April 2009

I like what I see, Rockies take two out of three

4/28/09

Other than losing to the Padres (I hate losing to the Padres), it was a good game and a great day on all kinds of levels. As soon as I arrived in the pavilion and saw those batting cages on the field it was game on baby.

            I’ve been waiting for a good snagging day and today was no disappointment.

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Ball 1: Within a minute I saw a BP homer hit to the right of me and I was off like herd of turtles.

It bounced off a bleacher back and landed underneath the bleacher. I reached through the gap and grabbed it.

I looked up saw a young guy who would have gotten the ball had I not snagged it and I tossed it up to him.

That guy later said “Thank you Ranter” as he was leaving the pavilion.

        Your Welcome Brotha !

 The Rockies were hitting All-Star baseballs today and I wanted one.

 Ball 2: The next BP homer was again hit to my right. I was running full speed and noticed that the ball was going to hit just below the fence so I swung my glove down and swooped it up so smoothly I didn’t even know it was in my glove until I looked.

 I kept that ball because although it was dirty, it was a Yankee Stadium commemorative baseball and a bad-azzz catch.

I had another opportunity at another BP homer to the left of me but I misjudged it and missed it by inches. At that point I removed my sunglasses as they were not helping matters.

Ball 3 was hit to the right of me and it was just a plain old running catch. I gave that ball to a little red head girl who was standing next to her little brother who was already holding a ball.

Ball 4 was hit to the left of me and was another running catch snagged cleanly. It was given to a little boy.

 I decided to reposition myself higher up in the pavilion and when ball 5 was hit I ran down a few stairs and caught it cleanly with no competition. I kept it because it was a pretty one with only one hit mark on it. 

On my next attempt I hopped over three bleachers and ran left down the row as I figured I was in the perfect row to snag this hit.  About halfway down the row I stopped positioned myself for the catch then from my left some dude came into my personal space held up his glove with his left arm and held down my arm with his right arm..
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At first I thought we were just stuck from his collision into me, but when I tried to forcibly lift my arm I realized this dude had a tight grip on it.

 I was like ” What’s up brotha, you don’t have to cheat, I’d have given your son the ball” .

He told me he wasn’t cheating and that I was the cheater by climbing over the three rows of bleachers to get to this spot.

 I told him that was bullsheet and I can run, trip fall all over these bleachers and that’s ok, what isn’t ok is contact or touching/holding someone.

I realized right away you couldn’t tell this guy anything. He was one of those dudes. He was wrong, totally wrong and he knew it. You catch a ball with skill not force. 

 I also mentioned something like it better not happen again :)

 This dude was there with his kid and I didn’t feel like continuing to promote his fine example of fatherhood.

Next time I won’t be so nice :)  

A freggin Rockies fan to boot. I just don’t get it. Anyways, his brilliant block/hold caused us both to miss the ball. I knew dudes like this existed but up until this point I had only met ball whiners. This guy was my first official ball blocker.

Going forward, five snagged baseballs was my best day ever snaggin. There would be no All-Star baseballs for the Ranter today. 

While I was on the stairs an Usher came up to me and mentioned she reads the Rockpile Rant and that she really enjoys it. She was very nice and I appreciate when someone tells me that. To find out that people read your blog and then to actually meet those people is very cool. If you’re reading thanks for saying hi and please leave me a comment with your name and I’ll give you proper credit.

Did it start with an “E”?

I always bring a pen for autographs, maybe I should use that same pen to take notes.  

After batting practice was over I headed over to the Rockies dugout to again see what I could see. I saw a lot of players warming up.

                          I busted out my camera and started warming up myself.

   Dexter Fowler, a guy who single-handedly is making center field in Coors field look smaller. Props to you brotha for your excellent effort and results in this last home stand.

Dexter Fowler 4-28-09.jpg                             Jorge De La Rosa and Yorvit Torrealba
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Todd Helton was out warming up also. Today I had brought two baseballs in case I was able to get more than one.

As soon as Todd Helton finished his warm-up walked over to a group of people about
ten feet away from where I was positioned.

 Usually that means I wouldn’t be able to squeeze that far over so I didn’t even try.

