'Bucks on the Pond' makes season debut at Coors
Rockies fans sporting purple bunny ears featured in latest episode
On June 30, 1996, Eric Young stole six bases and the Rockies beat the Dodgers, 16-15. Quinton McCracken's walk-off double won it in the bottom of the ninth.
Deanna and Don Walters of Longmont, Colo., remember that sunny summer Sunday at Coors Field vividly. Not just because of the extraordinary events they saw on the field, but also because of their daughter, Kelsey, who was a baby then.
"We have been going to ballgames with our three daughters since each was a baby," Deanna said. "I remember that same game when Kelsey looked at the purple row of seats in Coors Field -- the seats that are a mile high. She was amazed at how high they were until she followed them around to near the row we were in that day. It was funny to watch from a child's eye."
For this family of true Rockies fans, games at Coors Field always have seemed to hold an important meaning of some kind. Deanna and Don even spent their 30th wedding anniversary there, and she recalls that "The whole section even sang to us." Now there is another key addition to their (digital) scrapbook, and it happened on another big Sunday.
Deanna stars with two of their daughters, Kelsey Walters and Taryn Servold, in the newest episode of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond" powered by Ford. You can watch for yourself and see if this trivia trio -- wearing purple bunny ears because it was taped on Easter -- added to the $21,510 racked up by fans at 25 of the 30 Major League ballparks.
"Bucks" is hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, and you might be a part of this season when you least expect it. Fans at the ballpark interact with MLB.com's studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside, and shows are released each Tuesday and Friday. Winning amounts are now matched by Ford with a check sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Contestants are asked a trivia question -- general knowledge and baseball -- on each pitch during a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct and win money. Get the question wrong and it's a strike. Three strikes and you're out.
The questions' difficulty and value increase with the number of outs in the on-field action: $5 easy questions to start, $10 medium-difficulty questions after one out, $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team's at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank.
Cross the $100 mark during the show, and it's time for "Say the Word" powered by Ford SYNC. You can wager any part of your bank on that next question, which is asked each episode by 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas. Answer correctly and you win, answer incorrectly and you lose that amount ... and it's another strike.
"We were checking out The Rooftop at Coors Field prior to the start of the game," Deanna said. "Our family has always loved baseball, and all three girls have played softball, so this seemed like a great way to spend Easter as a family. Plus, hot dogs at the ballpark seemed easier than a big meal.
"The purple bunny ears are what got us noticed, no doubt, and it seemed like a really fun thing to do to compete in 'Bucks on the Pond' with my daughters. We absolutely loved being on the show. We had a great time doing something fun and different."
Topics covered in this episode include King Kong, Rockies all-time offensive leaders, string instruments, game shows, snowmen, film festivals, Rockies relievers, movie scores, TV actors, calendar, state flags, pitching terms, Rockies managers, authors, Frank Sinatra, movie actors and astrology.
The Walters said they try to get to about two Rockies games a month. On Easter Sunday, the trivia trio was at the game along with Hali Walters (sister to Kelsey and Taryn), Don and Taryn's husband.
Deanna, meanwhile, declares herself "a softball mom first." In this episode, J.B. notes that Deanna seemed to be the "cleanup" hitter in their group, and she wryly chalked it up to "maturity."
"There were several of the questions that my 'maturity' [we don't like to mention age] helped, as the girls are too young to remember things," Deanna said in her email to MLB.com. "The questions definitely taxed our brains in many categories, which was extra fun."
In addition to the Rockies, teams visited by the "Bucks" crew include the Angels, Astros, Athletics, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Mariners, Marlins, Mets, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox and Yankees. Bookmark MLB.com/bucks and be on the lookout for the "Bucks" crew at your ballpark.