September 2008

When it’s Chilly, you can count on Spilly




It figures. I walk around all game with my camera and just when I put it up, guess who walks by me?

Cal Flippin Ripken. I had to do a double take and when I figured out it was him, my photo opportunity was gone.

I actually saw Cal last year covering the Playoffs here at Coors Field.  First 9-2-08.JPG




Mylee, Hunter and I were first in line at the Gate.

Little bit of chill in the air, but the weather was holding.



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When they opened the gates, Mylee and Hunter both ran down to the field.

Ubaldo Jimenez was over by the fence playing catch.

Mylee asked nicely, and he tossed her a ball.

Thank you Ubaldo !

A few minutes later he tossed Hunter a ball. Mylee and Dan.JPG

While I was assuming my usual position. I looked over and saw that Dan (pictured here in the Red hat), had let Mylee and Hunter borrow tickets for the first row during BP  

Hunter and I have been in the first row before, but this was Mylee’s first time.

Thank you again ..Dan ! Hunter and Mylee Row 1 9-2-08.JPG


Anyone that has seen Hunter in action can’t deny his enthusiasm and persistance.

He worked that first row for baseballs.

He is not shy about asking a player for a ball…

Several times if need be..

Me, I came up with nothing today because in order to be a baseball snagger, baseballs have to be hit in your general direction or at least over the fence.

There was very little  of that today…It figures.

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  However, I did get lucky enough to get Clint Hurdle (who signed our ticket stubs yesterday,) to autograph a ball. He signed it on the sweet spot for me. Hunters 4 9-2-08.JPG




 Hunters total today

5 baseballs

1 given away to a kid with a glove. Mylees 2 9-2-08.JPG

Mylee’s total today:

2 baseballs

That was so cool watching them both in the first row.

This was the smallest BP crowd I have seen all year.

Today should have been a snaggers dream…. Thumbnail image for Iannetta signing Hunters ball 9-2-08.JPG

 After batting practice was finished, we headed over to the Rockies dugout to see who might show up.

For the second day in a row, Chris Iannetta came out early to warm up.

You can see him signing Hunter’s baseball.

Mylee got his autograph too. He stopped right before me.

I shot some video of the Rockies warming up.

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Welcome Dexter Fowler.

He made his Major League debut in the bottom of the tenth inning.

He hit a pop fly out.

He signed baseballs for Mylee and Hunter.

Thank you Dexter !

Dexter looks like he needs to head over to Blake Street Tavern for a few burgers.. Joe K 9-2-08.JPG 







After a while, Joe Koshansky came out and started signing.

 I have been trying to get his autograph for a while and he signed for all three of us.

Thank you Joe ! Our Haul 9-2-08.JPG


It’s nice when the ballpark isn’t totally jammed with people.

Here’s what we got:

Me-Clint Hurdle and Joe Koshansky.

Mylee- Joe Koshansky and Dexter Fowler on one ball. Chris Iannetta.

Hunter-Joe Koshansky and Dexter Fowler on one ball. Chris Iannetta.



                            Here are some pictures I took before my battery died. spilly,tulo,atkins.JPG

                                                           Ian Stewart                                  Ian Stewart 9-2-08.JPG                    One of my favorite players under 5’10”, Omar Quintinilla Omar Quintinilla 9-2-08.JPGSpilly  was also out signing autographs. He even went back through the line after the Anthem was played and signed for some people who he had missed the first time through.

Spilborghs had the game winning hit tonight to score Omar in a game that went 12 innings.

 Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy with a better attitude. Congrats Ryan…Thanks for keeping it alive..  Ryan and Dexter 9-2-08.JPG

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                                                  Most Annoying Fan

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 It seemed like every time I tried to lean out and take a picture this face kept appearing in my camera.

I can’t for the life of me figure out what she was looking for.

 All the action was the other direction.

Anyways, I have like fifteen pictures with her mug in it.

Glad I dont use film.


<—-The Winner


 Rockies take game two over the Giants 6-5. Five back from the D-Backs. Thats the closest we have been since April.

I just want to go out and talk smack to every Rockies hater I know and say “see, I freggin told you, don’t give up on this team, they can do it, just watch”.

But I won’t. I don’t want to jinx anything. So I stay reserved, waiting/hoping  for “my time” to unleash…Go Rockies..I’m liking what I’m seeing…except I wont be able to see it tomorrow. For some reason the game isn’t televised…D  Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Green Floppy Hat.JPG

Rockies work on Labor Day and get the win







I was just curious who this fella was?

