April 2009

Rockies taste the pain in the rain

4/12/09

I love baseball and I don’t mind cold weather. Combine cold wind, rain and baseball and that’s a mix I don’t care for.

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 The game today was the first professional sporting event I have ever attended with my parents.

My parents enjoy watching some sports but the closest professional “Live” anything is in Edmonton, Alberta.

 That’s 350 miles away.

  My parents live in Canada.

Attending major professional  sporting events is not common place for them.

So the fact that they attended this game with me despite the weather really meant a lot.

 

My mom said she enjoyed it  and my dad seemed mildly entertained :) 

We bailed out at the bottom of the fifth inning. At least my parents were able to witness the Rockies score all of their runs.

 You’ve got to love Dexter Fowler. This dude is already making a name for himself. He crushed his second homer of the season tonight off of Chan Ho Park.

At one point in the game I could hear some people in the crowd chanting “Chan Ho Walk”, that’s funny. 
Fowler 4-12-09.jpgI’ve mentioned a few times in my blog that I think Dinger the dinosaur should have a little/lot  more of a masculine appearance.

With all due respect to the guy inside of that big festive muppet, I think Dinger looks like a cross between the purple Teletubbie and Barney.

As you can tell in the picture below, it being Easter did nothing help out old Dinger’s masculinity. I bet this guy goes to bed every night praying they change his costume or promote him to Usher :) so he can get out of that embarassing purple/pink sweatsuit.

 Easter Dinger.jpg I’ve got it, since Dinger is a “required to be a people person”, lets make him a beer vendor and make Captain Earthman the Rockies Official Mascot. 

 He owns a set of bunny ears and he’s probably tired of carrying that heavy beer around for three hours.

               See if I think long enough I can come up with a solution for anything  :)Captain Earthman 4-12-09.jpg

Capt Earthman card.jpgHere’s a thought….How about a mascot called the “Rock Man”? He would sort of look like the Michelin man but would look like he was made of boulders.

      That would be a freggin tough looking mascot. I think the kids would dig it too.  

I figured the Rockies had game three in the bag with the great start they had and the fact they owned the lead until the 8th inning. 

Corpas and Street let the lead slip and the Rockies lose to the Phillies 7-5, thus allowing the Phillies to take two of three games and win the set at Coors Field .                             

                           Rockies are now 3-3. Next up,…the Cubs at Wrigley.

                                                 Hagg’n points.  

I didn’t show up for batting practice as I figured there wouldn’t be one,..I was right.

                                              Attending the game- 1 Point

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RPR brat 4-12-09.jpgEating a foot-long brat- 1 Point (I should get an extra point for having to choke that thing down before the bun got soggy from the rain, then two points for the indigestion that followed later.)

We didn’t stay to the end of the game because I was quite done with the rain and cold at this point and figured for sure this game would be called and the Rockies would win.

No such luck today

Total points today’s game = 2

                                        Overall total this season = 13 Points

                                  Here are a few more pictures I took…Clint Barmes

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                      Here’s a random crowd shot, look how everyone is dressed.
Random 4-12-09.jpg                                                         Manny Corpas
Manny 4-12-09.jpg                                                          Jason Grilli
Jason Grilli 4-12-09.jpgOk now to R-Luv’s points. This girl is good. She was on it and she  discovered a great way to snag points was by taking pictures with the Ushers.

I have to make a change to the Hagg’n points but R-Luv was so hardcore into Hagg’n she gets credit for all her pictures because she earned  those points before I fine tuned the Usher picture point thing.

Here is how the Usher thing will work from now on. In order to have the point count the picture has to have the actual Hagger and the Usher in it. The other change is you can’t earn  more than five points per game using Usher pictures or autographs.

 I have to put a cap on it. As far as hot dog/brat points go, you can only earn a point  if “you” actually eat it.

Remember this first season of Hagg’n is experimental and I’ll have to tweak things now and then.

