January 2009

This name better be in the Hall of Fame

1/31/09

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 23 Days till MBU. 

Shannon Sharpe.

Today’s his big day (hopefully). The guy has arms the size of my legs and and an ego of similar size.

Here’s why I think he should be in the Hall of Fame.

Sharpe was selected All-Pro four times. He’s played in eight Pro Bowls 1992-1998, and has surpassed 1000 yards in three different seasons.

In his 14 year career, Sharpe had 815 receptions for 10,060 yards along with 62 touchdowns in 204 games.

He’s also the proud owner of three Super Bowl rings.

And on top of all that, he’s a stand up guy and a snazzy dresser. 

 

 

 

Sharpe SI.jpgHere is one of my favorite quotes from Shannon Sharpe, and this dude has some good ones:

“I won’t talk about someone’s mother. I won’t talk about their girlfriend or their wife, but if you have a deformity, I would talk about that.”When asked about who he would invite to a dinner party Sharpe responded  with “Bill Gates,  Warren Buffet, Michael Jordan
and Halle Berry. I’d talk to Gates, Buffett and Jordan first, and then me and Halle would go get another table in the back that’s candlelit, and I’d let them discuss whatever they want to discuss.”

I loved Sharpe’s attitude.

The guy was always talking smack but like a Dion Sanders he could back it up.

Good Luck Sharpie..You’ve got my vote…D
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Twenty five, until my little drive

1/29/09

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Twenty-five days until the Mobile Blogging Unit reaches mobile blogability. I hope I don’t have any internet connectivity issues whilst I’m mobily blogging.

Congrats to Ubaldo Jimenez. The Rockies signed him to a four year deal worth 10 million and it’s loaded with all kinds of performance incentives.

The Rockies need Ubaldo to stay healthy this season. 

JFFG.jpgWho knows if Jeff Francis will be starting in April. He’s still having issues with that pesky shoulder of his.

 Cook, Jimenez, Marquis, who’s the Top Dog if Francis is injured and can’t start off the season?

Is Francis still the Top Dog even if he’s healthy?  

I wish I could be in Tucson mid-February to see the pitchers and catchers report. I keep hoping for a last minute surprise in the Rockies bullpen, but at this point I wouldn’t bet on it.

It does get me to thinking, “Who among the Rockies bullpen is ready to take it to the next level?”

UJ.jpgMy moneys on Ubaldo, but I still have high hopes of Francis returning to his past glory. Cook is a powerful weapon but tends to wear thin with too much usage.

MannyRamirez u neverknow.jpgGuess we’ll begin to see in a couple of weeks.

I wish we had somebody new to get excited about.

I wonder how Manny Ramirez would do at this altitude? Manny in a Rockies uniform, now that would be a sight. I’d take Manny for a season. The guy has spark there is no denying that.

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 I have big hopes for Tulo this season which starts off with him not having any major injuries.

 It’s time for this dude to make his mark with the Rockies.

You want to be leader of this team Tulo, show us what you got brotha, and do it all season.

I really believe this is going to be his breakout year.

Tulowitzki healthy and producing all season long is a good thing for the Rockies.

And a good thing for the fans.

IS1-29-09.jpgIan Stewart, here’s another guy bursting at the seams with talent and waiting for everything to click.

 

  

 Thumbnail image for spilborghs1-29-09.jpgRyan Spilborghs, recently married. Happy wife = happy life. This dude should have the season of his life. He’s earned a starting position and I want to see him keep it all season and become a permanant fixture in the outfield.

Andy 9-15-08.JPGMan I love talking/writing baseball.

I need some warm weather and a break from the stresses of life.

cactus_baseball_1-29-09.jpg I’ve earned this little baseball vacation. I still have a spot on the MBU available. No worries here if it doesn’t get filled. Right now it’s Andy, Robert and yours truely.

(<——Andy snaggin at Rockies batting practice)

 

 

If all goes his way Robert will be staying in Tucson when Andy and I head back to Denver. 

Someday I’ll be able to do that. When I retire it’ll be summers in Colorado and down to Arizona for Fall Ball and Spring Training.

