3/14/09 00:02 AM Sorry, I don’t blog on Friday the 13th it’s unlucky.
So the Rockies dropped one. I’m in the glass is half-full kind of mood today so as I sit back and look at our record which now 6-8 and I think..I’m ok with that.
Apparently the boo-boo finger is healed and Hawpe is ready to bop.
I’m starting to get my baseball stuff in order. The regular season is fast approaching. If I was older and retired I’d be in Phoenix for the Rockies first game against the D-Backs. But no, I’m still too young and sexy to retire so that road trips not gonna happen for a few decades.
If you’ve wondered what the RPR Sports Memorabilia History and RR # Verification link on my sidebar is I’ll tell you. I’m cataloging my autograph collection. I figure it’s easier to write the story of how each autograph was obtained while I can still remember the details. It’s part of my Pre-Alzheimer’s checklist.
Don’t laugh, I already have a few items that I don’t remember when I had them autographed.
If I feel so inclined I can go back through my blog entries and track every piece, but having them listed in one place with easy access will be nice. Don’t try and comment on that page. I’ve turned the comments off.
Just so you know, at this point none of my stuff is for sale unless you offer me a ridiculous amount of money. Or I’ll trade it all for a REALLY good camera.
Check out my new Bobblehead.
It cost a chunk of change but it came with a truck. There was a big car sale at Invesco Field at Mile High and if you bought a car you got a bobblehead. By far the most expensive bobblehead I own but I really like this truck.
Most of you who are younger than me won’t get this but I’ve always wondered why older folks take the stairs one at a time. My whole life I’ve always cruised up the stairs two at a time. It’s faster and better for you. Today I was taking the stairs and I caught myself going up them one at a time.
Entering your 40′s you start to notice many moments like the one I experienced.
Get’s me to thinking what’s next? Hair growing in my ears?
(<——-This is actually this dudes ear hair)
Will I start carrying around hard candy?
No worries yet, I’m aging gracefully and I can still hop the bleachers in the Pavilion two at a time (knock on wood).
So far this season, I’ve snagged 12 baseballs and one live homerun baseball. So if you think you can out snag this old man you better pack a lunch and bring an extra six bucks for a Rockie Dog…I’m not play’n this year, it’s the real deal and it’s on like Chaka Khan,……Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, I feel for you
This little Rockies blog is starting to get some attention. My page hits are up from spring training and staying there. My thanks again to Rox Girl over at the Purple Row for the recent props.
Enough of my ideas have been “borrowed” here that I feel it’s ok to “borrow” one myself. I plan to do a “Ranter’s Blog of the Week” and spotlight other bloggers. However instead of being intimidated by other Rockies bloggers (chew on that), I plan to spotlight Rockies bloggers.
My original goal with blogging was to bring more love/attention to my team and I figure a great way to do that is to promote our promoters if you get me?
There will be no special order in which I do these and I might not do one every week. I like people who are passionate about their team.
The first “Ranter’s Blog of the Week” goes to:
Missy from: View from the Rockpile
I read her blog and you can tell that this woman loves her team and her job with the Rockies. I have to tell you this, Missy sent me an email the other day and mentioned that she had a lot of Rockies pictures and wanted to put them in a separate blog. But she didn’t want to do it if I felt she was copying the “Rockpile Ranter’s Picture Blog”. I told her please do it, but the fact that she had the decency and respect to write me first really blew me away.
To me that’s the actions of a good-hearted person.
So congrats Missy, thank you for working for and promoting the Rockies, and thank you for being a stand up blogger in a sit down world full of Wal-Mart shopping carts with one F’kd up wheel.
Go Rockies, or I’ll push…D
I like it when a player sees his opportunity and takes it. I believe Stewart could/would have a f/t spot if we weren’t full. Remembering that spring training doesn’t mean sheet, I must say I like what’s happening.
I like to win. Having to watch the Rockies lose six games in Tucson sucked. I really wanted to see Helton play.
FSN and MLB.TV starts broadcasting the games on the 22nd so hopefully I’ll be able to witness a few wins before the season starts.
Anyways I won’t kid you, I’m digg’n this win streak.
Morales has improved a bit from his last outing.
Rockies beat the Angels today in Tempe 6-4. Rockies are now 6-7.
