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Trifecta 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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EY’s are Good Guys

4-21-13

D-Backs vs Rockies Game 3

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The first bobble head game of the season and it’s a good one. You’d be hard pressed to find a Rockies fan who doesn’t love Eric Young.

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EY has a place in Rockies franchise history that will last forever. Young hit the first Rockies home run at Mile High Stadium back in 1993.

What’s cool about that is EY wasn’t exactly known as a home run hitter.

Today was autograph Sunday as well. I was on the field and the only player to stop by my little area was Adam Ottavino. I didn’t have any pictures of Adam as of yet so he autographed a baseball for me.

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Nice guy!

This is my friend Marianne aka R-Luv. She’s an original Rantic and it’s been a while since I’ve run into her at game. Good to see you R-Luv!!

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The weather today was not too bad. Definitely not warm, but a long sleeve shirt or light jacket was plenty.

Eric Young was present on his bobble head day. His youngest son threw out the first pitch to his older brother Eric Young Jr. I think the world of both EY’s and for me this reunion was just fun to watch. Eric Young and Eric Young Jr. are both fan friendly and about as humble as they come.

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Nice pitch from the lil guy known as “The Mayor”.

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This was Game 3 of a series in which the Rockies won the first two.

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Juan Nicasio starting pitcher.

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I love following foul and home runs baseballs into the crowd. Peoples expressions are priceless.

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Didn’t run into the Rox Addict all game, but did find him doing his thing when I was cropping a picture.

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Ever wonder who the Jackass is who starts “The Wave” when the Rockies are batting? It’s this guy below, if you see him you have my permission to smack him in the head.

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My favorite alien!

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This is Dan’s friend Brian catching Tulo’s homer on the bounce.

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Congrats brotha, you’ve just experienced what I’ve yet to.

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D-Backs come from behind in the 9th, score two runs and the Rockies lose this one 5-4 but take the Series.

I’m “D” the Ranter…8 more bobble heads to go.

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Padres Tank…Baby Bull Holds a Shank

I wasn’t going to blog about this game but the pictures were so good and the fact that we play the Padres tonight I figured Rockies fans could use some inspiration.

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Padres vs Rockies Game 3…Opening Weekend, Coors Field

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It was Hunter and I today and I have to tell you, it’s pretty sweet walking into Coors Field for game 3 with the series won already. My goal today was to catch my first BP homer of the season and get David Nied to sign my poster of him I’ve had tucked away for years.

Here’s a shot of David in 1993.

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Nied was the first pick for the expansion Colorado Rockies in the 1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft. Nied started in the first ever game for the Rockies, taking the loss against the New York Mets. He also pitched a number of other firsts for the Rockies, including first strikeout, first walk, first complete game, and first complete game shutout.

Nied compiled a 5-9 win-loss record in 1993 and went 9-7 in 1994 but won no more games in the next two years, playing sparingly. In 1996 he was granted free agency and joined the Cincinnati Reds organization. Nied retired from baseball at 28 after an arm injury. He now sells equipment for his father’s company. He is engaged to Heather Cranford, a former contestant on the TV show The Bachelor.

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For the second game in a row I was shut-out. However, Hunter’s learned if you can’t quite catch-em, positioning and being polite will win you the race. He snagged two baseballs today. Hunter probably could catch one, but his dad’s not ready to let him yet…Maybe next year.

Sorry, scares the shit out of me thinking about him just missing one and getting hit.

The Rockies had the elder Rockies from 1993 lined up along the first and third base lines signing autographs. By the time I figured out which line David Nied was in the line was almost up to the concourse. No matter, we made it in time and David signed my poster “Nied for Speed” when I asked him to.

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Thank you David!

This baseball game was just fun to watch. Within a few minutes of the start of the game I had my first broken bat picture from Baby Bull Rosario.

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 His bat still in hand, and the broken piece and ball in the picture…Perfect!

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Baby Bull is left holding a shank.

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This is how not to catch a baseball.

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JP showing exactly how to catch a ball, with style and some vertical leap.

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JP just short of a bullseye.

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Chacin the Machine…Job well done!

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Baby Bull’s hits a homer scoring Fowler and Cargo.

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That ball’s history.

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Bull’s homer as it enters the pavilion crowd.

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This guy is special Yo!

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Rockie Luv!

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Rockies destroy the Padres..Final Score 9-1

I’m “D” the Ranter…Opening day weekend is a rap and a sweep.

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Alumni in Town…Rockies throw Down

4-5-13
Padres vs Rockies.