Here are R-Luv’s stats as she reported them to me:

What a game! And what a madhouse! I’ve never seen the stadium that full. Yikes!
Hagg’n points:
I got pictures of 18 ushers, they got a kick out of being asked
2- hot dogs
Dinger’s autograph
attending the game

So, I think that gives me a total of 23 points. Here are a few of the pictures I got, I
think you’ll enjoy them. One of the pictures is Hurdle having words with the umpire. I
think that could be another category for getting points.

                         These are the three pictures R-Luv/Marianne sent me.


Usher PIc 4-10-09.JPG                                           Hurdle arguing with the Umpire
Hurdle and Ump 4-10-09.JPG              And one with an Usher her son and some freggin weirdo in the background.
R-Luv Usher pic w-me 4-10-09.JPGShe gets all 23 points, that’s a good goal to shoot for.

R-LUV-23 points in one game.

ROCKPILE RANTER- 10 points in 3 games

Thanks Marianne and Good Job!

Donnie’s first game is on the 15 th. So far nobody else has reported any stats. I’m having fun with this and I know R-Luv is. Interested?? Scroll back a few entries and check out what Hagg’n is and how to accumulate points while attending a baseball game.

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PSS- Game 7 Rockies lose to the Cubs today 4-0, ouch.

Phillies pay on Rockies Opening Day

4/10/09

Opening day sign 4-10-09.jpgIncredible, what a day! On my way to Coors Field I realized I forgot my glove. No joke, the first game and I left my glove at home. I turned around and went back and got it. I figured for sure that I’d blown my chance at a good place in line but lady luck was on my side.

line of people Rockpile.jpgWe arrived at Coors about 11:10 AM and the gates opened at 12:00 PM.

As we were walking up I could see a huge line of people and my heart sunk. Upon closer inspection I realized the line was for people waiting to hopefully purchase Rockpile tickets.

We already had our tickets so my day was looking real good as there was nobody in line at the Rockpile gates. Always plan ahead you’ll be glad you did.
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                                             Number one like it should be.

They opened the gates and I was the first one through, As I worked my way over to the Pavilion I saw the Rockies out on the field and when I entered the bleachers I could only see one kid way on the other side of the Pavilion.

I worked my way down to field level and saw Jorge De La Rosa, Ubaldo Jimenez and Franklin Morales in the outfield chatting. A ball was hit to them and Jorge picked it up.

He looked into the bleachers and the only one standing there was me. I held up my glove, didn’t say a word and he tossed it to me. Just like that the Hagg’n begins.

Thanks Jorge for starting my season out right. Before Jorge tossed me that ball Helton had hit a BP homer and a kid had snagged it. The ball Jorge tossed me was the first baseball tossed to a fan at Coors Field this seaon. I also hold the honor of snagging the first baseball tossed to a fan during Game 1 of Rockies spring training in Tucson.  

                                Not a huge thing but worth mentioning I figure.

RPR opening day 09.jpgThe second baseball I snagged was kind of embarassing.

You know that fan that goes way overboard chasing a ball and winds up looking like an idiot.

I was that fan.

I was tracking a BP homer and had to lean over a row of bleachers and extend as far as I could to snag it. The ball hit my glove then rolled out and started rolling down the stairs. 

I started stumbling over the bleachers in an attempt to snag that ball I dropped. About half way through chasing that ball I realized that I looked like a total moron.

So what do I do in that situation?

Do I stop right then and try and save my dignity, or realizing that I already looked stupid follow through and get the ball so I can say yeah I looked stupid but at least I got the ball?

I’m a Hagger so I chose to get the ball and take my critism. Nobody was harmed in the pursuit of the baseball, just my ego. Plus there’s always a witness when you don’t need one. 

                              Anyways, that was ball two, Hagg’n is on baby.

