April 2011

Cold is the Word…This One’s a Frozen T-urd

4/29/11                              Pirates vs Rockies Game 1
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Weather: 53 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:37.
Att: 34,477

               Today was supposed to be the warm game of this series, not so much.

Batting practice was a good time today. I ran into Joy and Jim and Keelan and I snagged two baseballs. The first was a BP homerun off of Troy Tulowitzki and the second was a BP homer hit by a Pirate that took a nice bounce off the bleachers and rebounded back to me. 

                                   Both were given away to tiny Rockies fans.

                 Dan has a video of the catch and I’ll upload it as soon as it’s available.

                  A few degrees colder and the Hosers would have been making snow.

                                Really guys shorts?? It’s the cold and flu season.

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Just before the game started I met up with my friends Scott and Ruth, both huge Rockies fans and we watched this nipple hardner from the Rockpile.   

               Here’s George and Drew of ROOT SPORTS set up by the Tequila Bar.
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                              Here’s Bob Apodaca thinking warm thoughts.
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Cargo field 4-29-11.jpg                              Though McCutchin may have broken his bat here.

Pirate Broken Bat 4-29-11.jpg          In the third inning he hit a homer off of Chacin and put the first run on the board.
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                                             This guy is dangerous.

To quote Robert, “McCutchin is one of the few players who makes Dexter Fowler look slow”.                              

                               It was a strange bat day, here’s a floating bat. 
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 Here’s Cargo breaking his bat too. I’ve never taken two broken bat pictures in one game.Cargo Broken bat 4-29-11.jpg                           Cold weather definately takes its toll on wooden bats. Cargo Broken bat 2 4-29-11.jpg

                                          

                                     Dude just snagged a game foul ball.
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                                                               OUT !
Pirate out on first 4-29-11.jpg   I have always wanted to take pictures of it snowing inside Coors Field. I call this one….

                                                      “Tulo in the Snow”
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              Watch the expression (or lack thereof) from the dude holding the shovel.
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                                                      I love what I do :) 


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             This was an extremely cold and uneventful game, the wind was the kicker.

Clint Hurdle’s Pirates get the win over the Rockies 3-0. Chacin did a pretty good job as far as I was concerned despite the loss. I plan to be much better prepared for tomorrow’s game.

                Tulo’s stuck at 99 homeruns and I’ll be sitting front row in left field.

                      I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and the Cold is gett’n Old.

                                                          Photo courtsey of Mike the Rox Addict
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     I’m on the search for the NEW Mobile Blogging Unit…I think I may have found it.

                C’mon Rockies, it’s the Pirates at Coors…Let’s take this series…Dranter hat.jpg

Blue-Who?..Rockies take Two

4-17-11                               Cubs vs Rockies Game 3

Weather: 68 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 29 mph, L to R.
T: 3:42.
Att: 42,212

                At this point in this series the Rockies and Cubs are tied at 1-1.Rockis Flag 4-17-11.jpg

      First bobblehead game of the year and it’s a cool one. Lots of folks showed up early. Hunter bennie and Robert 4-17-11.jpgThey showed up early because it’s the Ubaldo Jimenez commerative no-hitter bobblehead and there’s only 10,000 of them

                                                   Hunter and I got ours  :)

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We sort of missed our chance to go onto the field for autographs so we stayed in the pavilion for batting practice.

   Gary X has proved to me in a very short time that he is a master at autograph collecting. Gary and Alannah X 4-17-11.jpg

Staying turned out to a wise move as I snagged my first homerun ball on the fly. I can’t tell you how good it felt and it was a nice catch to boot. In my head it was nice to know I still got it. I gave that ball away to a little guy there with his folks.

Once again Hunter showed his Pops how it’s done and by the end of BP he managed to snag four baseballs, two of which he gave away to young Rockies fans. Hunter “gets it” and I couldn’t be more proud of my guy.

                                         Here are a few pre-game shots.

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                                                    Best shorts of the game.

Best shorts 4-17-11.jpg                                         Some VERY cool dudes I work with.

