January 2009

I’ve got lots to say so I keep plugging away

1/14/08

did you see1.jpgDid you see the special on the MLB Channel called Nine Innings from Ground Zero?

 It follows the Yankees and the D-Backs and during the 2001 World Series just after the 911 attacks. Watch that show and try not to not get moist eyeballs.

                     You won’t make it. 

That special was very touching and extremely well put together. The part when the little girl wrote a letter to Derek Jeter just after her dad died (her dad was one of the pilots), and she got to meet him and go to Yankee Stadium. That part choked me up. That was a classy thing to do. 

As much as I say I hate the Yankees now, as a young boy in New Jersey (before we moved to Canada), I loved them. Props to the D-Backs, that was a GREAT World Series.  


 

baseball world.jpgWhen I see a show like that it makes me proud to be an American and it also reaffirms why I love baseball. 

Baseball really is the best sport in the world, and the only one where I feel like I get to participate.

Sure I really dig football and basketball and I miss them in their off-seasons.

But I daydream of baseball.  I look at the schedule and plan what games I’ll be attending. I love figuring out which games will be primo “snagging days”.

 I try to make sure that I make all of the games where bobble heads or other Rockies promotional gifts are handed out.

Tucson Inn.jpgI go over my spring training/Tucson trip in my head daily, and it’s the last thing I think about before I fall asleep. 

Well that’s not exactly true, lately my last thought has been about hopping in my car and hitting the 7-11 for a pack of cigarettes. 

Day 6-Smoke free baby. I must say I’m not feeling like the friendliest fellow right now, but those who know me understand my situation and just ignore me. I’ve got a few more days worth of patches and then that’s it. I know at this point it’s mostly mental, but the brain can be a powerful thing when it wants something.
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That same inner voice that keeps me out of trouble is the same one telling me to smoke, it can be confusing to a simple guy like me.  

help me1.jpgNormally I never ask for help. I’m extremely independent and I’ve always set my own path and did my own thing, learning from my mistakes (usually).

Normally I’m the guy that people come to for advice (it helps when most of yoru friends are younger).

Without going into a lot of details, I’ve seen some sheet in my lifetime and I can give people the benefit of my experiences, without them actually having to take that path. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is “Thank You” to my readers who have been supportive of me in this “hellistic adventure” called quitting smoking. I’ll be there for you, and I appreciate you being there for me in my time of need. Baseball folk are straight up good people.

Beware Pickpockets.jpgBaseball snaggers beware, I’ll be out there this season with a semi-fresh set of lungs and a new attitude. Naa, same attitude, just better air intake. 

Hey Zack Hample when are you coming to Coor’s Field again?

No first row tickets for you this time buddy. You’re in the Pavilion with the Ranter and “it is on” my friend!!

Don’t take that as anymore than a friendly challenge. When I’m snagging in the Pavilion anywhere other then than first row, my only competition usually is my son Hunter.

When I’m fortunate enough to be snagging in the first row, I’m just a rookie there. Guys like Dan, Robert, Dave, and Danny own that row. I watch my P’s and Q’s and try to be respectful.

Thumbnail image for Hunter 6 balls 6-20.JPGHunter’s got the system down, just don’t interfere and snag one of the baseballs he thinks was thrown directly to him.

We’re still working on that particular scenario. He’s super competitive and REALLY hates to lose.

I don’t know where the hell he gets that from.

Hunter snag 111.jpgI plan on letting Hunter have a paragraph or two on this blog during the season to share his own snagging story with you.

 It will be good for him and he usually has a good story to tell.

I’ve heard Hunter ask his mom if he’s famous because his daddy’s a Rockies blogger, that’s my guy. I really enjoy the times I get to go to Rockies games with Hunter. Mylee too when she feels like going. Mylee likes the promotional giveaways, and Hunter is just a straight up baseball snagger.

It’s fun going to batting practice now that I know a lot more people. I’m not such a loner anymore. It’s cool to seeing and recognizing the same faces at the games. Getting to hang around people that are as excited about being there as I am.

                                Here are my goals for this baseball season.