I’m spending the evening reading new blogs and catching up on my sidebar blogs. No real entry tonight but I had this forwarded to me and living very close to the “Republic of Boulder”, I found it to be hilarious.
I did not write this, it’s from the Boulder Weekly
February 19-25, 2009
Phelps should move to Boulder
You’ve got to pity Michael Phelps. Sure, he’s got more gold medals than there are days of the week. But he’s also got some crappy friends. The dude went to a party, took a couple of bong hits and had the misfortune of being photographed by a so-called friend.
The friend sold the photos to a British tabloid, and Phelps found himself being kicked around in the press by people who feel that he should live like a saint because he’s an Olympic champion.
Since when did winning gold medals mean the public owns you?
It’s time Phelps moved away from those no-good, traitorous friends of his and came to the People’s Republic. Here are 10 reasons he should move to our city:
10. You stay higher longer at altitude. (OK, so maybe that’s an urban myth.)
9. No one here eats Kellogg’s. We prefer classier fare like pizza and burritos to curb those post-ganja munchies.
8. When he’s done smoking mary jane, he can shred Mary Jane.
7. Boulder cops are directed to make busting pot smokers their lowest priority — after jaywalking. So, if someone takes a picture of
you holding a bong and shows it to the cops, the cops don’t give a damn.
6. The **** here is really good — and we have swimming pools.
5. Where else in the world can you get organic, shade-grown Fair Trade Nederland weed?
4. No self-respecting Boulderite would ever think to sell photos of a friend holding a bong to the tabloids, no matter how famous that friend was.
3. In Boulder, even members of City Council toke.
2. The only thing that makes us angry with Phelps is that he apologized rather than standing up and saying, “Yeah, I smoke pot. So the f*ck what?”
1. 4/20 needs a celebrity sponsor.
Funny but it kind of sums up Boulder.
Just for fun I suggest from now on that an overly large bong hit be referred to as a “Phelps”.
If you’re going to be known as the world’s fastest pothead in water you at least deserve a bong hit named after you right?
New pictures have been posted at: Rockpile Ranter’s Picture Blog
Here’s a random screenshot from the MLBLogs home page that I liked:
I’ve got the best news, I’m going to a four day work week with Wed, Sat and Sun off. Now I can make the Wednesday Rockies games. I’m so freggin happy I felt like writing a Rockies poem.
He is my favorite player, the Rockie they call Helton.
If you’ve seen him hit it’s no sheet he can really belt-em.
He hurt his back and got off track but I know what I’ve seen.
He’s hitting well and time will tell what it means to this team.
Ive taken a lot or razzing about the Rockies current state.
They say you have few wins, I say just you wait.
It’s all a part of the master plan I tell them with a grin.
Here me say come opening day Rockies finish with a win.
Cook’s in town and he’ll be on the mound, ready standing tall.
I’ll be there in my Ranter wear, ready to snag a ball.
The game’s against the Phillies, last year’s number one.
It’s no joke I’m pretty stoked the season has begun.
From Marianne aka R-Luv:
The Rockies are my team, going to the Series was a dream
Other People don’t understand, what it is to be a Rockies fan.
From R-Luv again:
Street, Gonzalez, and Smith came to playin place of our All Star Matt Holliday.
Our catchers are awesome there’s none better than Yovit Torrealba and Chris Iannetta.
Our pitching staff is good and deserves a look with Francis, Jiminez, De La Rosa and Cook.
I’m almost done and then I’ll stop but not before I mention my favorite outfielder Bradly Bonte Hawpe
Here’s a verse from Alex of:
2009, here we come! Bring on the Purple Storm.
Cause once our players step up to bat, they really can perform.
Some people just don’t get it, they say we can’t play ball.
I dare them to say it again in October, once we win it all!
Thank you Alex and R-Luv. You are both true Rockies Fans
C’mon Rockies fans show me your creative side and add a verse…D
Happy Youngster, you were right.
Maryvale Baseball Park where the Brewers do their spring training is the nicest baseball park I’ve seen this trip. The concessions are actually cheaper than anywhere else, and the outfield has grass that is perfect for snagging baseballs.
The gates opened 1 1/2 hours early and we were there early as usual.
No big surprises going through the gates. The Ushers were friendly and informative. With me today were Andy and my father-in-law Joe.