Big en 4-17-11.jpg                                Captain Earthman trying to “Phone Home”

Captain Earthman calling home 4-17-11.jpg                             Here are the game shots in absolutely no order.

                                                I LOVE THIS SHOTHelton jump 4-17-11.jpg

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Cargo chasing the ball 4-17-11.jpg                                              I call this one “Flying Cargo”.

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Cub hit HH crash 1 4-17-11.jpg                   Here’s a breakdown of the Helton/Herrera collision over by first base.HH going for the same ball 4-1-11.jpg

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HElton at bat 2 4-17-11.jpg                                        I see this at every game. So here’s:

                    “That person who wears a Broncos shirt to a Rockies game”

                               I’m sure I’ll have at least one of these a game for ya.Guy in broncos shirt at rockies game 4-17-11.jpg

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Flag in the background 4-17-11.jpgIn what was a tied game going into the 8th inning. The Rockies decided it was time to end the stalemate and opened up a can of something?

Rockies scored four runs to make the score 9-5. Huston Street did what he normally does in the ninth, and the Rockies take two out of three from the Chicago Cubs.

                                                   Take that Cubs fans!Rockies Win Scoreboard 4-17-11.jpg

                     Here’s Homeboy Tom Helmer doing what he normally does.

                                                        GO TOM!! 

I recently did a phone interview with Michael Posner who works in the Commissioners Office. It was arranged by Sarah Leer of MLB.

Michael is the Program Director for the Baseball Authentication Program for Major League Baseball.
MLB-Hologram-Details.jpg I have wanted to interview a Baseball Authenticator for a long time and with the help of Queen Geri and Sarah, Michael and I had very informative chat for about twenty minutes.

In the near future I hope to actually chat with a Baseball Authenticator that works at Coors Field and get a feel for what he does. I plan to do this blog entry in two parts so look for Part 1 in the near future. 

Great stuff about baseball authentication… Really nice guy, I learned a lot from Michael.

         I”m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and if you haven’t noticed I’m upping my game.

I’m thinking about giving “Live Blogging” another shot. I’m a little better prepared this time so we’ll see how it goes.

                                                       GO ROCKIES…”D”
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Cubs Show It and the Rockies Blow It

4-16-11                          Cubs vs Rockies Game 2

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Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:22.
Att: 40,264

I didn’t know what to expect weather wise after yesterday evenings cold game. This game was actually a little bit warmer.

Congrats to Dinger who turned 17 today. I’m thoroughly amazed his purple bedazzled a-ss still has a job.

I love the Rockies but there’s two things I’d really like to see happen one day. One is replacing Dinger with a tougher looking dinosaur. A wimpy mascot projects a wimpy image…feel me?

      Keep the same dude that’s in the suit now…I don’t want anyone to lose their job.

 The other thing I’d like to see Tulo pick a manly walk-up song for a change. Knowing I have to listen to Justin Bieber all season long is disturbing to say the least.

Dingers 17th birthday 4-16-11.jpg                              Even Dinger’s dad on the left looks like a pansy. 
Dinger and his Dad 4-16-11.jpgBatting practice was a bust for me today. I’ve snagged four baseballs for the season but only one of them was a catch and it wasn’t on the fly.

    This game straight up sucked. Cubs fans were in full force with their loud drunk selves.
Color Guard 4-16-11.jpg            This is my picture show for this game. I’m having fun with this new camera.

ROOT SPORT Sign 2 4-16-11.jpg All of these pictures were taken from the Coors Field Rockpile..Birthplace of the Rockpile Ranter.

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This game was one of the few times I couldn’t wait to leave Coors Field especially after that painful seventh inning. The only Rockies homerun was from Chris Iannetta in the eighth inning. I waited for the Coors Field magic to kick in but the only thing kick’n was my migrane.

                                    Rockies lose at Coors Field to the Cubs…8-3

                                                      This series is split.

Anyone else notice the two times the Rockies have worn purple at home have been losses?

