December 2010

From My Family to Yours

               
                   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!Chilcotes Christmas 2010.jpg                                                    GO ROCKIES…D
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Meet the Coors Field “Rockpile Rantics”

     Here are the “Rockpile Rantics” and a little bit about themselves.

                                                 Dan Sauvageau

Dans Red Sox catch.jpg 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).

Emily and Dan2.jpgI 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.

dans behind the back catch.jpg I’ve never really kept track of how many batting practice balls I’ve caught, but we figure it is pretty close to about 2,500. My favorite all time Rockies player is Larry Walker.

 Here’s the story and video of Dan getting interviewed prior to the 2007 World Series…..Denver Gripped with Rockies Fever                                               

                                          Emily Sauvageau

Thumbnail image for Emily giving away a ball.jpgI have been a Rockies fan since September 15th, 2003, the day I was born. I have 2 game home run balls, not that my dad gave me, but two guys I didn’t know caught them behind us, and gave them to me.
I have been to exactly 360 Rockies games in my 7 years on this planet, including 3 NLDS (1 in 07′ and 2 in 10′), 4 NLCS games (2 in Phoenix and 2 at Coors Field in 2007), 2 World Series games, and the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in St. Louis in 2009.
My favorite Rockies moment is a tie between the time my dad caught a ball during the “Flyball Frenzy” behind his back this past year, and the Seth Smith walk-off home run against the Cardinals this year to cap a 9 run bottom of the ninth comeback win.
 I have had a couple tv appearances, and newspaper appearances as a Rockies fan. When we went to Arizona for the NLCS in 2007, there was a story written about us in the Rocky Mountain News. Also, my picture was in the Denver Post during the NLCS with my “HOW SWEEP IT IS” sign.

Emily hit it here.jpg Also, my dad made me a “HIT IT HERE” sign with a target, and the middle cut out of it.
 I guess I was supposed to put my glove in the middle of it, but people laughed at me when I put my head in the middle, so I just did that. They showed me with the sign 4 different times during Game 3 of the World Series. My dad had tons of people calling him letting him know they saw us.
 In 2009, Fox did a story on me that was on television, and Marc Stout came out to interview me during a Rockies/Marlins game. My favorite thing to do at batting practice is give balls away that my dad catches, and believe me, he catches a lot of them. I have probably given 4 to 5 hundred baseballs away to other kids. My favorite Rockies player is Ryan Spilborghs. 

 

                                  Geri Schmid aka “QUEEN GERI”
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I’m an automobile accountant during the day, and work in all 3 stadiums at night.

Queen Geri first row.jpgI was a season ticket holder in section 331 (RIGHT behind home plate) for 8 years until my baseball dad got too old to go with me anymore. 

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. 

 I love hanging out with all of the Rantics on warm summer nights watching my favorite team playing my favorite sport.

 There have been way too many memories to list, but one of my favorites is from Dante Bichette. 
He was going after a long fly ball into the left field corner.  He slammed into the padded wall at a high rate of speed, and the ballpark was quiet trying to figure out if he caught the ball for a full second. 
After walking out of the corner, he took a few steps, then non chalantly flips the ball out of his glove.  THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!  The replay showed that he caught the ball with his arm straight down by his thigh and behind him at 60 MPH!
 
It was an amazing catch! 
 
Brad Hawpe was my favorite recent player, I’m so sad that he’s gone. Larry Walker is my other all-time Rockies fave.
 
                                              
                                         Hunter Chilcote
Hunter gets six.jpgMy name is Hunter. I’m an original Rockpile Rantic because my dad is the Rockpile Ranter. I’ve been a Rockies fan since I was born and attended my first game at six months old.
I love going to batting practice with my dad and trying to snag more baseballs than him and I usually do.
My favorite player is Todd Helton mostly because he’s been playing first base for as long as I can remember.
Hunter and dad11.jpgMy favorite Rockies moment was when Manual Corpas gave me his glove. 
The previous day Manny had tossed the last ball of the Rockies portion of batting practice to me and I misjudged it and it tagged me in the chest pretty hard.
 
The next day was autograph Sunday and Manny was signing. I was in his line and when I got up to him I told him that I was the kid who got hit with the baseball in the chest the day before.
 Manny signed my baseball then told me to meet him over by the Rockies dugout after he was done signing.
       
 
My dad and I went over to the Rockies dugout and Manny disappeared and came out with a glove and autographed it for me. Last season I managed to snag six baseballs during one batting practice and I’ve snagged over 60 baseballs in three years. I like to give some of the baseballs away.
     It makes me feel good and I like the look on the kids faces when I give them a ball.
 