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Opening Day at Coors Field.

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Let’s just say it’s been a long winter and if you live in Colorado, …it ain’t over yet.

Colorado does Opening Day right. Right in the fact that you don’t need a ticket to the game to enjoy the festivities, just show up early ready to party. The weather was 70 degrees and perfect for April baseball.

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The day started out with Douglas’s breakfast at the 20th St Cafe as it has for the last few Opening Days. In attendance were, Jersey Geoff, Mike the Rox Addict…

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Fran and Robert.

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Our host Douglas, Hunter and yours truly. On an extremely cool note, I only eat at the 20th St. Cafe once or twice a year and the waitress remembered what my breakfast order was.

That’s impressive!

Once we were full it was time to wander. Although there were a lot of folks hang’n around Coors Field, this OD seemed a bit mellower than ones I’ve attended in the past. Still there was lots going on.

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Hunter and I stopped by and checked out my favorite local Artist Kyle Banister. Kyle had a primo spot for his art and was working on the Rockies 20th Anniversary logo in liquid chalk. :)

Here’s Kyle Banister, Laura Rector, Eric Matelski working hard.

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Here it is finished… WOW!!

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Kyle’s work always pops out at you. His link is on my sidebar.

Stilt Man out harassing some lady trying to read a book?

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Hunter and I met up with long time Rockies employee and Rant follower Missy. 15 years with the Rockies right Missy?

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As we walked by the 850 KOA booth I noticed Goose Gossage and David Nied getting interviewed by Mike Rosin.

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 I have Goose’s autograph already but I was carrying a poster I wanted the “Nied for Speed” David Nied to sign. We waited around for a bit, but I figured I’d have better luck inside on Sunday acquiring Nied’s autograph.

Batting practice was taking place and as Hunter and I entered the pavilion a hit baseball had just rolled up to the wall. Matt Belisle picked it up, looked up and saw Hunter standing there and tossed it to him. Within a minute of entering the stadium Hunter had the first BP ball of the regular season.

Hunter managed to snag one more and his old man came up empty for Opening Day.

Before BP ended I met up with my a friend and co-worker Kevin and his daughter Sam. This was their first Opening day at Coors and you could tell they were happy to be there just soaking everything in.

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Seemed like there were fewer balloons this year?

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Ceremonial first pitch.

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Gonna be a fun season seeing these guys around, it feels like old times.

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I like the fact that Dante has the boys hitt’n good so far.

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Props to Cargo for staying healthy last year…Another Gold Glove!

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Damn that thing is shiny!

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This set of conjoined twins is known as the Hellowitzki.

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First pitch of the game.

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WTF?

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Look far left in the front row you can see Jersey Geoff in the mix.

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This Canadian earned his bacon today.

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Dex seconds before a home run blast to right field.

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Dex’s home run ball just before it lands.

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Dex gett’n some luv from the dugout. You can see John Elway and Dick Monfort above the dugout.

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Wait a minute, the entire stadium is celebrating Dex’s home run and Elway is Texting?

Sorry John..I’m a huge fan but today you are the:

“Dude texting with TV seats” fan of the game.

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Props to your girl though, she knows what time it is :)

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Watch your back “Baby Bull”!

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Rockies beat the Padres in their Home Opener…5-2

Folks that’s three in row. The best the Rockies did last season was three in a row.

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I’m extremely impressed with the Rockies pitching and hitting so far.

This team is loaded with talent, the question is: Is this the year we stay healthy and a new set of “Blake Street Bad-Asses” is born?

I’m “D” the Bad Ass Ranter….We need some attitude to go along with this altitude.

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Cactus, Burgers and Ball…And That Aint All

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Broncos Do the Deed… Secure the # 1 Seed

Chiefs vs Broncos…Game 16

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The last regular season game of the year. There were only two things Krista and I wanted to see happen today. A Broncos win, and news of the #1 seed in the AFC.

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I love this feeling. Being a hardcore Rockies fan winning is a strange concept to me. Winning 11 in a row is way more than anyone anticipated at the beginning of this season.

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After almost 15 years of the Broncos owning a lollipop factory, finally they don’t suck anymore.

Folks..Hold your head high…Being a Broncos fan carries some weight again. Even the Rockies Rally Squirrel jumped ship and now lives near Sports Authority Field.