 But to my surprise Todd was working his way left and in no time he was just a few feet away from my spot.

I pulled out my baseball and Pentel RSVP pen.

 Todd took them both and proceeded to autograph it on the sweet spot.

Thanks Todd I didn’t even have to ask.

 

 

 

 

 

How about that? All these years of not being to snag Todd’s autograph and then BAM, twice in two days. Life’s crazy like that.
Helton auto on baseball 4-28-09.jpg                 Here’s a shot of Helton at bat. This picture was taken from the pavilion.
Helton Hitting 4-28-09.jpg                                                               Helton
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Tulowitzki and StewartTulo and Stewart 4-28-09.jpg                                        Clint Hurdle and Ryan Spilborghs 
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            Spilly

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Barmes and HammelHammel and Barmes 4-28-09-1.jpg                                                      More dugout shots
dugout 4-28-09.jpg                                                         Helton and Baylor
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Dugout 2 4-08-09.jpgA shot of Dan and Emily during the 7th inning stretch singing “Heeeeey Baby” oooh ahh.
A shot of Dan and Emily 4-28-09.jpg                                              Torrealba was behind the plate.
Torrealba catching 4-28-09.jpg                                                  Going for that out.
Going for that out at first 4-28-09.jpg                                                     A shot of Belisle
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   I thought for sure we’d take game two but the Rockies lose this one 4-3 to the Padres.

                               Hagg’n Stats for this game

1 point for showing up.

15 points for 5 snagged balls

2 points for Todd Helton’s autograph.

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<—Actual Coors Field crack.

Well my friends, thanks for visiting the Rockpile Rant and remember to just say no to crack.

Spare the world a shot of your great divide and buy your T-shirts a little longer…D
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   Photos by the Rockpile Ranter

If there’s no Snagg’n there’s always Tagg’n

4/27/09                                          Padres vs Rockies

                       Ranter’s dictionary: Tagg’n = Getting baseballs autographed.

Monday’s game was straight up cold. I was hoping for batting practice but the field was empty other than a few Padres playing catch and doing sprints.

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While I was standing there thinking about what I should do next I ran into Joy aka LUVMYROXX and her husband Jim.

RPR and Joy 4-27-09.jpgThis time I was able to take a picture and talk for a little bit.

Really nice folks and it was an honor to meet you both.

Thanks Joy for reading the Rant and being a regular commentor.

I have to say anyone brave enough to attend Monday’s game is a hardcore Rockies fan because it was quite nipply.

It was seriously overcast, the temperature was in the 40’s and a cold gusty wind was hitting us at times. 

Great snowbarding weather but it can make watching a baseball game live a bit uncomfortable, especially when those wind gusts hit…brrrr 
sky 4-27-09.JPGSo after saying hey to some of the fellas in the first row I grabbed my backpack and headed over to the Rockies dugout to see what I could see.

When I arrived I saw Huston Street walking back to the dugout and before I could even ask he walked over to sign for a small group of fans. I quickly dug out a baseball and slipped into the group.

One thing I have noticed is that if you just hand a player a baseball they will usually not sign on the sweet spot. For me this is true 9 out of 10 times. Robert has been giving me sheet about not asking them to sign on the sweet spot.

He told me “just ask them to sign it on the sweet spot, they will”. So today I tried it.

Huston staring at me4-27-09.jpgI handed Huston Street the pen and baseball and asked “Huston will you please sign my ball on the sweet spot?”.

<——He looked at me with this look  and said, “No, I’m not going to do that, you get it where you get it.

I about crapped my pants. You see the first time I ask I get slammed hard.

Naa I’m totally kidding, Huston Street is a great guy and will sign for anyone.

 Here’s why it’s hard for me a to ask a player to sign on the sweet spot. I feel fortunate to just be getting a players autograph, so to be specific on what I want seems a tad rude.

But in reality unless it’s a World Series ball it needs to be signed on the sweet spot.

Its the perfect place for it….See what I mean.
Huston Street autograph 4-27-09.jpg                                                      Thank you Huston !

With luck like this in the first few minutes I figured I’d stay put there and see what unfolds.

              So from a Hagger’s point of view the cold dreary day was getting better :)

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 Robert came over and was demonstrating to me the fine art of removing the word “PRACTICE” from a baseball.