The crowd today was a little over 2000 and most people sat around home plate leaving the outfield unpopulated. Upon entering the stadium I immediately headed for the beautiful grassy outfield.
As I was fast-walking (running to hear Andy tell it), over to the outfield I saw two BP homers get smacked over to left field. I debated going over there, but for a change I decided I’d give the right side of the field a try. A wise move on my part, but I didn’t know that yet.
It wasn’t five minutes and I found myself chasing after two BP homers in a row. Neither of which I was able to catch. I slightly misjudged both and they sailed over my head by mere inches.
Both of my BP homers were snagged by teenagers standing directly above me in the grass. Both were great catches.
The first baseball I snagged was tossed to me by Dexter Fowler. Thank you Dexter, I didn’t even ask him for it.
The next three baseballs that came to right/center field were mine. I was able to snag two of them after they had bounced in the grass and were rolling.
My last BP homer I caught on the fly which is how I prefer to snag them
Total batting practice tally = 4 baseballs.
I did something today I’ve never done before. I was snaggin in bare feet. I had already slipped a few times with my sandals as the incline is a little steep. I removed them and the grass was cool and soft and gave a solid grip in bare feet.
Cheering for the oversize sausages had me wishing Hunter and Mylee were with me.
Check out the scoreboard. Don’t quote me, but I believe this lead was the only Rockies lead in the first seven games of spring training.
One of my goals was to Get Clint Hurdle to sign my Sports Illustrated 1978 issue with him on the cover. Andy and I had met up with Clint and Don Baylor outside Hi Corbett a few mornings ago and Clint told me he would sign later for me.
This was my last opportunity to snag Clint’s autograph during my vacation. I noticed Clint walking over to the outfield and when he was about 50 feet away I yelled “Clint you said the other morning that you would sign my magazine, do you have time now?
He immediatly walked over and autographed it for me. I had my opportunity to mention to Clint how much I enjoyed my time at Hi-Corbett how friendly he and all the Rockies have been to us. He said he was glad and they he/they were fond of Hi Corbett too.
So are you thinking that the Hurdle autograph on the Sports Illustrated was my holy grail?
Not even close, in the sixth inning I happened to be looking in another direction when I heard a loud crack. Just then my father-in-law Joe said “there’s one” I looked left and up, and spotted the baseball.
In nanoseconds I was up and off like a bat out of hell jumping over and clearing two dudes who were laying out. Then I ran down the hill past a lady who also was going for the home run ball and I scooped the ball up as I was sliding down the hill on the grass.
I have the grass burn to prove it and Andy and Joe as witnesses
I also hyper-extended my right arm as I slid down but it was worth it.
Injuries heal, I’ll be buried with that baseball.
2009 is mine.
Here it is folks, my first live home run ball hit by Daniel Ortmeier in the sixth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park.
This was Daniel’s first live home run as a Rockie. I’m proud it was this Rockie fan who snagged it. I’m also glad that my first live home run ball was from a Rockie, but in all honesty I wouldn’t have been choosy.
Guess what else happened at the bottom of the eighth inning?
Trot Nixon of the Brewers hit a right field homer and I missed it by inches. The ball bounced on the outfield wall edge, then bounced on the sidewalk and then landed in a bush three feet outside the ballpark fence.
Andy found a stick to try and poke it loose but it wouldn’t reach. Just then a couple were walking by and Andy took a chance and asked the guy if he would hand him the ball. The guy did and Andy snagged his first live home run ball.
All I can say is what a vacation. I did everything I wanted to do and then some.
I was able to see four Rockies home games, and this road game against the Brewers. Right now the Rockies are 0-5 for the games I’ve watched and 0-7 for the season.
The final score of this Rockies/Brewers game was Brewers 8, Rockies 6….Dammit
On Monday at the Rockies game I saw that some of the players were out signing so I walked over to the Rockies dugout. I saw an open spot and I squeezed into it. Once positioned I looked to my left and standing right beside me was Baby Paul and his dad Mark. I knew they were supposed to be at this game but up until that moment I hadn’t seen them.
Mark and I chatted and snagged a few autographs. I don’t know Mark that well but I can tell he’s a good guy. I was able to meet Marks’s wife and I believe it was Mark’s mother and father.
