February 2013

Cactus, Burgers and Ball…And That Aint All


Spring training is more than just pre-season baseball for me.

Natures plus fresh start

It’s a fresh start each year with new strategies, new people and new attitudes.

Living in the mountains makes the baseball off-season seriously drag. Don’t get me wrong I love my snow (and my Broncos). Truthfully, for me winter is just the space between the end of one baseball season and the start of another one.

I crave variety. The Cactus League is full just that.


Each little Spring Training facility is a small taste of another team. I love the Rockies, but baseball is history and I’m a sponge when I’m down in Cactus League Country. Only true baseball fans make the yearly trek to Spring Training each year to watch and support their team.


Yes the games are meaningless, but these are fans that need this little dose of baseball to get them through till Opening Day. I for one am guilty as charged. I feel if I didn’t have my yearly trip to Phoenix to bask in the sun, chase baseballs, harass players, eat a years worth of In n Out burgers in a week, act like a fool and bump into Rantics I’d implode.

As sure as the brown hairs in my beard are being replaced by white ones, the Rox Addict and I will be wandering the Phoenix area in search of baseball history, memories and souvenirs one short week from now.


Next entry for me will be Wednesday March 6th when the Rox Addict and I land in Phoenix.


I’m “D” the Ranter…It’s almost time to shine.

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Emily’s Rhymes Flow Bout the Rockies Pitching Woes


If you read the Rant on any kind of regular basis you know who Dan and Emily are.

Dan is a regular in the front row of the Pavilion and usually by his side is his daughter Emily and the last couple of years his son Ryan.

Emily is 9 years old has been to 455 Rockies games in her lifetime. With that number of games under her belt she’s allowed to talk(or sing) a little Rockies smack.

Emily is entering a video contest sponsored by Woody Paige. Here’s a link to the contest:

Woody Paige’s Video Contributor Contest

Woody’s Facebook page.

Here is Emily’s parody video about the Rockies pitching. It’s so good it’s worth sharing🙂

Call Me Maybe

Rockies fans…Let Emily and Woody know what you think of her video by sharing it or leaving a comment.

Good Luck Emily!!

I’m “D” the Ranter and 11 days left till the Rox Addict and I report for Spring Training.

Null and Void…Pete Should Have Done Roids


Pete Rose or his likeness has not appeared on his own Topps card since Major League Baseball banned him in 1989.


Topps who holds the exclusive rights to produce MLB-licensed trading cards, has removed all references to Pete Rose on their cards starting with the release of 2013 Topps Series One.

The cards feature a “career chase” blurb on the back, indicating how far away players are from certain career milestones.

For example:

This is AJ Pierzynski’s card. No mention that Rose holds that record.

tops card no pete rose

Look on Parnell’s card, Jesse Orosco is mentioned as the record holder for games pitched??

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 No mention of Charlie Hustle.. It’s not an error on Pierzynski’s card, as every other card where hits are mentioned in the Career Chase features no mention of Rose.

Topps said the omission was a “simple decision”.

Something I thought interesting… Rose is not be cited as the all-time hits king, however..Steriod monster Barry Bonds is referenced on the cards as the all-time home run king…Doesn’t seem fair to me.

Pete’s 71 now..and goes out multiple times a week to sign autographs to support his family. You don’t make a living by signing your autograph if folks dont love you.


It’s obvious that some folks in baseball don’t care for Pete…But it’s not hard to tell Pete still loves baseball.


I’m “D” the Ranter

Hunter and I met Pete Rose at an Office Depot in Westminster Colorado about 10 years ago and we both got to shake his hand. To this day it’s still one of my favorite memories.


Sorry Pete…The noose is a whole lot looser if you were a juicer…”D”