1. Catch my elusive live home run ball, I’m tired of watching Happy’s videos and wishing it was me.  

2. Snag 100 baseballs at batting practice. Easier said than done, when you make only half of the home games.

3. Personally obtain an autographed baseball of every player on the Rockies 40 man roster.

4. I would love the Rockpile Ranter to be the Rockies unofficial mascot (Hey, I can dream). Sort of like the barrel man for the Broncos.

I always do the best I can do to plug the Rockies? The sad part is there is probably not a single Rockies player who knows who the hell I am at this point. This leads me to number five.

5. Get the Rockies organization to take note of the Rockpile Ranter and his efforts and  realize what a useful promotional tool I can be. The Rockies need more love. I’m just here to help in my own special way.

I think MLB TV Network should give MLBloggers opportunities to be the person who gets to say “play ball” like the hosts do now. It could be like a 5 second clip of us getting to say that and MLB could post the name of our blog on the bottom of the screen.

 That would be really cool and cheap.  I’d shoot that clip for free. Plus how cool would I look on TV saying “Play ball”.  Remember doing stuff like that is a win/win situation for MLB network. Nobody loses when you plug your own blogging community on your own TV channel.

How about letting us send in our own homemade video clips? PlayBall23.jpg 

We could pick a theme and shoot a video to promote our blogs in our own creative ways? 

That would be fun to see. So much talent here.

Oh yeah, I’m already thinking of some sweet ideas. How about from the Rockies Rockpile or how about me with a baseball glove and a bull horn on top of Pikes Peak?

That’s a pretty big Rockpile.

Me n Hunter fishn11.jpgMLBlogs.com I’m full of ideas, it would be nice to see you run with one of them. No worries, I’ll keep casting them your way in hopes of a bite or even a nibble or not.   

On a curious note: What happened to October Gonzo? He came in, gobbled up the front page and then disappeared? Who the hell was the mysterious Gonzo, and where is he hiding?

Witness protection? Laying low in the Hamptons? Joined the Peace corps? Maybe we’ll never know, maybe we’re not supposed to?

 

I could go on and on but I’m tired of sitting…Thanks for listening, without you I’m just a cool dude with a funny green hat…D

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Putting the Rockies Fest to the Test

1/13/09

rockies_fest_logo_2009.jpgI suggest you better get up early if you plan on getting there before Hunter and I.

Only 11 more days. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a countdown kind of guy. 

Countdowns are really just foreplay with numbers.

When: Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Coors Field – Suite Level, Club Level and Lower Level; all activities will take place indoors. Public Parking ($5) is available in Lot A. Enter at Gate A or Gate C.

Who: Players scheduled to appear include Garrett Atkins, Jeff Baker, Clint Barmes, Aaron Cook, Manuel Corpas, Jorge De La Rosa, Alan Embree, Jeff Francis, Brad Hawpe, Todd Helton, Jason Hirsh, Chris Iannetta, Omar Quintanilla, Glendon Rusch, Seth Smith, Greg Smith, Ryan Spilborghs, Ian Stewart, Huston Street and Troy Tulowitzki. Manager Clint Hurdle will be joined by coaches Bob Apodaca, Don Baylor, Rich Dauer, Glenallen Hill, Brian Jordan, Mark Strittmatter, Jim Tracy and Jim Wright. Twenty additional Rockies Minor League players will also be in attendance. (subject to change)

What:
     • Major League Player Autograph Sessions – ticketed events
     • Minor League Player Autograph Sessions – open to all guests
     • Live Stage Events featuring Player/Coach Interviews – ticketed events
     • Rockies Museum – open to all guests and featuring an array of Rockies memorabilia, including nearly 100 items never before displayed
     • Interactive Area – the left field Club Level concourse will be filled with games and interactives for all ages
     • Video Game Area – enter to win a chance to play against a Rockies player
     • Dinger Autographs – open to all fans
     • Kids Story Telling hosted by various Major League Players – open to kids
     • Carnival Games – kids will be entertained by face painters, balloon artists, games and craft tables
     • Anthem Tryouts – give your best on-camera performance and you might sing the anthem on the field this summer
     • Fantasy Radio and Television Booths – call the game and walk away with your work
     • Tour the Ballpark – Home and Visiting Clubhouses, Press Box and more to see.

 

What exactly does an autograph session consist of? Is it one player, three players, or the whole team? Your Rockies Fest ticket gets you one autograph session and one player interview. How long is the interview? Can I get it on video or record it? Can I ask the player I’m interviewing for an autograph?

