'Earthman', staple at Rockies games, diagnosed with brain tumor

9NEWS @ 4. 9/13/2016

KUSA - Local sports fans are missing a major player at Coors Field who has been absent for the past two weeks after decades in the stands.

He's a character, a charmer and self-proclaimed beer slinger for 30 years. You might have bought a beer or two from the guy only known as Earthman.

"People will ask me what my name is, and I'll say, "My name is Brent but you'll remember Earthman easier," he said.

Born 60 years ago as Brent Doeden, he's spent half his life doling out brewskies, peanuts and crackerjacks at major sporting events and concerts around Denver.

He made thousands of friends along the way.

"If you don't use me now you will thirst for me later!" he said at a Rockies game 14 years ago.

Earthman got a front row seat to famous bands and ball players but that's not why he went to work every day.

"The fans. Oh my God, the fans," he said.

He did it for the people in the stands, not on the field.

"When the guy looks at his girl and says, 'Do you need a beer?' And she says, 'Yes, I've been waiting for one.' And I'm right there, it's like perfect," Earthman said.

A couple weeks ago, he went absent from the stands and sold his last beer. He just didn't know it.

"Probably the worst day of my life," his wife Becky Scharfenberg said.

After a trip to the emergency room, doctors told Becky, Earthman has an inoperable brain tumor, making it difficult for him to communicate and turning the job he loves into a challenge.

"I knew something was going on. It was kind of worrying me," Earthman said. "I worry about me giving correct change."

His wife of nearly 30 years is also having a hard time with this change.

"It's hard to know that we were planning on spending the rest of our lives together, you know? And now all of our plans have changed," she said with tears in her eyes.

They're taking it day by day, spending much needed time together after three decades of sharing Earthman with everyone else.

"We were supposed to be driving each other crazy for another 30 years. I just don't know where it's gonna put us. I don't know where we're going to be in six months," said Becky.

Earthman's beer bins are on a break for now, but he never stops thinking about being back in the stands.

"Don't give up on me. Don't give up," he said.

One thing Earthman does at the end of every baseball season, he says goodbye to the fans. He won't get the chance to do that this year but the fans can come to him. On Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., a party and fundraiser will be held at Taunaz Tavern in Arvada.

Earthman's wife set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical bills and trips the couple can take while he is still well enough -- http://bit.ly/2cXY89T

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