While at batting practice I ran in to Marianne aka R-Luv, she was Hagg’n big and bad. She was going around getting pictures of the Ushers earning her Hagg’n points. 

                        Here she is below taking pictures of her son with an Usher.
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Dan and Emily were there, looked like Dan was handing out yummies but I didn’t get one??
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Robert was at the game and I ran into Super Vendor Captain Earthman handing out his business cards.
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Guess who else was at this game? My buddy Vinny Castilla was at the home opener. 

Vinny, I thought you told me you weren’t a player?

If that’s the case, I guess I’m not a blogger who takes pictures of you. 

Does it look like he’s flexing for the camera?

 

 

 

                                  Here are some warm-up pictures of the Rockies.
Hawpe-Tulo 4-10-09.jpg                                                        Barmes and Stewart
Stewart and Barmes 4-10-09.jpg                           Spilborghs and Fowler with the Military in the background.
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                                                   Todd Helton ready to go.
Helton ready 4-10-09.jpg                                            Brad Hawpe in front of the Navy.

Hawpe and the Navy 4-10-09.jpg                                           Spilborghs in front of the Air Force
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                                                Catcher Chris Iannetta at bat.
Iannetta 4-10-09.jpg                                        Pitcher Jason Marquis, the wind-up
Jason M 4-10-09.jpg                                                          The release
Jason M throwing 4-10-09.jpg                                                          Tulowitzki 

Tulo 4-10-09.jpg                                                       Howard at bat.
Howard at bat 4-10-09.jpg                   There’s something just right about seeing Helton on first base.
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Helton-Howard 4-10-09.jpg    That’s right Howard, we won’t boo you like your own fans will, but you need to sit down.
Howard dugout 4-10-09.jpg                                                        Todd Helton at bat.

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I was able to meet up with an old buddy of mine named Chuck.

Chuck rode up from Colorado Springs in the Coors Light RV. I’ve known this guy for over twenty years.

 

 

 

                                   Here is Chuck and my wife Krista in front of the RV.


Chuck and Krista 4-10-09.jpg I need to say something to all those who predicted that the Rockies will come in 4th in our division.

I hope your squirming in your pants over your prediction. I’m not saying that the Rockies won’t come in 4th place, that could totally happen. But I love the fact that the Rockies have everyone who made that prediction thinking twice about the Rockies right now.

Congrats to Marquis, goes to show you what a Veteran can do when called upon to get the job done.

I have 400 more pictures I could post but I’m going to save them for “Rockpile Ranter’s PIcture Blog”

                                      Now to my Hagg’n score for the day.


 Showing up for the game = 1 point.

Two snagged baseballs, one which bounced out of my glove and was snagged rolling down the steps = 3 points.

my two 4-10-09.jpg                              One toss up from Jorge De La Rosa = 2 points.

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As shot of the scoreboard at the end of the game = 1 point.

Total for the game = 7 points.

 

 

 

I’m still working on how to count pictures of Ushers. It’s not hard to take pictures of Ushers but getting a picture of you with an Usher is hard because you have to ask someone else to take the picture. I might need some help with this.

I’m off to Game 2 agains the Phillies in an hour or so. The Rockies impressed the hell out of me yesterday. Let’s keep this train rolling. 

                                    Go Rockies, Phillies aint nutin but a thing…D
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Hunter meets “The Man” at “The Can”

4/9/09

I really could overwhelm you with pictures and a monster blog today, and as much as I’d like to do just that, tomorrow is the Rockies home opener and my folks are arriving in town so I’m a short on time but I’ll do my best.

Let me tell you that this Power Aid contest that Hunter won was really a good time and all of the folks who helped with this promotion were really on their game.

IMG_0200.JPGWe showed up at 5pm and they greeted Hunter and another winner with Power Aid backpacks.

Inside the backpacks were a couple bottles of PowerAid, wrist bands, two T-Shirts, a Power Aid water bottle, a towel and an Autographed Carmelo Anthony jersey.