              I’m D The Rockpile Ranter and I REALLY hate losing to the Cubs at home.ranter hat.jpg

Rockies are Hot…Cubs are Not

4-15-11

                                  Cubs vs Rockies Game One


Cubs vs Rockies Game 1 4-15-11.jpgWeather
: 55 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:22.
Att: 30,285

Something felt different at Coors Field today. Normally when the Cubbies are in town Coors Field is swarming with over enthusiastic Cub fans doing their best to try and own our stadium for a few games. Not today, Cubs fans were few and far between.

I thought maybe it was the weather, but the Cubs habitate in Chicago and they’re no strangers to cold April baseball. Then I though “Could they be scared or intimadated?

 The Rockies are on fire right now and it’s hard to be over enthusiastic when you’re playing the number one team in baseball and they’re kicking your a-ss.

Batting practice was totally hampered today by the wind. Balls that easily would have  landed in the pavilion were landing twenty feet short. I ran into Joy today at batting practice. She was hanging out waiting on the rest of her crew.

I gave her the last of the six “Helmer is my Homeboy” T-shirts that Tom Helmer gave me.

                                           Just so you know, I gave them to:

Dan

Robert

Marianne

Mike

Joy

and me

If you want a “Helmer is my Homeboy” T-Shirt hang out behind the pavilion where ROOT SPORTS does their post-game broadcast after a Rockies win. Helmer has been known to toss a few of his shirts out to Rockies fans.

                                 I believe someday they’ll be collectors items. :)

Batting practice was almost over and I walked up to Joy and said “I gotta feeling it’s gonna happen”. Not thirty seconds later a ball was hit my way and I realized it was going to fall a bit short. Fortunately this one took a hearty bounce and I snagged it.

               First caught ball of the season, a ground rule double..I’m ok with that :) 

In case you were wondering why all the players had #42 on their jerseys it’s because it was Jackie Robinson Day.

                                 I think they do this just to mess with folks.

Jackie Robinson Day 4-15-11.jpg                                          Here are a few pre-game pictures.

Chris Iannetta 4-15-11.jpg                                          Robert and the Rox Addict (BFF’s)


Robert and the Rox Addict 4-15-11.jpg                      Cathy Sabine making Coors Field look just a little bit better. 


Cathy Sabine 4-15-11.jpgThere were a couple of powerballs on the field as well. Notice how one of ‘em is hang’n just a bit lower?


            Powerballs 4-15-11.jpg                                           Alanna Rizzo of ROOT SPORTS

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Tulo Throwing 4-15-11.jpgI didnt know it at the time I took this picture, but these two would be the heros of this game. 
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                       Jim Tracy showing the Umpires which way the wind blows.

   Jim Tracy Umpires 4-15-11.jpg                                               A few random game shots.

Random Game shot 4-15-11.jpgUmpire Jerry Layne was tagged in the left ankle by a line drive from Carlos Pena in the second inning. The dude tried to get out of the way but didn’t quite make it.
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Umpire down 4-15-11.jpg      He was down for a couple of minutes but walked off the field on his own. Glad he’s ok.Umpire walking off 4-15-11.jpg

                          Here’s a few action shots straight from the Rockpile. 

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Cub gets at hit 4-15-11.jpg                                Worst hair of the game…Cub blue…Ewww

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Dugout shot 4-15-11.jpg                  Chacin was money again tonight. He pitched his first career shutout.

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This game was all Chris Iannetta. In the third inning with bases loaded Chris hit a triple, scored the three on base and because of an error on the play at third Chris managed to get home.

                   It was beautiful. I was so happy to see Chris do that. He needed that.

                                          Final Score: Rockies 5…Cubs 0

                         Rockies have won seven in a row and their record is 11-2.

                                       That’s the best record in MLB right now. 

             Part-time Rockies fans, the bandwagon is rolling full speed, time to get on.

