DENVER – Emily Sauvageau doesn’t get to quite every Colorado Rockies game, but she makes it to most – and she’s all of 5 years old.
Emily’s father Dan Sauvageau, who owns his own financial planning firm, holds season tickets in section 153-W, just beyond the left-center field wall. And, as owner of his own business, he has the flexibility to make it to Coors Field for a vast majority of the team’s 81 home games each year. For just about every game he attends, Emily is at his side.
“Her first opening day was in 2005, and we’ve just been coming ever since,” said Sauvageau. “Last year she went to 75 out of 81 games.”
In a sport well known for its meticulous keeping of all manner of statistics, Sauvageau’s got his daughter’s most important number on the tip of his tongue.
Emily is well-known in the outfield section where her family holds season tickets, a section that includes a number of the handicapped fans with whom Emily has become a crowd favorite.
“She’s my little sweetie,” said fan Tom Loeffler, as he took Emily up on his lap, where he sat in a motorized wheelchair. “She’s been sitting on my lap here for four years now, ever since she was a toddler.”
Speaking directly to Emily, he said, “Pretty soon you’re going to be too big to sit on my lap — but then, I’ll have Ryan.” Ryan is Emily’s infant brother, who has attended “only” 15 games in his brief life.
Loeffler’s wife, Terri, calls Emily – who typically sports a big pink cowboy hat, but on Thursday wore a pink Rockies ball cap – “the Queen of Coors Field.”
“Emily’s big, big fan,” said Terri Loeffler. “She’s a sweetheart, and she makes us all smile.”
Emily also knows her Rockies. With no effort, she rattled off from memory the uniform numbers of a series of Rockies players, missing not a one – even newcomer Dexter Fowler.
On Thursday she was wearing a jersey with the number and nickname of outfielder Ryan Spilborghs; at home in her closet, she has the jerseys of Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, and the departed Matt Holliday, as well.
She’s philosophical about the off-season trade of Holliday to the Oakland A’s.
“It means ‘Spilly’ can play more,” she reasoned.
Emily’s father, who says he’s a huge baseball fan, dismisses any talk that he might be overdoing it, in terms of exposing his daughter to his favorite sport.
“I’ve never seen any rules that say you can’t go to too many games,” said Sauvageau. “If it’s what we like to do, we’re going to do it. People have other things they like to do. And they do that. And we just like to go to baseball games.”
Here’s Emily’s interview on Fox News
I took this picture today, the kids plan to name and get pictures of all the humming birds that drink from our feeder.
Go Rockies, this game isn’t looking so good right now…D
As bad as I want the baseball season to start, attending the Rockies Pavilion Party last night made it worse. But in a good way.
Maybe it was seeing all those familiar faces. I don’t know many names in this group, but I’ve seen most of them at the games.
They made us feel welcome and I appreciate that.
I was told 7pm which made me exactly a half hour late…I guess in hippy time that’s perfect..kidding.
I have a thing about being late,…I’m not. It’s an Army thing.
If I know that there isn’t going to be a batting practice, sometimes I’ll skip that game. If you can’t make them all, you tend to be rather selective.
We usually just buy Rockpile tickets and at somepoint during the game we “upgrade” our seats. It’s cool because you can get several different camera angles.
I got to see Captain Earthman off duty.
I found out “Earth” is heading down to Tucson the same time as the MBU.
When he found out we’re going to have the MBU parked at Hi Corbett for the first eight days of spring training, he got pretty excited. I have a feeling we’ll be having a few brews with Earth while we’re down in Tucson.
Remind me when we’re down there Earth, I’ll pour you a beer for a change brotha!
Captain Earthman, Super Vendor, Super Grandpa.
Earth heads south every February and works the Rockies spring training games. Too bad he already bought his plane ticket, he could have rode down with us.
Dan was there with his wife Julie and kids.
Dan’s a good dude and he introduced me to some people that I recognized, but hadn’t formally met.
He also gave the Rockpile Rant a few plugs. You can’t see it, but Dan’s nametag says “Emily’s Dad”.
Thanks brotha..Have a good trip.
Here’s a video of Emily and the whole group singing “Take me out to the Ballgame”.
Below is a shot of Tom and Earth.
Last April, Dan gave Hunter and I tickets for seats in first row of the Pavilion. The seats were right next to Tom. He was fun to watch the game with, and was really cool to Hunter and I. Nice guy and familiar sight at Coors Field.
Here’s Hunter dreaming about baseball.
Here’s Mylee not dreaming about baseball.
Here’s the back of Robert’s Harmon’s jersey with a personalized autograph from Ryan Spilborghs.
In case you hadn’t heard, Ryan Spilborghs got married a few weeks back.
Now you know what I know.
It seemed like a good time was had by all. I’m the newbie to this group, so I plan to put forth some effort next season to get to know this crew better.
This really is a great bunch of Rockies fans.
Hanging around these fans last night gave me a great idea.
For each game that I attend, I’d like to do a season ticket holder fan profile. It would be a picture of them, seat location, their favorite Rockies player, favorite all- time player, how long they’ve been a season ticket holder, etc.
You know, give them some props for being loyal and supporting the Rockies.
I think that would be cool, and you heard it here first.
Cool Note: About six months ago I sent out six 3×5 cards in the mail to various Colorado Rockies Players. I received one back from Omar Quintinilla within five days of mailing them. That was it, until today. As I rifled through my mail, I was staring at the envelope I had addressed to Matt Herges six months ago sitting in my hand.
I opened it up and this is what I found.
Thank you Matt.
I was talking with Dan Sauvageau about a month ago at a Rockies game and I asked him if I could do a blog entry about his baseball collection.
He said he’s not really an autograph hound, only had a few bats and that his baseball collection wasn’t really too much to speak of. I know that he and Emily give away most of the balls they snag now. A few days later he sent me these pictures of Emilys room.
This is Emily who just turned five and has been to 225 Rockies home games. Welcome to her room..
There are a lot of baseballs inside there. I counted 42 balls on the bottom row alone. Dan exactly how many balls are in there?
All the MLB murals you see in Emily’s room were hand painted by Dan.
The attention to detail is amazing. This is what a true Rockies fans bedroom should look like. Note the baseball video game playing on the TV. Nice touch.