September 2012

It’s Over…It’s Done…We Suck…It Was Still Fun

9-29-12

On my drive into the city this morning I was staring at a beaufiful orange Colorado  sunrise and  I was thinking about how much things can change from the beginning of a season to the end of it.

For me this season started with the loss of Tom Helmer as part of the Poot Warts team. That one decision probably affected my season more than anything else. For a lot of us Helmer was the face of the Rockies,  much more so than Tulowitzki.

Poot Warts claimed they were about the fan..Helmer was our connection to Poot Warts.

Helmer was all about the fans because he himself is a passionate fan who would often let is show.

For the record I have no issues with the rest of the Poot Warts team. In fact they’re a solid group of individuals who I feel for the most part do a bang-up job. Marc Stout “gets it” in my opinion. He’s approachable and he’s close with his fan base.

I’ve never been Anti-Joel Klatt, just extremely Pro-Helmer.

Joel graciously offered to hold my “Bring Back Helmer” sign when we did our protest pre-game at the Rockies last home game of the season. When I actually called Joel on it he said “No” and was kind of a Dick about it but I realize the situation was slightly uncomfortable and I figured I’d give him a break on his attitude because deep down I’m a softie :)

I don’t think anyone could have predicted how different this team would look in September or how bad the Rockies record would be. I remember back in March wandering the practice fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick full of enthusiasm and optimism.

Recently I wandered around Coors Field the last game of this season full of frustration and confusion. I along with many other Rockies fans have no idea where the Rockies will go from here?

Never in my wildest nightmares did I imagine this would be the worst Rockies season ever.

I’m no baseball genius. I’m just a fan with a cam who really likes to catch baseballs and feel like I’m part of something by sharing my experiences via my blog.

This season I watched the Rox Addict’s MLBlog develop into something special. Mike has a serious passion for baseball and it reflects in his pictures and his writing enthusiasm. Mike scores every game, takes pictures, writes a blog and attends a lot more games than I. Plus Mike’s a Top 50 MLBlogger.

Mike’s fortunate, he has a pretty liberal work schedule, he’ll be the first to admit it :).

In addition to the Rox Addict we now have another Rockies MLBLogger. I’ve known Amy for several years and she writes a blog called “The Take from Blake”. Amy hasn’t cracked the top 50 yet but she has interactions with players that make this”Old Skool Blogger” kinda jealous.

It’s fun having other Rockies bloggers around. We’re all tight and hook each other up when we can with our limited resources.

Other than the Purple Row which to me is the “Holy Grail” of Rockies blogs, I can’t think of any Rockies blogs that have been around as long as the Rockpile Rant :)

FYI The “Rockpile Rant” has been a Top 10 MLBlog for over 4 years now.

I normally take my spring training trip each year by myself.

In March this year Mike and I headed south for a 11 day spring training trip to Phoenix. Mike’s a great road trip buddy. It’s not easy spending 11 days with someone (most of it camping), driving all over Phoenix area at a frantic pace in search of baseball adventures to blog about.

Mike and I managed to keep it cool and gave each other space as we needed it. When the trip was over we both had a great time and were still friends and plan to do it again.

I’d say that’s a pretty good trip.

I’d say this was probably my worst year for autographs. I just don’t have the patience or drive anymore to stand outside as the players drive up or wait against the wall as the guys warm-up.

I enjoy the company, just don’t like the rejection I figure. As far as snagg’n stats this season, I snagged 29 batting practice baseballs in 25 games ending my season 3 baseballs short of 200 for my career.

Yes I’m still chasing my first ever regular season home run ball. All I can say is I have shit luck and maybe next year will be my year?

In conclusion I’d like to thank Dan, Mike, Joy, Marianne, Amy, Jersey Geoff, Gary X, Douglas, Robert, Queen Geri, Eric, Danny and Nettie, Randy, Scott, Tom Helmer, Bob the Usher, Barb the Usher, Mary the Usher, Brad the Usher, Dave, Mikey, Stout, Todd C and Family, Eric Young Jr, Jamie Moyer, Chris Nelson, Captain Earthman, and the Rockpile Usher with the beard(sorry bud can’t believe I forgot your name) and all of the:

For directly influencing my Rockies season in a positive way.