           You’ve got to stay busy.

Thank you all for the great comments on my last entry on concerts.

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Tell me where you’ve been and who you’ve seen?

1/27/09


D Concert Tickets1.jpgThe music you listen to can say a lot about you or nothing at all. Each ticket stub you see pictured above has a story.

I’m curious, tell me 

                               What was the first concert you ever attended?

                                   What was the last concert you attended?

             Expand the picture above, by chance have you seen any of those shows?

The stubs pictured above are not every concert I’ve attended, but that’s most of them. Missing ticket stubs that I can remember are Lalapalooza # 2 with The Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining, a couple of recent ZZ Top shows, my very first concert “Loverboy”, Van Halen 1984 and Ozzy and Metallica in 1986.

                              What was the best concert you have ever seen?

The best concert I ever saw live was Pink Floyd at the old Mile High Stadium.

                        Name three concerts you’d like to see before you croak:

Mine would be:

1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

2. Rush, I had tickets but had to miss their show two years ago at Red Rocks.

3. Judas Priest, I’ve seen them once and it was incredible. 

If you could bring back a dead performer or band for a one night show, who would it be?

 I thought hard about this one, and my choice would be….Stevie Ray Vaughn for a three-hour show at Red Rocks.

If you had to pick a band that best represented your entire teenage years, that band would be?

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I’m no Joe Torre but everyone has a story

1/26/09

Wow how time flies, I was looking at the old blog entry count and noticed that this entry is number 199 for the Rockpile Rant.

Notice: It looks like one of my buddies who was going to Tucson with us has to cancel. If your interested in this trip contact me. As I’ve said before there would be an interview process (to guage your coolness), but we’re not too picky.

The travel dates are from Feb 23-March 4.

                                      Chapter 1:  A Ranter is born.

Baby D .jpgI’m going to tell you how the Rockpile Ranter was born. My alter ego is a combination of several things. I’ll start with the Ranter bit. For most of my life I have had to be subordinate to someone who at some point took their power to far or was just a complete jackass with their authority.

I always felt compelled to bottle up what I wanted to say or how I felt, either out of respect or position. It’s not that I was afraid to say what was on my mind, I kept my mouth shut because it was usually the smart thing to do at the time.

 Then when I reached the point when I was ready to “speak my mind”, I didn’t because I didn’t want to hurt anyone. Truth be told, the one who was hurting was myself.

Every person and situation is unique and before I became a blogger, I would vent on friends and family. Not the full out explode in your face vents, but smaller more manageable vents. What I would call ” a short little rant”.

They would often start out like: “Does this piss you off too?”. Then I’d go on from there, but only ranting on one topic and making it quick. Usually people would agree with me. Whether they did or didn’t, a conversation of some sort would usually ensue.

This his how I viewed it, I was being  friendly to another human by striking up a conversation, and at the same time I was able vent off something that had been bothering me.

 I don’t vent much on people directly anymore, I don’t need to.

 I have “The Rant” now and I have the ability to immediately write about something that bothers me or moves me, impresses me or depresses, stimulates my brain or leaves me writhing in pain, touches my soul or leaves me down in a hole.

I can release it in word format, then after I’ve heard a group opinion on the subject…Be done with it and “Keep on Truckin”.

 “You got to keep on rolling while you can, eventually we all run out of hill” Official Ranter Quote.

The Rockpile part of the blog name is simpler. I usually purchase Rockpile tickets, see that’s pretty simple.

                                 Here’s how this all ties in together: 

 It was the third week in September 2007 and the Rockies were “HOT”, and still not getting any National love or attention. This really frustrated me and some other fans that I know. 

It was at that point I knew I had to do something.  I didn’t know exactly what or how, but I felt somehow I had to get The Rockies some National love.

                                  Fast forward to Rockies Spring Training 2008.

When I was in Tucson for spring training last year I only had five days off. Two of those days were spent driving there and back. When I arrived in Tucson I managed to catch one practice, but it was only the AAA players. I saw two games in two days both of them at Hi Corbett Field. Rockies won one and lost one. 

Remember now, this was the spring training after the Rockies had made it to the World Series.

