Here are the “Rockpile Rantics” and a little bit about themselves.
I became a Rockies fan in 1996 when my wife and I moved here from Montana, and (don’t tell Emily this), but I was a Cubs fan before that. I am an insurance and retirement specialist for New York Life. I have caught 77 game home runs since 1998. I caught 10 home runs on the fly in one season in 2000, and caught 2 home runs in the same inning (Mike Lansing and Jeff Cirillo on June 28, 2000).
I was featured on Fox’s “You Gotta See This” in January of 2001. My favorite Rockies moment was Game 163 in 07′, after we went down 2 runs in the top of the inning, I was packing my stuff up pissed to no end ready to leave. After Holiday slid into home plate, you would have thought I’d just won the $400 million Powerball. My favorite pic ever taken of me at a Rockies game was at Game 4 of the World Series, bottom of the 9th, 1 out and Jamey Carroll up at the plate. He hits a long fly ball caught “RIGHT” in front of me. If the ball flies just 5 feet further, it’s in my glove, and Game 4 is tied at 1. As far as how many games I’ve been to, I’ve been to over 1,000 Rockies games since 1996.
Here’s the story and video of Dan getting interviewed prior to the 2007 World Series…..Denver Gripped with Rockies Fever
One supervisor had been asking me for years to come work with them, so I decided to try it out at that point. I was a Coors Field usher for 2 seasons in the 140’s (third base to the LF foul pole), and now work in the wardrobe department for the Rockies.
Favorite player: That’s always such a tough one because they are all a favorite for different reasons….guess at this point it would either be Cargo or
12/21/10 I have a great idea, a couple of them.
I’ve been using the term “Rant Regulars” to refer to the tight group of folks who hang out at Coors Field (usually in the pavilion) paid or un-paid who frequent this blog.
I only used that term for lack of a better one.
I think I have a better one..(With your approval) I’d like to refer to the “Rant Regulars” as the “ROCKPILE RANTICS”.
RANTICS just seems more fitting to me. Let me know what you think please?
Every one of you are Fanatical about the Rockies and you read the Rant.
Please note: If you are not a Rockies fan and you read the Rockpile Rant you do not have to consider yourself a RANTIC.
Please by all means continue to read :)
Ok..My other great idea…
In the very near future I plan to have a link on my sidebar that you can click and:
Meet the Rockpile Rantics.
If you consider yourself a “Rockpile Rantic” and you’re proud to show it… Email me a picture of you or If you’d like I can use one of mine.
Send in a small bio and include whatever you’d like to say about yourself.
In addition…Tell me how long you have been a Rockies fan.
Who your favorite Rockies player is.
Your favorite Rockies moment, story or maybe your favorite Rockies piece of memorabilia.
If you’re a snagger you can send your previous years stats…Home Run catches, batting practice snags, or maybe tell us about something special a player gave you, etc.
If you wanted to say something to the Rockies “Meet The Rockpile Rantics” would be your chance. Remember this is a Pro-Rockies blog :)
Please send the information to: THEROCKPILERANTER@YAHOO.COM
The RANTICS have been kind to me so I’d like to give something back. This would be the Rantics little sub-section of the Rockpile Rant. Let the world and the Rockies Community know exactly what kind of Rockies fan you are.
Let’s have fun with this.
I’d like the first Rantic inducted to be Dan…He was the first one to ever talk to me about the Rockpile Rant and has been extremely supportive of the Rant, myself and my family for over three years now.
Remember last week when some the RANTICS and I went to the Celtic Tavern to watch the FSN Top of the Rockies Fans Choice Awards?
I mentioned in that blog entry called…
… that I would love an opportunity to interview the FSN Rocky Mountain crew.
I also mentioned in that same entry that Tom Helmer (Rockies pre-game and post-game host) told me that he’d check out the Rant.
The kind tone of his email and the fact that he actually sent me an email blew me away.
I plug the Rockpile Rant all the time and most folks forget about it before they get home. Tom took the time to check it out and even write.
Thanks Tom, I appreciate that.
I have a handful of what I think are really good questions..I’d like some help and participation from the RANTICS…I’d like all of you to send me a couple of your best questions. I’ll ask as many of them as I have time to.
Maybe he can explain to us exactly what will be happening to FSN Rocky Mountain when it turns into Root Sports in the spring.?
This opportunity will be cool. No details have been worked out and I’m in no rush.
I’m looking for some good questions so step up “RANTICS“, give me your best and I promise you’ll get mine.
Also “Pitch Your Team” 2011 is up and going and feel free to submit your videos at any point. This season’s prizes haven’t been decided on yet but I’ll have a full entry explaining everything in January. It’s really the same as last year.
Send me your best video (Five minutes or less) “Pitching your Team”. This is open to all MLB teams and you don’t have to have be a blogger to participate. All you need is a video camera and a stong will to promote your team. I usually finish my video around mid-May.
No I can’t win, I just like to make videos that include my friends and the Rockies..
Don’t miss out this season…Judging will take place during the All-Star Break.
The Rockpile Rant Salutes “Jason Giambi”
There is no athelete I have enjoyed photographing more the last two seasons than Jason Giambi. When I heard he was picked up by the Rockies I was one happy blogger.
I think the timing of Giambi becoming a Rockie was perfect. He was the right fix/fit at the moment and proved his worth right from the beginning.
Below is my favorite picture of Giambi that I have taken. It is one of only two things I’d love to get the slugger to autograph. I took this picture on 4/24/2010
Here’s the actual video of me doing the deed…I just had to.
If you’ve never seen it, during that game Brad Eldred and Jason Giambi both hit home runs into the batters eye. Long story short, I couldn’t leave a Giambi homerun ball just sitting there…
Here’s the video of me sucessfully acquiring both baseballs.
Most of the folks I know who were able to get Jason to sign for them managed to get it done while Jason was playing in Colorado Springs for the AAA Sky Sox. They all said he was totally cool and stopped and chatted with them and would sign almost anything.
When I tell you I like a player there is actually a lot that goes into my thought process. Statistics don’t mean a whole lot to me. I spend a lot of time at Coors Field and I get to see most all the players in different stages of the season or the day.
You know, goofing off having fun, taking hits during BP, warm-ups, the interactions with the fans just before the game starts.
So I watch how the players act around the other players and how they interact with the fans who so desperately just want them to come over and say hi, or sign a memento for them.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to see Giambi play here at Coors. There are only a few Rockies who can pump up Coors Field in seconds like seeing Giambi grab that bat.
Giambi could, he did it every time he walked up to the plate.
I’m not sure but for some reason Jim Tracy liked to put Giambi in the game right about the time I was in line for the facilities. Two of the all-time finest first basemen in baseball and we were lucky enough to watch these dudes live.
I bet just being his presence for an hour would be highly entertaining and extremely educational.
Giambi was just a natural fit around here.
Although I can’t personally brag Giambi up for signing my stuff and I always watched to see if he would come out and warm-up pre-game. What really happened was I devoted many hours to a nobel cause (so I thought) and I just never happened.
BUT SURPRISE…At least for me there is a lesson in all this is. I’m realizing that in reality what I cherish more is the memory of seeing him hit that ball and me climbing down after it at game’s end.
I could possibly lose the Giambi baseball but I’ll never forget the memory. Especially not if there’s video proof :).
Jason.. “Thanks for the good times, giving me the chance to see you play and making a brotha see something in a new light. Believe me that ain’t easy because I wear some dark sunglasses. Good Luck “G” wherever you may be.
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…
I have never sold an autograph (I just couldn’t).