Hey, we know that guy.
Two of the Colorado Rockies' coaches actually hail from the days when games were still played at Mile High Stadium, before a move to the new LoDo stadium introduced Denver baseball fans to the Blake Street Bombers. We looked back at manager Walt Weiss two weeks ago, and now we turn the spotlight on hitting coach Dante Bichette. One of the original Blake Street Bombers, Bichette turned in his Rockies uniform back in 1999, but he's got number 10 back on his shoulders now.
Besides his ability to hit the long ball, it was Dante Bichette's flowing locks that caught our eye. Known for his mullet, jokester mentality, and big bat, Bichette joined the Rockies in 1993 after stints with the California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers. He jacked the franchise's first home run at Shea Stadium during Colorado's second-ever game. The 49-year-old never realized the glory of a World Series win, but he was a four-time All-Star and runner-up MVP in 1995. Bichette finished his 14-season career with Boston after belting 249 home runs and 1,141 RBIs. He still places high in the Rockies' record book with the third most hits, doubles, RBIs, and stolen bases in franchise history. Since his retirement, Bichette has raised two boys—Dante Jr. and Bo—with his wife, Mariana. Dante Jr. was picked in the second round by the New York Yankees in 2011 and is currently playing third base for the Single-A Charleston Riverdogs.
Photographs courtesy of the Colorado Rockies. Photography intern Bradi Wells also contributed to this story.
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