                              I’m D The Rockpile Ranter…I’m in it to win it…D ranter hat.jpg

Dodgers get none while the Rantics have fun

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Weather: 71 degrees, clear.
Wind: 14 mph, L to R.
T: 2:19.
Att: 24,693

The game today was my third this season and the Rockies first against the Dodgers. I arrived at Coors Field and guess who was there ahead of me?

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Leave it to the some of the Rantics to be the first ones at the gates. That’s what I’m talking about. Left to Right.. Mike the Rox Addict, Alannah X and Gary X.

                       Mike may be the Rox Addict, but he was a Rantic first :)

I was looking forward to this game as I knew it wouldn’t be nearly as crowded as it has been the last few games. As soon as they opened the gates Mike and I headed for the Pavilion. I was gravitating over to my usual spot and noticed a baseball sitting under a bleacher.

This Coors Field rarity is know as an Easter Egg and believe it or not it’s my first at Coors Field. The Coors Field Ushers unfortunately do a great job of picking up ALL the baseballs before we get inside and somehow they missed this one.

       My first ball of the year…An Easter Egg…I’m ok with that. Something new right?

Rockies were on the field and batting practice was in full swing. Ball two was tossed up to me by Ubaldo Jimenez as the Rockies were leaving the field. I gave it to a little girl who was with her mom leaning on the railing.

Dodgers took the field and not long after I was tracking my third ball. In the chase for the ball I found myself in the tunnel and realized I didn’t have a chance at the ball as it was going to land inside the pavilion not inside the tunnel.

 I’ve learned not to give up at that point as any number of things can happen, and did.

The guy who attempted to catch this homer let it bounce out of his glove and it dropped down into the tunnel right in front of me and I snapped it up. Game three of the season and still no balls caught on the fly :(

              I gave that ball away to a little boy standing close by with his family.

                                  That would be it for batting practice.

As we walked by ROOT SPORTS I took this shot of R-LUV with Tom Helmer in the background.RLUV 4-5-11.jpg

R-Luv got to sit in the pavilon today so she gave me her ticket which wound up being in the first row of right field, prime home run territory. No luck, however during the very next game Todd Helton hit a homerun to that exact location.                                                    

                                             George and Tracy pre-game.George and Tracy ROOT SPORTS 4-5-11.jpg                                      Here are your Rockies warming up.Dexter and Cargo 4-5-11.jpg

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                          Tulo started today’s game with a .000 batting average.Tulo batting .000 4-5-11.jpg   In the fourth inning all that would change, Tulo gets his first hit of the season off of Kershaw with two out.Tulo first hit first home run 4-5-11.jpg

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              In the fifth inning with two out Chris Iannetta decided it was his turn. Chris Iannetta homerun 4-5-11.jpg

                                              A few random game shots.

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                             Dan and Emily during the seventh inning stretch.Dan and Emily 4-5-11.jpg

                  Spilly tossing his warm-up ball into the right field crowd between innings.Ryan Spilborghs 4-5-11-1.jpg

Alannah X ran into a friend from school and the two of them got to watch the game together. I promised I’d post their picture.Alannah and her friend 4-5-11.jpg

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Props to Chacin for pitching 7 scoreless innings. Rockies beat the Dodgers at Coors field with a final score of 3-0.Rockies Win 4-5-11.jpg

Mike, R-Luv and I hung around after the game. Here are a few shots of the ROOT SPORTS crew doing the post game report.Helmer on the Desk 4-5-11.jpg

                           Check out the video of Tom tossing out his T-Shirts

A few entries back I mentioned that I wanted to interview a Rockies fan every other game or so. Well I had someone step up to the plate and volunteer, I like that.

Her name is Katerina and I first met her a few months ago while standing in line outside of Coors Field waiting to purchase Rockies tickets with Hunter and Mylee. She mentioned she had read the Rockpile Rant and really liked the blog Purple Row.

                         We talked about the Rockies while we waited in line.

            Very cool lady, HUGE Rockies fan and my first fan interview of 2011.
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 1.   How did you become a Rockies fan?