 It requires some very light sanding with fine sandpaper and then hitting it with a white eraser.
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Iannetta signing 4-27-09.jpgNeat stuff. Always pay attention to your elders, they are full of usefull information. 

I knew the next player to come out would be Chris Iannetta. 

I hopped in line and he signed the baseball Robert was fixing up for me.

 I used a batting practice ball because Chris was signing in sharpie and I decided to work on a Team signed baseball mostly because I had only brought one new baseball and one used one.

Huston Street had autographed my new baseball so the only ball I had left was the one Robert fixed up for me.
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The next guy out of the dugout was Bob Apodaca.

Bob looked like he was on a mission but when the older fella standing beside me called out his name Bob turned and walked over and started chatting and signing.

         Nice guy, thank you Bob.
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No batting practice today but I’ve snagged three autographs. Not bad eh !. It gets better my friends.

                                              Here are the players warming up.
Helton, Hawpe, Stewart 4-27-09.jpg                                                          Mr. Helton
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When Todd finished warming up he walked almost all the way to the dugout then he turned turned and walked over to my group.

I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never been able to get Todd’s autograph at Coors Field before and here he was two feet from me. 

 

 

 

 

It was at that point I really wished I had a new baseball for him to sign. Oh well my team baseball was starting to look pretty good now especially with this this guys autograph on it :) 
Helton autographed on my team ball 4-27-09.jpgLook at the menacing sky in the background. My team ball is getting some character now. 

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As Clint Barmes was walking off the field he stopped and spent a few minutes signing for everyone.

Here he is signing my team ball–>

Clint auto on team ball 4-27-09.jpg  When he looked up at me I said, “Clint you tossed me the first batting practice ball of spring training this year”. He looked up at me and said “Yeah I remember you”.

Clint brotha, you don’t know how cool it was to hear you say that.

I’ve always liked Clint Barmes but now not only will the Rant be extra pro-Helton but it will be extra pro-Barmes.  I take special notice when someone takes notice/remembers me.

     Thanks for the autograph Clint. Good luck this season, the Rant has got your back.

I managed to get one more autograph but not a picture. Ryan Spilborghs signed the team baseball underneath Clint Barmes.

Spilly was working his way down the line signing with this head down and just before he got to me the guy beside me mentioned something about Robert catching his home run ball the night before.

 I then asked Spilly if he had watched the video of it. Spilly said “Yeah I looked at it”. Then I said that I was the guy right behind Robert chasing it. He still didn’t look up. When he got to me he took my baseball, signed it, handed it back to me, stopped slowly, raised his head enough to see my face and acknowledge it, then he moved on down the line.

It wasn’t scary, but it wasn’t a “Cool man, better luck next time” kind of glance either. No worries Spilly, I’m a big fan and I’m glad you’re a part of this team.

      We know a lot of the same people so I hope you get used to my face brotha :)

Roberts hand warming secret4-27-09-1.jpgSome notes on this game. Dexter Fowler is amazingly fast.He stole five of the eight bases that were stolen in this game. 

Tulo was benched?

Rockies get the win over the Padres 12-7.

I didn’t make it much past the fifth inning. I was cold tired, and had to get up for work at 3am. Had I stayed I’d have been in position to snag a ground rule double.  

Let me just say that is not the first time that has happened to me and will surely not be the last. I think of it as the ghosts of baseball past teasing me for leaving my seat or going home early.  

It will someday happen to you if you attend enough games. Eventually you’ll need to eat, drink or pee  Precicly at the point that you cannot see your seat is when the baseball will land in your area.

                         Hagg’n totals for this game

1 Point for showing up.

12 Points for six autographs. Huston Street, Bob Apodaca, Todd Helton, Chris Iannetta, Clint Barmes, and Ryan Spilborghs. I couldn’t eat another brat this game.

                                                      Total points = 13

                                 Two wins in a row, I’m digg’n this. Go Rockies…D
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Could it be…The Ranter on TV?

4/26/09

After it all happened I figured I might be on TV. Props to Robert for snaggin Spilborgh’s home run ball in the third inning. Spilborghs is his favorite Rockies player.

