It’s been a rough year for Colorado Rockies fans. Not only will their team finish its seventh straight season without a playoff appearance, but they’ve also lost a beloved beer vendor in the Coors Field bleachers.
Brent Doeden – known as “Captain Earthman” by thirsty Rockies fans – has served as a beer vendor at Coors Field since the Rockies joined Major League Baseball in 1993. Known for his wild personality, hair, and outfits, Captain Earthman was a fan favorite for generations of baseball fans. But now, in the final days of the season, Doeden is at home battling terminal brain cancer.
The Denver Post wrote about Doeden earlier this month in a piece filled with stories about his time serving countless Rockies fans. It also revealed how the two grade-IV glloblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumors cut short his season when they impacted his memory – one day he called his wife, Becky Scharfenberg, and said he didn’t know where he was.
Becky Scharfenberg thought her husband was having a stroke when he began saying strange things that day. “Things that were stranger than usual for him, because he often says some pretty strange things!” Scharfenberg joked from the waiting room of Good Samaritan Medical Center, where Doeden was undergoing a follow-up biopsy a week after his diagnosis.