Results tagged ‘ Clint Barmes ’

Rockies are hot and Baker earns a spot

7/23/08

Baker.jpgCongrats to Jeff Baker.

Jeff  has hit .333 this month and has earned himself a permanant spot at second base. Heres a recent quote from Jeff:

 “It’s just fun playing, it’s fun coming in and seeing your name on the lineup and knowing you’re going to go out there and get more (at-bats) to help your team win that day.”

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 So this opens up the question.

 What to do with Clint Barmes?  Clint has been great this year.

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 Hurdle is considering possibly using him in  an outfield position.

Do it Barmes.

Take whatvever job they offer you.

Shoot, tell them you’ll be the flippin batboy as long as you can stay part of this team. A job is a job, catching a ball is catching a ball. At the end of the month the morgage is due brotha..Good Job, you at least deserve a spot in this lineup.

 

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Coors Field was the place today for the Rockies vs Dodgers. This was game three of a split set.

Rockies won today 5-3.

We nailed this series.

 I love beating the Dodgers. Mostly because I hate losing to them. Dam, that sounds like something Yogi would say.

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Glendon Rusch gets the win today allowing three runs on seven hits in a respectable five inning outing.

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Ian Stewart has continued his hitting streak and now has hits in five games. He went two for three today.

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Brian Fuentes now holds the record for consecutive batters retired at twenty three. The old record was held by Tim Harikkala. Congrats Tito..you sneaky southpaw

 

The Rockies went six and one in this last homestand and are now 6.5 games behind the D-Backs for first in the Divison.

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Lets carry this momentum into the upcoming Road Trip.

We still have plenty of time and were gaining ground quick in this Division.

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Pirates pay on Rockies family picture day

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   <——Matt Holliday before the game today against the Pirates. He was awesome today as usual. Check out the glare on his head.

You can see yourself.

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 Rockies robbed  the Pirates today 11-3, nabbing the sweep.

 

 

Today we had no idea what we were in for.

As my life has been to date, with the good there has to be some bad, so first let me start off with the good stuff. Thumbnail image for me gate 7-20.JPG

 

 

 

 

 The kids and I were first to the Rockpile gate.

We knew it was Autograph Sunday, but didn’t know if there would be a batting practice.

 It was hot as hell today reaching the mid 90’s.

Way to hot for a guy who grew  up in Canada.  kids 7-20.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

While we were standing around waiting for heatstroke to set in, our friend Alice showed up right on schedule.  Alice 7-20.JPG

 

 Alice is a nice lady we chat with outside before the games. 

I believe she has been a season ticket holder since 1995.

 We save a spot for her in line every game we attend.

Today she asked if I was a season ticket holder.

 I said “no, I usually buy them at the gate or online”.

She reached into her purse and gave us three coupons redeemable for tickets to a Rockies value game.

Guess what?

There just so happened to be a value game tomorrow night. Free ticket coupons from Alice.JPG

 How cool is that!!

Alice watched the kids real quick as I walked over to the ticket window and exchanged those free coupons for tickets to tomorrows game against the Dodgers.

 Pavilion seats baby. Gotta love random acts of kindness.

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 That was mighty kind of you Alice, thanks for hooking us up. 

Alice, you are true Rockies fan.  Empty field for BP 7-22.JPG 

 We hurried inside and this is what we were greeted with.

 No batting cages out and an empty field.

Oh well, sometimes it just beez that way. 

A little bummed, we walked over and got in the line to wait to run to get in line again. I swear !In Line for a line 7-22.JPG

 Most autograph Sundays the line gets huge. 

When they drop this yellow chain everyone runs like hell over to the first base side so they can pick which one of the four players lines they want to stand in. 

 I’ve mentioned before about how crazy it can get when they let this yellow chain down.

Today I shot some crappy video of it. But I think you can feel what I’m talking about when you watch these two clips. Today actually was kind of a slow day.

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      Below are the pictures of the two players we chose to get autographs from 

They are Ian Stewart and pitcher Juan Morillo. Both players were on time and really nice. The lines were shorter than usual  today thats why we were able to get two players to sign.

 

  Juan Morillo signing Mylee’s Ball and Ian Stewart signing Hunter’s ball. Thank you !Thumbnail image for Ian Stewart 1 7-20.JPGThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Juan Morillo 7-20-1.JPG

 

 

 

 

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 The kids and I used the batting practice balls that we snagged earlier this  season to get autographed.

Each of us scored two autographs today. My Autographs 7-20.JPG

 

So that was it for autograph day. We nailed it.

 But wait,  if you look closely in the background of one of the autograph pictures you can see that the field was set up like a camera studio.

Wonder what that is all about? We were about to find out.

It must have been bring your family to work day because the players were out on the field taking pictures with their wives and kids.

I felt privledged to be able to witness this event in person. I love photo journalism and this was such a great opportunity. I just wish I had a better camera.

Any Camera Companies interested in sponsoring the Rockpile Ranter? I’ll make you rich. Just throwing that out there.