 Robert was sporting Spilly’s Jersey and immediatly after he snagged that home run ball Spilly’s dad called Robert on his cell phone.

                                   Don’t believe me,… look how happy this old man is. 

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Robert asked me later how close I was to him when he snagged that ball and I told him if he had stopped any shorter we’d have known each other too well.

          Good job Robert, the dude is quick. Next time I’ll sit on the other side of him.

Click on the link below and check out the video of it all:  

                     Rockpile Ranter on TV/ Roberts snag of Spilly’s home run

   I  know I didn’t get the ball but at least I didn’t look like a chump my first time on TV :)Me first in line 4-26-09.jpg

 

Today I was the first in line at the Rockpile gate and things were as they should be in Rockie land.

 

 

First in line at the gate puts me first into the Pavilion.

Empty Pavilion.JPG When the batting cages are out it gives me an extra few minutes before the place starts to crawl with people.

                As you can tell from this picture, first didn’t mean much today.
No batting practice.JPG                                           No cages = No batting practice 

Here is a shot of Dan and Robert politely discussing one of yesterday’s batting practice snags :)

Dan and Robert 4-26-09.JPG      Something about somebody stepping on somebody’s foot if I remember correctly? :)

I was lucky again today and Dan hooked me up with a Row 1 ticket. This enabled me to go onto the field during the autograph session. I’ve never done this before and let me tell you it was beyond cool.

Check out the video of me entering the field:

I love this picture of the field this is from the roped off dirt area we were in behind home plate.
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RPR on Coors Field -1.jpg                                       I managed to get four autographs today.

                         On the left is Jason Hammel and on the right is Ryan Speier.
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 Manny Corpas came out and signed for a few people then split.

Ubaldo Jimenez also came out and signed for the whole group.

I skipped Ubaldo because I have him already. I was able to give him a knuckle bump and wish him good luck this year. Nice guy.

   The other two autographs I snagged were Franklin Morales and Jason Grilli.
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Jason Grilli Auto 4-26-09.jpg I got to see Todd Helton and Tulo, they popped out to say hi to a few kids and take some pictures.Helton and Tulo 4-26-09-1.jpg

                      
 Ubaldo took a few pictures before he signed autographs.Ubaldo posing with kid 4-26-09.jpg

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Here is  Jason Hammel coming up to sign for us.

Looks like Jason will get his first start for the Rockies on Monday’s game against the Padres.

                  Good luck Jason!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             Here’s what the Rockpile looks like essentially from where the batter stands.
the Rockpile 4-26-09.jpg       Here is Jason Grilli signing my baseball, check out the lady in the background :)
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                                  Todd Helton making one lucky kids year.
Todd being cool 4-26-09.jpg                      Manual Corpas signing the baseball of the little boy next to me
Manny signing 4-26-09.jpg            Here is the video of me leaving the field and walking back inside of Coors Field.

In the video below Robert and I were almost to the Pavilion when I heard someone call out “Rockpile Ranter”. That someone was Missy from “View from the Rockpile”.

Missy is an Usher at Coors Field and was on her way to Gate E when we ran into her. This was the first time her and I have met and it was really cool to finally run into her at a game.                         

        Back in the Pavilion. Here was the view to the right of my seat. Thank you Dan!
My view to my left 4-26-09.JPG                                            A shot of the field from my seats
view from my seat 4-26-09.jpg                                Dan’s daughter Emily playing kickball with Dinger
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                                            A little Rockie history for you.
Rockie History.jpg                                   Here are a few of the Rockies warming-up
Rockies Warming up 4-26-09.jpgChris Iannetta signs before every game. Rumor has it he does it because he’s superstitious. Superstitious or not he’s a good guy and I believe he’d sign anyway.
Iannatta signing 4-26-09.jpg               He signs for about 5 minutes then goes over to stretch and work out.
Iannetta leaving 4-20-09.jpg                                                     Spilly and Hawpe
Spilly and Hawpe4-26-09.jpg                                              Jeff Baker and Brad Hawpe
Baker and Hawpe 4-26-09.jpgKrista made me put in this picture. She said it summed up the Dodgers lack of excitement in this game. I just don’t get it??
Dodgers 4-26-09.jpg                    Captain Earthman, business as usual entertaining the masses
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TulowitzkiTulowitzki 4-26-09.jpg                                   I call this picture…”Brat with a view”
Brat with a view 4-20-09.JPG               I really like our new pitcher Marquis, the guy has been a superstar for us.
Marquis on the mound 4-26-09.jpg                          This game was just what I and all Rockies fans needed.

