September 2009

I Aint Joking..Lets Stop this Choking

9/24/09                                     Padres vs Rockies Game 3

IMG_4032.JPGI guess I’m not much of a Ballhawk. My stats this year are pathetic. I’m averaging less than a ball a game and that’s barely noteworthy.

I don’t think I’m slipping. I still catch ‘em as good as I ever have. Actually I’m much better this year at maneuvering the pavilion bleachers and I’ve managed to keep myself injury free. 

Everybody has an excuse so here’s what I’m going to attribute this lackluster snaggin season to:

The Rain…. If I attend a game and there’s no batting practice or batting practice is cancelled due to weather that still counts as a game attended and no baseballs caught,…yep it’s sad but true.

I’ve lost count of the number of BP’s that have been cancelled or cut seriously short due to rain or lightning.

Here’s another disturbing trend….Lately the Rockies have been cutting their BP short. Coors Field opens two hours early but by the time fans get inside the Rockies have already been out practicing for a while.

Normally fans who show up early get a half hour with the Rockies on the field.

This picture is of the Rockies leaving the field early. For the last several games the Rockies have been ending their BP shortly after I get myself situated.  

I hope the Rockies don’t think I show up two hours early to watch the opposing team hit? IMG_3933.JPGCheck this out, finally I get a rain free afternoon and for the most part batting practice is deserted (remember it’s the Padres). My team leaves BP early (for the umpteenth time) and lets the uninspiring Padres take over the field.

No offense to Padre fans but in my opinion there is not a stingier group of MLB players in all of baseball. It wouldn’t matter so much if they were littering the pavilion with home run balls, but for a team who has had the Rockies number of late these group of guys couldn’t seem to hit a ball anywhere close to the fence.

Whatever Padres, be that way. Credit where credit is due…I will congratulate the Padres for their recent hot streak. Too bad it doesn’t mean anything now. We’re done with you, see you next year.

(I hate losing to the Padres at Coors).

  A ballhawk’s worst nightmare… A whole section to myself and not one single ball hit there.

        Normally I don’t take pictures during BP, but this one was a bust so here’s a few.
IMG_3919.JPG                                  For some reason Jorge De La Rosa was all smiles.

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                      See what I mean. I don’t think I have any other pictures of Jorge smiling.
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                                            Still smiling, must have been a good joke.  
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                               Or maybe Jorge was laughing at Ubaldo’s sunglasses.

IMG_3923.JPG If you played professional baseball you could afford the cooler things in life like these special sunglasses. They actually snap into your ears and are guaranteed to never to fall off    :)

After BP or the lack thereof, I walked over to the Rockies side to take a few more pictures and maybe snag Garrett Atkins or Brad Hawpe’s autograph.

Today I saw Chris Iannetta run past the fans and not sign. He (so I thought) has a pre-game ritual and always signs for a few minutes before he heads off to warm-up. Sup with that Chris, why are you breaking routine?

First to walk over and start signing was pitching coach Bob Apodaca…Very nice guy, signs his whole name and takes his time while doing it.
IMG_3952.JPG   Next up is one of the coolest and easiest to talk to Rockies players….Clint Barmes.
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IMG_4009.JPG A group Coors field employees were being recognized for something. Erik Young Jr was given the assignment of congratulaing each one of them.

Check out this lady…Either EY Jr tickled her palm or he told her the same joke Jorge was laughing at earlier.IMG_3975.JPG

                              A shot of the 850 KOA helicopter hovering above Coors Field.IMG_3930.JPG

                                 Miss Colorado’s were in the house.IMG_4018.JPG

          I didnt’ realize there were so many variations of Miss Colorado.IMG_3955.JPG

              Garrett Atkins for my friend Emily :)IMG_3965.JPG

Tulo and Seth Smith…Each a superstar this season. No time to be resting on our accomplishments though, this season isn’t over yet.IMG_3978.JPG


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    If you’ve ever wondered how they make those rectangles so perfect…now you know.


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I respect both of these guys too much to bust on them so come up with your own caption for this picture. You can post it in the comment section if you’d like.         IMG_4013.JPG                                                              I’ll let Atkins slide too.
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 EY Jr taking on first pitch duties. I wonder where Jeff Francis is? Normally that’s his job.

