Following some of the largest and most destructive wildfires in state history, there are signs of things returning to normalcy in Colorado. This is especially welcome news in Colorado Springs, where the Sky Sox' Security Service Field will be home to a number of significant and symbolic events in the coming days.
This Friday night, July 20th, the Sky Sox will resume their Fireworks series, a promotion put on hiatus during the last few weeks due to a city-wide burn ban implemented by the Colorado Springs Fire Department and Fire Marshall. The series will continue on home Fridays in August (the 10th, 17th, and 31st), with a grand finale display on Saturday, September 1st.
In a nice bit of timing, just two days after being able to resume this popular event, the Sky Sox will host Tacoma for a doubleheader on Sunday, July 22nd. The significance here is that the second half of this twinbill is a rescheduled game with the Rainiers that was cancelled on June 26th shortly before the start time, as smoke from the nearby Waldo Canyon Fire made it impossible (and unsafe) to play, and as the scope of the disaster was rapidly growing from bad to worse.
Finally, next weekend's Saturday, July 28th game against the Fresno Grizzlies will honor the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments. In addition to a pregame ceremony, service personnel and their families will also be given complimentary tickets to the game. The Sky Sox commissioned Wilson Sporting Goods to come up with a special uniform for the occasion, as well-- which includes silhouettes of police and firefighters on the front, those organizations' logos on the sleeves, and the quote, "It's not something you do, it's something you are" on the back. The team will auction the uniforms off during and after the game, with all proceeds going to local police and firefighter charities.
With the fire reaching full containment just over a week ago-- and with hundreds of homes destroyed, and significant portions of the terrain reportedly so barren and damaged that it resembles a moonscape-- obviously none of these gestures can provide closure to the terrifying events of the last month. But the efforts do reflect an admirable spirit by the community, with baseball providing some valuable entertainment and outlet for the people of Colorado. In all of these ways the Sky Sox are certainly doing their part-- not only as good neighbors, but also as competitors: maintaining a winning record amidst all of the distraction, and remaining alive for a playoff bid in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League Northern Division.