(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Decked out in dyed purple jeans, matching shirt and a grape-colored shower curtain serving as a makeshift cape, John Buckland roamed around Coors Field on Monday morning trying to recharge a fan base that has grown increasingly disenchanted with the Colorado Rockies.
It may take more than the passion of this caped crusader to resuscitate the Rockies' season, especially after they have fallen into an early season funk that's seen them tumble 13 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
This definitely helped, though: A doubleheader sweep of the Houston Astros on Memorial Day that kept the Rockies (19-29) from plunging too far out of the race before the summer heat has even hit.
''Super purple!'' shouted Buckland, a fan from Lakewood, Colo., who was handing out engraved medals and bracelets before the opener to galvanize followers. ''Fans need something to smile about, so what the heck, right?''