 

Becoming a Rockies fan was a choice I made four years ago this month. Wow, four years! But how and why: I just decided I wanted to follow baseball and learn more about it. The choice for the team I would root for was obvious, because the Rockies were the home team, and not to mention their colors were purple. I’m the only Rockies fan in my family, so I guess that makes me the purple and black sheep, but at least they raised me to root for the home team, and none other.

 

I hate to be classified with the ’07 bandwagon fans, but truth is: it was during that run when I first realized I loved them, and during that first offseason when I realized I had an addiction. It gets worse and worse, or rather better and better each year. It’s been a great ride, and I feel honored to be living during such a great time to be a Rockies fan.

 

 

  1. Who is your favorite Rockies player (current or past) and why?

 

My favorite player is Troy Tulowitzki. He always was, since his rookie year, and it’s awesome to say that he always will be, because of his contract extension.

I chose Tulo because he is a great player, defensively and offensively. Also, two had been my favorite number, and the fact that he was a rookie that seemed to be staying for a while certainly helped that choice. But the greatest reason I chose him was the fact that he wants to play the game the right way, and wants to be the best at it. I can relate to his competitiveness and passion. And Tulo wants to win. When he showed loyalty by signing to stay with Colorado forever he was cemented even more as my favorite player.

Yeah, his song and hair might be ugly sometimes, or most of the time, but it’s awesome to be stuck with Tulo as a favorite player.

 

  1. Favorite Rockies moment or memory.

Wow, only one? That’s hard.

I have to go with having mine and my family’s ears glued to the radio during Rocktober. That streak was just so awesome, and listening together, staying up way past our bedtimes is a classic memory I’ll never forget.

 

I’ve had a lot of good memories next to the radio these past few years.

 

Near seconds are attending a Rox game at AT&T Park last August, appearing on and being interviewed for Rockies All Access Tulo show last spring, and being at 2009 Game Four in the bottom of the 8th before Huston Street broke our hearts.

 

I feel the best is yet to come…very soon.

 

  1. If you could have any job with the Rockies organization what would you like to do?

If I would choose any job in the organization, I’d work on the Rockies Magazine staff. Even proofreading every issue would be cool.

Either that or be the person who secretly switches out the humidor-ized baseballs for ones that haven’t been in the humidor, and sneaks the “juiced balls” into the Giants ball bag when they come to Coors Field.

Alright, that last one is a joke.

 

Thank again Katerina, great job.  I’ll change-up the questions each time.

 

 I had a few more pictures but MLBlogs started acting up again so we’ll call this one done.

     I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter, gett’n by, still trying to catch one on the fly….Dranter hat.jpg 


 

First of the Year…Time for Brats and Beer

4/1/11

                              ROCKIES OPENING DAY 2011

 
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Opening day at Coors Field. I missed it last year because I had to work and this year I was twice as ready to soak in the festivities.Rockies fans everywhere OD 2011.jpgBlake Street OD 2011.jpgMy day started out with a 10am breakfast at the 20th Street Cafe with Pete, Robert, Geoff, Mike(not in the picture because he was late), and Douglas.. 
Breakfast OD 2011.jpgThis breakfast is a tradition for Douglas but for the majority of us it was our first time attending. Nothing wrong with starting a big day out with a great breakfast and mine was pretty tasty. Biscuts and Gravy with a side of hash browns..Mmmm. 

     Douglas mentioned this is his 30th consecutive Opening Day..That’s impressive! 

I really like hanging with these guys. We’re all from totally different backgrounds but we click because we’re all baseball freaks in our own special way.

I know it sounds bad but after breakfast Geoff, Pete and I headed over to The Falling Rock Tap House to have a beer and just observe the goings on.

Falling Rock Tap House OD 2011.jpgThat’s where I bumped into John. I first met John at Kaufman Stadium last year. He was doing the same thing we were just checking stuff out.
John Opening Day 2011.jpgThese guys were from the Radio Statiion Alice 105.9 and were going around to fans and asking them to fill out a survey. Camera Crew OD.jpgThe survey was just a list of potential new names for the Rockies…They said that at the end of the season the Rockis were going to choose a new name and they had a list of ten or so names such as The Trout, The Miners, really stupid names.