I guess I thought that right after a World Series appearance spring training games would be sold out. This was not the case at all, both games had more empty seats than not.

I sat there in my nearly empty row and couldn’t believe the Rockies had done so much, and went so far and still were getting minimal fan love and National exposure.

As I pondered what to do on that sunny afternoon in March wearing my newly purchased big green floppy hat (it was recommended to me by a local for sun block), and my previously purchased Todd Helton World Series jersey an idea popped into my head.

I had previously been interested in starting a blog about my own daily rants, so I thought to myself, why not write a blog about the Rockies and incorporate my “attitude” into it.

I needed a name. A name that represented me and my team. I tossed around blogs name for the entire drive back to Denver with no luck.

Zack H-1.jpgFor a few years I had been a regular reader of Zack Hample’s blog “The Baseball Collector” (still am). This dudes obsessed with snagging baseballs at batting practice and catching live game baseballs.

Anyways I was tired of reading about his success and I had decided after we lost the World Series that I would try to arrive early for batting practice. I snagged a baseball at my first batting practice and now I NEVER miss it. To me it’s as much a part of the game as eating peanuts, the seventh inning stretch, or standing in line to take a whiz.

I experimented with a couple of blogging formats before I came across MLBlogs.com.  I was sitting in front of my computer stuck at the point where I had to come up with a blog name for this blog. I started to think of the Rockies Rockpile and knew that word had to be part of it’s name. 

                                A few of the blog names I tossed around were:

Rockpile Style, Rockpile Ralph, D’s Rockpile Report, DR-ockpile, Rock-n-Roll Pile, and A Rock-n-Pile. All of those names are winners in their own right, but didn’t quite convey the message I was trying to get out there.

Then I thought,”The Rockpile Rambler”, I dismissed that one because I’m more of a Ranter than a Rambler. Yeah, Rockpile Rant, I typed it in and have owned it and a few variations of it since.

                                          Chapter 2: It’s up to you.

So now you know where I came from  and you already know where I’m heading. I’m going for number one spot. I don’t want to “OWN” it, I just want to feel it up a little bit…D
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Ranter in his glory, tomorrow’s the story

1/23/09  (“Happy Youngster” have fun at your Brewers thingy tomorrow brotha).

Tomorrow is going to be baseball overload with Rockies Fest, so today I’m just going easy on you. Both kids will be with me tomorrow partaking in the festivities.

                                          Dan, I’ll say it again..Thanks man.

 I came across some funny names of places in England and thought you might get a kick out of them. Have fun with this, I did. Thanks..J

Below, we have the road less traveled. Beware of hitchhikers when traveling down this stretch of pavement.. On the plus side, they do clean this road on a regular basis. 
Butt hole road.jpg                                        The places on the map are real folks.Map of england.jpg I recommend you stay away from Crotch Crescent and Pratt’s bottom, or at least stay upwind.

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                          The more I work on this entry the less I want to visit Europe.

It’s just as bad here in the states. However, below is a place I wouldn’t have minded visiting more in High School. I heard TV’s are banned in Lancaster County.

                                                 
intercourse pa1.jpg Ms. Hummer ran for City Council but in Intercourse but her skills didn’t exactly fit the job. 
city-council.jpgJust so you know some milk has HGH in it, so always buy your milk from a trusted source.
breastpumps1.jpg                   And remember folks if you find yourself at this intersection in life…
whiskey1.jpg                                                       Be careful please…
warning-alcohol-leads-to-rug-burns.jpgNot only am I always looking out for you, I’ll be coming at you with all kinds of Rockies stuff tomorrow.

                              Thanks again for making the Rockpile Rant number 6.

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The pressures a mutha, can you help a brotha?

1/22/09

I only post this list for my Pops, that way he’ll think I’m famous. Rockpile Rant came in number six for the week of January 16-22. My stealth plan is working.