Super nice people and I was floored to find out that his mom is a regular reader of the Rant.
Baby Paul was a little bit grumpy when I met him but it was blistering hot that day and I didn’t blame him. Everyone was sunburnt, it was hot even for Tucson.
Just before we rolled out of Tucson I had met Baby Paul and family outside and they posed for a picture in front of the Mobile Blog Unit. How freggin cool is that?
I also got a phone call from Robert Harmon telling me he was arriving in Tucson with a VW bus running on 3 cylinders just as I was about an hour north of Tucson headed for Phoenix.
Thanks Mark, it was a pleasure to run into you again and an honor to meet your family.
That’s a wrap from the Rockpile Ranter’s Mobile Blog Unit and our Rockies Spring Training adventures. I will be writing a final spring training recap and I will be updating Rockpile Ranter’s Picture Blog over the next week with pictures and video that I haven’t used in my spring training blog entries.
Realizing there is only so much time in a day, and that a blogger can’t possibly cover everything. Do you have any suggestions as to what I could have done better?
Or what about things I should have our shouldn’t have done?
I love feedback and would REALLY value your opinions.
This was the best vacation of my life. I just want to mention that 99% of the Rockies were extremely kind to us and getting to meet Todd Helton and watching him autograph my bat and World Series baseball meant more to me than I can really put in words.
Let me just say, he is as cool in person as you would think he would be.Right now the Rockpile Rant is the # 1 Rockies snagging blog in the world This blog has really taken a life of it’s own and matured into something that is fun and that I’m really proud of.
My thanks to all of you for taking a few minutes of your time to see the world through my eyes.
Your faithful Rockies Blogger…”D”…The one and only, very sunburnt Rockpile Ranter.
We arrived at Hi-Corbett this morning at 6:30 and there were already a few players here. Today’s goal was simple.
I have three mini-bats left and Andy still needed to get Tulo’s autograph on his wife’s visor or he was in big trouble.
Me, I’ve gotten so many autographs I’m starting to feel guilty. So I decided to get Jorge De La Rosa on one of the mini-bats and I also got Eric Young Jr. I’m saving my last mini-bat for Sal Fasano. Hopefully he’ll be at batting practice today.
I’m not real keen on taking pictures of players in the morning, but I did take a few.
Here’s a shot of Glenallen Hill. A few days ago when Andy and I and a group of autograph hounds hit him up for autographs, he asked us “What do you guys do with all those autographs?” The way he said it was funnny.
Here’s a shot of Eric Young Jr’s Hummer.
IIt’s autograph day today at the Rockies game and if it’s the same as last year they’ll have two players signing. I think I’ll take a pass. I’ll be out snagging baseballs and getting Sal’s autograph in the practice fields today until the start of the game against the Angels.
As far as I know this will be my last home game at Hi-Corbett. From what they say the Rockies will be moving to a different training facility next year. I’m heading out now to get my tickets for todays game. Today were going to try to get some of the shaded seats. Yesterday’s sun has got me glowing a bit.
I’m going to miss this place. It’s so fan friendly and compared to other places it’s the best as far as I’m concerned. After the game today I head to Phoenix and I’ll be at my final Rockies game tomorrow against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.
3-1-09 Purple Row..Thanks for all the recent props…D
Ranter’s Review of Tucson Electric Park
I was looking forward to checking out Tucson Electric Park today because from what I’ve heard it’s a snaggers dream.
We arrived at 10:50 and had to pay to park. Granted it was only $5.00, but at Hi-Corbett it was free and we had a beautiful shaded area.
Once we parked we exited the RV and proceeded to walk towards the ballpark. About halfway there a parking attendant told us we were parked where the bigwigs park and we would have to move.
Wonderful, so Andy and I wonder,…why couldn’t the guy who took the parking money have told us that? No problem and I move the RV.
We finally walk back up to the stadium and the line is 20 people back. You know how I like to be first. I’ve managed to turn being first in line into an art form.
No worries, so we wait about 15 minutes to get inside because instead of opening two hours early like Hi-Corbett and Coors Field, they only open an hour-and a half early and rob their fans the chance of actually seeing the D-Backs hit during batting practice.
To me that’s dumb move. You need to let the fans see their stars hit. Sheet man it’s spring training !!