To the smelly old son of a bitch that kept sitt’n his stanky ass in my seat perforating the fabric with his body funk…You got yours buddy :)

If I forgot ya, doesn’t me I dont’ care…Just means I’m old.

Props to the Rockies for letting us run the bases at the last home game of the season. I’ve never done that before and it was fun.

Rumor is next year the Rockies will have 10 bobble head games? Have I mentioned I like bobble heads?

I’m “D” the Ranter…The Rockies #1 MLBlogger.

Old Skool…But still as cool as the other side of the pillow…”D”

Second Loss this Year…But We Got an Ear

Texans vs Broncos

Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Peyton’s house was full again ‘cept for 400 or so no-shows.

Bronco fans were all eager to see what Peyton was going to look like this week. He’s new(to us) still and we have no idea what to expect from him.

Once again I managed to snag free parking but you have to be extremely careful where you park.

Parking enforcement was out in full effect making sure you follow the difficult to understand parking signs. There were no shortage of tow trucks to remove your car in case you F’ked up and read the sign wrong.

Broncos introductions.

Coin toss.

Rod Smith’s Number was being inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame today so they Broncos were giving away Rod Smith trading cards.

Rod’s position in the Ring of Fame is next to Shannon Sharpe.

Kick-off.

Joe Mays get’s the Mike Tyson award for ear removal when he leveled Schuab. Mays hit him so hard a piece of Schuab’s ear actually came off…That’s nasty!!

Quote from Schuab: “I felt fine. I just lost a piece of my ear, I was bleeding and my helmet came off so I had to come out for a play, but I was fine.”

Click to enlarge :)

Peyton fires one to Stokely.

Caught.

Scores!!

Less than a minute left, the last throw of the game to Decker.

Who then tossed it to Bell, who tried to toss it again but for not.

Final Score

I’m “D” the Ranter. It may be “Manning’s House” but Peyton needs to get his kids in line.

Raiders next week baby…”D”

Bring Your Sign…It’s Helmer Time

9-20-12

Ok, this Rockies season was a bust and it’s quite possible we could achieve the 100 loss mark.

Just wondering how your still feeling about the lack of our homeboy Tom Helmer and his enthusiasm for the Rockies?

I don’t know about you but it seems to me the Rockies and Poot Warts need Helmer now more than ever.

Nothing against Joel Klatt pictured below.

:)

Thursday is the last regular season game at Coors Field and Mike the Rox Addict and I plan to bring our “Bring Back Helmer” signs and just as we did the first game of the year we’re going to show our support hopefully pre-game and post-game.

What we need are Helmer supporters who can make signs and show up with arm power to hold them up.

  If you miss Tom and feel it is essential that Poot Warts rehire him, get your ass up,  grab a sharpie, find a chunk of cardboard and go to town with your sign making skills.

Poot Warts can tune out our chanting, but it’s difficult to mute a big ass sign?

WE NEED SIGNS!!

It’s the last game of the year…It’ll be months before you even think baseball again…Lets make a day of it and show support for the “HOMEBOY”.

Do you own one of the famous “Helmer is my Homeboy” shirts? Make sure you’re wearing it Thursday.

Then when we’re all done we meet at the Blake and talk about what a great day it was.

 Shout out to the “Homeboy” maybe he can make an appearance??

Leave a comment below if you’ll be there with sign in hand or wearing one of those classic Helmer shirts.

I’m “D” The Ranter… Please…Bring Helmer back before the Cowboy starts frosting his tips.

Joel Klatt can’t Dance.

Stout…You Rock Brotha!

Rockies…Let’s steer clear of the 100 loss mark ok?

See you Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday…”D”

Manning’s No Geezer…Just a Crowd Pleaser

9-9-12

Broncos vs Steelers Game 1

Ready as we’ve ever been, Krista and I showed up at 2pm to get our tailgate on.

Even showing up 4 1/2 hours before the start of the game we were still couple of hours late for the party. We played catch-up soaking in everything by just walking around enjoying the moment. The first regular season game is a HUGE deal in Denver and this is our second year as Broncos season ticket holders so we still kind of learning the ropes.

P-F-M jerseys were in full effect.