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I figure since Rockies fans don’t tail-gate the scraps here must be plentiful. Krista and I did a little Hill-Gating with Mike the Rox Addict before the game. We shared a few of Colorado’s finest and started making plans for our Spring Training trip in 2 months :)

Hill-Gating is partying on a hill next to where other folks are Tail-Gating. Admittedly not a great word but it’s my word. How many words do you have?

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This Superbowl run is for you Champ.

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Love the broncos Toque that Champ is wearing.

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Don’t know what a toque is? Let me help you.

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(pron.: /ˈtk/),

In Canada, toque, or tuque (pron.: /’tu:k/), is the common name for a knitted winter hat, or beanie. The Canadian English term was assimilated from Canadian French tuque. Toque first appeared in writing around 1870.

The fashion is said to have originated with the coureurs de bois, French and Métis fur traders, who kept their woollen nightcaps on for warmth during cold winter days. Such hats are known in other English-speaking countries by a variety of names, including beanie (American), watch cap or stocking cap; the terms tuque and toque are unique to Canada and northern areas of the United States, close to the Canadian border.

Now you know.

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With Manning at the Helm…

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Broncos straight up kick the Chiefs ass 38-3..Total Domination!

On a final Broncos note..Six years ago on Jan 1 2007 cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed on New Years Day, at 24 years of age…Sad

Here’s a video tribute to Darrent.

It’s been a year folks. Lots of ups and down in our Colorado Sports world. Blogging gained absolutely no credibility in 2012 and as such a lot of sporting events are trying to restrict what type of cameras can be brought into a Stadium or Arena. They are shying away from anything with a detachable lens.

Anyone that knows me knows I don’t sell my pictures. They are online for all to view and enjoy. There’s not a lot of people out there that do what I do quite like I do it. If you know me you know….I’m not “in it” for the money.

Shit… Being “in it” costs me money.

I rarely watch sports on TV because I love being there. That feeling of being a small part of something bigger, camera in hand waiting to catch that “perfect picture” whatever it may be that day.

Props to Coors Field and the Rockies and Sports Authority Field and the Broncos for not restricting my camera usage. I’m glad they realize I’m on their side. The Nuggets and the Pepsi Center are a different story.

Spring Training Road Trip will be early March 2013 for the Rox Addict and I.

My Spring training trip is shorter this year because we purchased a mountain ranch a month ago..

You’d think the perfect name for the ranch would be the Rockpile Ranch right? For some reason my wife doesn’t share my enthusiasm for that name. Since we’re at 9200 feet elevation the wife decided we’re gonna call it the…

“HIGH C RANCH”.

I’m “D” the Ranter.

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Press Pass for the Ranter in 2013

From Krista, Hunter, Mylee , Elway, Nugget, Bronco, Karma Kitty and I…

Happy New Year and a prosperous 2013 to you…”D

Here’s the Thing…These Hornets don’t Sting

11-25-12

Nuggets vs Hornets 

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Our first Nuggets game of the season. Wasn’t sure what to expect.

Jersey Geoff and his family must have been think’n the same thing as my family because we ran into him up in the thin-air section (300 section). This was their first Nuggets game of the season as well.

Gold Medalist Missy Franklin was at the game. (Denver resident but not Colorado native).

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Pre-Game the Nuggets recognized Andre Iguodala for helping Team USA win the Olympic gold medal. Andre scored 23 points, 6 assists and had 2 rebounds tonight!

Nuggets also recognized center Timofey Mozgov for winning a bronze medal while playing for his native Russia.

The face of the Nuggets have changed so I’ll hit you with some player names.

Danilo Gallinari.

Andre Miller

Kosta Koufos.

Kenneth Faried..14 points and 12 rebounds tonight.

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Cory Brewer.

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Ty Lawson nailed 17 points tonight.

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Front Row Seat…Texting Fan of the Game.

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Click here for a Video Recap of the game

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Nuggets 102..Hornets 84

.Nugget’s are now 8-6 on the season and the win tonight was their 4th in a row. I must say at first I didn’t like the new uniforms, but they’re starting to grow on me.

Love that Old Skool logo.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Doing my best to be a well-rounded sports blogger :)

Cry me a Philip Rivers…Broncos Deliver.

11-18-12

Chargers vs Broncos

The Chargers have had the Broncos number at home for years. With the P-F-M 1000 firing on all cylinders I had a feeling that things would be different this game. Today Krista and I took our tailgat’n serious and showed up about 3 1/2 hours pregame. As it has been for every home game for the last two years the weather was perfect.

By the time we got to our seats we had missed the sky divers and the flyover. No worries. We were feel’n fine :)

Prader kickoff.