1. Red State Blue State
2. Confessions of a She-Fan
3. Ranger Rumors
4. Julia’s Rants
5. The ‘Burgh Blues
6. Rockpile Rant
7. Statistician Magician
8. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
9. Prince of New York
10. Rays Renegade

 

Too bad he’ll probably never know it because I don’t think he’s a regular reader of my blog, but MNewman1.jpgMark Newman was a big part of my motivation and ultimate decison to quit smoking. I was reading in his blog a while back that he used to smoke and that he successfuly quit and took up marathon running.

Every now and then in his blog he plugs a marathon that he’s participating in.

 Marathon running has got to be hell on your lungs, and going from smoking to not, and then getting your lungs in good enough shape to complete a 26 mile race…..I think that’s quite a feat.

                              When I look at him, I think if he can do it, I can.

obsmoking.jpgSo know this Newman, whether you read the Rant or not, I respect you brotha. You managed to successfully quit smoking and turned your focus into getting yourself healthier. (Plus I like the way the articles you write carry the reader through them).

Britnay smoking.jpgRight now, I’m just trying to get through to the next day. I get these wicked cigarette cravings that are so intense….

Not only would I walk a mile for a Camel cigarette, I believe I could do it with the camel strapped to my back.  

It’s been over two weeks. Props to my wife too, she a few days behind me, but she’s still winning the battle herself.

 Problem is she and I can’t really talk about it too much or we both wind up wanting to smoke…Anybody been in that spot before??

                                  Mark, your the guy I want to hear from.

How did you do it dude?

How much did you used to smoke?

What was the hardest part for you?

Who did you turn to when you needed help?

Had you quit before and failed?

What was the defining moment for you?

Do you do you still crave them? 

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Sp smoking.jpgToday felt like day one to me. I forgot my patch. 

 Give a brotha some words of encouragment. Your all about helping others learn how to improve their writing skills, it would be appreciated if you could give a fellow blogger in need a few tips on how to prolong his life?

Please don’t take this the wrong way Newman, I just need some help man. Give me the benefit of your experience in this department.  

                              We can call it C-Quit School, yeah I like that.

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nicholsonsmoke.jpgYou could give a monthly motivational paragraph or so for those of us quitting or contemplating quitting smoking. Use your blog and your experiences for the good of the people.

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What’s this Obama Drama?

1/20/09

foot in mouth.jpgOk, I’ve kept my mouth shut on all of this Inauguration hoopla because the current bandwagon is bursting at the seams.

I can’t figure out what the big freggin deal is. Are you celebrating the man, or the color of the mans’ skin.

As usual, before you start to judge read on a bit.Bill with a fro.jpg

Color doesn’t mean diddly doo to me.

Besides what’s the big deal, Clinton was black right?


I’ve been reading a lot about all this subject and it seems to me people are writing what they think should be written and not how they really feel about the subject matter.

Big F’n deal, we now have a black President. It could just as easily have been a female president. I’m ok with that too.

What matters to me is how he goes about beginning to fix the damage in this country. You should care too.

The whole system needs to be revamped.

People are saying and writing, “I’m just so overcome with emotion”, or “I cant explain these feelings”, I don’t buy any of it. Tell me, are you really overcome with emotion or does that sound good when you read it back to yourself?

Michael and ET.jpgWanna be overcome with real emotion?

Watch “Nine Innings from Ground Zero ” on the MLB Channel,  that’ll get your emotional juices flowing. If not, you’re a freggin alien.

Tell me, do you really feel safer, more secure and have a more optimistic outlook on life, or are you saying that because that’s what you think I want to hear? Or possibly, did the sensation of the moment sweep you in?

It’s ok it happens,  just recognize it as being that.

It might make for some good reading fluff, but this young president is not the messiah. Get over being starstruck, I have faith that your smarter than that. Remember if you write what you think people what to hear and not how you really feel, then it’s just fiction.

Fiction posing as non-fiction has no place in the blogosphere.

Thumbnail image for Obama silly.gifI’m not here to tell you that Obama is no good or that he’ll be a bad president. In fact, I hope that’s not the case at all. I’m here to tell you to get over the immediate novelty of this and lets see what the man can do.

People didn’t immediately follow Jesus, he had to build his fellowship (that was a rare Ranter biblical quote).

redneck w a gun.jpgHere’s some non-fiction for you, I’m scared. I didn’t vote for President this time because in good conscience I couldn’t vote for either of these dudes.

