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

Cargo and Hawpe Isotopes.jpgBrad Hawpe Isotopes.jpg

                                             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. 

Cargo at Bat Isotopes.jpg

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.

Shot of the Lower Berm.jpg

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

             Autographed baseballs Isotopes.jpg

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. 

My Two homers Isotopes park.jpg

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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4 Comments

Ha! Ha! Ha! Yous one cwazy guy! I like that about you :) You always have the best stories and it’s cool that you’re getting some notoriety around the blogs.
When’s your first game?

Oh man, you are a freaking ROX STAR!! I LOVE IT!! I saw both those balls hit, and I noticed how they both just laid there without rolling down the hill, and I even commented to Jim about it. And now I’m very proud to know the guy who picked them up! Haha! That is beyond awesome. :D

R-LUV-You’re right but just a little crazy. I’m all about a good story. Saturday is my first game with Hunter.
LUVMYROX-I just had to have em. …Thanks :)…D

Great pictures! Your camera is awesome, and you are right Marge is a hottie!!
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