the grounds crew arrived at 5:30 a.m. to begin working on the field. They have some electric coils that helped melt a few inches, but the rest of the work was done by shoveling. Team owner Dick Monfort, GM Dan O’Dowd, Mets GM Sandy Alderson, and some coaches even helped shovel the snow.

The temperature at the start of the game was 39 degrees, which is tied for 10th-coldest in the team’s history. It was even lower than that midway through the first game.

This has been a road trip full of bad weather for the Mets. They were in Minnesota previously and saw their Sunday game with the Twins postponed because of the weather. Now they’re experiencing more of the same in Denver.

The photo below is from Monday:

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Rockies Dress Rookies Up in Star Wars Costumes (Picture)

The Rockies are wrapping up a disappointing season and decided Sunday was the right time to haze their rookies. And why not? They had just set a franchise record with 25 hits in a 19-3 win over the hapless Astros.

The Rox went with the Star Wars theme, which seems to be popular in baseball circles this year. In case you were curious, Troy Renck says Tommy Field dressed up as Yoda, and that Edgmer Escalona was Chewbaca. Sadly for him, his mask was not movie quality. At least it was much better than getting the Lady Gaga treatment.