Good feeling delivers in Rox ticket giveaway
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Keith Whitmer didn’t bother to fight the craziness to try and get Rockies tickets online.
And thanks to a lucky feeling, it’s a good thing he didn’t waste his time trying.
On Saturday, Whitmer’s name was drawn out of a blue Tupperware container decorated with Rockies pennants at Elk Mountain Motors in West Glenwood, making him the winner of two tickets to Game 4 tonight.
“I had a feeling today for some reason, I don’t know why,” said Whitmer. “I am just really happy. “I can’t believe it.”
As Whitmer, who lives in Carbondale, claimed his tickets, he hoisted them proudly into the air, receiving a round of applause from the 60-plus people in attendance. Elk Mountain Motors advertised the giveaway all week and all people had to do was drop their name in the box. The auto dealership and maintenance shop also gave away a flat screen TV and two Rockies National League Championship baseball caps.
“We decided to do something for the town and have some fun and introduce this place to people who haven’t been here before and just make a fun day out of it,” said Elk Mountain Motors owner Joel Towbin, who said they got the tickets online.
After the drawing, people came up to shake Whitmer’s hand and wish him congratulations. Whitmer, who whose hands were shaking, just stood in disbelief. Whitmer considers himself a huge Rockies fan and says he’s been watching all year.
“I am actually more of an Avalanche and Bronco fan, but this year, ironically, I started really watching every game,” he said. “Then they got on, and it was the right time to start watching.”
Despite the fact that the Rockies were down 2-0 going into the drawing, Whitmer was still optimistic about their chances for a comeback now that they are at Coors Field.
“Tonight will be key. If we win (Saturday), (Sunday) is going to be a pivotal game and I think the boys can do it. They had eight days off and Fenway’s hard, there’s rowdy fans and the Red Sox are good,” he said. “They’ve got good hitters, that pitcher (Josh) Beckett is amazing, but I really think we’ll come back around. This was no fluke.”
With a few Red Sox fans trying to win the tickets, Rox fans were happy to see the seats go to one of their own.
One of the many sales associates at Elk Mountain Motors who were wearing purple or Rockies NC Championship hats was Towbin. He’s been in Colorado for more than 20 years now and has been a Rockies fan since the team was born.
His previous baseball allegiance is a little odd, however, as it includes two teams who are huge rivals.
“I am really a Yankees fan, and then I went to Boston and went to college there and became a quazi-Sox fan,” the New Castle resident said. “I lived across the street from Fenway Park, so I used to go to a lot of games. I could hear the games from my apartment window.”
Towbin doesn’t think twice about rooting for the black and purple now though, especially with how much fun it has been lately.
“Since I have been out here and since they have been doing so good, I am a Rockies fan,” he said.
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