Rockies fans know the name, It’s imbedded in their short history.
Eric Young’s son “Jr” is one of six dudes up for the fifth annual Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.
EY Jr, has been spending his time learning center field, which is a change up for him as he almost always plays second base.
Eric has a .424 average, three homers (two of which are grand slams), and has been caught only once out of nineteen attempted steals.
This award is in the memory of the late Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Dernell Stenson, who was murdered during a carjacking.
This award has been given out annually since 2004, and is given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.
EY Jr is a shoe-in, even thought he missed a week due to a sore hamstring.
Just for the hell of it try this out:
WARNING If you do this remember what you will see on the wall is just an illusion.
1. Relax and then really concentrate on the four little dots in the center of this picture. Serious, stare at them for a good 40 seconds.
2. Then, turn your head and stare at any smooth wall. You will start to see a circle of light developing.
3. Blink your eyes a few times and you will see a figure start to emerge.
Did it work for you??
If it did, let me know what you saw. It freaked me out.
Ok, one more and then I’m done.
If you can’t read this one then I can’t help you.
If you’re into big bugs and your cruising through Colorado Springs, stop in and see the World’s Largest Hercules Beetle.
This big bug was built in 1958 and is constructed of fiberglass and steel.
It’s 9 feet high, 17 feet long, and 6 feet wide.
This monster weighs 400 pounds.
I’m all for that, just don’t do it this February. That would be all jacked up.
You’ve heard of Pistol Pete, here’s pistol pipe?
I can think of a million things to say, but I’m going to let this picture speak for itself.
Thanks for checking out the Rant.
The Nuggets play the Bucks in Denver tonight at 7:30.
I made an appearance at “The Can” last night to watch the Nuggets/Timberwolves game, along with 16721 other Macnuggets.
FACT: There are actually no Timberwolves fans in Colorado.
I ran into my buddy Jack and his friend from Summit County at the game. Jack is planning to head down to Tucson with me for Rockies Spring Training in February.
Chauncey Billups aka “Mr. Big Shot” scored 26 points. Those are the kind of numbers Allen Iverson and Melo used to put up.
Maybe now that Billups is in this lineup the points are getting spread around a little more?? It’s too early in the season to hit a slump Melo. You are the face of this team, unless you want Chauncey to be.
Big man Nene played 33 minutes and produced 12 points. JR Smith scored 14 points in 24 minutes. It was cool to see JR stepping-up a liittle, he’s been looking for his groove in all the wrong places so far this season.
I didn’t run into Jazz the Clown this game.
I’m not sure if he’s a season ticket holder or what.
Jazz, if you read this, send me an email.
This dude has got to have a story.
Here is a shot of the Elvis Cop in his usual stance. Rocky likes to torment this guy.
Clint Hurdle’s face on the big screen last night.
His mug popped up in the forth quarter to get the fans pumped up.
Damn Clint, not so close.
That’s how you end a game. Props to you JR !
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ROCKPILE RANT MOVES FROM 20TH TO THE NUMBER TEN SPOT
Too cool. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shooting for number one (I’ve got time). It’s a personal challenge. I’m not asking you to switch from your blog to mine. I’m just throwing it out there that you tack me on as a daily pitstop.
You might learn something, you might not. What you will click away with (get it, instead of using walk away with, clever I know) is a feeling of, “that Ranter guy is allright. At least thats what I’m shooting for.
I’m team loyal, I may smack talk a little, but it’s all in fun and harmless…Red Sox suck.
So anyway, It’s pretty easy to add an RSS feed to your Favorites folder. If you need help I can tell you how. I’m cool like that.
I can tell you that the things I have planned for Spring training are going to be over the top as far as baseball blogging goes.
That way if something cool happens during practice or after a game, we can pop on and talk about it before I blog about it.
A week of fun in the sun. Hanging with friends, snagging baseballs, spending some time watching the Colorado Rockies or whomever else we feel like.
107 days till the Mobile Blog Unit heads down to Tucson.
This is not the Mobile Blog Unit, but it’s cool——–>>>>>
Are you curious as to what kind of deal the Rockies offered Matt Holliday?
18 million for four years and a player option worth 12.5 million if he wants to play the fifth year.
Here’s a quote from O’Dowd:
“We felt very good about our offer. We respect what Matty did. We didn’t and do not have any hard feelings.”
