Can’t Wait To Get My Groove On In Tucson

harrykalas.jpgProps go out to Sue over at Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts for winning the first ever…

        “Which Rockie Am I?”

Here is Sue pictured with announcer Harry Kalas.

Sue asked that I give props to Jen from Phillies Phollowers for taking this picture of Sue at last year’s Baseball 101 for women event.  

Here are the facts I gave you from yesterday.

This Rockie is well over six feet tall.

 He played basketball in High School.

MB 11.jpg<—-This dude has something to do with the name of this player’s High School.

 He’s a switch hitter.

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Sue guessed Dexter Fowler. He attended Milton High School where he played basketball. He’s 6’5″ tall, and is a switch hitter.

Nice job and congratulations. I did make that one kind of easy :).

I’m going to continue on with the “Decide the Ride” suggestions and questions.

 Next question is from Julia of Julia’s Rants . She’s the writer of the Number one fan blog here on MLBlogs.com:

“D — how about earliest memory about baseball. That “ah -ha!” moment when you knew you were hooked!.

Julia, I played team baseball when I was really young (7-11) and then only in gym class in Canada through my teens.

I always played first base because it sees a lot of action and I’m a bit of a show off when I’m good at something. 

I love the feeling of making that really good play at first or scoring the game winning run.

Everyone loves being a hero, even if it’s only for a brief moment.

Zack Hample and the Rockies got me hooked on batting practice. If I can’t make BP I usually don’t make the game. Spend an hour at BP chasing baseballs hit by your favorite players and see if that doesn’t get you excited about seeing a baseball game.

I’ve said this before, batting practice is Zen for me. When I’m there I’m “In my Zone” and NOTHING else matters for that short period of time. Had I not read Hample’s words and lived vicariously through his blog, I may never have taken a chance and attended a Rockies BP.

Next suggestion is from my Pops in Arizona:

“How about writing about the insane salaries they pay. No wonder these guys get in so much trouble. Too much too fast. You and I are paying for all this when we buy the product of the sponsors”.

Your totally right Pops I can’t argue with that statement. What I can tell you is not every player makes the “Big Bucks”. For every player that signs a multi-million dollar contract, there are twenty other MLB players who make much less than a million.

Teams have farm systems that are full of young ball players trying to make it to the big leagues. Most players spend several years in the farm system honing their skills, hoping for that break, and working part-time jobs to supplement their income and support their families.

Other than that, I got nothing. Thanks for your comment dad :) 

Thumbnail image for DSCN5771.JPGNext suggestion is from long-time reader, commenter and HUGE Rockies fan, Marianne in Colorado (aka here as R-Luv).

“Hey D,
Which do you think is more detrimental to a team, paying certain players enormous salaries or trading players around like playing cards.
On a more fun note, what was your first car and what is your dream car?

Marianne, this one is short and sweet for me. In my opinion paying the enormous salaries is more detrimental to a team because when you lock in a player for more than a couple of years and it’s for big money, it limits your moves financially. In some instances it can cripple a team if say,..the player is injured or had surgery and can’t play? (That in no way was a slam on Todd Helton). 

Helton can do no wrong here in the Rockpile Rant. 

Trading players often isn’t a great move either. But here’s my take on that. Most players (key word being “most”) wouldn’t be where they are if they weren’t professionals. By professional I mean they should be used to seeing players come and go. 

Change is a part of baseball as it is with all sports. Sorry I didn’t go into prolific detail with that explanation, but for me the
answer really doesn’t go much deeper than that. 


Nissan_Pulsar_NX.jpgMy first car
: A 1986 Nissan Pulsar NX. Red, sunroof, 5 speed. Brand spanking new. 

 
jeep rubicon 1.jpgMy dream car
: 2009 Jeep Rubicon with a 6 inch lift and a heavy duty winch. Then I could hang with my Pop’s jeep.   

King of Cali had a good question:

“If you were the GM of the Rockies what would you have done this off season?”