They both lacked substance.  Honestly I’m scared Obama might be too inexperienced to handle this job, I’m scared some redneck might try to assassinate him, I’m scared of the Unions who will be soon working their way into my state,  I’m scared because I don’t know and neither do you.

C’mon let’s be honest here, tell me exactly what are you in awe of?

OK, fast forward a year and the economy is on track, jobs are being created, unemployment is down and the general demeanor of the country is positive and bright.

From where we sit right now, doing that would be something to be in awe of. Let’s not jump the gun here folks or you might be sorry…I’m just saying.

I hate the fact that my Country is filled with so many phonies. Actions speak louder than words in my watchful eyes, and I’ll be paying close attention to his actions not his ethnicity, and so should you…nuff said on that subject.

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(This is not the Mobile Blogging Unit, I’m not even sure it’s mobile)

I’d like to say thank you to some of you. every now and then I catch a little piece of someone else’s blog mentioning the Mobile Blogging Unit. I really appreciate it when I see that. Hopefully MLBlogs.com will see fit to give us some love.

Some MBU props would be cool as it would make us really visible when we’re down in Tucson. If not, I guess I’ll have to write a book about it :),…… I kid because I love.Thumbnail image for Rockies Fest Jan24.jpg

I’m going to ask this question again, will anyone who reads the Rant be in Tucson on February 25th for the opening Rockies Spring Training game against the D-backs?

I’m just curious.

Two more days until Rockies Fest. I can’t tell you how excited I am about going to this event. I can’t say for sure, but I just have a feeling I’m going to get to meet Todd Helton this time.

Let me put how much I respect Helton in perspective for you.

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If someone said to me, “we’re going to let you have a beer with Todd Helton but in turn you have to give up blogging forever”…

“Bartender..two drafts over here please, make it a couple of “Fat Tires”.

Now that will never happen so I can make a bold statement like that, but I meant what I said.

Dan and his daughter Emily will be there, Robert, Danny, Tom, all the first row regulars. I know for sure my favorite non-blogging reader and commenter R-Luv will be there. If my timing is good I might get to see Mark and Baby Paul.

Mark you ready to do some BP snaggin?

Missy, you ready for this, what level do you normally work on?

R-Luv, have you bought that 10 pack of tickets yet?

Emily, tickets go on sale soon, better snap up a few Rockpile tickets to the good games.

What are the rest of you doing to get ready? Have you been studying up on your team? Are you shopping for that special jersey? Have you mapped out the games that are “must see”.

Do you have a routine on game day? I do, but it changes depending on if I’m going alone or with just Hunter, or with both kids.

Capt Earthman at work.jpgWe like to bring food with us because it fits our budget a little better and I hate missing the game while waiting in line for food.

However, I have been known to do some serious damage to a Rockies dog, and every now and then a cold beer on a hot day is mandatory (gotta keep Captain Earthman green <——–right?).

(Photo props to Robert Harmon) 

You think I’m wound up now, tune in during spring training. We’re going to have so much fun I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Rockies wandered over to the MBU just to see what’s going on.

Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you. I’ll make you feel like your sitting there right beside me,……because that’s what I do,……free of charge :)

Happy freggin Wednesday to you all. I’m still smoke free, but I’m at that point where I realize how bad the sh*t smells and I smell it everywhere. I don’t know why non-smokers put up with that crap. Oops, I said I wasn’t going to be one of those hypocrite quitters. I’ve got plenty to bitch about already.

Congrats go out to our new President…

My hopes are that in the future the color of our children’s eyes are more important to us than the color of the person sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. Think about that.

Sometimes I feel like I’m a cigarette butt in a world full of air fresheners…Peace to you my friends…DThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Green Floppy Hat.JPG

Get on your game, it’s time for some new names

1/20/09

                               This video of my kids is called PUG INAUGURATION:

Emily, nice seeing another Rockies blogger on the front page of MLBlogs.com. Especially one that I read daily. That’s freggin AWESOME !

I love it when the folks on my sidebar get their due props.