I think that was a fair offer.
They should have offered him less and made it performance based. I think the majority of sports contracts should be performance based.
Their offer didn’t matter, most likely no offer mattered, they never stood a chance.
Lets just respect the mans decision, remember it costs more to live on the west coast.
Ok, this is getting to be old news. On to something more fun.
<—How about a doormat that reflects your mood?
Tell me why this guy–> didn’t just let go of the pole?
Check out this series of pictures. Even my worst day was never this bad.
I guess the crane driver didn’t calculate the waterlogged factor.
The little one lifts out ok.
See you just need the right tool for the job.
At least you would think.
If your taking you kids cloths shopping you might want to avoid this place.
I still can’t figure what the two dots are for??
Me, I’m cool with it. Enjoy the weather Matt. Oakland’s a beautiful city,….psyche.
Word is the Rockies are going to deal Huston Street (that’s a cool name), but Carlos Gonzalez could work out nicely. He’s another option for center field if the Rockies wind up dealing Taveras?
Gonzalez is twenty three-years old and hails from Venezuela. In his rookie season he hit .242 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 85 games.
In AAA Sacramento he hit .283 with four homers and 28 RBIs.
Sounds great right. Could be, but Carlos has been known to strike out a lot.
I’ll reserve any judgment until I see this guy in uniform on the field.
Here’s a quote from Gonzalez while riding on a bus to Caracas in Venezuela where he is playing winter ball.
“A lot of people are trying to call me, I’m hearing I got traded. This is baseball; you can’t do anything about it. You just have to get ready to play. Holliday is a very attractive player and he’ll be great for the Oakland A’s. It will be great for me, too. I can make my name in a new organization, but I’ll always thank the A’s for giving me the opportunity, for bringing me up.”
Good Luck in Colorado Carlos !
The other dude included in the deal is lefty pitcher Greg Smith. Smith is 24 years old and attended Louisiana State University.
The D’backs in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft selected him in the sixth round.
In December of 2007 he was traded to the Oakland A’s.
Smith’s first major league start was on April 9 2008. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs earning him a no decision.
He record with the A’s is 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA.
In 2008 he led the majors with sixteen pickoffs which tied the record.
They have only been keeping track of pickoffs since 1987.
The Monforts have said many times that the amount of money they have to spend on player salaries is dependent on ticket sales.
Losing Holliday, Fuentes or Atkins isn’t going to increase ticket sales. In my opinion there is only one thing that will increase ticket sales.
Cheerleaders…no I’m just kidding. We need a big name in Denver.
We need a Superstar.
Not like a Molly Shannon superstar, we need like a Cole Hamels superstar.
Pitching, it’s the Rockies Achilles heel or athletes foot.
The beginning of this past season was the only time that I can remember feeling somewhat confident in our bullpen.
Why wouldn’t I be, we had made it to the World Series.
That feeling was short lived. Remember Franklin Morales and Kip Wells, not much materialized there.
Jeff Francis didn’t help matters by continuing to pitch sub-par and not informing anyone his shoulder had been hurting him.
Our bullpen struggled right from the start and barely improved through rest of the season. We all know a below .500 season is unacceptable for this Division. Yet it seems to be a benchmark we struggle to reach yearly.
DO IT Monforts, both of you, make that move, do it for the fans.
Nobody is saying for sure who the Rockies might get in exchange for Holliday as the Rockies have only reached a tentative agreement with the A’s.
Some of the names mentioned are reliever Huston Street, lefty Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
That is all I’ve heard right now..I don’t think this trade was as much for getting someone, as it was to avoid paying Holliday his 13.5 million due on his contract for the upcoming season.
Nuggets vs Grizzlies
I went to the Denver Nuggets game last night with Krista and Hunter. I’m not going to do a huge game recap because it just wasn’t all that exciting.
At least the game part.
The Nuggets get the win over the Grizzlies 100-90.
Here’s the deal, the game up until the end was way closer than it should have been. Chauncey Billups put up 16 points which is great, but he was 2 of 13 from field goal range and 2 of 6 from three-point range.
At least he was nailing his foul shots.
Props again to Nene who shot 8 of 10 from field goal range for 18 points. Mello was Mello. We didn’t get backstage this game.
14,359 people attended this snoozer.
I will tell you I was lucky enough to snag something.