Helton Jersey.jpgDid you notice one of the list of attendees is none other than Mr. Todd Helton.

That’s the player interview that I want. If I wind up getting him, I’ll probably freeze up and be speechless.

Seriously, I’m not sure I could interview Todd. I can’t tell you what might happen. 

Todd and I have a lot in common, if you add up the numbers on his jersey, that’s exactly how many letters that are in my last name.

 I used to sport a goatee,  and I play first base too. See, he and I could be BFF’s. 

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 Will there be snacks be served?

 Can we sneak down and take pictures of the humidor?

 Is there a special Dinger dinosaur bathroom?

If there is can I take a whiz in it for schits and giggles? 

 

Details, I like lots of details.

Good details can eliminate the need for questions. Eliminating the need for questions gives me time and peace of mind. Having peace of mind lets me relax and have a good time. Having a good time enourages me to spend more money. Me happy and spending money gives the Rockies more money. The Rockies with more money from their happy fans allows them to purchase more talent. More talent can pave the way to a World Series.

So now can you see how just giving good details to begin with can do wonders? It’s always the little things that make the difference…D

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You know the deal, at least I’m real

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Sorry pug12.jpgSorry, no Ricky Henderson story from me. It’s been done.

That’s the thing about sports blogging. Most bloggers are blogging about the same story. Not that that’s bad, it’s just gets boring after you’ve read basically the same thing six times.

When everyone else is talking about one thing, I’m usually on a totally different subject. I’ve never been a good follower. What can I say I’m former Army and a Leo.

I’m debating taking a break from blogging, not because I’m mad at anything or anyone, but because as I said I’m getting bored. 

I prefer blogging about live games or events that I’ve attended. I’ve got 44 days until I get to see a live baseball game. Blogging about a game I’ve just watched live is what I do, the rest is just pre/post season filler.

same old same old.jpgAll blogs are starting to look the same to me. It’s time for me to re-invent what the standard of my own personal blogging is. I don’t like to be bored.

Ok, who am I kidding, I’m just freggin going squirrely, I want warm weather and baseball, but instead I’ve got cold weather and snowballs.

mouth-full-of-cigarettes.jpgA cigarette would fix everything, naa I’m not going there.

Yes, I’m still not smoking, and f*ck the world right now.

I wasn’t kidding about re-inventing my own blogging. I wonder how many of you that blog here have full-time day or night jobs?

How many have all day to blog? I’ll give a shout out to all the bloggers here who work their butt off at their day job, then come home and write a respectable blog. That takes dedication, and sacrifice of sleep. You folks are the true heros. 

Authors and Bloggers are not really the same breed. The best blogs on MLBLogs.com are from the bloggers who are not professional writers (excluding Mark Newman and Zack).

Reality.JPGTo me blogging is reality at times, and most “professional writers” don’t have a feel for what it’s like to write in “Real Time”, because once you write that first book, you lose your perception of what being “Real” is.

All of a sudden in your mind your an Author not a writer anymore. 

 You don’t have to agree with me as long as you feel where I’m coming from.

If you don’t feel where I’m coming from your either an author, don’t have a job outside the house, or you don’t have any original ideas and you snag your ideas from others blogs.

It seems some write their blogs in hopes of making the cover, following the topic of the
paparazzi.jpgday like paparazzi. Sorry, you may have gotten my click, but you didn’t get my attention

I realize that sometimes the topic of the day deserves to be mentioned, so do that,…. just mention it. You can be so much more. 

My mind is churning, thinking, pondering, summizing, figuring, comtemplating, deciding, tossing around new ideas to make the blogging experience more interesting. I’m sorry but sometimes its seems this place doesn’t move fast enough for me.

I think the whole standard by which we blog needs to be improved. Do not mistake this Rant for a slam on MLBlogs.com, it’s not. This is a slam on blogging as a whole.  What’s the next step in the blogging evolutionary ladder? Can we please go there now?

Remember, opinions are like azzholes, every one has one some just spout out a little more.

                             I’m never the only one who thinks like I do, step up.

Tell me what the F*ck do you think? Got an entry you’ve written that isn’t the topic of the day? Send me a link, I’d love to read it…

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P.S. Don’t ever correct me on spelling, if you see a word spelled a certain way in my blog…It’s because I meant to spell it that way. Get a life !!!