It’s unfortunate that I can’t always be one of the first people to jump in on the topic of the day. By the time I get home from working (around 1ish), the topic of the day has been done many times over. It seems like you have to cover the topic of the day early to get your link on the front page.

No worries, I don’t need handouts. I like working my way to the top. You get more respect that way. 

Beware of the guy who works 40 + hours a week and has children and a life. He’ll be the guy who bumps you out of the top spots. So I guess that means you better work harder.

I haven’t worked any harder and I’m creeping up on you, slowly but surely.

I’m not a writer and I don’t have a book to throw in anyone’s face. I don’t live on the east or west coast, I don’t support a team that made the playoffs last year. I live in a state where baseball is an afterthought. I don’t have a partner to write with and feed off of. It’s just me, my experiences and my twisted view of the world and the things that matter to me.

I’m just a guy with a funny hat and a great sense of humor who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is,…ever.

So to the blogger who has been blogging here half as long as me, and made the cover of MLBLogs seven times to my one..Look out,…change is coming.  

It’s not a question of if I’ll surpass you, it’s only a matter of time. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here, they treat the Ranter good. But it’s time for a change at the top, and I’ll make sure of that…If I can quit smoking there isn’t a freggin thing in this world I can’t do.  

         Don’t mistake my competitiveness for anger, I f*cking hate when people do that :) Remember if your a writer then write, taking care of the pictures is for those of us who don’t know how to write. Remember it’s not your idea if you read it or saw it somewhere else.

Every time I write an entry I sit there with the little arrow over the publish button. It’s kind of like the “reply to all” email thing. I always hesitate because I wonder if people will get the jest of what I’m saying or if I’ll totally offend everyone and the Rant’s run will be over.

The bloggers listed on my sidebar are in my eyes “original” their blogs are interesting, different, and you can learn something if you read them. For the most part, I don’t read any other blogs, not because they’re not good, only because a person with a job, family and who blogs regularly only has so much time.

However, if you take the time to read my blog and leave a comment here with a link to your blog, you have my word I’ll take the time to read your’s also. No guarantees on me leaving a comment. But I think I have a plan for that, I read the blogs on my sidebar daily, but honestly sometimes I just don’t have anything bright to say.

So here’s what I’m going to do. If you see a comment that just has a “D” and an url…It’s me. It’s my way of saying, I read it, liked it, but I but don’t have much to say. Let me ask, is that rude? Or would you consider it polite? That way you know I stopped by and gave you some page hit luv??

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The Rockpile Rant, a long story in a short world

1/17/09

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CPL Chilcote, US Army B CO, 10 S & T BN Drum, NY.    

Thought you might enjoy a shot of the Rockpile Ranter before he ranted professionally.

May 1988 (and 35 pounds skinnier), the first warm day in a while and it was my day off.

Just hanging around the barracks trying to get a tan.

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          In front my Dining Facility (1986) at Camp Stanton, Korea    2/61 Air Defense Artillary
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This is my first car (a 1986 Nissan Pulsar NX), and a few Army buddies and I at an outdoor concert somewhere near Ithaca, NY 1987.

 If anyone in this picture recognizes themselves, you better contact me.

 

 

 Below is a list of the nine non-roster players (so far) that the Rockies have invited to attend Spring Training camp.

PITCHERS (3)
RHP Matt Belisle
LHP Cedrick Bowers
LHP Glendon Rusch

INFIELDERS (2)
Luis Gonzalez
Jonathan Herrera (S)

OUTFIELDERS (2)
Dan Ortmeier
Scott Podsednik (L)

CATCHERS (2)
Edwin Bellorin
Paul Phillips

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 More names listed above have been a Rockie, than have not been (5-4).

I’ll tell all of them you said hi :) in a month.

 The only autograph I possess of the above mentioned players is Glendon Rusch’s.

 I ran into Jonathan Herrera during spring training last year, but Franklin Morales had just signed the last baseball I had with me so I couldn’t get Herrera’s autograph.

 1 Ball = 1 Autograph

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 I’m not really into team signed baseballs. I think it takes away from uniqueness and individuality of the signature.

