April 2010

Keli McGregor passes

4/20/10

Most of you have heard by now that the Rockies president Keli McGregor, passed away on April 20 at the age of 48. Keli leaves behind a wife and four children.

McGregor joined the Colorado Rockies in October 1993 as the senior director of operations. He was promoted to senior vice-president in 1996 and executive vice-president in 1998. In 2001 he was named president of the Rockies.

alg_rockies_keli_mcgregor.jpg An MLBlog has been set up for fans to share condolences.  

Click here to visit the site:——–> Official Rockies Fan Guestbook

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Rockies Take Game One, I Miss The Fun

4/9/10

       Here was my view of the first pitch of the first home game at Coors Field in 2010.

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In order to to be able to purchase opening day Rockies tickets you had to enter your email address into a drawing. My email was actually chosen but midway through the purchase I wanted to change the amount of tickets I was going to purchase and when I re-entered my “Special Code” it said the code was no good.

                                        It upset me so I said “F’ck it”

Mistake, I should have been there. I felt it all day. Everyone at work was like “What are you doing here, shouldn’t you be downtown?”

All I can say is it won’t happen again, althought it seems the Rockies did just fine without me.

Excellent game one of this series. I loved the fact that Clint Barmes hits a three run homer in the first home game of 2010.

                                        Clint has a knack for things like that. 
Clint Barmes dirty.jpg        I believe that’s just a small sampling of what we’ll see from Barmes this season.

 Jorge De La Rosa was amazing. As long as he stays healthy he’s gonna own the National League.Jorge pitch'n.jpg

I’m getting my stuff together now, I’ll be there tomorrow with Hunter,… Second row pavilion.

                                   Smack dab in home run territory…Go Rockies

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Don’t Mind If I Do, I Think I’ll Take Two

4/3/10



Amped up11.jpgWhen I woke up Saturday morning I was still amped from yesterday’s baseball experience.

Game two of the Rockies vs the Mariners was today at noon and Isotopes Park was opening two hours early.

One of the things you learn when you attend Rockies batting practices(or most teams for that matter), is that when the previous game was an evening game and the next game is an early one, it’s rare for the batting cages to be out on the field. Usually In this case the players take batting practice inside.

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Every now and then the planets align and you get treated to a early BP following an evening game.
 

 

Being that I’m nobody special the planets didn’t align for me and the playing field was empty. That’s ok, that gave me the opportunity to take some pictures and work on snagg’n some autographs.

After I scoped out the park it seemed the place to be for getting autographs was leaning against the rails along the tunnel that leads into the innards of the stadium.

Tunnel 1.JPG I had arrived early enough to secure a decent spot and I can tell you being tall and having long arms really helps in situations like this.

As I waited leaning on the railing I watched Brad Hawpe and Todd Helton walk in and out of the tunnel several times barely looking up and never stopping to sign. Moments later I stood there and witnessed Tulowitzki do the same thing.

                                       Jason Giambi walked out of the tunnel.

Giambi Tunnel.jpg                             Then he stopped and signed for one lucky kid.
Giambi signing Isotopes.jpg I refuse to pass judgement on what I witnessed because it’s early on in the season and as I’ve mentioned before the best time to get autographs is the early part of spring training.

Also I’ve seen those same guys stop and sign many times. Most of getting autographs is luck and it boils down to being a the right place on the right day at the right time.                       

                               But as always…. “I Calls ‘em as I sees ‘em”

The first player kind enough to stop and autograph a baseball for me was Tommy Everidge.

                                     Tommy plays first base for the Mariners.


Tommy Everidge1.jpgThis is Orbit the Isotopes mascot…. A real gender bender here as nobody knows what the hell he/she/it is.
 Isotopes Mascot.JPG                             Classy as always EY Jr stopped to sign for the fans.

EY Jr Isotopes.JPGI finally was able to get Aaron Cook to sign my Rockies magazine. It’s the one where he’s wearing an apron grilling.

Aaron Cook Isotopes.jpg                                     Clint Barmes making the rounds.

 I mentioned to Clint at Rockies Fest I’d be at the game in Albuquerque and when he saw me he looked up, smiled and said “Hey”.

