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Kyle Freeland and a few of his Rockies teammates braved blinding sunlight and 40-to-50 mph wind gusts — on their day off, no less.
Modeling can be a hard day’s work. Well, it was a hard hour’s work. But toughness leads to beauty. On May 19, Freeland, fellow pitcher Germán Márquez, utility man Connor Joe and second baseman Ryan McMahon drove an hour to Loveland Pass to join about 12 members of the Rockies’ photography and social media groups to shoot video and still pictures for Friday morning’s reveal of the Rockies’ new Nike City Connect uniform.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon also posed for an individual studio photoshoot.
The process was somewhat clandestine. The uniforms were under a strict embargo. So the shoot took place at just under 12,000 feet above sea level – about a fourth of the way up — secluded in the dazzling Rocky Mountain scenery. But the Rockies completed it a day before the region was hit with a late-May snowstorm — one that would cause the May 20 date with the Mets to be postponed. The players and the intricate shooting equipment survived.
“It was fun,” Freeland said before Thursday night’s game against the Nationals. “It was really windy. But it was good. We got some good views up…