This jersey was the real deal too. Not a replica jersey like the one I was sport’n.

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That was really cool of them and one helluva way to get greeted.

Hunter and I were floored.

Hunter told me later, “Dad I know you want this jersey but I want to have it framed”. I told him I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want an autographed Melo jersey but I didn’t want “his” jersey.

I tell you what though..I’m jealous as hell :).

After the presentation of the backpacks we all headed over to the trailer where they do all of the editing for the basketball game. They were really nice to us and explained in a nutshell what they do before and after the game inside this mobile trailer.

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When we finished touring the trailer we walked over to the hallway and that was where we waited for Melo to show meet us..

While we were waiting I saw Anthony Carter walk by, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups and Chris Anderson (Birdman).

When Melo walked in as he passd me he saw I had on his # jersey and he gave me a hand slap.

Then he walked up to Hunter and the other winner and said hi and talked to them a little bit.

Hunter had a few questions he wanted to ask and Melo was REALLY cool about answering them. Melo was totally a class act tonight and it was really nice to see Hunter keep his stuff together and not get nervous and forget how to talk.

Here’s a video of Hunter asking Melo a few questions:

Then we all posed for a photo.
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Thanks Melo, those few minutes you spent with my boy will leave a lasting impression on him for the rest of his life. Thank you sir for making it a positive one.

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Then we headed out to the court to wait for Chris Marlowe (FSN play by-play announcer) to give meet the kids and tell them a little bit about what he does.

 

 

 

 He shook my hand I said “Nice to meet you Mr. Marlowe” and he hit me back with “Call me Chris”. Chris I know you’re a busy guy but thanks for spending some time with “my guy”.

He writes a really good  blog for the Nuggets and you have no idea how bad I wanted to slip him a Ranter card and talk some blogging with him. I reminded myself that tonight was Hunter’s night not mine.

Hunter was so good and so polite to all of these new people. I was really proud of him.

Here’s video of Chris explaining some stuff to the kids:

That was pretty much it. They told us we could hang out court side for a while until they asked to leave.
Me n Hunter courtside 4-8-09.JPG         What a great opportunity to take pictures. this fella below would be the Birdman.

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Birdman has some intense fans. Check out this artwork.
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Enjoy the picture show and half-time video of “The Rubber Man”. Let me warn you about the Rubber Man, this video is way beyond strange.

We headed up to our seats on the first level Row 15 and watched the Nuggets go back and forth a little bit with the Thunder. In the end the Nuggets were just too strong with Melo scoring 31 points, JR smith scoring 17 and Nene scoring 21.

Nuggets win 122-110 and I would like to thank PowerAid, FSN Rocky Mountain, Altitude Sports, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Marlowe, Pepsi Center the Denver Nuggets and anyone else who may have had a hand in this once in a lifetime experience for Hunter.

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Best beard of the evening————>

Below is Rocky messing with a guy who is not too thrilled.
IMG_0550.JPG                         Rocky’s persistent though and the dude eventually cracked..
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                                          Check out this fan’s tattoo. Is that real?
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Missed that tattoo, here’s a close up of this beauty.
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Rocky wishing the guys good luck.
Melo, Rocky, Jr 4-8-09.jpg   It’s always nice to know when your down, your friends are right there to pick you up.

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Thumbnail image for Helping him up.jpg Check the Rockpile Ranter’s picture blog over the next couple of days. I’ll have the rest of this games pictures uploaded.

Tomorrow is the day, opening day at Coors Field.

I work half a day, go home for an hour then head out to Coors field for day one of Hagg’n, tagg’n, snagg’n and making memories so I can be bragg’n.

I’m D,….The rhyming Ranter with the funky fresh banter. Old Skool, but not an old fool.

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Never fear, I’m here to cheer all year

4/7/09                                     Good Luck Rockies !!