Clint Barmes Isotopes.jpg                  Jeff Francis was being really cool and stayed and signed for everyone. Jeff Francis Isotopes.jpg

                                     Don Bayler signed for everyone as well.

Don Baylor Isotopes.jpg                         Ryan Spilborghs signed my Rockies magazine for me. Spilly Isotopes.jpg

                                         Left handed pitcher Greg Smith. 
Greg Smith Isotopes.jpg           Chris Iannetta was kind enough to sign my Rockies magazine.Chris Iannetta Isotopes.jpg

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                                             Ichiro Suzuki out warming up.

Ichiro Isotopes.jpg                    I didn’t take near as many pictures as I usually do today.

                               Jack and Kim enjoying the warm weather.

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             It was fun to relax with the wife and Jack and Kim and just watch the game.

                                                 Here’s a couple though. 

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Todd Helton Isotopes.jpg        By the 5th inning the Rockies were up 3-0 and Jason Giambi comes up to bat.Giambi at Bat Isotopes.jpgGiambi launches a solo homer into the batter’s eye in center field. It lands about midway up in the brush.


launches.jpgHere’s a link to Giambi’s hit:–
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Jason Giambi’s homer in the 5th inning. 

I think to myself…”Wow…there’s a Giambi homer just sitting there untouched” and I continue to watch the game.

In the 6th inning Brad Eldred blasts a homer into the batter’s eye and it lands almost exactly where Giambi’s homer did but rolled a few feet below it.

Here’s a link to Eldred’s hit: ——>   Brad Eldred’s homer in the 6th inning. 

I think to myself…”Holy crap, now there are two Rockies home run balls sitting in there untouched”.

From that moment forward with the Rockies comfortably in the lead the game was over for me. I found myself staring at the batter’s eye thinking about those two baseballs. I was talking to my buddy Jack and mentioned the baseballs and the fact that they were just sitting there untouched.

I realized at that point that I couldn’t leave Isotopes stadium without those two home run baseballs in my possession.

Jack and I got up and walked over to the batter’s eye and started to scope it out from all angles. We decided there were three possible ways into that pot of gold.
potOfGold.jpgThe first one would require me running along the front of the outfield in gravel with total exposure from the front.

Batters Eye entrances 1.JPGThe second would require me hopping a railing and dropping down into the batter’s eye. This one had good cover but a harder escape as a climb back up was involved.

The railing I would have to hop over and drop down from was to the right of Jack pictured here with hottie Marge Simpson.   

Jack and Marge Isotopes Park.jpgThe third possible way into the batter’s eye would be to come in from the left as the batter sees it. That required two fence hops in and two fence hops out and had a little more visibility than I was comfortable with.

     Here’s another view of the batter’s eye and the good sized crowd sitting on the berm.

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Shot of upper Berm.jpg           Isotopes park has amusment rides for kids, I thought that was a nice touch.

Merry go Round Isotopes.jpg Remember Rockies fan favorite former D-Back Eric Byrnes? He’s a Mariner now…Boooo :)

Eric Byrnes Isotopes.jpg                 Really good attendance for both days. Remember this is a AAA stadium.

 Two day attendance.jpg                         Here’s everything I was able to get autographed today.The Haul from Isotopes Park.jpg

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Anyways, I decided that hopping the fence next to Marge Simpson was the best way to go. My plan was to wait till the exact moment the game ended and make my move.

Krista had my camera so she was able to capture video of me snagging both game home run balls.

     

 

                                COWABUNGA DUDE…What a rush!

I was in and out of there in less than a minute and as far as I can tell I was smooth like butter because I strutted out of Isotopes Park with both of those baeballs in my possession.

Here are the two home run balls retreived from the batter’s eye just as the game finished with a Rockies win 10-4 over the Mariners.

                              Giambi’s is on the left, Eldred’s is on the right. 

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I was the featured story on one of my favorite baseball websites, MYGAMEBALLS.COM

                    CLICK  HERE to read the article written by Alan Schuster.

