Good news for fans of Captain Earthman, the colorful vendor who works the stands at Coors Field: After a one-year hiatus, he will be back this season for Colorado Rockies home games in downtown Denver.
During a March 5 phone interview, the vendor — known to friends and family as Brent Doeden — said he was returning. He had parted ways with Aramark, the company that runs concessions at the ballpark, after a misunderstanding last season about the placement of his beverage tubs at the stadium.
"We got it all worked out," said Doeden, who is in Scottsdale, Ariz., hawking cold ones and other goodies during Cactus League spring training. "I'm very excited. I'm looking forward to a quiet, pleasant year.
"I'll be in the outfield stands, minding my manners and being good."
Doeden, 57, declined to provide any more details about working things out with Aramark, per his agreement with the company. Dave Freireich, an Aramark spokesman, confirmed the Earthman's return.
"I haven't told anyone up until now," said Doeden, who was heading out the door to work a Kansas City Royals-Arizona Diamondbacks game at Salt River Fields. " A few fans know about it. It's been a real quiet deal. I just want to go out there on opening day and say I'm glad to be back."
Doeden has worked at Coors Field since the stadium opened in 1995.
Over the years he has become a fan favorite for his colorful outfits, fun-loving personality and offbeat attitude. Some ticket-holders have his cell phone number on speed dial, the better to summon him during games.
In a 2012 interview with The Denver Post, Doeden was asked how he would prefer to die.
"I'd like to be abducted by a spaceship," he replied. "But I wouldn't call it an abduction. I'd just be hitching a ride home.
The Rockies season begins in Miami on March 31. Their first home game is April 4 against Arizona. The two clubs share the facilities at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick during spring training.
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