No clue at all about the mystery ball

1/11/09

I was wondering if someone might be able to help me out with this little mystery. I got a really good deal a a few 2007 World Series baseballs that I plan on getting signed either at Rockies Fest or spring training.

One of the baseballs showed up with an autograph already on it. I’ve spent a few hours researching this already. I haven’t given up, I’m just seeing if anyone out there might have a clue. I’m using my resources…Yeah that’s it.

                                  Here’s the ball and the mystery autograph.
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Now common sense tells me the autograph is hopefully someone from the Rockies or the Red Sox because it’s a 2007 World Series ball. But you never know? I owe someone a drink if you figure this one out…D

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for iannetta.jpgCongrats go out to Chris Iannetta for agreeing to participate with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Chris was one of two catchers selected, the other being the Braves Brian McCann.

That makes two Rockies who have received invitations. Brad Hawpe also has an invite but at this point he hasn’t committed.

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I can’t wait to see Todd Helton back in the Rockies lineup.

Lets hope his back will back him up.

When Todd’s out on first base, everything seems right. When he’s at bat, anything can happen.

        I miss that feeling, don’t you?

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Speaking of Todd Helton, my friend Dan Sauvageau came over the other day and gave me a little gift.

He must know I’m a huge Helton fan because he gave me a Todd Helton Golden Glove bobble head from 2002.


My Rockies Bobble heads.jpg The Rockies don’t have that many bobble heads compared to other teams and this one is REALLY cool.  Notice the bright gold glove. Nice detail on this piece.

Thank you Dan, that was really cool man.

emily_dan_during_game.jpg(Dan and his daughter Emily, photo borrowed from Zack Hample).

Dan has agreed to be my first Rockies Fan Profile of the regular season. I think that’s appropriate because Dan was the first person to ever come up to me and ask “Are you the Rockpile Ranter?”.

 Dan is a good dude and I hope during that Fan Profile to be able to tell you about some of the really cool things Dan does for other Rockies fans.

 
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There are many readers of this blog who can testify to Dan’s kindness and generosity. I

I mentioned Dan to my to my friends Gary and David, at first Gary didn’t understand and said “What you talking about Ranter”, but after he realized who were talking about, he and David agree Dan is a stand up guy.

In Nuggets news, goodbye Chucky Atkins. I really liked Chucky but the poor dude barely got any playing hardwood time.

We traded Chucky, a draft pick and cash considerations for center Johan Petro and a future draft pick from Oklahoma City, January 7th.

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The Nuggets acquired center Johan Petro and a second-round-draft pick from Oklahoma City on Jan. 7, in exchange for guard Chucky Atkins, a first-round-draft pick and cash considerations.

Petro was averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 22 games for the Thunder this season.

Just curious, who of you among the Rant readers is planning on a trip to Tucson? If so, when?…D
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Your sh*tting me, they sent the wrong “P”?

1/10/09

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 Rockies spring training tickets officially went on sale this morning at 9:00 am.

I was one of the first 10 people in line and by far the youngest one.

Andy and I got tickets for the first three home games, 25th, 26th, and 28th.

The seats we snagged are incredible, cheap too considering I could set my beer on the top of the Rockies dugout :).

Wrong letter P-1.jpgI wanted to keep you updated on the “Progress of my purple P”.

I finally received my new “P” in the mail yesterday.

I’ve discovered something just as bad as losing your “P” or being overcharged for a “P”.

Receiving the incorrect “P”.

The “P” that was mailed to me after waiting patiently for three weeks was the wrong color.  I received a black “P”. In addition, the black “P” was bigger and had a different shape than normal purple “P”. 

Letter P black.JPGIf anyone is in need of a black “P” let me know. I’ll keep you updated on the “Progress of the purple P”. I wanted the lettering sewn on and the jersey finished for Rockies Fest on January 24th.

Right now I’m just hoping to have it ready by spring training. 

This will be my third stab at trying to get my “P” to finish off my “Rock_ile”. 

Who knew trying to find the right “P” would wind up being such a pain? 

