LONGMONT, Colo. — For most big sports fans, their devotion to a team starts young. Mabel Miyasaki became a Rockies fan when they were founded in 1991, when she was 66. She’s now 94 now and remains one of the team’s biggest supporters.
“I’m just a fan. A crazy one,” she said.
Miyasaki lives in an assisted living facility in Longmont, but that doesn’t stop her from attending Spring Training in Arizona and Opening Day every year.
“Since I can remember — and don’t ask me when that is,” she laughed.
“She’s definitely obsessed with the Rockies. Purple nails, Rockies wardrobe,” her daughter, Meri, said of Miyasaki. “When we were growing up we’d always joke that she’d remember Rockies birthdays more than family birthdays.”
When asked if she’d rather attend a Rockies game or her daughter’s birthday, Mabel said it “depends which daughter.”
Over the years, Miyasaki has met countless players, thrown out the first pitch at a Spring Training game, and been an honorary “bat girl.” She also has no plans of changing her sports habits any time soon.
“To tell you the truth, I’m pushing a hundred and still kicking,” she said. “So be careful.”
Miyasaki will be at the Rockies Opening Day game against the Dodgers on Friday at Coors Field. When asked what her hope was for this year’s Rockies team, she answered “make it to the World Series… or else.”
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