Today was Krista’s birthday. Pretty cool way to spend your birthday I’d say.

The Mile High “Crack of the Game”.

The new era of Manning.

I had nothing against Tim Tebow whatsoever… Because above all…I like winning.

Shot of the coin flip.

Orange is back and that’s a good thing!!

Almost caught two balloons thanks to a wind shift.

You’d think with balls of steel they’d drop quicker or you’d hear some sort of clanging noise?

P-F-M in “His” house.

Traditional flyover.

Let’s begin the picture show.

Big Ben on his ass. The way it should be!

Two-point conversion denied

Props to Porter for being the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Final Score

Broncos 31….Steelers 19

I”m “D” the Ranter…As I mentioned earlier, I like winn’n that’s why I’m grinn’n.

This season’s gonna be fun….”D”

Daily Dose of “D” # 7

9-4-12

Iggy Pop bobblehead somehow even scarier looking than Iggy Pop

Think I’ll skip this particular bobble head. Funny how this Iggy bobble head looks almost real yet baseball bobble heads look nothing like the actual player?

If you stare long enough in the center of this picture – it vanishes..

Told ya.

WOW-This amazing toothpick sculpture took over 35 years to build and was made from over 100,000 toothpicks.

Can you say virgin!

For that Star Wars fan who needs some more shit.

The Storm Trooper hoodie.
There was an old lady…?

Lawn chair balloonists recount harrowing flight over Oregon

Oh Yeah!!

Artery Clogger of the Day

1 Ton Cheeseburger

Urban Dictionary Word of the Day

SHYPOD

When one is hesitant about sharing the contents of his or her iPod.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Have a nice day!!

Not Nearly as Fun as a Real One

8-26-12

Broncos vs 49ers (Pre-Season Game 3)

Ahh the football pre-season…It seems real, but sadly like a lot of things in life… it’s not.

This is our second year as Broncos season ticket holders. I skipped both preseason games last year and Krista took the kids each to a game. This year, Krista took Mylee to the Broncos/Bears game and Hunter and I checked out the Broncos/49ers.

Baseball spring training and Football preseason are two totally different entity’s.

For me, baseball spring training is relaxing, not too crowded and it’s fun to wander around the stadiums and the practice fields exploring. Plus that time of year in Arizona the weather is perfect.

The football pre-season…Not so much.

Our first visit to Dove Valley was this year on my birthday and I found it sadly unimpressive. I must admit, I’ve never attending a football preseason workout before so I had nothing to compare it to.

As we heading inside Dove Valley and I got a good look at the joint, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was expecting. I guess maybe a little more frill?

Bronco fans were packed inside like sardines on the sidelines of what looked like a high school football field but nobody seemed to mind. It was blistering hot with very little shade unless you were part of the media. The media had nice shade tents set up along the end zone.

Here’s a few photos from back on Aug 7.

 Brock Osweiler

Champ Baily

It was fun, Mike the Rox Addict was there as well and I’m sure I’ll be back but not until the novelty of having Manning as our quarterback dies down just a bit.

Anyways, back to Sports Authority Field.

I was shocked that I stumbled across free parking and it was only 4 1/2 blocks from the Broncos stadium…Hell Yeah!!

Tailgating was in full swing, but on a toned down level compared to any regular season game. My mission today was to spend some quality time with my boy, watch some football and practice my photo taking skills so I’m ready to rock on Sept 9th vs the Steelers.(Broncos first regular season game).

So lets roll with a picture show.

Dudes feet were real close to those spot lights.

Go Prater!!

Matthew Willis.

Manning looking for Demaryius Thomas.

Complete.

Champ ain’t lett’n go.

Decker just before his TD catch, the football is right next to the horse’s ass. Manning played for less than a quarter and had the Broncos up 17-10.

Caleb Hanie scrambling for the ball.

Broncos led 24-10 at the half. I felt like Manning and most the starters looked pretty good.

That soon changed. Because it’s pre-season I’ll spare you the details and make a long story short.

Final Score

49ers 29…Broncos 24

I’m “D” the Ranter and one thing is for sure, pre-season games may be a joke but the Rant is serious business this Broncos Season.

Go Broncos…”D”

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