 
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(This is not the Mobile Blogging Unit —>)

So as it stands right now, you’ll be able to find the Mobile Blogging Unit parked outside of Hi Corbett Field on Feb 25th, 26, and 28th before and after the game (It will be parked there other days too, we just haven’t figured what away games we’ll be driving to see).

On the roadtrip back, March 3rd we will be parked in the Maryvale Parking lot before the Brewers/Rockies game at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.

relax take it easy1.JPGWe’ve got lawn seats in the outfield for that game. The plan for the last day is just take it easy before hitting the road back to Denver after that ballgame is finished.

 As I may have mentioned before This trip will be the ulitmate baseball lovers vacation. The goal is to spend ten days and not spend over $400.00. Barring any mechanic issues, it should be a piece of cake. We split all of the expenses. 

We plan to grill out every day, watch an incredible amount of live baseball, snag a sheetload of baseballs, hopefully get lot of autographs, visit some other ballparks, talk lots of baseball to all the fans we meet, and best of all document as much of it as we can so you reading this can share in the spring training experience.

                             I wanted to give a shout out to my friends Lisa and Dick.
lisa and Dick anniversary.jpg      It’s their anniversary and Dick went out of his way to do something special for her.

                                                     Whaddya think??  :)

                                                            Peace …D
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I’m betting we don’t get Redding

1/5/08

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Looks like the Rockies have almost finalized the deal for right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis. In exchange, Luis Viscaino will be heading to the the Cubbies.Jason m1.JPG

Jason is 30 and was making pretty good money with the Cubs. His 2007 salary was $4,750,000 and he brought in 6,375,000 for 2008.

His ERA for last season was 4.53,  with a lifetime average of 4.55.

This dude supposedly has a hell of a sinker when it’s working.  I hope so, that’s a chunk of change for a pitcher. On the plus side, this guy has been on teams that have made the postseaon for the last eight years.
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 Experience is good. I wonder, does that mean Tim Redding is out of the question now? I was bucking for this guy.

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Thanks to everyone who commented about who their favorite current player is. I never actually told you who my favorites are. If you read this blog regularly you know who my favorite Rockies player is. It’s Todd Helton.

 But, right up there for me are Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta. Ryan because he carries himself exactly as I would (you’ve got to make things fun and he does), and I think he will do a lot more for the Rockies when he’s a starter. 

Thumbnail image for Chris Iannetta 8-22-08.JPGChris because the dude has so much talent, he’s quiet but he carries himself like a professional.  I watched Chris walk out before every game he started and sign autographs for at least 10 minutes.

I can’t say that about many other Rockies starters.

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I’m hoping that I can get autographs from the starters on Jan 24th at the Rockies Fest. I have a feeling that’s not going to happen.

You know I’ll be giving it my best. It’s not often you have all of the players and fans there at once with this kind of open atmosphere.

I’m sure they will have some setup where only two players are signing at a time and the line will be crazy long. Then they’ll change out the players just before I get up to the booth. 

Oh wait, I was thinking of the 2008 Broncos Fan Fair. Sorry, I’ll be attending the Rockies Fest with no preconceived notions about anything. I can always hope…D

My favorite player of all-time that I’ve actually seen is Reggie Jackson. It’s Reggie because I had a chance to see him play when I was a kid once. To be honest, the 1977 World Series is the first WS that I remember. 

My Favorite player of all-time who I haven’t seen play is hands down Pete Rose. Don’t try and bash him on this blog, it’s not going to happen. 

The family and I will be making an apperance at the Nuggets game tonight. I’ll have something up tonight or tomorrow late afternoon…D
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Robert Van Winkle almost made me tinkle

1/4/09                                       Nuggets vs Hornets 

Thumbnail image for DSCN5243.JPGThe whole theme for the basketball game tonight was “The 80′s”. So the first 5000 fans received what they call “80′s sunglasses”. You know, the ones you used to wear with your OP Shorts (Ocean Pacific) back in the day. If your too young google it.

Above is a shot of Hunter and I modeling them for you. Hunter is holding the T-Shirt I caught as they were tossing them out.

                       It’s a T-Shirt to plug Chauncey Billups for the All-Star Team.
DSCN5396.JPG See, I have finally found another use for my baseball snagging skills. I can adapt them for use in other sports. I love getting free crap at a game. I religiously save everything that I get from any sporting event. 