One of the promotions during the commercial breaks is the Parachute drop.
It’s just a T-Shirt rolled up into a tube.
I finally freggin caught one.
I’ve been trying for years.
It’s not that I suck that bad, I just don’t usually sit on the first level. That’s my story.
Catching that shirt was at least the equivalent of snagging a live foul ball don’t you think?
I didn’t say home run ball, I just said foul ball.
Here’s what the T-Shirt looks like unrolled.
I’m not sure what I got all excited about. It’s never going to fit.
Now that I think about it, they should just toss an un-wrinkled T-Shirt down from the rafters with out a parachute.
It’s not like it would hurt anyone.
I mean, would you just look at the wrinkles in this shirt.
I finally saw Referee Violet Palmer. the first ever female NBA Referee.
#12 Violet Palmer.
On April 26, 2006 she was the first woman to officiate a major men’s sport at the top professional level. It was a Pacer vs Nets game.
I can’t give her all the credit, but if you watched this game you had to notice the officiating was horrible.
Violet was one of the referees working on December 19,2006. There was a brawl that evening between the Nuggets and the Knicks.
All ten players that were on the floor were ejected.
Some call her inconsistent, she does have her critics, but who doesn’t.
While I was sitting in my seat, my wife pointed out an odd fella wearing a Nuggets Jersey.
Can you spot him?
Meet Jazz the Clown.
Say what you want, but I like this guy.
First off, anyone with balls enough to wear that outfit in public is ok with me.
But to top it off, he’s sporting a JR Smith jersey and he’s at the game with his son. That’s cool.
It’s like the Nuggets version of Homie the Clown and I love it.
Can I just say…
Jazz you Rock Man !
I’d like to hear more on details on Matt Holliday’s departure.
It’s kind of sad, but we all knew it was coming.
Do you think they’ll spend his money on another big hitter?…I don’t.
What do you think is on Matt’s mind right now?
The same thing that has always been on his mind.
Here is a shot of the baseballs I was able to snag this past season. I was lucky enough to get over half of them autographed. I realize that autograph collectors say your only supposed to use brand new MLB baseballs, but I prefer to use the ones I snag. To me, they’re more personal.
Instead of coming out of a box, each one of my autographed baseballs has two stories.
How it was snagged, and how it was tagged.
I’m all about a good baseball story.
Here are the names of the players whose autographs are on the baseballs shown above.
Clint Hurdle – 2
Troy Tulowitzki – 2
Ian Stewart – 1
Jeff Francis – 1
Jorge De La Rosa – 2
Taylor Buchholz – 1
Franklin Morales – 1 (My first autograph this year at Spring Training) Rockies Ball
Micah Bowie – 1 (My second autograph at Spring Training this year) Rockies Ball
Ryan Speier – 1 (My third autograph obtained at Spring Training this year) Rockies ball
Joe Koshanski – 2
Aaron Cook – 2
Ubaldo Jimenez – 1
Ryan Spilborghs – 3
Glendon Rusch – 1
Omar Quintanilla – 1
Cedrick Bowers – 1
Greg Reynolds – 1
Chris Ianetta – 4 (he signs before almost every game)
Juan Morillo – 1
Steven Register – 1
Clint Barmes – 1 Rockies ball
The Rockies balls are non MLB baseballs with the Rockies logo on them. I’m not thrilled with those so I won’t use them anymore.
So here are the totals.
31 autographed baseballs all snagged by me except the 4 Rockies balls = 27 baseballs.
17 unsigned baseballs snagged by me. For a grand total of 44 baseballs for the season.
Here’s a shot of everything I’ve accumulated from this past Rockies season. Other than the ticket price to get into Coors Field (which was mostly Rockpile Tickets at $4.00), I didn’t pay a cent for any of these items. (click on the picture to expand)
I figure I’ve got another twenty years of snaggin and bloggin in me, maybe more.
Just like wine or Kimchi, I get better with age (in my mind).
Imagine what this collection will look like in twenty years?
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He single-handedly renewed my interest in Nuggets basketball. I respect Allen Iverson for a lot of reasons, the main two being his heart and his height.
Iverson is the same size as me. There have been a lot of great players under six foot tall, but every time I see Iverson on the court I’m reminded that anyone can get off to a bad start in their life
and turn it around. I’m also reminded that a players height is not near as much a factor as heart is.
