It’s a sad day for fans of the Colorado Rockies and frequent visitors to their hometown ballpark, Coors Field. A popular beer vendor known as Captain Earthman has been diagnosed with Stage IV brain tumors.
Earthman — real name Brent Doeden — has been a staple at the Denver park since its opening in 1995. Known for his eccentric outfits and matching personality, Doeden has been a fan favorite, going out of his way to entertain the crowds.
Just a few days after Doeden’s wife, Becky Scharfenberg, first shared the news on the Captain Earthman Facebook page, Doeden’s GoFundMe page has already reached its goal of $10,000 to pay for travel for a six-week stretch of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
This year marked Doeden’s 21st season selling goodies at Coors Field, a pretty spectacular feat for a 60-year-old vendor. In that time, Captain Earthman has watched several sets of fan’s kids grow up, serving them Red Vines in their school years and first beers for many 21st birthdays. He is such an important fixture for season-ticket holders that some even keep his number on speed dial, in order to quickly summon him during games.
In a 2012 interview, The Denver Post asked Doeden how he would prefer to die. “I’d like to be abducted by a spaceship,” Doden quipped. “But I wouldn’t call it an abduction. I’d just be hitching a ride home.”
We hope the spaceship doesn’t come for Mr. Earthman for a long, long time.