There was a pretty good size line to get inside, I’m not sure if it was the 80′s sunglasses or Vanilla Ice that was bringing in lines of this size in the snow…Probably the cheap sunglasses. 
DSCN5218.JPG                                    Ok, to give you some reference/history.

                    Below is Robbie Van Winkle’s original video of “Ice, Ice, Baby”.

            Don’t cheat now, you have to watch this one first. Come on,…just play along. 

                                                    It’s a blast from the past :)

         

 Now that you’ve seen the real one, you’ve got to see Jim Carey’s rendition of Vanilla Ice’s  “Ice Ice Baby”. Be careful you might need a diaper for this one.

              

Finally, here’s a much older and mature Vanilla Ice rockin the halftime show at the Nuggets/Hornets game last night.

 He started out with his version of “Play that funky music white boy” which was a flop for him back in the day, then he somewhat smoothly transitioned into his claim to fame “Ice, Ice, Baby.  

               

I could tear this guy apart. So many things about him are just wrong. But, it’s a new year and I going to look at it like the dude is just trying to support his wife and two kids.

 I’m sure to hear him tell it he’s just touring now as some sort of “healing process” that wanna be famous rappers go through,..whatever. I understand, everybody gotta make a living.

                  Here’s some video I shot of the Nuggets practicing before the game. 

              

 

This game had a few ups and downs. The Nuggets led by as much as 26 points but they got lazy and let the Hornets make up all of that distance by the 4th period.

At one point in the 4th, the Hornets surpassed the Nuggets and were ahead by 3 points.

Had the Nuggets lost this game, they would have set a record for being the most points up on a team and then losing the game. Not a record I wanted to witness.

                  The previous record was 23 points. Thankfully that didnt happen.

        Below is my picture show from the basketball game,…Enjoy

 First is Hunter’s autographed picture of the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders. I do believe he enjoyed meeting all of them. 

Hunter Auto Cheer 1-3-08.jpg   A shot of FSN Analyst and play-by-play guy Scott Hastings (aka Sup), and Chris Marlowe.
 

Hastings and Marlowe 1-3-08.jpgHastings is an 11 year NBA veteran and was a member of the 1989 League Champion Detroit Pistons. Hastings finished his career as a Denver Nugget (1991-93). This guy is great, he signed an old skool picture that I found of him for me backstage last season after a game.

 I printed two of the pictures just in case he wanted one. When I offered, he said “sure, thanks”. Here’s the picture he autographed for me last year.
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Hastings nailing it 1-3-09.JPG             Here’s a shot of Sup nailing a three-pointer. The dude still got some game.

Scott and Al.jpgI’m going to email him this picture and see if he remembers me from last season. I’ll enclose a link to this entry and maybe he and Big Alfred Williams (former Denver Bronco, Superbowl years and his co-host on their talk radio program “Scott and Al, its off the hook”) would be willing to check out the Rockpile Rant. 

Even better, it would be cool if they could possibly give us some radio love as we head out in the Mobile Blogging Unit for Rockies spring training?

 I’ll let you know if they respond back to me.

Cool Note: Scott Hastings is believed to be the only person in existance to possess two Super Bowl rings and an NBA Championship ring.

              Thanks Mr. Hastings..Hope you liked the picture. Tell Al I said hey.

                  Here is Chauncey Billups. He has my vote for the All-Star team.
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Renaldo 1-3-09.jpg                                            K-Mart, Melo and Chucky AtkinsDSCN5284.JPG                                                       Nene and Melo 
DSCN5301.JPG                                                  Kleiza holding his balls
DSCN5306.JPG                                                    Some dunking skills
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DSCN5314.JPG            Kleiza and Chauncey with Miss America in the Background..No really it is.
DSCN5321.JPG    She sang our National Anthem. She did pretty good, she only F’ed up in one spot. 
DSCN5326.JPG                              Here she is with her own Police Officer and George Karl
DSCN5330.JPG                                    A shot of coach Karl as she’s walking away.
DSCN5335.JPGThe game was about to start so we headed back to our “real seats” and this was our view.
DSCN5341.JPG                                         The score at the beginning of the 4th.
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As I mentioned earlier the Nuggets had a huge lead for most of the night, but Hornet’s Chris Paul scored 30 points and had 11 assist.  David West also helped out with his 21 points. Both these dudes came up huge for the Hornets and by the last few minutes of the 4th  things were getting way too interesting for a game we had in the bag. 

