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Weather: 53 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, In from RF.
Today was supposed to be the warm game of this series, not so much.
Batting practice was a good time today. I ran into Joy and Jim and Keelan and I snagged two baseballs. The first was a BP homerun off of Troy Tulowitzki and the second was a BP homer hit by a Pirate that took a nice bounce off the bleachers and rebounded back to me.
Both were given away to tiny Rockies fans.
Dan has a video of the catch and I’ll upload it as soon as it’s available.
A few degrees colder and the Hosers would have been making snow.
Really guys shorts?? It’s the cold and flu season.
Just before the game started I met up with my friends Scott and Ruth, both huge Rockies fans and we watched this nipple hardner from the Rockpile.
This guy is dangerous.
To quote Robert, “McCutchin is one of the few players who makes Dexter Fowler look slow”.
Here’s Cargo breaking his bat too. I’ve never taken two broken bat pictures in one game. Cold weather definately takes its toll on wooden bats.
I love what I do :)
This was an extremely cold and uneventful game, the wind was the kicker.
Clint Hurdle’s Pirates get the win over the Rockies 3-0. Chacin did a pretty good job as far as I was concerned despite the loss. I plan to be much better prepared for tomorrow’s game.
Tulo’s stuck at 99 homeruns and I’ll be sitting front row in left field.
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and the Cold is gett’n Old.
Photo courtsey of Mike the Rox Addict
I’m on the search for the NEW Mobile Blogging Unit…I think I may have found it.
C’mon Rockies, it’s the Pirates at Coors…Let’s take this series…D
Something had to change from the previous game. Over a dozen missed opportunities to snag a ball. Being right there, so close and having to back off at the last second because someone else happened to be sitting in the perfect position to catch the ball.
Some days it just beez that way, but not today. My first ball was a toss up from Ubaldo Jimenez. Originally I thought it was for Hunter (and it may have been) but he overshot Hunter by 15 feet or so and I nabbed it.
The second ball I snagged was hit by Dexter Fowler I tracked perfectly. The ball bounced off the tip of my glove, deflected onto a bleacher and landed right in front of me. I reached down quickly and nabbed my own blown catch.
It was game on from there. The next two were gloved perfectly and within 15 feet of each other. Chris Iannetta hit one of them.
One was a practice ball and the other ball was one I had been waiting for.
No big deal to some snaggers as most of you probaly have one, but it was my first.
A teenage girl asked me for it. I told her she could have a ball but not that one. I reached into my backpack and gave her the practice ball.
Rockies left then the Astros were up and within a few minutes I was tracking another ball. I followed this ball as it sailed about mid-way up the bleachers.
I turned then tripped over the bleacher and caught the ball as I was falling down backwards. It wasn’t pretty (more funny), but I caught that sucker.
I gave that ball to the brother of the teenage girl I had handed the other ball too. That family left happy.
Ball six was about thirty minutes into Astros BP and was a quick dash to the right and perfect catch on the run.
Just as batting practice was about to end some big white guy crushed one out to mid-pavilion about 2/3 of the way up and I was on it perfectly.
At the last second I realized I was up one row too high and I missed as it landed perfectly under the bleacher directly on top my foot.
White flash, ouch, oh sheet don’t act stupid Don everyone is looking. Hide the pain because nobody saw it hit your foot.
The whole thing was hidden by the bleacher. Had I danced around in pain people would have wondered what the F’ck was wrong with me so I had to act somewhat normal.
Man, I couldn’t even swear. Me not swearing, I impressed myself.
It was a perfect shot. My first instinct after the white flash was to get that damn ball and as I reached for it a kid in a Rockies jersey scooped it up. I was like “What the” and when I looked up it was Hunter.
It was his only ball of the day and I was glad he got it.
Afterwards we did have a discussion about him not snaggin so close to me and how I don’t like competing against my son for baseballs that I bobble.
I think it looks silly he and I chasing after the same ball,…but anyways.
It was at that point I noticed my shoe was getting tight. That’s not good.
The ball that landed on my foot just happened to have a big H on it.
Some may say that “H” stands for Houston. I don’t think so. I say it stand for “Hurts like Hell” when it smacks you in the foot full force.
My foot throbbed for about 20 minutes and then it went numb.