Willis McGahee before and after his knee injury…That sucks.

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Boom!

Knocks the ball loose.

In your face Rivers!!

Broncos recover. Von Miller had 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Dude’s a beast!

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Yeah Boy!

With that TD Decker became only the third Bronco to catch at least eight touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as usual. I’ll blame it on the unusually long pregame tailgate experience :)

By the way..Mikes Harder really is a bit harder..WOW

Broncos get the sweep of the Chargers at home with a final score of 30-23. Next up…Chiefs at Arrowhead. That should be a no-brainer.

I’m “D” the Ranter…What’s that 5 in a row now? After all the crappy post-Elway years, it feels like football is back in Colorado and it feels good to be relevant again.

I expect I’ll be gett’n a bill for Broncos post-season tickets soon.

A Slice of Walt Weiss

11-10-12

Rockies new Skipper…Walt Weiss

If your an old skool Rockies fan you love Walt Weiss’s play. Walt was a solid defensive shortstop and knew how to get on base.

Walt has a lifetime OBP of .351 and hit .258 for his career.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Weiss as the new Skipper though. I like other Rockie fans have questions like…

How do you bypass coaching in the minor leagues entirely and go right from High School to the Major Leagues?

 Why only the one year contract?

How much say will Walt have in the hiring of his new staff?

When can we lose the purple dinosaur?

What’s your first move?

I listened to Drew Goodman and Scott Hastings interview Walt yesterday afternoon on the radio and I really like how Walt answered these types of questions.

Here’s a link to that interview:

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So I figure since none of us fans have a say in who gets picked as the new Manager, really all I can do as a fan is see what Walt’s been able to accomplish a year from now.

The Rockies have some intriguing pieces in this puzzle. Walt’s got 12 months to see what he can do with this Rocky Mountain rubiks cube.

Here’s a lil slice of  Walt Weiss

1. Walt was initially drafted by the Orioles in the 10th round of the 1982 amateur draft. Walt decided to postpone his pro ball career and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll. In 1985 Walt was the 11th overall pick.

2. Walt’s first Major League appearance was in Sept of 1987 in a Oakland A’s uniform.

3. In 1998 Walt batted .280 and made the All-Star team (The All-Star game that year was held at Coors Field), for the Braves his first and only time.

4. Also in 1988 Walt made a costly error (Walt’s fault) in Game 4 of the World Series allowing the Dodgers to win the series in 5 games. That year Walt was awarded the American League Rookie of the Year Award, becoming the third consecutive Oakland player to win the award, following José Canseco and Mark McGwire.

5. In 1992 Walt was traded from the A’s to the newly formed Marlins and in 1993 played 158 games. At the end of the 1993 season Walt became a free agent and signed with the Rockies becoming the first player to have played for both expansion teams the Rockies and Marlins.

6. Walt played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to Dan O’Dowd from 2002-08.

7.  Walt retired an Atlanta Brave in 2000 with his last game  played on Oct 1st 2000 against the Colorado Rockies in Atlanta. Rockies won 10-5.

8. Walt was the head varsity coach for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. Weiss let his team to the 5A semifinals his first season.

Walt’s been involved in professional baseball for 20+ years. Is he what the Rockies are looking for?

Who knows?

I’m “D” the Ranter and what I do know is I’ll be at my Tuesday games and those 10 bobble head games. If there’s no inspiration to make any more games it’ll be…

“Walt’s Fault”

Cajun Chicken Ass Whipp’n

10-28-12

Saints vs Broncos

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In the spirit of New Orleans Krista and I stopped at Popeye’s Fried Chicken for a little Cajun feast while we tailgated..

The spicy chicken strips were pretty damn good.

But I figure victory tastes better :)…and doesn’t give you indigestion.

Full moon today.

Not sure if Evan Dalrymple is on vacation but some Country Western guy was singing the National Anthem.

Coin toss.

Hey…Nobody rides for free!

Thunder got a workout today.

I learned my lesson about working the next day after a Broncos Sunday night game.

I took Monday off :)

Sucks to hear about Joe Mays who fractured his left fibula and is out for an “extended time”.

Manning crushed his thumb on Saints defensive end Martez Wilson’s helmet after a 23 yard pass to Eric Decker. His thumb seemed to be a non-factor for the rest of the game as Manning became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in four consecutive games…WOW!

Broncos are now 4-3 and the rest of the season doesn’t seem so intimidating now huh?

I’m “D” the Ranter…

Football is back in Denver baby!!…Can you feel it?

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