At the time Iverson arrived in Denver he was “The Answer” to Denvers questions.
The Nuggets needed him, Denver needed him and believe it or not, Mello needed him.
At the time, I didn’t know it would be his last foul shot. I guess I just got lucky.
Chauncey is a Colorado native. He attended George Washington High School in Denver Colorado, and played College ball at the University of Colorado.
That same year Billups won the 2004 NBA Finals MVP award averaging 21 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Ok the history lesson is done. Originally I was a little unsettled with this trade. But, the more I think about it, the more I like the change up. My main complaint after watching the first game live was that nothing seemed different.
That’s not the case anymore. I kept thinking to myself, if Chauncey can pull his 12 points a game (or more), and JR Smith, Nene, Anthony Carter can step it up a few notches . This really could work.
Friday night was the test.
Dallas Mavericks vs the Denver Nuggets Pepsi Arena, Denver
Aluminum cans don’t really burn, and that’s a good thing because the crowd inside “The Can” last night were lit up. They were excited about seeing former Nugget,Chauncey Billups return to Denver and showed it by giving him a rousing ovation.
Good move Chauncey. Can’t go wrong with Elway in Denver.
There was also a video tribute to him with fans and Alumni welcoming him back at the end of the first quarter. That was a nice touch.
The Nuggets got off to a slow start, Billups missed his first three-point attempt, but made his first two pointer. Carmello Anthony seemed frazzled missing one jump shot after another.
(I’ve been there, I’ve got the T-Shirt. I didn’t do the minnow shot, that’s nasty)—–>
By halftime, the the Nuggets were down by one with a score of 49-48.
Chauncey was 1 of 7 with five points. The Nuggets had given up 14 offensive rebounds.
Nene provided 13 points and I can’t tell you how cool it was to see this big guy finally penetrating, doing his thing, and putting up some numbers.
Linus Kleiza “”the L train” (that’s a dumb nickname, he could do a lot better), was impressive with his 10 points off the bench. I sure wish the “train” was a little more predictable. Too bad nothing rhymes with Kleiza.
It seemed the Nuggets had no focus, there were a LOT of missed opportunities.
I was thinking to myself, it’s ok, the Nuggets are just learning how to adjust to their new teammate, and he to them. I was anxious and needed to see that pure point guard magic from Billlups that the Nuggets so desperately need.
Nuggets started to groove in the second half, Anthony came alive scoring 20 points, and hitting four free throws in the final seconds.
Here’s a Comment from Chauncey Billups after the game about Carmello, “Mello, of course, is pretty much unstoppable, We’ve got a lot of weapons. I think if we can lock in and get everyone on the same page we can be dangerous.’
I call it gelling. But he’s right.
Billups finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Carmello scores 28, Nene finishes with an impressive 19 points and JR Smith hits 15. Impressive numbers for all of them.
Final Score Nuggets 108, Mavericks 105.
Props to Jason Kidd (seen here chillin in the bath).
You got to love this dude’s play. He finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. He even made it interesting near the end.
Had he made his last free throw it would have tied the game and possibly went into overtime.
Sorry, better luck next time Kidd. Make sure you wash behind your ears !
The Pepsi Arena was sold out last night and I know what I saw. I was witnessing the beginnings of a new Denver Nuggets.
A team very much in its infancy, yet so packed full of talent, the big bang inevitable.
George Karl, you’ve got the pieces, now lets get this weapon assembled and aimed in the right direction as quickly as possible. You could use the career boost (it’s not like your second in command is a slouch) and Carmello could use the job security. Nobody remembers a loser.
Thank you Chauncey, all it took was some grits and determination from a good old fashioned point guard. Something Denver’s needed for a while now.
How did that happen you ask?
A little while back I changed my blog title and removed the postseason from it.
Now it’s just called the Rockpile Rant, simple, but in your face.
Well Rockpile Rant…Postseason came in at number 20, and the plain old Rockpile Rant (which has only been getting hits for a week), came in at number 34.
Check out the screenshot below. The red markers are all places that have checked out the Rant. A marker may represent a city or an individual, and all of the hits from that city or individual are symbolized by the one red marker.
That’s freggin cool. Are you one of those red markers?
Wow…The Rant has gone global.
I’m still working on posting my 2008 season baseball collection. I’ll have it up on Saturday…D