Fun in the sun as I watch game one.

2/25/09 7:35 AM

We’re here parked in front of Hi-Corbett Field. We were told we could have the MBU parked here till 9 AM then we have to move onto the street. No worries, our parking spot on the street was only 20 feet behind where we’re parked now.

 We’ve been watching the players pull up. I saw Garrett Atkins and Tulo pull up but I wasn’t ready and only had time to snap a quick picture. Tomorrow I’ll be ready for the early morning meet and greet.

                         I also saw and Franklin Morales walk through the gates.
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                                                       Here’s Glendon Rusch
glendon r 2-25-09.jpg                                         The MBU looking all pretty.
MBU 2-25-09.JPG9:47 AM. Moved the MBU out to the street in front of the stadium. Beautiful spot, right now were just waiting for batting practice to start. Gates open at 11 AM.
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11:00 AM

Andy and I were one of the first five people in the stadium when they opened the gates at 11. We proceeded to head over to our seats which were to the right of the Rockies dugout.

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I wasn’t standing there a minute when a ball was hit over by me and Clint Barmes scooped it up and tossed it to me.

My side of the story was it was a little short, but after I missed it he walked over and tossed it to me.

Thank you Clint you made this snaggers day. 

First BP ball of the season.jpgMy first baseball of the season. What’s even better is that this was the first baseball tossed to a Rockies fan during batting practice this season. I like the sound of that.

                                                       Joe Koshansky # 47
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                       I asked the guys to pose for a group picture. Thanks fellas! 
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Hawpe and Smith
Hawpe and Smith.jpg                                              Best shot I could get of Don Baylor.
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It wasn’t long before I ran into my friend Captain Earthman,..Super Vendor. He arrived yesterday by airplane from Colorado. It was good to see him.
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                       My first autograph of spring training # 48 Jason Hirsh pitcher.
Jason Hirsh 2-25-091.jpg                            Here’s my mini bat that he autographed. Thanks Jason !
Jason Hirsh bat 2-25-09.jpg                                                    Atkins and TulowitzkiAtkins and Tulo 2-25-09.jpg

                                                          
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Ian Stewart signed my second ball. Thanks Ian !

 

 

 

 

 

Tulowitzki, he walked up to where I was standing and started signing, I realized I had grabbed the wrong ball. By the time I had grabbed the right one, he was already moving down the line. Andy didn’t get his autograph either.

                       Andy’s goal is to get Tulo’s autograph on a visor for his wife.
Tulo-1 2-25-09.jpg                               Clint Barmes is always cool and signs for the fans.
Barmes signing 2-25-09.jpg The crowd for Spring training home opener, a little over three thousand. Must have been because Tiger is in town, I hope.
Anthem 2-25-09.jpg                  A shot of Aaron Cook warming up about four feet in front of my seat.
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Taylor BuchholzTaylor Buchholz 2-25-09.jpg                             My favorite player under six foot, Omar “Q” Quintinilla
omar q 2-25-09.jpgIn case you’re wondering, I didn’t even see Todd Helton today. I did hear rumors of his presence. Several fans mentioned that they had run into Todd walking back from the practice fields and he signed for them. 

Here’s Rockies catcher and fellow MLBlogger Michael McKenry
Michael McKenry 2-25-09.jpg      Take a look at the temperature. We were expecting highs of 80’s. Today was freggin hot. 
Scoreboard 2-25-09-1.jpgI haven’t done this one in a while but this lady is deserving. 

Here it is:                      The most annoying fan of the game.

Sad to say she was a Rockies fan.Her seats were behind us but she and her four children felt they had the right to run around and block our view more times than I cared to count. She was loud, rude and inconsiderate.
most annoying fan.jpg                                        Bask in it lady, next time bring leashes.

                    Jason Grilli signed a World Series baseball for me. 
Jason Grilli 2-25-09.jpgAhh, the first game. It is what it is. The Rockies lost this scorcher to the D-Backs 5-3. Here’s a picture of everything we got today. Sorry to say two of the autographs I’m still trying to figure out who they are.
Autographs 2-25-09.JPG  Here is what I ended up with at the end of the day. Ian Stewart, Ryan Spilborghs, Manual Corpas, James Hirsh, Jason Grilli, Carlos Gonzalez and two more I’m embarassed to say I’m not sure of. One is a coach and one is a minor league pitcher.

We’ll be at Hi-Corbett around 6 AM tomorrow and I’ll have my bat with me a welcoming the players at the gate :)

Perfect 2-25-09.jpgThanks for following the Spring Training version of the Rant..What do you think so far?…D
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12 Comments

D, I’m super jealous. I’m stuck at work and you’re headed to batting practice! Have fun man!
-Mark
http://babypaul.mlblogs.com

BP/Mark-Dude, weather is perfect, some serious baseball fever going on here my friend…D

You got the right idea.

Get the spot and they will come.or at least stroll by ya and catch a glimpse of the man and the legend………Rockpile Rant. Glad to see you got there in one piece.
The mobile unit looks great, and the sigange has to have cuaght some one in the media’s eye by now……….If not promote yourself dude. You only have this one chance to get in their heads for 2009. After that, they will come looking for you.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Jealous! Have a great time!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Hey D,
My big question right now is “How is Helton looking?” I’m glad you’re there. Can’t wait to hear about how the players are doing and what’s it’s like being there.

The MBU looks great, and you look like you’re having a great time! Enjoy it! And say hi to Podsednik for me if you get a chance!
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

Curbside blogging! Pretty cool! Have a great time!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

The MBU is bitchin’. How many times have I told you that I’m jealous?
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com
PS–I’m hoping you might understand my blog’s new title, nobody is getting it quite yet.

Good luck is amongst you my friend! (knocks on wood) Take some pictures of the inside of that MBU. Traveling in that monster, it must feel awesome.

– Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

R-Luv-I didn’t see T Helton at all today. I’m hoping to catch him in the morning.
Kylie-I get the blog title, catchy I think.
Donnie-Maybe tomorrow on the inside MBU pics.
Sue-I’m seriously am having a great time, best ever.
Jen-I only saw Podsed for a second.
Julia-Thanks, I appreciate your support.
RaysRen-Take my word buddy, I’m killing it :)
Thanks for being my support group and reading my entries. It makes it all worthwhile…D

D- I’m so so jealous!!! I hope you’re having a great time. It looks like you’re already snagging some autographs. Hopefully they remember the face of the Rockpile Ranter!
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Very nice job, indeed. I love those ’07 World Series baseballs. They really look sharp.
It’s 5am here in Wisconsin as I write this, and now I’m officially hungry for a foot long dog. Drooling all over my keyboard before I head off to work.

BTW, congrats on being the first ballhawk with a baseball for ’09!! You are going to have a good season, dude.

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

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