They asked me to rank them in the order I liked them and I kind of stood there for a moment and then I said “I can’t rank these they all suck” The guy kept at me to just choose and finally I just told him “Dude I can’t choose any of these”.

        It was then they said where they were from Alice 105.9 and yelled “April Fools”.

                                              Stupid but kinda funny.

 After we finished our beer we wandered some more and I bumped into loooong time Rantic and Rockies employee my friend and fellow MLBLogger Missy.
Rantic Missy Opening Day 2011.jpg                                    Tulo go to the prom OD 2011.jpg      A closer look at whatever is on their feet. Festive but I don’t think I could Rock ‘em. 
Crazy Shoes OD 2011.jpg      OD Band 2011.jpg       The Coors Light girls were out in full force letting folks play with their beanbags.

Beanbag OD 2011.jpg                                   Live broadcasts were a plenty on Blake Street.

FM SPORTS 104-3.jpg                              While wandering we ran into Danny, his wife and Randy.Danny and Randy Opening Day 2011.jpg                                        ROOT SPORTS was everywhere :) 
ROOT SPORTS OD 2011.jpgWe joked and said if this guy was the man he would have had a ticket already. We later saw him inside Coors field.

                                 Apparently he is Da Man, totally my bad.

U Da Man OD 2011.jpgBatting practice was a bust for me. I managed to get some play but the 1/4 inch I lost in height from my back surgery was the key factor in missing two balls by that exact amount.

                                              That’s my story anyway :)

                                Here are a few shots of the Rockies pre-game.


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                          Ladies and Gentlemen…The 2011 Coors Field Hosers.HOsers and the Huffers OD 2011.jpg

           Tulo and Cargo were presented their Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards.Gold Glove winners OD 2011.jpg

US Army OD 2011.jpgTroops on the field OD 2011.jpgMore balloons in the outfield OD 2011.jpg

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Giambi Splly and Herrera OD 2011.jpgJim Tracy OD 2011.jpg 

                                        They were posing so what the hey?

Ladies posing  OD 2011.jpg                               The Captain do’n his part to help quench thirst.
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Seth Smith at Bat OD 2011.jpg Tulo had a couple chances to really come through but ended the day with the same batting average as he started, .000.

                                            The Duece had a Goose.Tulo at Bat OD 2011-1.jpg

                  Helton was looking good. I hope that’s a sign of things to come.Helton swing OD 2011.jpg

                          Helton at bat OD 2011.jpg                           The entire concourse was packed, seriously packed.Concourse is full OD 2011.jpg

      Rockies lost their home opener 7-6 in 11 innings. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Final Scoreboard OD 2011.jpg                   Here’s Mike and I post game doing our thing in the background.


Me and Mike Post Game OD 2011.jpgA while back I mentioned in an entry that I heard a rumor that Bud Selig would be at the opening of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. I believe I mentioned I though his autograph would be a cool one to add to the collection.

Tom Helmer wrote me a few days later and told me he could get me Selig’s autograph. Apparently The Cowboy and Bud Selig are good friends. So when ran into Tom in Scottsdale I gave him a new baseball just in case.

I kind of forgot about it until a couple of days before Opening Day at Coors Field. Tom sent me an email and said that Ringolsby got Selig to sign the ball for me and he would give it to me on Opening day.

                                                        Well he did.
Tom Helmer giving me the Bud Selig ball OD 2011.jpg I just want to give a huge thanks to Tom Helmer and Tracy Ringolsby for doing this for me and for being extremely cool to the Rantics. 

                                 ROOT SPORTS…We’ve got your back.

After the game Douglas, Robert, Mike, Pete and I headed over to a jam packed Blake Street Tavern to wind down and reflect on the Rockies loss

                                        That’s where we ran into Mr Checkers. 

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                                             I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.

                       Black or white, me and the boys did Opening Day right…”D”ranter hat.jpg

 

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