Rockies unveil memorial to late president
The Colorado Rockies placed a permanent memorial to team
president Keli McGregor on the outfield wall at Coors Field in a
pregame ceremony Tuesday night.
The placard with the initials KSM is was put on the wall next to
the auxiliary scoreboard in right field. It was unveiled in a brief
ceremony before Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers
”It goes way beyond special, and tough is appropriate word to
use,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ”Revisiting somebody who
went well beyond being liked here, he was loved here. The early
part of this evening is not easy but it definitely has to be
The 48-year-old McGregor died April 20 while on a business trip
in Salt Lake City. His family has said he died from a rare virus
that attacked his heart.
McGregor was president of the Rockies for eight of his 17 years
with the organization.
”Our family is honored to have this permanent tribute to Keli
at Coors Field,” the McGregors said in a statement. ”This
organization and this very special ballpark were such an important
part of Keli’s life, and we find comfort in knowing that he will
always be remembered and honored.”
McGregor’s family stood at home plate during the ceremony.
Colorado players Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton, Ryan Spilborghs and
Aaron Cook presented each of McGregor’s four children with a No. 88
Rockies jersey – McGregor’s number as a football player at Colorado
State – signed by the 2010 team.
Tracy said the memorial will keep McGregor’s memory alive.
”It’s important. The opportunity to look out there and see
those initials, it’s something that needs to be there as a reminder
so he’s never forgotten,” Tracy said. ”I don’t think he would be
anyway. There’s a constant reminder out there so that if the
conversation ever comes up they can revisit how special a guy this
guy was in this organization for 17 years.”