As I’m going through the gate the Usher searches my bag and tells me that I can only bring in two baseballs and one mini-bat.
Excuse me? Why? The Usher informs us that it’s a state law. Really, a state law? What state is Hi-Corbett field in? There were no restrictions there about how many baseballs you could bring in.
So I’m told that I either have to give the balls away or take them back to my vehicle. I worked for those baseballs I walked my butt back to the RV and left them there.
Now I’m late for batting practice and I’m not thrilled about it.
The ballpark itself is actually really cool, possibly even a bit much for spring training (Maybe that’s because I’ve been over at ancient Hi-Corbett the last week?)
It has a pavilion area in both the left field and the right field and its all open and grassy.
There is a small space in the center where the batters eye is but the rest is totally open other than the D-backs bullpen in left field.
I really like this park for snagging baseballs.
D-Backs were long gone by the time we walked over to the outfield. The A’s were just beginning hit a few. It took me probably fifteen minutes and I saw a ball coming for me. It was short but I managed to reach over and catch it on a bounce.
No laughing at my white legs, remember this is my first warm sunshine in a while.
I had at least four other opportunities to snag homerun BP balls but D-Back fans seem to take their snagging a little more serious than I do and I was crowded out on all of my other opportunities.
It’s obvious they didn’t want to look inferior to a professional Rockies snagger on their home turf. What ever the case was one guy was such a “get in your personal space” type of snagger he deserves to be pointed out.
MOST ANNOYING FAN/SNAGGER OF THE GAME
Big Red, watch out for this guy, the ballhog even stepped on my foot.
I could have solved the problem but since I was in D-Back territory I figured I should hold back and tread lightly. I snagged my one baseball with the only skilled catch of the day and I had accomplished my personal goal of snagging at least one ball at TEP.
You know how in a retirement home there is always a few of the grumpy older people who never get visitors. Well those individuals are hand selected for the Usher staff at TEC.
Pissy and for no good reason. Let’s think about this, these people are getting paid to watch baseball right?
I do believe I have found the source of the Ushers discontent.
Let me say this, when I get back to Hi-Corbett Field and Coors Field I want to personally thank each Usher for the excellent job they do. Now that I’ve seen another stadium and it’s quirky strange ways, I appreciate our quality of the Rockies Ushers even more.
D-Backs beat the A’s 9-7, Oakland looked sloppy, lots of errors.
It’s just not the same if I’m not watching the Rockies. I was able to take some cool pictures, that part I enjoyed.
A couple of D-Back players, funny their names escape me.
Credit where credit is due, almost every D-Backs player that came out of this tunnel stopped to sign for the fans. I like to see that.
Me, I didn’t go for any D-Back or A’s autographs. Why the hell would I want those? I bleed purple baby you know that.
I do like seeing an entire team into the game.
I liked the angle of this shot.
I love this picture.
Valdez in mid-toss.
A view of the field.
Andy’s red neck and a view of the grassy outfield. The grass out there was a nice touch.
Andy wasn’t particularily fond of this TEC either, his biggest complaint was that he paid $5.50 for a drink and it wasn’t a souvenir cup. I’d have to agree, everyone brings the plastic cup home the first time they’re at a new stadium right??
Your welcome Purple Row.
Tomorrow is back to Hi-Corbett for my last game there. I think Baby Paul is going to be there…D
The Rockies are in Phoenix today and I’ll be heading up there tomorrow after my last home game at Hi-Corbett Field. Today I plan to check out TEP (Tucson Electric Park).
I’m going to go watch the Arizona vs Oakland game today and see what batting practice for another team is like.
Other than obtaining Clint Hurdle and Don Baylor’s autograph on my magazines, my hunting is complete.
<—–Andy still needs to get Tulo’s autograph on his wife’s visor or he’s in big trouble.
By the way, it’s not cold here, Andy has the hoodie on because of his sunburn
Here are pictures from yesterday’s game against the Dodgers.
Here’s Manny Corpas warming-up.
Next is one of my favorite Rockies pitchers of all time. Josh Fogg, aka “The Dragon Slayer”. The smoke this guy can throw is amazing. Plus myself being the Ranter I’m all about cool nicknames and “The Dragon Slayer” is a helluva cool nickname.
Here’s Jason Grilli.