This is a touchy subject for me. On one hand I have a lot of ideas of what “should” have been done as I’m sure a lot of us do. But I don’t want to mention any names at this point because I’ll be standing in front of these guys in mere days asking them for an autograph.

K of C..You feel me on this one?

So lets just say, I was hoping for a big name pitcher and was willing to lose one as partial payment for another. Infielders, outfielders and coaching I’m ok with. A big name hitter would have been nice, but I’m anxious to get rolling with the players we have and see what we’ve got.

Thanks for your comment brotha..Matter of fact, thank all of you. The last time I told you that the Rant has been getting crazy page hits I moved one spot closer to first.

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10 Comments

D – thanks for answering my question! For me – I always watched baseball growing up, but the 1975 World Series – when Fisk hit the homerun in the 12th! (yes – my parents let my sister & I stay up that late!) I was hooked forever!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Hey D,
Hmmmmm, good points about salaries versus trading players.
A Nissan Pulsar huh? My 1st was a Datsun (see Nissan) 260Z. Back then I hung out with motorheads so it had a small block Chevy with tuned exhaust. Yeah, we had fun at Bandimere on Test and Tune night. Oh! Oh! Oh! I have to say that Rubicon is way cool!

born & raised in Colorado my 2 teams (before the Rox) were the Cubs & the Yankees, my first Major League Baseball game I went to was a Cubs game in Wrigley Field. Our seats were below the WGN booth prob 3 or 2 rows back but it was still close enough because I could hear Harry Carrey sing “Take me out to the ballgame” for the 7th inning strech *sigh* I’ll never forget that, I’ve never been to a Yankees game in the old Yankees Stadium but I did get to see a Yankees game — when they played against the Rockies in 2002 & again in 2007 I was at Thurs Day game when Roger Clemmens pitched that game.

I do faintly remember going to some Zephyrs games way back then in the 80’s, I still have a Zephyrs hat to remind me.

Missy
http://rocktober-2007.mlblogs.com

BTW: I do have pix of the 1st Yanks vs Rox game & I did take pix for the 2nd Yanks vs Rox game in ’07 I’m just waiting for my dad to give me the CD he put them all on, I used a new camera of his that required a different kinda software that’s not compadable to other photo software programs that the photo stores have, plus he’s been on the road alot as a truck driver.

JULIA-Your welcome.
R-LUV-I know what a Datsun is lol…A gearhead eh? That’s cool. I’ve lived here a while and never been to Bandimire Speedway.
MISSY-Zephyrs..That’s old school. Thanks for shariing your Harry Carrey story…D

Hey D,
I know you know what a Datsun is but figured Gen Xers might not. (Some days I just feel soooooo old)

You got a nice deal for Holliday. Street and two top prospects.
http://metsmainman.mlblogs.com

And there is no commitment necessary for the project on my blog. Just comment when you can. I have the first assignment up.

Hi Ranter! Thanks for mentioning me :-)
I’m enjoying reading your answers to everyone’s questions. Interesting that you only got to play baseball in gym class (I guess hockey is definitely the main sport in Canada).
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

D, I don’t think I go my entire teenage years without going to or playing in a baseball game! If I had to, hockey would be my second choice, though, so maybe Canada would be okay. I’m loving reading all of these Q&As. You should do another one of these posts soon!
Alex
http://bloggingwithanaltitude.mlblogs.com/

I think that Carlos Gonzalez could be better than Holliday in a few years and you got a nice closer in Houston Street. I think that was a great deal on the Rockies part
http://believerinphilly09.mlblogs.com/

GOPHILS-After some time I was ok with the Holliday trade. Both of these guys have great potential and I’ll be watching them closely in Tucson. I’ll let you all know what I’m seeing…D
SUE-Your welcome :)
ALEX-You can ask a question anytime you like. To set the record straight, I’m sure most schools in Canada have organized baseball, just not my school during the years I was there…D

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