            Here we go, check out these pictures … this will be long but worth it.

                                         First we have the Grilli Family

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Grilli and Son.jpg                                  Next up we have a couple of the Hurdle family
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Clint and daughter 7-22-08.jpg                                        Followed by all of the Holliday family

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         Now we have the Barmes Family, their little guy is cute Barmes Family 7-22.JPG                                    A picture of Barmes and Helton hanging out 
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                                 Mark Strittmeyer and family (Timing is everything) 
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Mark S and son.jpg                                           Todd Helton and I’m not sure who 

Helton 12.jpg                                                Matt Herges and his son Herges and son 7-20.jpg                                                Kip Wells and daughter 
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                                                       Seth Smith
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Man that was cool. First time I have ever had an opportunity to take special pictures like that.

Ok, now to the game,  

Aaron Cook was a little shakey in the first inning allowing three runs and four hits. Whatever was mentioned to him at the end of the first inning worked because he came out and pitched six more scoreless innings.

Nice job Cookie. He is now 12-6 for the season.

Heres a quote from Cookie “We’re at a position where these next two weeks are going to make or break our season”, that about sums it up don’t you think?

Jeff Baker and Matt Holliday hit back to back homers in the fifth. Ian Stewart (who signed our baseballs today) had a double double and drove in three runs.

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Rockies  have won their last nine out of ten games at Coors Field.

 Congrats Rockies, this was an impressive run of four games at home.

 It will be interesting to see how things keep rolling with the Dodgers tomorrow.

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 Now for the bad like I was telling you.

My key broke off in my trunk and my car is still (as I am writing this blog), parked in lower downtown Denver.

I’m not real cool with that. 

I won’t be able to get a duplicate key made until tomorrow.

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  So my free parking on Sunday wasn’t exactly  free. I have no idea what this is going to cost.

I’ll probably be at the game tomorrow as we have those free tickets from Alice.

Hopefully I can take care of this car situation.

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Hawpe goes down, Smith’s back in town

5/25/08

All morning long I was thinking about the game today, the tiebreaker with the Mets.thinker_lg3.jpg

 I was also thinking about those Mets fans at the game yesterday that heckled the Rockies ALL game long right behind me.

 A win today would be sweet justice.

I had the chance to attend every Rockies game last week while my wife and kids were in Phoenix.

I didn’t dare even ask if I could go today. 

The hard part is that it’s Autograph Sunday and I hate missing the chance to adding a new autograph to the collection. Hate it.

 

seth smith.jpgBrad Hawpe has an injured hamstring so welcome back Seth Smith.

Seth had some timely pinch hits in the World Series run last year. Yesterday was the first Major League game he has ever started and today Smith hit a homer and drove in 3 runs. Nice way to make an entrance Smith, keep it up brotha. I’m impressed.

Props to Aaron Cook, nice job pitching the Rockies first complete game this year. 

           Rockies win this one 4-1 and take 2 of 3 in this series against the Mets.

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Jorge De La Rosa will be on the mound tomorrow against the Phillies.

This kid is amazingly calm and poised. I have high hopes for this guy. Tomorrow will be a really good opportunity for him to make us believers…Good Luck Jorge!

 

 

 Matt Holliday, Willy Taveras, Clint Barmes…Heal up quick…we need you guys healthy. Last thing we want to do is start to slip too far behind. Should be an interesting 10 game road trip.

I’m excited about the next set of home games because Hunter will get to walk around the track on Coors Field June 10 with his baseball team the Scorpions.

He and probably 1000 other little baseball players.

All of them in their baseball uniforms. I really think that is cool of the Rockies to let the kids do that. That’s a memory that will stick with him forever.

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 I was able to do the same thing inside Yankee Stadium when I was in Grade 3 in New Jersey for being a Safety Patrol all school year long. 

 Hunter and I will be at batting practice for the game against the Giants on June 10th.

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We arrived in time and got Clint to sign

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Hunter and I showed up early so we could have a decent spot in line for Autograph day.
Gate 4-6-08.jpg This was the third home game of the year and our first time at Coors Field this season. There were four players signing and when they dropped the yellow rope everyone took off like a bat out of hell, trying to snag a good spot.

Hunter and I were running ourselves and we managed to get the number 4th and 5th place in Clint Barmes’s line. Clint looked nervous while signing, but he was really cool. There were a LOT of people there trying to get autographs.

Barmes signed my Rockies ball, and then he signed Hunter’s helmet, thanks Clint !

                   That makes four autographed baseballs so far this season.

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He shook my hand then Hunter and I took off to try and get in line for another player. Unfortunately as we reached the next line we discovered it was way too long. So we went and got a couple of Rockie Dogs and settled in for the game. 

                      The promotional item of the game was a white Rockies hat.

 The Rockies lost to the D-Backs in the 10th inning 5-2. I hate losing to the D-Backs at Coors Field.

                                                        Go Rockies…D
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