Others collectors really like baseballs with multiple signatures.

You know what they say, different strokes for different folks.

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 Now on a football since they cost a bit more I’m ok with multiple signatures.

 Plus it’s a bigger area to sign so the signatures are spread out more than on a baseball.

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 When I’m in Tucson, I’m going to experiment with several different media’s for autographs.I have a few mini-bats and a few mini-helmets that I would like to get autographed.   

 I like that you can use a sharpie on them and from what I’ve been told and researched, they seem to hold up well over time. Light seems to be the killer of autograpys. You either have to keep them out of light entirely or store them in cases that filter UV light.

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 One thing I’ve learned about storing autographs is only use Rawlings Official Major League Baseballs.

Before I drove down to Tucson for spring training last season I had purchased several baseballs with  Rockies logos on them. 

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These baseballs were not made with real leather.  The  ball on left was signed by Clint Barmes on April 6, 2008. The ball on the right is the same ball not quite a year later. This baseball has been in a footlocker and not exposed to light since I returned home with it.

In another year, it should be a clean baseball again.

I haven’t had this issue with any of the autographs that I have on a Rawlings Official Major League Baseballs.

I noticed a comment on my last two entries from fellow MLBlogger Ray’s Renegade. Every time I read one of his comments (or his blog), I start to have baseball withdrawals. His passion for this sport radiates in his choice of words.

 The dude hypes me up about baseball and I’m already hyped up about it. That’s a good thing. It’s exactly a week now until Rockies Fest. I’m curious if I’ll run into any Rant readers there.

If you read this blog and you see me there, come over and say hi. Let me give you a card :) Remember, you know what I look like, most likely I wouldn’t know you if you were standing next to me. 

I often think about who reads this blog. I get a sizeable amount of page hits from readers who are overseas. The picture below is a map of page hits to the Rockpile Rant over the last 17 hours or so.

 Usually there are a few more overseas hits but I haven’t added any new “rantings” in a couple days. 
RPR visitor map1.jpg    I’ve never had a page hit from anyone in Greenland or Antarctica. I don’t understand why, what the hell else do they have to do up/down there right? Oh well, one can always hope. 

Thumbnail image for Kiss my xxx.jpgSeriously though, I wonder what they think when they read about some of the crazy sheet I get to do.

Do they think “Who is this crazy white boy and what the f*ck is wrong with him”. Or do they read my entries hang on my every word while living vicariously through my keyboard strokes?

Or did they just stumble across my blog through a funny picture I may have posted or some sort of search engine wrong turn? 

All’s good, one page hit counts the same as another.

 The part of this I find fascinating is that each individual page hit has a story, whether it be a long story or a short one. I’m honored to have been part of your/their page hit experience.

Consider the Rockpile Rant a long story in a short world with just the right bit of attitude. I always try and leave ‘em smiling as I shoot for a happy ending.
                                   

                                         Peace Y’all, Did you miss me?…D

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Key Bank, whatcha gonna do, it’s up to you?

1/15/09

Somebody once told me that when someone does you good, you’ll tell a couple of people. They also said when someone does you wrong you’ll tell a hundred. The good thing about being a blogger is I can reach out and spread the good word to a lot more than a hundred people :)…which leads me perfectly into the saga of the Key Club winner.

Rockpile Ranter, known nationally as a loyal Colorado Rockies and Denver Nugget fan. Today is a sad day. I never thought winning a prize could turn out to be such an experience.

me n hunter 80s night.jpgThe Denver Nuggets and Key Bank have let one of they’re most loyal fans and bloggers down.

I’ll give you a quick refresher.

I received an email from the

Nuggets Rep associated somehow with the Denver Nuggets telling me I’ve won the monthly Key Bank Key Club drawing.

2. I was informed that I had won dinner for myself and four guests at the Ridgeline Club at the Pepsi Center.

 I also was told that had I won 5 tickets to the game and a Q and A session with a Nuggets Rep. I was really happy. The entire prize was valued at $800.00 so the e-mail stated. It also said I would have to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility because of the value of the prize.

3. I hopped online to check out the menu for the Ridgeline Club. It was a limited menu and I couldn’t eat anything on it.

