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Eagles are Grounded…Then Pounded

9-29-13

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I was explaining to Krista what kind of Quarterback Michael Vick is. I was like the dude can run, he can throw, he can make plays happen when nothing is happening, however he’s just not reliable or likeable.

Fair assessment?

I like Michael Vick about as much as I like taking my dogs to the Vet.

I noticed I hadn’t heard any smack talk from ANY of my Eagle fan friends?? ..Yeah thought so :)

I can’t tell you how much fun the “Peyton Manning Show” has been this season. As a fan, 4-0, Manning with career and record numbers. Witnessing touchdown after touchdown. Yeah it’s a good year to be a season ticket holder.

Today I got a shot of the skydivers from outside the stadium.

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It’s Gonna Be Odd…Without Todd

9-25-13

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I knew this day was going to be insane when I arrived an hour and a half early to Coors Field and it looked like Opening Day. DJ pumping out some techo on Blake Street and Rockies fans everywhere wearing #17 jerseys, it was an incredible sight. I normally don’t wear player’s jerseys (I have my Ranter jerseys), but there was a time when I did wear #17′s.

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I arrived early with the intention of soaking in the sights and sounds of the last game my favorite player would ever play at Coors Field.

However, I found myself trying to snag a good place in line as it was not only Todd’s last home game it was his bobble head day and Rockies fans (including yours truly) dig-em. In fact Rockies fans like their bobble heads so much every single one of them showed up 2 hours early.

Never have I ever seen a crowd that big trying to get inside Coors Field at once. I’m glad I entered Coors early because as I hit the front row of the pavilion I noticed a 20th Anniversary logo ball sitting on the warning track. Twenty two games this season and I had not snagged a Rockies Anniversary ball. I noticed Chad Bettis walking up to the ball and I really wanted that ball. So I went a little out of my comfort zone and said “Sir, I’ve been to a lot of games this year and I’ve yet to snag a commemorative ball, any chance I could talk you out of that one.”

Chad looked up, smiled and tossed it to me. Never hurts to ask I guess :)

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Here’s the video tribute the Rockies did for Todd.

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Nucking Futs and Bumper Nuts

9-5-13

Ravens vs Broncos

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First Game of the 2013 Regular Football Season.

I never really cared one way or the other about the Baltimore Ravens until last year. Losing to the Ravens in the Playoffs created an instant distaste for those dirty birds.

A dude named Jacoby Jones ripped my heart out last season and I’ve never fully recovered…

Until now that is :)

I’m not here to give you the stats of this game, there are folks who get paid to do that shit. I’m here to describe the feeling. As confident as Bronco fans wanted you to think we were going into this game, I believe each of us had just an inkling of doubt slingshoting around inside our heads. That little BB of doubt made me nervous because this was the first game of the NFL season and it was televised nationally with the entire country wondering/watching what the Broncos would do to try to even the score.

I like Joe Flacco about as much as I like gum stuck to my shoe.

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Captain’s Not From Here…But He’ll Serve You a Beer

7-20-13

Nothing will get me back on my blog quicker than folks messing with people I like.

If you’ve been to Coors Field, Sports Authority Field Salt River Fields at Talking Stick or Red Rocks more than twice you’ve seen him or purchased a beverage from him. Children are greeted as “Future Beer drinkers”, and if you’re not drinking enough he’ll let you know.

Here he cruising at warp speed.

I’m talking about my friend and Super Vendor Captain Earthman.

Here’s Captain E doing his thing at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on St. Patrick’s Day.

The company he works for “Aramark” let him go over some bullshit about melted ice on the concourse. You know the company that hires all those quality folk at Coors Field who take 2 innings to serve you up a brat. If you ever wondered why it takes that long it’s because they’re paid hourly and could give a shit if you ever eat.

Captain E works on tips and all you have to do is call him on his cell phone and he’ll come right to your seat with a big smile, cold beer and fresh insult.

