Cody Lyster's family hopes to honor his love for baseball with a cutout in the stands of Coors Field.
Before 21-year-old Cody Lyster lost his battle to COVID-19 on April 8, he was a major baseball fan and player. He began playing in middle school and even played on his university's club baseball team. He played several positions throughout his years on different teams, including first base, third base, pitcher, and catcher.
His dream included playing on a Division I team in the college world series. A criminal justice major at Colorado Mesa University (CMU), Lyster hoped to follow in his father's footsteps and become a police officer.
At the time of his passing, Lyster was the youngest person in Colorado to die of coronavirus. His death was announced to the CMU campus via email from CMU President Tim Foster. His family received an outpouring of support, and Lyster's story appeared in several major news outlets, including PEOPLE and Forbes. Several notable individuals shared their condolences, including former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Devastated to learn of the passing of Cody Lyster to covid. To his parents, siblings, teammates and classmates, I offer my deepest condolences. Met him once, a huge Rockies fan, I was looking forward to see him play for CMU baseball! Prayers for his family. pic.twitter.com/QQfltPVe7T— Ryan Spilborghs (@spillygoat19) April 9, 2020
Baseball was more than just a hobby for Lyster. When he wasn't on the field, he watched his favorite team, the Colorado Rockies, on ESPN and collected books, baseball cards, and other memorabilia. His favorite Rockies player was Charlie Blackmon.
To pay tribute to their son, Lyster's family is hoping to get a cutout of him at Coors Field. His cutout would sit in the stands so that he could watch the Rockies play at their home field. After hearing about the impact the Rockies left on the Lyster family, the team reached out to them, and Blackmon even wrote a letter.
"That would mean so much for us, to have a picture of Cody in the stands," Kevin Lyster, Cody's father, said.