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  One of the reason I enjoy blogging on MLBLogs is I’m surrounded by people who have a passion for baseball. I tell you what, I have butterflies in my stomach in anticipation of the Rockies home opener. Is it just me? Blogging has given me a new perspective on baseball and I feel like I’m the verge of seeing something special from the Rockies.

An overlooked underdog team just waiting for the right moment to show the world that they’re a force to be reckoned with.

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Game one down no reason to frown

3/6/09

gameday audio.jpgI’d love to tell you how great it was to watch the first Rockies game of the year but I had to listen to it on MLB Gameday Audio.

 We dropped the cable package we had because we’re moving soon and now I can’t watch the game at home anymore.

Let’s just say the game that I heard was a great game. Props to the D-Backs for taking this one. I was proud of the way the Rockies played today and I can’t wait to “see” more.

Brandon Webb was off of his game and Aaron Cook seem to follow suit. Wiith that being the case it was an all out slugfest that didn’t take long to get rolling.

Cook gave up the first home run to Lopez in the first inning. Cook went 2 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and six runs, four of those runs in the third inning,…ouch. On a bright not Cook right now is batting 1000.

Stud of the Rockies for the first game was Brad Hawpe, 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. Right now Hawpe is batting .750. hawpe prize1.jpg

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Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Iannetta both homered in the 4th inning, Seth Smith homered in the 7th. Big Todd went 1 for 4 today.

Not being able to see this game on TV today is my punishment for not being in Phoenix to support my team and see this game live. I try not to question it, I know it’s just some sort  F’ked up charmic balance that keeps me grounded…usually. It sucks because sometimes I just wanna fly.

Congrats to my friend Rick and his wife on the birth of their daughter.

My deepest sympathies got out to my friend Willa on the very recent loss of her husband who had been battling a long illness. She’s a sweet lady and very kind.

The Nuggets/Thunder game with Hunter is on Wednesday and Hunter has come up with a few good questions to ask Carmelo Anthony.

1. What other sports do you like to play?

2. Do you have any pets? (We have two pugs, a puggle and two frogs).

Hunter and I are huge Nuggets fans (if you couldn’t tell from a lot of my previous blog entries), and we’re really looking forward to the entire evening. Hunter is playing basketball in grade 4 this year so he’ll be diggin on all of this.

Crushed.jpgThe Rockpile Rant was eliminated today in the “Max Madness” brackets. Eat, Sleep, Baseball layed the smack down hard.

I’m not sure what the ending totals were, but the last I looked it was like 70/30…Congrats.

Possible rain on the home opener for the Rockies. Who the F’ck knows here.

 The weather report changes daily/hourly so I’m just going to hope for no rain and no snow and be ready for anything.

Anybody that’s going to Rockies opening day wanna give a shout out? I’ll take your picture, you know cause that’s what I do.

Tomorrow I’ll post the questions for the Rockies Fan Profile. Anyone want to offer up some last minute good questions? As always I’d love to hear your suggestions.

                        Go Rockies. Do what you do, I want a win in game two…D
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2008 Was Great,…but 2009 is Mine

4/5/09

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If you’re a baseball fan and this video doesn’t get you pumped for opening day you better check your pulse.

Click on the link below to check out my take on 2008:

Coors Field 2008 Rockpile Ranter Style

                     Go Rockies…D

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Snow gotta go before that first throw

4/3/09

Just popped over to “The Maxx”  to check the brackets and there’s an interesting match-up going on right now.

Rays Renegade against Diatribe of a Law Student. I read both of their blogs and both are outstanding in their own way. Tough call, so in fairness I can’t plug one or the other.

But I wish both of you luck.

The Rockpile Rant is up next against Eat, Sleep, Baseball. I have no idea what to expect because I had no idea I’d actually make it this far. Seems Julia’s Rants, Red State Blue State and the # 1 blog (whatever it’s called) are all history leaving me the only top five blog still in contention.  