An in your face, blue bashing, get out of town, you got lucky on the last one, Rockies win.

                                      I especially love beating the Dodgers. 

Days like today are special. How often does a person get to go underneath Coors Field, then stand on the field and get autographs? I’m glad I could share some of it with you. 

I’ll be at Coors tomorrow for batting practice (weather permitting).

                                 Who knows what whill happen? Stay tuned…D


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Showing up for the game = 1 point

4 autographed baseballs = 8 points

Eating a foot long brat = 1 point.

Video of me and an Usher (Missy) = 1 point

                                                Grand Total = 11 points. 

                                     

Down two I hate blue

4/26/09

Ok, I made it to batting practice on Saturday. I spent half of my day at the yard sale and the other half in the hospital with Hunter. Krista and I got up really early on Saturday and started hauling our stuff outside. About 8 am Hunter wandered downstairs and when I saw him I had to do a double-take. My poor guy looked like somebody clocked him in the jaw hard. It was all swollen and his face was all puffy.

We’re waiting on the tests to come back to be 100% sure, but most likely it’s the mumps. Can you believe this,… the mumps? I guess I thought that stuff was wiped out along with scurvy a long time ago. Not so is the case, mumps has been making a resurgence in the mid-west.

So looks like Hunter will miss nine days of school as per state law.

 I don’t have mumps but yesterday at BP felt like I got hit by a train. I had one good opportunity to snag a ball. The ball landed right on my hand inside the glove and bounced out. All I can say is I was pitiful.

After that missed snag, I started feeling really sick and by the end of BP I could hardly stand up. My back, legs and neck were killing me. I headed home and listened to this game on the radio.

Saturdays game was the first Rockies game that I’ve been to in which I actually had my camera and didn’t take a picture.

I feel bad too because a friend that I work with wanted me to mention the Fatima Choir and take a few pictures of first grader Myles Krick. She is the little girl who threw out the first pitch on Saturday’s game and the Fatima Choir sang the National Anthem.

                           To my friend at work, I apologize this doesn’t happen often.  

                                            Friday Hagg’n points.


Thumbnail image for foot long brat 4-24-09.JPG1 point for showing up.

1 point for buying a foot-long brat.

1 point for snagging a Spilborghs toss-up which I gave away to a young boy.

2 points for snagging a BP homer caught on the fly which was given to Emily from “I live for this”.

Friday Hagg’n total = 5 points

           Saturday Hagg’n points

1 point for showing up.

It’s Sunday morning right now, my lower back still hurts but hell or high water I’ll be there.

 I haven’t snagged a single autograph since the regular season started and I just can’t have that. 

Krista and Mylee are doing the yard sale today, Hunter is home sick and I’m out to get a few signatures today because it is autograph Sunday. Alex, I’ll see you there.
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Beat by blue, bring on game two

4/25/09

Its 5am and I’m getting stuff ready for my yard sale. As I type it is sprinkling out. As much as is sucks losing to the Dodgers at home (I hate losing to the Dodgers) I had fun and met a couple of fellow bloggers.

I didn’t get to socialize with them as it was during batting practice and I don’t talk too much durring BP.

Here is Emily, creator and writer of the Blog I Live for This and Tom Walsh, creator and writer of Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in.

                                Both Rockies blogs and both excellent ones.

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Batting practice was quite slow. I think maybe 10 BP homeruns were hit total. I snagged a toss up from Spilborghs which I gave to a kid behind me and I snagged another on the fly from Dodgers # 14 Juan Castro. I gave that ball to Emily.

I don’t have time to do a monster blog but I took some pretty cool pictures last night. I was lucky yesterday and Dan hooked me up with “Row 1″ seats (Thanks Dan). I was about as far left in the Pavilion as you can go. Excellent home run seats.

