The Rockies’ most loyal fan is a homeless ex-con who lives in an abandoned batting cage
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies’ most improbable fan is a homeless ex-con who lives in an abandoned batting cage. Angelo Peterson was 4 years old when he first picked up a bat. “I’ve been awake ever since,” he said. Now he gives hitting advice to center fielder Charlie Blackmon — and Blackmon listens. He goes for coffee with pitcher Tyler Chatwood to talk about fastball grips.
Angelo, with half his teeth, a leathered face and a stiff mustache, chats with a rustic logic about the fine points of baseball. The Rockies listen.
“Baseball really teaches you about trying to be perfect and how to deal with not being perfect,” Angelo said. “I believe God intended perfection. The good, right and true all together. It exists everywhere.
“But in baseball, it changes all the time. So I’m searching.”
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