I don’t really understand this bracket, nor do I even plan to try. It’s all a crapshoot and I’m along for the interesting and controversial ride while pointing out the cool stuff :)

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We’re getting ready for another potential “major” snowstorm to hit us the Denver area tonight. I’m ok with that because I’m off for the weekend and as far as I’m concerned Mother Nature needs to dump all she can because once Coors Field opens I’m not putting up with that snow bullsh*t anymore. 

          BASEBALL AND SNOW DO NOT PEACEFULLY CO-EXIST

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 Oh F*ck no!

No way, not ever, never, no. April 5th is officially the cutoff for new snow (That way the snow has time to melt before the home opener on the 10th).

There’s nothing quite like catching a baseball when your fingers are numb and then getting that cold finger sting from the impact of the baseball.

I suppose the runners could use snowshoes but how would you spot the baseball, wouldn’t it just blend in?

                                You choose the caption

Here’s a picture in dire need of a caption. Let’s see what you got, go ahead shoot me your best shot. This ought to be good.
Too weird.jpg                             Still speechless, I thought that one might get you.

RPR Cheez it1.jpg                Thanks for making the Rockpile Rant a part of your daily web adventure. 

I’m D the Rockpile Ranter and believe me when I tell you the fun is just beginning. I’ll have the official rules for the sport of Hagg’n in my next entry…D
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PS..Jay Cutler you can KMA you MF.

Corpas vs Street in the Arizona heat

4/2/09                        Rockies beat the D-Backs today 7-4 :)

I’m willing to bet somewhere in Tucson is a slightly upset and confused Manny Corpas. Manny lost the closer job to Huston Street today. I’m not sure I saw that move coming, I’m not sure Manny did either.

 I go back and forth with how I feel about Corpas. When I form an opinion of a Rockies player it’s not just on their baseball ability.

I spend a lot of time at Coors Field and as a baseball snagger/photographer I spend a lot of my time just observing people and players. At first I MC signing Hunters baseball1didn’t like Manny Corpas.

  (Manny signing Hunter’s baseball)

 My son and I had a few encounters with Manny at the beginning of a few 2008 Rockies batting practices. Both times Manny had the opportunity to really shine as a baseball player/human being and he took the lesser road.

On a positive note, Corpas seemed to be more aware of his fans as the season went on.

Anyways it’s not like he’s unemployed, he just gets to go to work a little earlier.

H streeet Huston Street AutographHuston Street was one of the players acquired in the Matt Holliday trade being formerly with the Oakland A’s.

Street suffered a hip flexor strain last season and subsequently lost his closing position.

 

Rockies signed Huston to a one-year contract for $4.5 million.

 Corpas makes $875,000. That includes a $125,000 prorated signing bonus and buyout on option). Corpas is in the first year of four-year $9.025 million contract which has an option for 2012 and 2013.

I wish them both luck.

Me n Birdman 11-27-08Check this out, on April 8th my son Hunter and I will be going to the Pepsi Center early to take a tour of the Pepsi Center and FSN Video trailer where they do all of the editing and such for the Denver Nugget home games.

After that we get to meet Carmelo Anthony and Hunter is allowed to ask a few questions.

They suggested Hunter practice the questions beforehand as most kids get nervous and clam up when they actually meet Melo.

Then we’ll get to meet one of the FSN announcers. After all that Hunter and I get to watch the Nuggets warm-up from court-side. How cool is that? This is a prize package sponsored by Power-Aid/King Soopers and it’s pretty sweet. Me n Hunter and Andy and Hazen

The Nuggets play the Thunder, game is at 7pm. Just in case you’re wondering, no we don’t get to sit court-side for the game.

Those tickets are $675.00 a piece.

Expect a picture show of epic proportions after that game.

 It will be good practice for me.

A little Nuggets basketball two days before the Rockies home opener.

Now that’s a lot better than sitting at home,…waiting… Go Rockies…D

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