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Stephen Cardullo breaks a bat. Coors Field opening day, April 7, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Stephen Cardullo breaks a bat. Coors Field opening day, April 7, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Something about this lovely day calls out for baseball. Maybe it’s the cornucopia of Rockies stories I found today, maybe it’s the 79 degree high today, but I feel it in my bones.

In news not dictated to me by my bones, we have a Mother’s Day gift from the Five Points community, teens driving classic cars and more. Read on!

Sports

Antonio Senzatela will pitch Mother’s Day game in memory of his mom

Senzatela’s mother, Nidya, died after battling stomach cancer last summer. This is Senzatela’s first Mother’s Day without her. (Denverite)

How humidors made Coors Field more reputable

Rockies Engineering Manager Tony Cowell didn’t like when the media disparaged Coors Field for its outsized hitting potential. Then he had one heck of an a-ha moment. Go read it and a-ha for yourself. (DP)

The loyal Colorado Rockies fan who lives in an abandoned batting cage

Angelo Peterson has spent about 10 years watching the Rockies’ training camp, many of them sleeping about a mile away. After so many years, Peterson has become a fixture among players. “There is a little something that everybody can learn from Angelo,” Charlie Blackmon told the Denver Post. (DP)

Rockies lose second game this weekend

My mom is going to the Rockies game today. Yesterday, she told me that the Rockies better win for Mother’s Day. Sorry mom, it’s not looking good. Last night, the Dodgers won 4-0 for their second win against the Rockies this weekend. (AP)

Around Denver

A gift for Mother’s Day: Get out of jail free

Before Mother’s Day, Nita Mosby Tyler had an idea to bail someone out of jail. That quickly became a community drive to bond low-level offenders. (Denverite)

Some context for the new exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Today I learned that Alexander Calder’s most popular works are his mobiles, and that the show at DBG is mostly made from his stabiles. So to best enjoy them, try walking around them. (DP)

Around the metro

Colorado Christian University doesn’t want to be a Lakewood landlord anymore

Renters in Lakewood recently learned that CCU doesn’t want to continue renting their properties, forcing them to find new housing. But that’s also got neighbors worried that the university will be violating the local zoning ordinance. (Fox31)

Girl hit by driver while inside Parker store remains in critical condition

About a week ago, a driver crashed into a Parker running store, injuring six people. Denver7 reports that one girl remains in critical but stable condition. (Denver7)

Classic car owners let teens drive them to keep stick shift alive

The event sponsored by an insurance company wants the younger generation to learn the beauty of stick shift. That required roughly a dozen private car owners to let teenagers behind the wheel. (CBS Denver)

Around the state

Colorado economy grew at its slowest pace in 5 years

Colorado’s economic growth ranked 36th among states between the third and fourth quarters of 2016. Momentum may be coming back though. (DP)

Not quite tiny homes could ease real estate woes

New “wee cottages” near Loveland are bigger than tiny homes, averaging about 1,000 square feet. They’re priced in the mid-$200s and some say that it’s just the right size for them. (CBS Denver)