The Coors Field experience is not and will not be the same without him.

Aramark, it’s time to right this wrong or a little bit of melted ice will be the least of your problems. I will not purchase a beer, soda or any of your nauseating food until you bring back Captain Earthman.

I’m “D” the Ranter…

Coors Field without Captain Earthman is like drinking a piss warm beer.

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Sky Was Bright…But No Win Tonight.

July 3, 2013

Dodgers vs Rockies Game 3

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The Pictures Were Free…Now They’re For Me

6-12-13

All things come to an end or in my case they slow down.

Well,…I’m not exactly slowing down, more like I’m changing cars. I’ve been blogging Rockies baseball since 2008 and if I had to guess I have somewhere around 80,000-100,000 baseball pictures on posted on the internet.

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I’ve had the opportunity to meet thousands of baseball fans and I’ve made hundreds of friends all over the world.

But it’s time for me to focus on my family and my home. My kids are growing up and I have a Ranch and a VW bus that I love and want to spend more time working on.

Do I have regrets? You bet I do. In all of the games I’ve attended I never managed to catch a game home run ball during the regular season. I’ve had probably a dozen close calls, but that Rockies clean catch pin has eluded me.

In six years of Rockies blogging I was never asked to do an interview. I always hoped for an interview of some sort so I could plug the Rockpile Rant and the group of Super Fans know as the Rantics. I guess my writing, pictures, stories about the games and spring training road trips didn’t mean much to anyone but my friends, family and RAntics who read this blog.

I rocked the Top 10 Fan MLBlogs for over 4 years creeping up as high as #2. Unfortunately I never managed to claim the #1 spot.

I always wanted to throw out a first pitch at a Rockies game. I realize now that will never happen. Another baseball dream of mine was to take a few swings during batting practice.

Am I bitter about any of this?…Not in the least. The adventures I’ve had and the friends I’ve made mean more to me than that trivial shit.

Thanks to MLBlogs for letting this Ranter do his thing here. Special thanks to Zack Hample and his adventures for inspiring me to start blogging in the first place, and special thanks to Dan for supporting the Rant with various ideas, tickets and promotions over the years.

With all of my heart…Thank you Rantics!…Thank you for all of your support, comments and friendship. If it weren’t for you I’d have stopped blogging my first year. I’m leaving my options open and I may return next season. If you’re curious, I’ll be blogging all of the Broncos home games this year.

If you’d like to keep in contact…I’m on Facebook as the “Rockpile Ranter”

I’m “D” the Ranter…In my Pops words…”73’s to ya!

I’ll be at the Ranch…”D”

“Bring Back Helmer!”

Here’s a link to my new Sports Blog known simply as:

RANTER

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Klatt’s Headed West…Time to Bring Back the Best

5-23-13

Remember the days after a Rockies win? The huge crowds of fans gathered in front of the ROOT SPORTS desk, chanting, cheering, and just plain happy to be there. Everyone waiting for Tom Helmer to do his post-game thing.

I along with a lot of other Rockies fans miss that display of Rockie luv. Rockies wins for me haven’t been the same since Tom Helmer stopped getting the post-game fans pumped by jumping up on that desk.

With Joel Klatt heading west, there couldn’t be a better time to “Bring Back the Homeboy”.

Helmer is as fan friendly as they come, knows and loves Rockies baseball,  and I can’t think of a person who could better represent a company who is “About the Fan”, than to hire back one of the best in the business who himself is a huge fan.

Best of all,  Helmer comes with his own hardcore Rockies fan base.

I’m “D” the Ranter…And Helmer is “Our Homeboy” and we want him back.

Plus,…I’m down for some more…“Tom on the Town”

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Bet Girardi didn’t come to Party

 5-7-2013

Yankees vs Rockies Game 1

Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:47.
Attendance: 41,595

Rain…Lots of rain.

I didn’t feel like I had great pictures for this game so I was going to skip this particular blog entry. However this was a Rockies win, the only one of the series and the only one in a while. Plus how often are the Skankees in town?

