The trio went the extra mile and brought in the steer, General, with Freeland showing off where different cuts of meat come from to a delighted manager Bud Black.
Despite a steady drizzle, roughly 30 players took in the presentation outside the team's weight room. Most sought a picture with the animal, and Parra jumped at the chance to mount the steer after infielder Alexi Amarista quickly declined the same offer.
"It's a way to create some oneness," Black said. "We focus on baseball so much, all the time. It's a brief period of the day where there's a little levity.
"It's a project that's close to our owners -- where they come from, what they've done, what they mean to Colorado -- and to get a brief history on Charlie and Dick's family was good for all of us."
Monfort of Colorado, Inc., was acquired by ConAgra Foods in the late 1980s.
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.