Helton jersey, floppy hat, seems like its been done.?? 







I knew today would be a good day for baseball. I woke up in a good mood. The weather was perfect. Parking downtown was free today because of the Holiday and we even managed to snag a good parking spot.



DSCN1278.JPGWe were the first two in line at the Rock Pile Gate. We were just killing time when Alice walked up and gave us two free coupons for todays Value game.

We had Rock Pile tickets and this enabled us to upgrade to Pavilion tickets.

Thank you Alice. This is the third time she has done this for Hunter and I this season. Hunters spot 9-1.JPG



Hunter took his usual position as far into center field as he could get.

The guy pictured on the left may be an “actual Colorado cowboy”..

I’m just not sure.



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If you noticed in the video there were no Rockies players  warming up.

 <—–Barry Zito Giants all over.JPG






But, there were Giants warming up everywhere. Basket of Balls 9-1-08.JPG




We figured with the big basket of balls on the field and the batting cages setup, there would have to be a batting practice at some point.

About fifteen  minutes after we got inside the Giants began hitting. Hunter came close to a couple of balls that were tossed up by players. I had two home run hits sail over my head and land in almost the exact same spot behind me. I misjudged another bounce and that was it. I swear there wasn’t eight balls hit into the stands the entire practice. No wonder the Giants Suck. Ok I take that back, at least they showed up for BP.  Chris asking for a pen.JPG




After batting practice was over. We walked over to the Rockies Dugout area and out of nowhere Chris Iannetta showed up and asked for someone to toss him a pen. Thumbnail image for Chris signing.JPG






Chris stayed and signed autographs for about ten minutes Chris gone.JPG.

                               And then he was gone. Cool guy, he always takes time to sign.  

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Clint Hurdle did the same thing.

Hunter managed to get in the crowd twice and got each of our tickets signed. Hurdles Autograph 9-1-08.JPG





Not too shabby.

That made up for not snagging any baseballs today.

Being down that close to the field I was able to get some cool pictures.



Below is Alana from FSN doing her pre game broadcast. Alana FSN.JPG                                           Next up is Ryan Spilborghs Spilly back.JPG                                      Tulo and Atkins playing catch Tulo n Atkins playing Catch 9-1-08.JPG                                              Tulowitzki striking “his” pose Tulo posing 9-1-08.JPG                    Two pictures for Willy Taveras. The stolen base KingWilly 9-1-08.JPG  Willy T Number one.JPG         We took a stroll over to see what pitchers were out and what did we see? Rockies Pitching 9-1-08.JPG              If you look close you can see almost every pitcher the Rockies have. Pitching 9-1-08.JPG                        Grilli and Corpas showing some autograph love Grilli and Corpas.JPGGrilli went out of his way to give out autographs. Gotta respect a guy who remembers where he came from. Grilli 9-1-08.JPG                     On the mound today for the Rockies Jorge De La Rosa (8-7) Jorge pitching.JPG  And a shot after he releases the ball. De La Rosa struck out six players in seven innings today. Jorge 2 9-1-08.JPGOne of the few big plays of this game was in the bottom of the second inning Tulowitzki gets an RBI triple. Here’s a picture I took of that exact hit. Tulo's RBI.JPG                                       Iannetta a split second before he nails it Iannetta swing 9-1-08.JPG                                                       for a sweet single Iannetta on first 9-1-08.JPG                                Clint Barmes, probably looking for his hat . Barmes 9-1-08.JPG

          If you look close you can see the ball just before it gets to Atkins. Neat shot. Atkins swing 9-1-08.JPG                   Matt Holliday. You can call him Mr Billboard today. Congrats Matt ! Matt 9-1-08.JPG         If you look just above Matt’s knee you can see the ball . That pitch was a strike. Matt swing 9-1-08.JPG                                            Matt Billboard 2.JPG





Billboard # 1





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Billboard #2






Beautiful day for a ballgame. Always nice to leave a winner. Rockies shutout the Giants at Coors Field 4-0. Todays pitching staff Jorge De La Rosa, Corpas and Fuentes were simply outstanding.





Speaking of pitching.

 Rockies Face Lincecum tomorrow and this kid is flippin deadly.



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Clint and I, we’re not worried.

See ya there..

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