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                    Told you that goatee would be back soon.IMG_4038.JPG                                  
Here’s Helton is doing his thing.IMG_4056.JPG

Chris seemed out of it. Maybe it’s because Yorvit’s having a great season? 

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                                                     Tulo and Don Baylor.

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These ladies need to practice this maneuver because they damn sure haven’t mastered it yet.

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What’s up with Glenallen Hill’s hair? Did he lose a bet? I know the 80′s are coming back but damn Gumby.

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                   One of many pitching changes during this game.

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This game sucked. Padres win this one 5-4 and take the series 2-1.

 It pains me to watch this team drop the ball like this so late in the season when everything is on the line.

 Look out for the Braves, they’re creeping up on us and have a lot of home games left. At this point we don’t have to panic but lets not continue lose games to teams that we should be spanking.

Rockies it’s time to kick it into high gear.

I know your tired, at times it’s quite visible. The last couple weeks of the season is what separates the men from the boys and I don’t go to Coors field to watch boys play baseball.

Step it up fellas, I’m starting to see a smugness in some of the Rockies players and I don’t like that. Remember, the only reason you get to play this sport for a living is because we the fans pay to see you.  

Note to the higher salaried Rockies players….Lose the fu*king attitudes. I know the difference between confident and smug and unless you’re Todd Helton you haven’t been playing long enough to have one.

Stop this recent half-steppin, respect your fans and give them some love back, focus, play hard and win some games and we might not look like chumps in the post-season this time.

      Go Rockies, I still believe and I’m here to keep your azzes grounded…DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG

I’d like to say thank you to Jim from Utah who offered me his code to buy tickets for the NLDS series. Unfortunately, you had to purchase for all three games at once and the only seats left were the expensive ones. This Ranter doesn’t make that kind of money…But that was a mighty kind thing to do.
 

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Rockies on a streak, it’s been a helluva week

9/9/09                              Happy B-Day to my beautiful wife Krista…

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before about how I love having a routine. I don’t like surprises and I like to know what’s coming way ahead of time. I decided to take four days off from work and originally venture out to KC and attend a few Royals games. The trip was cancelled but I still had full intentions of making every Rockies game this past weekend.

                                     In hindsite I should have made the trip to KC.

Here’s the result of what happens when a pedestrian blindly walks into a major crosswalk, the big jacked up Ford F-250 in front of me had to stop short and I had no reaction time. I plowed into his tow hitch and it went completly through the front of Krista’s car.

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 The truck’s damage consisted of a thumbsized dent. I was ticketed for following too close.IMG_3595.JPG

                                  That was day one of my vacation :)

Anyways, without boring you with more details this vacation was a total bust.

I can tell you I have experienced all the joys of mountain living in the last couple of weeks short of running out of firewood.

Here’s a positive note… 

The Latest Leaders List came out for August and Rockpile Rant moved from the number 9 spot in July to the number 5 spot for the month of August. My friend Emily writer of the Blog “I Live For This” came in number 4. Props to you Emily and all others who made the list.

Check this out….That puts two Rockies blogs in the top 5. That’s never happened before. It’s taken a few  years and a helluva season but people around the world are starting to notice this team.

That was part of my mission when I started blogging and promoting the Colorado Rockies and I believe I’ll take just a little credit for that…Good Job D :)….(It’s my horn I can toot it).

I’ll be at Game 3 vs the Reds today. It’s a beautiful day and I got a feeling.
I have some pictures that haven’t made it into my blog that I would like to share.

Here is Robert getting interviewed for FSN All Access. I saw it and he did a good job. When it aired it had a lot of video of Robert’s catch of Spilborghs first home run this year and guess who else was in that video?

It was video of me chasing Robert as we both went for the Spilborghs homer. I couldn’t knock him down and he had the jump on me. All I could do was follow him and hope he bobbled it…Of course he didn’t :)

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               Dan and Emily a few games back. Hey FSN when does Dan get his interview??
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                                                 Hunter sporting his new haircut.IMG_2888.JPG 
                  Here are a few more pictures of a Rockies fan known as “Banner Jack”.IMG_3658.JPG

As I’ve mentioned before Jack’s thing is banners. I hope the old guy has his playoff banners printed.
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                           The Queen of all Ushers minus the granny glasses, Queen Geri :)IMG_2892.JPG

Hey…I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” for reading my Rockies blog. I have no fu*king idea why so many people read this sh*t.