                                              Nothing was hit in my direction. 

                                        Here is a shot of the field from my seat.
shot of field seat 4-24-09.jpgManny got the ball rolling for the Dodgers and in the end the Rockies lost 6-5 in what I thought was a great game, you know except for the loss. 

More pictures on this entry when I can. I’ll leave you with one of Helton and one of Manny.Helton ball 4-24-09.jpg
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I’m all about a win, let the weekend begin

4/24/09

Who knows what’s going to happen weather wise this weekend? I just want to watch some live baseball. I’m heading off to the Rockies vs Dodgers game shortly and the weather is a little overcast but warm.

Yard sale tomorrow, the next five days is going to be insane. Five games in five days including a two-day yard sale.

                             Have I told you how much I like this time of year? :)
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                                                 Go Rockies, I’m going…D
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Take the Snakes

4/22/09

My last sentence in my last entry said “Rockies make me wish I was watching this game on TV” as I have been taking in the road games via Gameday Audio on my computer. Last nights game against the D-Backs was one I would have liked to have watched.

Brad Hawpe has been one of those Rockies who I know is good but never payed a lot of attention to. Brad is a trooper and I like his style.

As long as my kids haven’t lost their wristbands they’ll get to run around the bases after the game on Sunday as part of the Rockies Rookies Kids Fan Club.  

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I just watched an interview with Steve Martin talking about the making of “The Jerk”.

 It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since that movie was released. If you have never seen it, it’s a must see classic.

Everybody has their favorite line in “The Jerk”

Mine is…    “He hates these cans!”
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De La Rosa will be on the mound this afternoon hungry for his first win. This would be a great time to see him shine. A win today would give us the D-Back series and send the Rockies back home with a postive vibe and a few wins under their belt.

The Rockies are going to need it because say what you want,….the Dodgers are no joke this season. Manny Ramirez is a huge part of the enthusiasm of his team but in reality the Dodgers have many weapons besides his power.

I want to see the Rockies destroy the Dodgers here at Coors. I want to see Helton hit his first homer at home. I’d like to be the lucky SOB who catches that homer but seeing it would be sufficient.

I wait at the gates for them to swing open,

Excited for the game and a win I’m hopin.

Players on the field the batting cages are out,

There’s a shot to left field it’s mine no doubt.

It’s a piece of the game it’s all part of the fun,

and if you’re on your game you might get more than one.

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With a stinking sinker, Cook gets shook

4/18/09

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 Ouch,

Rockies lose to the Dodgers 9-5 in LA. 

That makes seven wins in a row for the Dodgers (9-3) and two straight losses for the Rockies (4-6), 

The only thing I hate more than losing to the Dodgers on the road is losing to them at Coors Field.

Man-Ram had Cookie’s number today as he chalks up his first two homers of the season. One in the first inning and one in the third.

Wonder if that was what shook Cook?

 Props to Brad Hawpe and Ian Stewart. Hawpe hit a triple to score two and Stewart had a sweet solo homer in the 8th.,

 

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It’s still early but it seems like at any given time the Rockies are firing on about five of their nine cylinders.

 The Rockies are keeping this engine on the road and running, but until all nine cylinders are in sync it’s just gonna be a bumpy ride.

                                       

 

 

                      Ranter’s Bad Joke of the Day

A cowboy walks into a bar, after two steps in he realizes it’s a gay
bar. “What the heck,” he says to himself, “I really want a drink.”
When the gay waiter approaches, he says to the cowboy, “What’s the name
of your willy?”

The cowboy says, “Look, I’m not into any of that. All I want is a
drink.”

The gay waiter says, “I’m sorry but I can’t serve you until you tell me
the name of your willy. Mine for instance is called NIKE, for the slogan,
“Just Do It.” That guy down at the end of the bar calls his SNICKERS, because
‘It really satisfies.”

The cowboy looks dumbfounded, so the bartender tells him he will give
him a second to think it over. So the cowboy asks the man sitting to his left
who is sipping on a beer, “Hey bud, what’s the name of yours?”

The man looks back and says with a smile, “TIMEX.”

The thirsty cowboy asks, “Why Timex?”