I figure if you’re going to get hit with a pitch you want it to be in the meaty part of your body. On most people there’s no meat on top of your foot. This type of BP injury was a first for me and hopefully the last. I’ve got almost two weeks to heal up.
After BP we went over to the Rockies side and tried to get some autographs.
Glenallen Hill and Jeff Francis. Hill is looking at me like he remembers me from Spring Training. My favorite line from Hill in Tucson was “What you guys do with all those autographs?”
Hurdle and Francis
That is one happy kid.
Everybody was happy, at least before the game started.
Marquis warming up before the game.
Best haircut of the game. In case you’ve never seen one, this particular hairstyle is know as a Mullet. Very popular in the 80’s but now is usually only found in the deep south.
Southerners do travel and when I get a chance to photograph a rare haircut like this I just cant resist.
This ones a beauty :)
Ian Stewart had a Grand Slam yesterday and another homer today.
Brad Hawpe tracking a baseball.
Todd Helton at bat.
Spilborghs getting ready.
Helton out at first.
Garrett Atkins proving that white men can jump.
Tulo in action.
Atkins ready to go.
First off if you’re brave/man enough to wear a pink shirt, your picture makes this blog. But the fact he was standing there talking to Bill Gates, well that’s seriously blog worthy.
Although wouldn’t you think Bill Gates would at least sit Club level?
Dan’s daughter Emily was interviewed on Thursday’s game by Fox News and by Mark Stout of FSN.
I’ll post or link some video when I have it. That should be really cool.
I went home and put my foot up. No DL list for me, I’ll be ready by next homestand. Unless I broke a bone and then I’ll be there in a cast.
Final Score Astros 15, Rockies 11.
Coors Field Crack of the Game
Sorry it’s a little blurry, I was laughing :)
1 Point- For showing up.
15 points- For catching 5 balls on the fly.
2 points- For a toss up from Ubaldo Jimenez.
Total = 18 points
Hunters Hagg’n Points for this Game
1 point- For showing up
3 points- For snagging a ball on the bounce off of my size 12 shoe.
Total = 4 points
My next Rockies home game is Tuesday the 26th. Gotta give some props to my Denver Nuggets. I believed at the beginning of the season when everyone thought I was crazy. I’ve been somewhat silent about their success of late because I didn’t want to jinx anything.
This is the team, this is the Nuggets year, The Lakers are beatable and the Nuggets will do it…D
Dont miss my next entry when I talk about how Coors Field Ushers are now required to fondle your peanuts…I’m serious…D
Batting practice was OK but I was totally shutout. It still happens once in a while but not so often anymore. I just can’t bring myself to ask a player for a baseball. I love catching or racing up five row of bleachers to beat someone to a ball that has taken a bounce.
The best batting practices are during the week when the pavilion is less crowded. My friend Emily an MLBlogger who writes the Rockies blog “I live for this” was at batting practice with her friend.
Hunter managed to snag two baseballs today. The first one was a toss up from Manny Corpas.
I’ve yet to get an All-Star ball.
Manny tossed one to Hunter on Friday too. Hunter had another opportunity when the Rockies finished batting practice.
Manny tossed the last ball to Hunter and Hunter didn’t expect it and it hit him just below his neck in his chest.
The ball rolled to the right and some lady kept it for her kid.
Personally any kid that gets hit with a ball like Hunter did should have been given that ball. But like you’ve heard me say here before “Some people don’t get it”.
She doesn’t get it and neither did my boy. No worries, Hunter was ok and already had a ball. After the Marlins BP we went around to the Rockies dugout to see what was up.
When Brad Hawpe finished warming up he headed back to the dugout and on his way tossed Hunter his second ball of the day.
Jorge De La Rosa copping a squat before the game.
Jim Tracy and Alana
Helton taking a stretch.
Ian Stewart doing the same.
There was a moment of silence for two members of Event Services Staff that had passed away. That was a nice way to pay respect I thought.
BBCHICK asked if I would get some pictures of the High School band performing the national anthem as she some friends who are in the band. I actually shot video of it
Bob, Yorvit and Jorge doing the walk.
Clint Hurdle was out signing autographs today. A few others did but not many. Spilborghs was out there for a good ten minutes signing today.
