We arrived about 45 minutes early today for the game one against the NY Mets.
We wound up second and third in line as there was a fan who got there before us.
He was an avid autograph collector and we taked baseball and about getting autographs with him while we waited for the gates to open.
The Rockies were out on the field practicing when we got to the Pavilion bleachers so I took off to the left field bleachers.
As soon as I whipped out my camera, Atkins hit a BP homer that landed in row one right where I was standing so I reached down and snagged it.
This ball would prove to be my only snag of the game.
I did almost catch another BP homer, but it hit the tip of my glove and I lost it.
No worries, Hunter (who is a snagger in training), was just starting to get his groove.
Hunters final tally. Six balls a new personal record for him.
(His previous record was three)
Ryan Speier was kind enough to toss a ball up to Hunter.
Thank you Ryan ! Jorge De La Rosa also threw Hunter a ball. Thank you Jorge.!! I like this young pitcher.
Pitcher number 33 John Maine.
He walked over to pick up a ball by the rail and Hunter asked politely fpr the ball and he tossed it right to him.
Funny, shortly after that happened one of the older Mets batting coaches (I think…I can’t seem to find his name) was picking up a few balls and Hunter hit him up for one.
He straight up told Hunter that he had the wrong shirt on.
I understood but I’m not sure Hunter did.
Credit where credit is due. That older coach came back later and asked if Hunter was gonna cheer for the Mets. Hunter said “sure”.
The coach tossed him the ball. When the coach was out of hearing distance Hunter looked at me and said ..” Yea Right”.
Thats my boy !
Pitcher Pedro Martinez was close to where Hunter was standing and was kind enough to toss him a ball.
Thank you Pedro!!
Sanchez ran to the rail chasing a hard hit grounder which landed in front of Hunter.
Hunter didn’t even have a chance to ask he just tossed it to him.
Thats what its all about.
It’s not a team thing so much as it’s a baseball thing.
Thank you Sanchez !!
Zack Hample was attending todays game. Todays game being the final game of his Colorado trip. He was wearing his where’s Waldo shirt and he busted out the big glove.
That thing is a hell of a conversation piece.
After I took this picture Zack asked a fan to take a picture of the three of us with his camera.
I don’t have this picture but I can’t wait to see it.
While Hunter and I were talking to Zack a man and his wife holding their one-month old asked if they could use the glove to take a picture with thieir baby inside it.
Zack said “Sure as long as it doesnt poop in it.”
Just too cute.
Welcome back Troy Tulowitzki, unfortunately the Rockies lost to the Mets 7-2.
On a bright note, Jeff Baker homered and has hit a home run in his last four games. Todd Helton (The King) went 0-3 today with a walk, and Tulo went 0-4.
There were some interesting clouds in the sky last night. I thought we might see some rain but I only felt one drop the whole evening.
I don’t always do the Most Obnoxioius Fan Section, but today I feel obligated to mention this dude.
This guy started in with mother f this and mother f that. After the second “slip” I looked back and his buddy saw me and saw my son and he told his buddy to stop.
He did stop swearing finally, but that was replaced with constant heckling. Willy Tavares made an error early on in the game and from that point on it didn’t stop.
He would heckle the Rockies players then he would heckle the Mets. He also kept saying to his cronies…Hey man…lets leave and go downtown and get drunk…c’mon man..I still don’t know what team he was going for.
What I am sure of is that it was his first time to a baseball game and probably the first time out in public in a while. Rude, no manners and no consideration for others.
Bald Obnoxioius Fan,….You have been Ranted !
I have to mention another fan who was upset about the amount of batting practice baseballs Zack and Hunter were getting at BP. This guy was a Mets fan and so completely out of line I had to move away from him (thus no picture) for fear of me teaching him a lesson that would have gotten me removed from Coors Field and probably arrested.
To add insult to injury this guy was acting this way in front of his son who probably looks up to him.
Hey buddy, it’s the luck of the draw and you were just too slow. Think about it, sometimes we all leave empty handed and we don’t act like little babies.
Grow up and be a man and try to set the right example for your offspring…I’m done with you.
Hunter tried to offer his son a baseball and the father wouldn’t let him take it.
Zack Hample. Thank You ! It was an honor to meet you. Good Luck on your snagging adventures and we’ll catch you next time your in Denver.
Next game….June 22, 2008 Autograph Sunday…Go Rockies…D