In the end Carmello Anthony nailed the deciding shot. He did the same thing on Friday night with a three-pointer against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets zap the Hornets and win this one 105-100 bringing an end to the Hornets four-game winning streak.

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Thanks for all of your input in the comments section of this blog.

I’m glad that you guys/gals feel comfortable enough with me to share your thoughts and feelings here at the Rant. I reall dig being able to discuss with people what I’ve written. 

To quote the late great Mitch Hedberg,  

“Alcoholism is a disease but it’s the only the disease you can get yelled at for having. Damnit Otto you’re an alcoholic. Damnit Otto you have lupus. One of these doesn’t sound right”.

 

 

 

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Believe me nothings free

1/1/09
Thumbnail image for Party pug 34.jpgHope everyone had an awesome New Years Eve, I went to bed early but we let the kids stay up as late as they wanted. Neither of them made it midnight.
StretchExercise1.jpgI woke up and stretched really good this morning, ate a banana and a yogurt for breakfast.

You have to start somewhere, and this is as good a starting point as any. I’m 6’1 195 and I plan to use my excess energy from not smoking to drop 10 lbs before spring training.

I’m still in decent shape at 195, but I have this sexy image I have to uphold and I don’t want to let anyone down. My entire family has the pot belly gene and there are things down there want to always be able to see. 

ecstatic.jpgBesides, 185 is a good baseball snaggin weight.

I couldn’t have been more ecstatic about watching the startup of the MLB Network. As luck would have it, Comcast made sure that didn’t happen.

I guess I figured the MLB channel would be free with what we pay Comcast for cable each month. Well 4:00 pm rolled around and I was faced with the realization that it wasn’t.

cell-phone-booth.jpgSo I jumped on the phone to Comcast and was informed that I would have to purchase the Encore package which was $5.00 more a month. No problem, she said is should come on shortly and I hung up. I
Biker pissed.JPGwaited, and waited and nothing happened. 

Now it’s close to 5:00 pm and I’m getting pissed, so I call Comcast back and I’m told by another customer service rep that it’s not the Encore package that I need upgrade to it’s a different sports package.

So another 45 minutes drifts by while I’m waiting on the phone to get this all set up. Eventually the dude and I part ways with me in front of my TV waiting for the MLB channel to pop on.

The MLB Network finally did come on about 6:30pm. In the end I had to upgrade my cable plan, but it only costs me $3.00 more a month. I missed the first 2.5 hours, that blows.

Don and Yogi.jpgThe Bob Costas interview  with Don Larson and Yogi Berra was really cool. Especially after getting to see part of the classic Yankees/Dodgers World Series no-hitter.

I  let/made my kids watch some of it. I told them someday in the future people would be watching video of the games that we attended in color and wondering why they’re not three dimensional.

I don’t watch a hell of a lot of TV unless it’s baseball, basketball, or football. Even then it’s only Colorado teams.

 But it’s nice to know the MLB Network is there when “I” need it, kind of like a spare tire or that Powerbar I keep in my glove box. 

Here are some of my Suggestions for the MLB Network.

1. During the Hot Stove segments, take 30 seconds and highlight a different MLBlogger.  Increased traffic to our blogs from the exposure is essentially more hits to MLB’s website right? It’s a win/win situation. Or how about using random blogs for the background of Hot Stove?

2. Have random contests here on MLBlogs.com with prizes such as being in a MLB Network TV commercial or 5 second shout out for the winners home team. This group of bloggers loves competition. I’d love to win a contest and get 5 seconds on MLB TV, get to stand there in full Ranter uniform and scream “Rockies are number one baby” whether they are or not. That’s the standard line right?

3. I like the spring training thing they’re doing, 30 teams in 30 days. It’s a great idea, sounds familiar? I’m sure there will be MLBloggers all over the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues in Feb/March. The MLB Network could give us some love down there.

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I’ve got lots of great ideas, but it’s only the first day and I don’t want to seem like I’m being overly critical or demanding :) 

I liked what I saw, congratulations on the first day of what I hope will become the best channel on TV…D
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