The fella proudly replies, “‘Cause it takes a lickin’ and keeps on
tickin!'”

A little shaken, the cowboy turns to two fella’s on his right, who
happen to be sharing a fruity Margarita and says, “So, what do you guys call
yours?”

The first man turns to him and proudly exclaims, “FORD, because
“Quality is Job One.” Then he adds, “Have you driven a Ford lately?” The guy next
to him then says, “I call mine CHEVY…’Like a Rock!'” And gives a wink!

Even more shaken, the Cowboy has to think for a moment before he comes
up with a name for his manhood. Finally, he turns to the bartender and
exclaims,  “The name of my willy is SECRET. Now give me a beer.”

The bartender begins to pour the cowboy a beer, but with a puzzled look
asks, “Why  Secret?”

The cowboy says, “Because it’s ‘STRONG ENOUGH FOR A MAN, BUT MADE FOR A
WOMAN.

 

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          Game three is tomorrow afternoon, it would be nice to leave LA on a high note.

                                                  Good Luck Ubaldo…D
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Some like the city I think it’s shitee

4/16/09

So much for our yard sale. The weather prediction is snow for the next four days. That’s freggin wonderful. This was the perfect weekend to have this yard sale as the Rockies are out of town and we had nothing else going on.

Now I’ll have to do have this sale the weekend the Rockies are in town. I’ll find a way to do this and not miss the games.

The reason for the big sale, the wife and I are done with the Denver Metro area. I hate cities, I hate traffic, and I hate having more sheet than I know what to do with.

I’m at the point in my life where I’m deciding which stuff is actually important to me. I think it’s funny how you spend you whole life accumulating crap so when you die someone else can pick through it and keep what they like and sell the rest.

That’s not going to happen with us, we are going through our belongings and deciding what to keep and what to toss, sell or give away.

Why do people buy new stuff anyway? What’s the difference in functionality with a new dresser vs an older used one? There is none. You buy the “new dresser” to go with the “new house” and your new curtains. I mean what would people say if they walked into your new house and saw old furniture right? F’ck that way of thinking.

That’s what I’m escaping, I just can’t take it anymore. I’m f’kin done. Simple is just better. I don’t need new stuff, I just need stuff that works and serves it’s purpose. It’s not a popularity contest to me.

Most of my life I’ve been a quiet man. I’m extremely shy and you have no idea how hard it is for me to put on my Ranter hat and Jersey and walk around Coors Field like I own that F’kin place. I do it because it is my balance in life. 

The Rockpile Ranter is 100% me,  but it’s me with all the self-confidence in the world.

I try to be a good dad. I want my kids to grow up and say, my dad was hard, but he was cool and fair and he loved us. My kids are lucky, they get to do things that most kids dream of. They have a dad who at times is bigger than life and one who includes them in most of his adventures. 

 Tell your kids you love them every day even when they f’ck up. They need that re-assurance daily. 

Hunter took his pictures of his backstage tour of the Pepsi Center and of meeting Melo to school the other day. The kids said that the dude in the picture wasn’t Melo and that he was lying.. All my little guy wanted to do was share the excitement of his special day and other kids had to F’ck that up for him.  

Kids can be cruel to other kids. F’ck this city of Broomfield. f’ck his school.  My wife and I are home schooling and  going to teach our kids what the schools don’t. How to survive in a F-ked up world and be a good human being.

 I’m tired of mean people, I’m tired of phony people who do things so people will think of them in a certain way. I’m tired of gossip, I’m tired of working to pay “The Man”. I tired of living in a pre-packaged f’kin world.

Instant gratification isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Waiting for something adds to the excitement and the enjoyment. Don’t believe me,… put something on layaway.  

 I hate the fact that I have a cell phone on me at all times.

Growing up in a little town can suck at times but the people are “Real”. When they talk to you they genuinely care and take interest in what you’re saying.mainstreet1.jpg

The Broncos, Nuggets and the Rockies are the only thing that made living in the Denver Metro area bearable for me. Catching the games from the mountains won’t be that hard because I’ll just head to the game from work on most days so I’m already close to Coors Field.

