Exclusive: Colorado Governor Jared Polis Talks Rockies, Opening Day, More

Like many Colorado Rockies fans, Colorado governor Jared Polis is looking forward to Opening Day in downtown Denver.

DENVER, CO - JUNE 23: Current and former Colorado Rockies players Including Larry Walker, Todd Helton, Aaron Cook, Ellis Burks, and Jeff Francis participate in a pre-game ceremony commemorating the team's 25th year before a game between the Colorado Rockies and the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on June 23, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies may be off to a slow start in 2024, but that doesn’t mean that Opening Day still won’t be a party in downtown Denver on Friday afternoon.

On what is forecast to be a sun-splashed and mild Friday in the Mile High City, no matter what the Rockies record may be, fans will once again pour out to Coors Field to celebrate the start of the Colorado home schedule. Downtown Denver is once again expected to be a hot spot as the Rockies kick off the 2024 home slate with a matinee against the Tampa Bay Rays.

One of the Colorado fans expected to be in attendance on Friday is Colorado governor Jared Polis. The 43rd governor of Colorado, Polis isn’t just a Rockies supporter however. He’s also a fan of the game of baseball and often spends time in the batting cages when his daughter is ready to work on her swing as well.

He’s also a governor who is more than proud to tell you exactly how many RBI he collected during his time in Congress playing in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. There is no doubt that baseball is a part of his DNA and that he understands the importance of the game, not only for his state’s economy but also as a ritual of summer as well.

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With Opening Day in Denver drawing near, I recently sat down with Governor Polis for an exclusive interview as part of the Clubhouse Chatter podcast series, talking to him about everything from the energy of Opening Day to the importance of the Rockies to the state of Colorado to what made him a baseball fan … and why he keeps rooting for the Rockies and coming out to Coors Field.

You can watch our interview below. And … who knows? Maybe the Rockies will surprise Polis and the rest of us again in the standings very soon.