4. I informed the Nuggets Rep about my situation and asked if I possibly could get an autographed Melo or Billups jersey instead of the dinner, and if possible a few tickets anywhere. 

Am I out of line here? The dinner is valued at 304.00 according to “their” breakdown.

That’s about what a “REAL” NBA jersey not a cheap REPLICA jersey autographed by Billups  would be worth. That’s a fair swap in my eyes. The original prize included five club level tickets. All I asked for was a couple of seats anywhere in the Pepsi Center. 

To make a long story short (If you want to read the original emails go back a few entries).

If I refused the $800.00 prize and took the substitute prize, it would be the REPLICA Billups jersey and that’s it, no tickets to the game on the 20th, or any game.  

I thought about it and decided an autographed Billups jersey would be cool and I wouldn’t have to claim that on my taxes. So I wrote Nuggets Rep back and said I would like to get the autographed jersey instead. I asked if I could have it in white and size 52, my size.

Guess what? Here’s what they responded with:

I actually already have the jersey to send you. It’s an alternative road jersey replica jersey, size XL. Thanks!

 Huh, what do you mean XL? Are you telling me that all I get out of this whole $800.00 prize  package is a Billups jersey that won’t even fit me?  To add insult to injury, it’s not a REAL jersey. Oh and it’s not signed, here’s what she said about that:

I cannot take your jersey to have it signed by Chauncey Billups. We do not have access to the Nuggets Players. We receive all our autographed merchandise from Basketball Operations at the beginning of the season and cannot submit personal requests.

  Let me just say, I don’t recognize the word “cannot”….. I prefer can’t. 

 If the jersey arrived autographed by Billups, the size wouldn’t matter because I would just frame it. But I would still want it to be a REAL jersey not a REPLICA jersey.  

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 So in my eyes, I feel like I’m being punished and given a raw deal because of my weird diet.  

Let me tell you my friends, this whole deal sucks.  Nuggets, I bragged you up even when you didn’t deserve it last year.

 I watch every game I can, and I attend about 10-15 games a year.

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It’s day seven for me without a cigarette. I’m making it y’all. Today (other than this Key Bank headache), has been my best day so far.   

In the end it’s not the Nuggets fault. It will fall totally on Key Bank with whom I was fond of until this fiasco.

I’ll take my lumps but never play me for a chump. As always, I look for a happy ending to all of this. If Key Bank steps up to the plate on this one I’ll give them serious props.

But if they drop the ball, well you all know what’s next. Hope I don’t have to go there…

              UPDATE: I just received this email from the Nuggets Rep:

 KeyBank has your information and the emails you’ve sent to me. They will contact you directly. The jersey is autographed.

 Wow, well that answers that question, sort of.

Now is this the REPLICA jersey we’re talking about or the REAL one. Because I priced the particular jersey that you want to give to me and it cost 45 dollars on the Nuggets website because its a REPLICA…REPLICA = NOT REAL in case you don’t understand Jersey lingo.

 Here’s a link to the:  Nuggets jersey page. Check out the prices on the replica jerseys. Sound to me like they’re getting off really easy. NBA replica jerseys are just plain crap. They sell them at Wal-Mart. Why you wanna play the Ranter like a chump?

$45 vs $800, come on and admit it Key Bank, even you’ve got to think that’s kind of cheap?? 

 I want all of you to know I’m just trying to get what I think is fair, wouldn’t you. I just want to feel like a winner and go see my favorite team play a basketball game?

Key Bank, I trust you’ll do the right thing here. I’ll be at game on Tuesday either way,  but I’d prefer it be “on your dime”.

Jimmy’ Curran’s over at  Baseball,The Yankees, and Life… has a great idea of dedicating your blog ranking to a player with that particular number. I dedicate my 8th place ranking to #17 Todd Helton. Just take the eight and add the five times he was an All-Star (2000-04) and the four times he won the Silver Slugger award (2000-03 the most out of all MLB first basemen). That adds up to 17. Don’t you love my math :)

                                  Here’s a link to my: Nuggets autographs

                                                  Thanks for your click…D
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