Rockies…I Want a September to Remember

Rockies eyes.jpg9/12/10                D-Backs vs Rockies Game Three

Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 3:06.
Att: 41,504
 
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 I absolutely love September baseball. If you’re a Rockies fan you have good reason to. I swear next season I’m going to skip a few games in July and August just so I can purchase tickets for all of the September games. September is when the Rockies come alive.

The Rockies train of thought must be to rest up as much as they can in the hot summer months. I figure they do this by hiding 5-8 games back staying low profile sneaking up just under the radar. All the while secretly healing up and saving their big energy for the September run.

                 That may not be exactly true but it makes for a hell of a good story.

I’ve always been a BelieveR but I did catch myself with a mild case of disbelief twice this season. Both times were after abysmal road trips. I questioned the heart of the Rockies. I was upset at some of the lackluster games that I had witnessed. I wanted to see more out of Aaron Cook and Jeff Francis. I thought this might be the year Franklin Morales gets control of his fastball. I was discouraged that Yorvit Torealba let money be the guiding factor in where played. (In the end Yorvit signed with the Padres for much less money than the Rockies offered him). I was also bummed that Brad Hawpe was traded.

But instead of dwelling on that stuff, I’ve spent this season watching Carlos Gonzalez mature and become a monster hitter and top notch fielder and since Miguel Olivo took over catching duties I’ve forgotten Yorvit even existed.

The face of this team may have changed a bit but its heart is still pumping purple baby.

Jim Tracy is in my opinion a genius. I could straight up listen to the guy talk for hours. Jim Tracy spews baseball wisdom in every sentence and his hungry team gobbles it up. It’s no fluke Tracy was voted the NL Manager of the Year.

         Jim Tracy has a plan and I’m enjoying watching him get all his ducks in a row.


ducks in a row.jpg                                             Don Baylor is a quiet man.



Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Don Baylor 4-24-10.JPG Quiet men who are in charge tend to be quiet because they’ve got an ace up their sleeve. Baylor knows what exactly what he’s doing. He fixed Tulowitzki and now Tulo’s as confident as I’ve ever seen him at the plate and his September batting average shows it.

Enjoy this Rockies fans, it hasn’t always been a given that the Rockies will be right in there till the end. I must say I like that fact that the Rockies demand and get respect now.

I’m proud and honored to be the Number One Fan MLBlogger for the Rockies for the last two seasons .                                              

                                                    GO ROCKIES !!!

Today there was no batting practice, that kind of sucked. Other than a few D-backs out warming up the field was empty.
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                                                Ranter in TrainingHunter 9-12-10.jpg

Dinger and Emily 9-12-10.jpgR-Luv was at the game today with her family and they were next to us while we were on the field getting autographs. I had planned to give her the prize for winning the “Pitch Your Team” Video contest and take advantage of the photo opportunity at Coors Field.

The problem was we spent the night in Broomfield and the prizes were up at the cabin in Nederland….My Bad.

So to not make her wait any longer I will be mailing the prizes along with something cool for her son. R-Luv send me a picture when it arrives please?…Thanks a bunch.

        Gary X was at the game today with his daughter Alannah X. That’s Mike on the right.Gary and Fam and Mike9-7-10.jpg Gary X and Alannah X are Rant Regulars and Gary X has become quite the autograph hound of late. Gary said he needs only four more autographs to have every Rockies player. 

Gary X told me I was his inspiration to start attending games and snagg’n autographs. I thought that was really cool thing to say…Thanks Brotha!

               Gary shares his love of baseball with his daughter and I can relate. Gary X Baseball autograph pro.jpg

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Today was Autograph Sunday at Coors field and we were fortunate to be hang’n out behind home plate.  RPR and Hunter 9-12-10.jpg                                                There were four Rockies signing today.

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unter and I managed to acquire all four of those players autographs.

            Here’s Chris Nelson signing a little Rockies fan’s glove.