I’m ready for the playoffs and I’m starting to wonder how the whole playoff ticket thing is going to go down. I painfully remember a few years back taking the day off and logging into my computer, sitting there excited ready to go, logging in, getting to the confirmation page, then nothing…still nothing…That hurt. Somebody totally dropped the ball there and they know it.

Don’t do that crap again “Rockies Ticket People”. I know there will be some kind of drawing for people who registered(I did), but as you read at the beginning of this blog I don’t have good luck spouting out my as-s on a regular basis.

                                      I just want to be there …Know what I mean?

  This is it Rockies fans, this “IS” the year, I know you know it, get out there and show it…DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG 

 

The streak is broke, now I’m stoked

9/1/09                          Mets vs Rockies Game 1

 If you’ve never smoked before and you live in the front range of Colorado you were a smoker yesterday. The smoke from the California fires was thick and for once there wasn’t any rain to wash it away.

Hunter was with me today and we were ready for some batting practice. The weather has been cruel to us this season as far as batting practice goes.

            Hunter and I were itching to get in side and start scratching , catching some balls :)IMG_3137.JPG


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Hunter was the first to enter the Pavilion and I headed over to “my area”. By the time I reached “my area” there were a couple of younger dudes inhabiting it. I quickly found another spot. 

I looked over and saw Hunter running up to me all excited. He had just found his first Coors Field Easter egg.

Easter Egg = A ball just lying there when you get inside.


The ball was lying at the base of the pavilion and he was the first to stumble across it.
I’ve yet to find an easter egg.
I’m sure the Rockies knock several baseballs into the pavilion before they open the gates for Coors Field. I wonder what happens to those baseballs?

Do the Ushers keep them?

I’d be ok with that. Ushers stand for hours and get paid minimally.


Or do they just toss them back onto the field?


 
Maybe, if I ever discover the answer I’ll let you know. Another one of baseball’s mysteries.

As for me…”The Pavilion Poacher, “The Sultan of Snatch” I got diddly squat. I had play on several homers but the dude who initially adopted my spot ended up with my two.

I’ve noticed that none of you have commented on my hair :) I’m growing it for several reasons.

1. The economy. Haircuts are expensive.

2. I live in Nederland, it’s ok here.

3. Helton hasn’t cut his so I’m following his trend.

Thanks for not asking. I’ll be sure and keep you posted,…frequently :)

Mile High welcome to Jason Giambi. Giambi had no hits tonight but was walked on his first and only at-bat.

                          I’ll keep the picture show short today.
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 Carlos Gonzalez launched a ball into the second deck. He doesn’t look big enough to do that.IMG_3096.JPG
                                                                 The stretch.

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The DEA is on to me so I’ve been having trouble finding quality crack for the “Coors Field Crack of the Game”. So I’ll have fill-in awards until more “Crack” is discovered.

                     The award for today’s game is for “The Best Use of Purple.
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The next award is for the “Best Costume of the Game“. This dude was in the pavilion with a suit on. I can’t tell you how wrong that is.

    Next thing you know you’ll have the likes of me sitting in Club Level..ewwww!

IMG_3269.JPG         Quite possible the best picture I took tonight that didn’t come in a pair.IMG_3317.JPG

             Garrett Atkins,…. it wasn’t his fault the throw was way to late.IMG_3166.JPG

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                                            Superstar Seth Smith
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                                                              Barmes
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                                             Captain Earthman

The tag on his shirt says “Tip me or die of thirst”. To quote
Earth’s own words…”Aint no sissy sippin here”  :)
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 The moon and stars were aligned tonight and the Rockies get the win over Mets at Coors in front of 26,190.
The majority of the crowd here tonight were glad to see this win. 

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                  Remember folks it only takes one win to end a streak and begin a new one.IMG_3069.JPG

      Oh here’s one more…I call this video the “Coors Field Sprinkler Guy“.

                                                             You’re welcome :) 

                      It’s my job to keep you aware of the freaks of society…I love my job.

  My name is D The Rockpile Ranter. Coors Field is my 2nd home and nobody is safe.

                                             I’ll be at the Game 2 in a few hours..DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG  

 

 

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