Chill’n in the Sun, Baseball’s Officially Begun

ATTENTION-There are more pictures for this entry but MLBlogs is having issues with uploading pictures so when I can upload more I will…Thanks…D

3/31/2011

While other fans are celebrating their opening day, Rockies fans wait patiently for Friday’s home opener. The weather is supposed to be absolutely beautiful tomorrow and in Colorado warm sunny days with no snow in April is a good thing.

Today Rockies fans were allowed to enter Coors Field a day early with the purchase of a $6.00 ticket(proceeds going to the Rockies Foundation). The ticket came with a voucher good for a Rockies game during April and May, the chance to get a few autographs and the opportunity to watch the Rockies workout.

I received a text from Gary X about ninety minutes before the stadium opened letting me know that they were first in line.

When I arrived, I found Gary X and Alannah X rock’n first and second place in line along with Mike and Douglas close by.
First in Line Charity BP.jpg                        They were kind enough to save me a spot..Thanks G :)

After the gates opened everyone was determined to get a good spot in line for autographs. Not me, I noticed an empty outfield and the D-Backs were on the field taking BP. I headed straight for the pavilion and had the entire left and center field to myself for at least ten minutes.

As luck would have it, not even one baseball was hit even close to the outfield the entire time I was there, …all alone, with the snagging opportunity of a lifetime. 

                                     Still it felt good and I’m glad I got to do it.

After my ten minutes of private bliss the pavilion started to fill in and I mean fill in big time. There was an extremely good turnout for this Rockies “Workout For Charity”. Fans relished this unique opportunity to see their team up close and personal one day before the Rockies season starts.

It was fun, fun to sit in the outfield and take in the sights. Fun to see familiar faces and talk Rockies baseball real time with good friends, it felt good to be back.  

  Jim and Joy and their son were sitting next to me in the pavilion.(Great to see and hang with you all).
Jim and Joy Charity BP.jpgDouglas Charity BP.jpgRox Addict Charity BP.jpgOnce the D-Backs finished their batting practice I asked Jim to watch my backpack and Mike and I hoofed it over to the first base side to take a few pictures of the pitchers who were over in right field doing their warm-ups.

That lasted all of about five minutes because I noticed the Rockies were starting to gravitate towards the batting cage. That was my clue to get my butt back over to the pavilion. There were probably six baseballs hit to left and center field but with all the people blocking the ability to move I didn’t have a chance at any of them.

Gary X informed me that at one point I was looking the wrong way and I missed a toss up…It figures :).

Jason Giambi is the still man. I watched Giambi hit two baseballs into the third deck and another ball bounced off of the third level rail. The dude still has a lot of power in that swing and his swing was ON today. Tulo had a bit of a slow start but at one point hit about four homers into the pavilion behind me about fifteen feet.

Cargo launched a beauty into the third level and looked like the Rockies long term  superstar was having a great time today. Props to Esmil Rogers (aka Mr Rogers today) for tossing out a bunch of baseballs to extremely eager young fans and for taking the time to sign for a group of fans in the first row of the outfield.

                      I’m ready. Everyone at Coors Field today was ready.

When I wake up, it will be opening day and I’ll be at Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s games.

I”m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and if you’re not at 20th and Blake tomorrow gett’n your Rockies groove on you’ll be missing all the opening day festivities.

I wish Tom Helmer and the crew at ROOT SPORTS the best tomorrow on their first day of broadcasting. That whole team is the best and we’re lucky to have them.

Root Sports Charity BP.jpg           Go Rockies…Let’s change things up and start the season off STRONG…D
ranter hat.jpg

4 Comments

Hey D! Great seeing you today. We had a lot of fun and it was an awesom intro to the season. I’m bummed we won’t be there tomorrow. Enjoy! :)

Sounds like you got the fever. I’ve got the fever….Rockies Fever that is. Sounds like you had a great time visiting with the Rantics at Coors today. Work kept me from hanging in the pavillion today. See you tomorrow!

Peas Out – Ken

Hey D,
Play Ball!!!!!! Wish I was going to be at the game today but I’ll have my radio on at work.
And so it begins :)

Great pics. Looking forward to the rest. You’re not alone in having trouble with the uploads.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

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