Although I was shut-out for BP again…. I felt like BP was as it should be. Baseballs flying everywhere and folks I know catch’n ‘em. I was witness to the Rox Addict snagg’n his first two of the season while surrounded by Yankee fans gloves.

Best thing about BP is it wasn’t raining…Yet.

I watched Jersey Geoff spring into action and snag Mariano Rivera’s autograph while in left field.

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I was also witness to the end result of an overly eager ball hawk that decided it was a good idea to crowd Jersey Geoff. A BP ground rule double bounced off the warning track then off of a glove and tagged that eager ball hawk right in the eye. (He’s OK).

Folks, that’s how you keep an eye out for the ball :)

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With Joe Girardi (Skankees Manager and the Rockies first catcher) in town it was time for a group pic. Four old Rockies pretty much the same age as me. Prize for best hair hands down goes to Vinny Castilla.

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Think these fellas have a few stories to tell?

I hung out with the Rox Addict most of this game, sitting just under the second level along the first baseline taking pictures and trying keep my camera dry.

It started raining early on and never stopped. Here’s my buddy “Big B” and his lady center picture toughing it out in the pavilion.

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1 Cargo 5-7-13

2 rutledge 5-7-13

3 rutledge out 5-7-13

Remember this guy? Chris Nelson a Yankee!…Oh well at least he’ll get to play there.

4 Nelson 5-7-13

5 Cuddy 5-7-13

6 NA 5-7-13

Anyone else think Ichiro’s eyebrows look tattooed on? This dude is still one helluva player despite the botched make-up.

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8 Jayson Nix 5-7-13

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9 Slide 5-7-13

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11 JH 5-7-13

Quote from Walt Weiss about Jorge: “Jorge gave up three singles — that’s a big-time performance,” Weiss said. “It’s nice to see one of our starters go out there and pitch like he did. If we get good starting pitching like we have for the most part this year, we’re going to win games.”

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13 YT 5-7-13

14 JDR swing 5-7-13

15 Dex1 5-7-13

LOL

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As per usual, weather became an issue.

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18 catcher 5-7-13

19 rain 5-7-13

20 Y slide 5-7-13

21 Slide y 5-7-13

23 Helton 5-7-13

25 rain drop 2 5-7-13

26 Nelson rain 2 5-7-13

27 cuddy catch 5-7-13

Cargo blasts a homer to center field and scores Rutledge…2-0 Rockies.

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Quote from Cargo: “I won’t lie — I was a little angry the whole game,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve been playing in a lot of bad weather, in a lot of bad situations, but we’ve still got to go out there and do our best.”

Well played Cargo!

28 Cargo score 5-7-13

29 Helton 5-7-13

30 Helton safe 5-7-13

32 Yank slide 5-7-13

31 Dex catch rain 5-7-13

I’m “D” the Ranter and give a lil props to the Rockies as this was their first shutout win at Coors Field since a 6-0 victory over the Cubs last Sept. 26.

I’ll be sitting front row of the pavilion May 16-18 for the Giants series here at Coors Field with my only goal being catching a game homer. See you there…”D”

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Trifecta that’ll Wreck Ya

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That’ll Wreck Ya

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You’re looking at the MLBlogs Colorado Rockies Blogging Trifecta.

Left to Right, Mike the Rox Addict, D the Ranter, and Amy the Blake Street Babe.

Damn cool Blog names but even cooler people.

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Photo by Kyle Banister

If you’re looking for the Batting Practice report, cool pictures and play by play from the game or if you’re wondering what the autograph scene is like at Coors Field.

This Powerhouse of local Rockies MLBloggers has got you covered.

With no love here from the local Media or Rockies affiliate we have to promote ourselves. We don’t get paid we Blog because we love the Colorado Rockies and we use our blogs as an online diary detailing the game experience to share with other baseball fans.