In six weeks I’ll be living in a little cabin in Nederland Colorado with my wife and two kids and three pugs. It’s 900 square feet, with a wood burning stove and I can’t wait. This yuppie, got to have the newest thing, mine is better than yours, is that a blackberry?, foo foo cappuccino, that’s not Melo community can officially kiss my pearly white ranting asss.

On a baseball note :) Rockies play the Dodgers tomorrow in LA. Jorge De La Rosa 0-1 is the starting pitcher. C’mon Jorge, I want to see you make Manny Ramirez look like chump.

            Don’t worry about me, I’m just trying to stay sane in a crazy f’ked up world.  

                                    Peace to you my friends, Go Rockies…D


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Stayin on the move while I find my groove

3/15/09       Rockpile Rant is # 8 in the MLBlogs latest leaders list.

I’m a happy man. Somedays I can wake up put everything aside and see the good things in my life. I try to make the most of those days.

It was a busy opening day weekend for me trying to get back into my baseball routine. The Rockies are away until the 24th and the gives me time to re-group and fine tune.

Right now I’m not doing so good in Erik’s Ballhawk Club, but I have no problem playing second fiddle to the fellas that are well above me. These guys are the masters of their art and have way more time under their belts than this second year snagger.

                  What’s cool is this old Army dog has no problem learning new tricks. 

My passion is the same as theirs, and I do the best that I can at Coors Field. I can’t say that Coors is any easier or harder than another Stadium because Coors Field the only place that I’ve place I”ve attended batting practice at other then spring training facilities.

                                       You can’t call it until you ball it right?

Coor Field is a great place to snag baseballs. There are some downsides though. When you first enter the stadium you can only snag in the pavilion.

Unless you have a “Row 1″ ticket, your access to the outfield fence is none. Row 1 seats take up the first 12 feet or so of the outfield along the entire leftfield side and part of center field.

               That entire section/row is off limits to to anyone but those ticket holders.

A good portion of BP baseballs go into that row or are bounced off the outfield wall giving first row ticket holders the opportunity to snag them off the wall bounce. There is a rumor that the Rockies may open up the first row for batting practice this season but It hasn’t happened yet.

I have mixed feeling on that one. As cool as it would be to have access to that row all the time, I really enjoyed the few times I was able to snag in that row and not being crowded while Hunter and I were down there made it a really special day.

Either way is cool with me. I just like being there :)

Right field is off limits too for the first half-hour or so. It would be nice to have that option. I’m not complaining here, just stating facts. Ball retreiving devices like the cup or glove trick are not allowed in Coors Field. I’d love to try and snag a ball somewhere using one of those contraptions.

Below is a couple of videos of Marianne aka R-Luv and her son Hagg’n with me in the pavilion.

Here she is Hagg’n by snaggin a picture of an Usher. The actual picture she took is in my last entry. 

Here is what I’ve decided to do for my Rockies Fan profile. During the games I just have too much going on at once and I think I’m going to have the fans send me their information and answers to the questions. 

 Then I’ll have an entry with a link on my sidebar where you can see and read the Rockies Fan Profiles. 

The first profile will be Dan and the second one will be Marianne. If you would like to include yourself in the “Rockies Fan Profile” and be inbedded in Rockies history send me a picture of yourself and the answers to these questions to: therockpileranter@yahoo.com.

1. How long have you been a Rockies Fan?

2. Favorite Rockies Player. A) current   B) past

3. Favorite baseball player of all time. 

4. Best Rockies moment personal or witnessed.

5. Rockies player you’d most like to have a beer and a burger with.

6. Tell me your favorite donut? 

                                       Here is a video I shot on opening day.

There was a 20 year gap in baseball in my life. I’m high speed because I’m making up for a lot of lost time. You’ll be seeing a lot me at Coors Field this season.

As far as coming in number 8 and dropping a few places in the Rankings? Nobody is more surprised than me each time that list comes out.

The fact that people actually read my writings and rantings and that I even make the top 1000 ever just blows me away.

I’m a big kid who wants his kids to grow up loving baseball like I do. I walk around Coors Field with pride every game that I’m at. Say what you want about me but you’ll never stop the Ranter’s roll..

               
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Emily, I’m thinking about you girl, hang in there :)…D

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