DENVER – Arenado. Story. CarGo. LeMahieu. Freeland. Marquez. Ottavino.
These names and several more are known as the players who made it possible for the 2018 Colorado Rockies to clinch their second consecutive playoff appearance.
Bridich. Black. Rosenthal. Wilson. Cole.
Other notable names of coaches and front office executives who helped build a team that won at least 90 games for only the third time in franchise history.
But one person may have been even more critical to the popping of those expensive champagne bottles: clubhouse manager Mike “Tiny” Pontarelli.
On a Friday night in late September, the Colorado native was at the forefront in orchestrating the details for the player celebration in the clubhouse.
Pontarelli, in his 12th season with Rockies, got his start with the organization as a bat boy and clubhouse attendant on the visiting side.