Unlike Joel Klatt, we’re loyal and we know a little something about Rockies baseball.

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I’m “D” the Ranter…Do yourself a favor and give some luv to your local Rockies Bloggers, nobody else will.

Let’s Bring Back Helmer too!

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Rox Slip and Dex Hurts His Hip

5-3-13

Rays vs Rockies Game 1

This would be my first game since the EY Bobble head game. Whole lotta props to my baseball buddies that weathered those snow games. I’m not a fair weather or cold weather fan, I’m a warm weather fan and I had my own snow issues to deal with up in Black Hawk.

Before blogging and before taking pictures my favorite thing about MLB baseball is batting practice. I love me some good BP. For some reason that ain’t happening this year. Usually by a month into the season I’ve at least snagged my first ball.

I didn’t take my usual 4 mg of pictures today. A blast from the past kinked my groove during BP and that put a damper on the rest of my evening.  I’m not a fan of aggressive ball hawks and I feel like in the pavilion there’s a good group of fellas that know how to respect personal space during batting practice. Every now and then we bump into each other, but because we know each other we know it’s unintentional.

There’s nothing worse than an overly eager ball hawk coming up in your space on a quest for a meaningless BP ball.

 Ball Hawking Etiquette… Don’t touch or invade the space of other ball hawks and pay attention to your surroundings. By entering someone’s space chasing a BP ball, you risk injuring yourself and the other person trying to catch the ball which could result in one of you taking a missile to the face.

Remember in the end it’s just a f’kn BP ball YO!

I watched older gentlemen getting hauled away on a stretcher from the game tonight after taking a foul ball to the face. It happens, it’s never pretty and this Ranter has no plans of leaving Coors Field by that particular mode of transportation.

FYI…If you come within a foot(what I consider a reasonable personal space) of me chasing a ball and push, bump or touch me in the pursuit a ball, I take that as a sign of aggression and that’s when I temporarily forget I’m there to chase baseballs.

I realize that one-sided chat with this dude is inevitable; I just wanted to give a little history on the matter before I’m standing in front of a judge…Or maybe the guy will read this, realize he’s the “overly aggressive ball hawk” in question and stop being a Dick…Nuff said on that.

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BP was a bust today, I did have play on a ground rule double but it bounced wildly off the outfield wall and I totally blew it. Other than that, zero BP homers were hit in my direction.

IMO… BP is not what it used to be, that my friends is sad.

Back in the day I used to like Jeff Francis, he grew up in Canada just like me.

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Now I find the only thing I like about Jeff Francis is his walk-up song….Rush-Tom Sawyer…That’s sad as well.

Why is the only guy from Canada wearing a jacket while on first base?

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Things that make you say “Hmmm”. I’m thinking of a 5 letter word that starts with “P”.

Francis allowed four runs and five hits in five innings.

Quote from the Canadian Sizzlean: “I felt like if I’d made some better pitches, we could have been ahead and won this game,” Francis said. “I missed with a couple of pitches and it cost me some runs.”

Really Jeff?  I dreamt I was a millionaire and woke up broke.

See anybody you know in the background?

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Now that’s a nice set of horns :)

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Cuddy blasting a home run into the fountain.

Cuddy home run 5-4-13

The Cargo serious look.

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It always amazes me how many dudes drop the ball, it’s not that hard Dan caught one with his glove behind his back.

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Dexter had to leave the game early with an injured hip flexor. EY JR took his place.

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This collision is where Dex hurt his hip.

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Rockies let this one advance to 10 innings and Matt Belisle blows it.

Rockies lose Game 1 to the Rays…7-4

I’m “D” the Ranter…C’mon Rockies I got a lil fight in me, where’s yours?

One more thing, everyone on the planet knows you can save 15% on your car insurance by switching to Geico. Do they have to fly a plane with a banner over the stadium every game? That stupid plane is so damn noisy it’s like a mosquito with a bullhorn…Seriously we know about the 15% and we’ve known for years…”D”

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