All I can say is had I not taken the chance and grabbed those two game homers it would have grinded on me for the rest of my life.

I’m afraid that with a haul like this I may have set the bar for my own personal season a bit high.

                 Do it and make damn sure your having fun while you’re doing it.

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We Left our Mark at Isotopes Park

4/2/10

I have to say Albuquerque is a fun city with nice people. I also really enjoyed Isotopes Park. I can say this because after this weekend I officially own this Park.

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The whole drive down from Nederland Colorado to Albuquerque I had a good feeling. Good things tend to happen when I have that good feeling .

Isotopes Park is a cool little AAA stadium which is home to the Albuquerque Isotopes. If you’re a Simpsons fan you probably know the Simpsons live in Springfield and they have a baseball team named the Isotopes.

                                     So Isotopes Park has a Simpsons theme. RPR and Marge Isotopes park.jpg

The first game against the Mariners was on Friday at 5pm. I gave the Isotopes front office a jingle to find out what time they open the gates and I was told the park would open 2 1/2 hours early.

Opening that early would allow me to catch most of the Rockies and all of the Mariners batting practice and I like those odds. The extra BP time would end up being a good thing as I tied my own personal record for snagging baseballs in one game.

My total for the day was six baseballs. Of the six three were caught and three were snagged on the roll. The number of balls today wasn’t really important. What was important was who hit the balls.

BP homer number one was hit by Ian Stewart and snagged as it rolling down the berm and was given away to a little boy. 

 Ball number two was also snagged on a roll and was smoothly handed off to another lucky little boy. That ball was hit by Todd Helton and was the first of Helton’s BP homers I’ve ever been able to snag because I usually stand in left field.

         

Ball number three was caught on the bounce right by the outfield fence. Ryan Spilborghs hit this ball. Here’s the video.

         

Ball number four was a monster hit from Jason Giambi and I caught it straight up. That ball landed in my glove a bit off the mesh and believe me my hand felt it. 

Ball number five was a Ken Griffey Jr home run that I caught and Krista managed to get on video. Griffey wasn’t out hitting for long and I didn’t get his autograph.

                 Catching Griffey’s BP homer was as cool as it gets for a ballhawk. 

       

                   Here’s the Ken Griffey Jr ball. It’s perfect except for one bat mark.Thumbnail image for Ken Griffey Jr BP Homer baseball.jpg I have no idea who hit BP homer number six but it was snagged on the roll and given away to another lucky kid.

Here’s video of a ball I caught and the dude in the white Rockies jersey(not me) knocked it out of my hand. He did that to several people throughout BP.

Some inexperienced ballhawks have no class. No worries, I have no problem letting them know just that :)

       

Robert got to experience the end result of a careless ballhawk himself. Although this guy made a pretty good catch, he was holding a bat and when he caught the ball he turned and the bat clocked Robert in the head. 

                                         Let’s just say Robert wasn’t happy.                    

        

                                Here’s Robert and I as batting practice ended.

        

                  The Isotopes have their own beer and I thought it tasted pretty good.

Isotopes Beer.jpg                    Here’s a shot of Robert, me, Jack and Kim chill’n on the grassy berm.The Gang at Isotopes Park.JPG

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                   Good size crowd on the berm, all of them trying to snag a baseball.

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 Props go out to my wife Krista for the great pictures and video. The weather today reached a high of 50 degrees and by the sixth inning it was down right chilly.

I was with a group of four people and the group concencious was it was too damn cold to finish watching this game so we left in the sixth inning and at that point the Rockies were losing.

After the game Robert called me and told me I f’ked up by not staying. The final score wound up being an 11-11 tie.

   Yeah..I was a bit upset, but that cold weather was giving me post-season flashbacks.

I can tell you that Isotopes Park of Albuquerque has never seen anyone the likes of me.

 I was running up and down that grassy berm chasing baseballs making the local ballhawks look like chumps.

I went in there my first day and owned that ballpark.
Stay tuned for game two…Believe it or not it folks it gets better.

                                                          Go Rockies

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It’d be spiffy if I could get Griffey

                                  I’ll let you know…We’ll be back in a couple of days.

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