Chris Nelson signing a glove 9-12-10.jpg                                                          Here’s Edgmer Escalona.Edgmer Escalona 9-12-10.jpg                                                  Jay Payton signing for HunterJay Payton 9-12-10.jpg                                                  
Jay Payton Autograph 9-12-10.jpg                                                                  Michael McKenry
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Michael McKenry signing a jersey 9-12-10.jpg                                                      G and A talking with Alanna Rizzo.
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Carlos Wheres my tacos 9-12-10.jpg
Joe Biemel 9-12-10.jpg                                In full force here’s “Banner Jack” I dig this guy!Banner Jack 9-12-10.jpg 
Bottom of the ninth, score tied 2-2; Jason Giambi steps up to the plate. I and every Rockies fan breathing knew what was going to happen next.

           I told Hunter “Giambi’s gonna hit a homerun just you watch.”

Giambi blasts a homerun into the same row that Hunter and I are sitting in. Unfortunately for me the slugger smacked it to the other side of the pavilion. It didn’t matter, that homerun gave the Rockies their 10th win in a row, boosted a somewhat fragile Giambi ego, moved the Rockies to within a game and a half of their Division and proved AGAIN to the baseball world that this club owns f’kn Rocktember. 

       

                                                      AWESOME “G”Giambi Big Screen 9-12-10.jpg



End of game 9-12-10.jpgGiambi postgame interview 9-12-10.jpg                          
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Coors Field Crack of the Game
…Taken before the game while waiting to get in.Coors Field Crack of the game 9-12-10.jpg

                                                  Look at these folks Rock’n the Ranter hat.


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Tractor Vacuum dude 9-12-10.jpg        
If the Rockies can make that run for number one, I BELIEVE I can too.

 After all I live in Colorado and we don’t buy into that East Coast baseball hype because we’re BelieveRs…D

 On a fun note..Here’s video of Dan nail’n the Frontier Flyball Frenzy and catching the last one behind his back. I’ve never seen anyone do that before.

PS..Nice chatt,n with you Queen Geri…Which player shall I start taking pictures of for you now that Bradley is a Tampa Bay Rays?

       I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…..Rockies fan and man with a planranter hat-thumb-40x29-2107421.jpg

6 Comments

D-

Great blog report. What a game…love the walk-offs. Went to the game last night against the Padres and Giambi tried his best to be the hero to tie the game in the 8th but Adrian Gonzalez nabbed his screaming liner for an easy inning ending double play.

BP was just as bad as the game. I was down in the front row of the pavillion as the same guy leaned in from behind me twice, once stepping on my foot causing me to miss the ball on the heel of my glove and the next time he reached over me at the last second and stole the ball as I didn’t even have to move. Another time he crashed into Robert trying to grab a ball. This guys is at most games running all over the place trying to catch everything. Not sure of his name but he is not cool!

At least I had fun hanging with my father and brother in-law at the game for our annual September birthday game. All of our birthdays are in September.
– Ken

KEN-Thanks brotha, I’m digg’n the report you send in for the games you make that I don’t. I appreciate that. Welcome to the crazy world of Rockies batting practice. Wait till you run into the Eager Dad :)…Happy Birthdays my friend. It’s gett’n interesting now huh?…D

Hey D,
You got my curiousity going. I will definitely send you a pix.
I see the team is keeping it interesting against the Padres. Wouldn’t want to get to thinking that the Post-Season was a sure thing ;) As aggravating as our team can be we will always luv them and cheer for them (even when we’re banging our heads on the computer desk in frustration )

Hi D – another great blog! I didn’t get to see Dan make those catches, so thanks for posting that! Way to score Coolest-Dad-on-the-Planet points Dan! I enjoyed chatting with you and Hunter too. I love the eyes at the very top of the blog! Alas, there’s no one player that I’d like to see lotsa pics of. *sigh* Just keep doing what you’re doing, I’m enjoying it all! Thanks for offering! -Geri

Hey D. Mercury here from FoodShare. I for one am up for another epic September. Tulowitzki is as hot as I’ve ever seen anyone. Love your blog and your passion. Go Rockies!
mercury.roberts@gmail.com

MERCURY-Me too brotha, thanks for the kind words…D
QUEEN GERI-That was ballsey for Dan to attempt that, cool he pulled it off. You’re welcome on the offer…D

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