                                                Ken Booth
 
 
Thumbnail image for Ken aka tripletrox.jpgI moved to Colorado in 1993 to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder (graduated with a bachelor of Environmental Design in ’96).  I currently work for an architectural consulting firm in Denver (10 blocks from Coors Field) that designs maintenance facilites for cities, counties, and transit agencies.
 
I attended my first of 48 Rockies games at Mile High Stadium with my Dad against the Cubs…let’s not talk about the score.  So I guess I have been a fan since the beginning.
 I have seen the Rockies on the road twice against Royals and once against the D-Backs.  Our family is going to start a new tradition of going to watch the Rockies on a road trip once a year, since we had so much fun in KC last year.
  I like to visit other ball parks around the country, and have been to 20 MLB parks.  My favorites are AT&T Park, PNC Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and of course Coors Field.
 
My favorite baseball moment came in 2009 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh when the Phllies were playing the Pirates.  I was sitting in right field and caught a Jimmy Rollins HR, my first ever game ball. 
I am still looking for my first game HR from a Rockie at Coors Field.  I like to attend batting practice to snag fly ball HR’s in the PAVILLION.  Coors Field is a great place to get batting practice balls.
 
I have been a baseball fan since I was eight years old when I got my first baseball card.  At one time I had over 30,000 baseball cards, but I got tired of moving them when I was in my twenties and sold most of them and bought some power tools.  I still kept my favorite cards and probably still have about 3,000 – 4,000 cards.  Now I like to collect Rockies autographs on balls that I catch during batting practice.
 
My all-time favorite Rockie is Todd Helton, but now my favorite is Troy Trevor Tulowitzki.  This guy is so fun to watch, especially last September when he went nuts hitting 15 HR and nearly 50 RBI in one month!
 
My favorite Rockies moment was when we watched the Rockies sweep the Phillies in the 2007 Wild Card series.  The night the lights went out at Coors Field (literally) and the Phillies lights went out as well. 
                               Here is a picture of me celebrating after they won.kb.jpg
                                    
                                                    Marianne aka R-LUV
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Originally from Oakland, CA so have been an A’s fan from back in the days of baseball greats Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, etc.
Been a Rockies fan from Day 1, couldn’t believe it when we finally got our own MLB team.
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 Joe Beimel.

Moment: Getting to finally meet in person The Rockpile Ranter at Rockies Fest # 1, what an awesome person he is!

                                 Dont be shy….Send me your Rantic profile.

Tracking the Antics of the Rantics

12/21/10                          I have a great idea, a couple of them.



New coke can.jpg 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…

Peanut butter and Jelly in a jar.jpg                                      Kidd’n…Ewww, do people actually eat this?

 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.

As I get bio’s emailed to me you will be able to click the link on my sidebar and see who it is and what they have to say.
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 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…

                        FSN Rocky Mountain and dinner were both winners

       … 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.

Tom Helmer on the wall.jpg check it out.gifWell Tom was nice enough to send me an email stating that he checked out the Rant and really liked it. He also mentioned that he would totally do an interview.

 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.

What would you do.jpg                            What would you ask Tom if you had a chance 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.

                 I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…Happy Holidays to all of you.
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Least I can say ..”I got to see Giambi play”

12/14/10

           

                               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. Thumbnail image for Giambi Tunnel.jpg

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


Thumbnail image for Giambi Big Screen 9-12-10.jpgThe other thing I’d love to have him sign is the homerun ball he hit into the batters eye inside Isotopes park in Albquerque on 4/4/10.

                          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.

         I was able to get Brad Eldred to sign his homerun ball early on in the season.
Thumbnail image for Brad Eldred autograph 5-5-10.jpg I still have not had an opportunity to get Jason to sign either his homerun ball or my picture of him in the air.

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.Thumbnail image for Jason Giambi 6-19-10.jpg  Two of the all-time finest first basemen in baseball and we were lucky enough to watch these dudes live. 

Giambi Helton 5-22-10.jpg You just know Jason Giambi has something to say to every player. I’d love to have an hour to pick his brain.

 I bet just being his presence for an hour would be highly entertaining and extremely educational.  

Giambi and Fowler 10.jpg                             Alanna Rizzo interviewing Jason after his walk-off winThumbnail image for Giambi postgame interview 9-12-10.jpg                                              Giambi’s walk off Homer                                               

                                  Giambi was just a natural fit around here.Thumbnail image for Cowboy Giambi 7-9-10.jpg

 
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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).

                                                         GO ROCKIES!!ranter hat-thumb-40x29-2107421.jpg

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