SAN DIEGO -- The flags at Petco Park were lowered to half-staff prior to the Rockies' series opener with the Padres Friday to honor the four Americans killed in Libya earlier this week.
All Major League stadiums took part in the observance, which was ordered by Commissioner Bud Selig after President Barack Obama made the order Wednesday to lower the flags on all government buildings to honor the fallen.
The order includes all U.S. military posts, ships, and diplomatic sites abroad, and will remain in effect until September 16. This will mark five days of observance in recognition of the four killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which included the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
Baseball America honors two Rockies prospects
SAN DIEGO -- Two Rockies' prospects -- outfielder Kyle Parker and catcher Will Swanner -- were honored by Baseball America as Minor League All-Stars on teams for each classification level, the team announced Friday. Parker is MLB.com's No. 7 Rockies prospect and Swanner ranks ninth.
The 22-year-old Parker hit .308 with 23 homers and 73 RBIs for High-A Modesto this season, a year after hitting .285 with 21 homers at Low-A Asheville. The Rockies made Parker the 26th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He was the starting quarterback at Clemson in the fall of 2008, starting all 14 games at quarterback for the Tigers.
It's not the first time Parker has been honored by Baseball America, as he was a first-team freshman All-America after hitting .303 with 14 home runs in his first season with Clemson's baseball team.
Swanner, 21, hit .302 with 16 homers and 24 doubles for Low-A Asheville this season. He was also a Rockies' selection in the 2010 draft, a 15th-round selection out of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif. Swanner played 75 games behind the plate and 13 as the DH for the Tourists. He spent the previous two years in rookie ball, playing a combined 61 games over 2010 and 2011. Like Parker, he's among Colorado's top ten prospects according to the MLB.com rankings, at No. 9.
Both Parker's High-A Modesto club and Swanner's Low-A Asheville squad are playing in the championship series for their respective leagues. Modesto plays the Lancaster Jethawks Friday night, to whom they lost in Game 1 of the California League Championship Thursday. Asheville leads its South Atlantic championship series vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 2-1, coming into Friday night's game four.
Rox wear purple jerseys on retro night at Petco
SAN DIEGO -- Friday's series opener with the Padres was '90s night at Petco Park, a throwback evening featuring -- among other '90s tributes -- the Padres in their late-'90s blue and orange pinstriped uniforms.
The Rockies, however, donned their current purple jerseys, an interesting choice given the fact that of the Rockies four available uniforms (white with pinstripes, grey, black, and purple), the only one that was not a jersey option during the '90s was that purple one, which made its long-term debut in the 2000 season.
Devout Rox fans will remember that their squad did, however, wear a predominantly purple vest featuring a very prominent mountain logo in the center during the 1999 season, arguably the most infamous in Colorado's 20 years of existence.
But interesting as that uniform was, if it had been resurrected for Friday night, Tyler Colvin would've been game to wear it.
"I'd wear them all," Colvin said. "I just think it's fun to look back and see the different uniforms. I wouldn't wear, who was it, the White Sox? Who wore the shorts that one year? I wouldn't wear that. Anything except the shorts."
His teammate Jeff Francis seems to be similarly supportive of the vintage look, citing the always-polarizing Astros "pizza" jerseys as favorites. Even so, the Canadian Francis says he'd have to draw the line at the uniform choice of his homeland's own Montreal Expos in the 70s and 80s.
"The old blue Expos? All blue like even the pants? No." Francis said. "They're like pajamas."
His teammate Josh Roenicke, on the other hand, wouldn't mind seeing some Expos unis brought back.
"I like the Phillies retro ones a lot actually," Roenicke, a native of Baltimore, Md. said. "But do the Nationals ever wear the Expos jerseys? That'd be cool."
Despite the differences in taste in the Colorado clubhouse -- and despite their anachronistic choice for Friday -- there certainly seems to be a consensus as to which current Rockies jersey is the most beloved.
"Purple's probably my favorite," said Roenicke. "It's unique -- no one else in the game has it. I think we could wear it every day for that reason. And we're playing well with it."
Rockies' catcher Ramon Hernandez will have surgery Monday morning to repair a torn hamstring tendon, an injury suffered running out a ground-rule double Monday night.
Troy Tulowitzki worked out prior to Friday's game, but according to Rockies' manager Jim Tracy, is still day-to-day and the timetable for his return is uncertain .
Chelsea Janes is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.