Jorge De La Rosa is pitching decent I’d say despite his lack of wins. Jorge pitched for 8 innings and had 12 strikeouts. Jorge is (0-3) for the season.
Garrett Atkins went 0-3 and is really struggling only batting .218. It will be nice when he finds his groove cause Atkins can hit. Tulowitzki homered in the first inning and went two of four for the day. Troy was replaced in the ninth inning because of a slight strain on his quadricep. The same one he injured last season…I don’t even want to think about Tulo going on the DL right now.
Take it easy Tulo..Heal up that quad brotha
Torrealba broken bat.
I believe if I had to I could kill dinner for my family with that weapon.
I call this picture “Floating Bat Boy Broken Bat” :)
Jorge at bat.
Jorge and Tulo Jorge on display
Torrealba and Baylor
Tulowitzki about to throw
Dexter Fowler at bat
Dexter Fowler swingin.
Hawpe and Atkins
I call this picture “Tulo’s invisible bat”
Jason Grilli was up on the mound after De La Rosa.
Jason keeping a close eye on first base
A quick chat
Hawpe letting one go by.
Barmes and Hill
1 point- Showing up for the game.
1 point –Staying until the end of the game and getting a picture of the final score.
1 point- Snagging four season ticket stubs from the game.
Total = 3 points
1 point- Showing up
4 points- Two tossed up baseballs worth 2 points each.
1 point– Staying until the end of the game.
1/2 point- Snagging two season tickets after the game.
Hunter has been kicking my butt.
When are YOU going to start Hagg’n? I have prizes :) …D
I love baseball and I don’t mind cold weather. Combine cold wind, rain and baseball and that’s a mix I don’t care for.
The game today was the first professional sporting event I have ever attended with my parents.
My parents enjoy watching some sports but the closest professional “Live” anything is in Edmonton, Alberta.
That’s 350 miles away.
My parents live in Canada.
Attending major professional sporting events is not common place for them.
So the fact that they attended this game with me despite the weather really meant a lot.
My mom said she enjoyed it and my dad seemed mildly entertained :)
We bailed out at the bottom of the fifth inning. At least my parents were able to witness the Rockies score all of their runs.
You’ve got to love Dexter Fowler. This dude is already making a name for himself. He crushed his second homer of the season tonight off of Chan Ho Park.
At one point in the game I could hear some people in the crowd chanting “Chan Ho Walk”, that’s funny.
I’ve mentioned a few times in my blog that I think Dinger the dinosaur should have a little/lot more of a masculine appearance.
With all due respect to the guy inside of that big festive muppet, I think Dinger looks like a cross between the purple Teletubbie and Barney.
As you can tell in the picture below, it being Easter did nothing help out old Dinger’s masculinity. I bet this guy goes to bed every night praying they change his costume or promote him to Usher :) so he can get out of that embarassing purple/pink sweatsuit.
I’ve got it, since Dinger is a “required to be a people person”, lets make him a beer vendor and make Captain Earthman the Rockies Official Mascot.
He owns a set of bunny ears and he’s probably tired of carrying that heavy beer around for three hours.
See if I think long enough I can come up with a solution for anything :)
Here’s a thought….How about a mascot called the “Rock Man”? He would sort of look like the Michelin man but would look like he was made of boulders.
That would be a freggin tough looking mascot. I think the kids would dig it too.
I figured the Rockies had game three in the bag with the great start they had and the fact they owned the lead until the 8th inning.
Corpas and Street let the lead slip and the Rockies lose to the Phillies 7-5, thus allowing the Phillies to take two of three games and win the set at Coors Field .
Rockies are now 3-3. Next up,…the Cubs at Wrigley.
I didn’t show up for batting practice as I figured there wouldn’t be one,..I was right.
Attending the game- 1 Point
We didn’t stay to the end of the game because I was quite done with the rain and cold at this point and figured for sure this game would be called and the Rockies would win.
No such luck today
Total points today’s game = 2
Overall total this season = 13 Points
Here are a few more pictures I took…Clint Barmes
Here’s a random crowd shot, look how everyone is dressed.
Ok now to R-Luv’s points. This girl is good. She was on it and she discovered a great way to snag points was by taking pictures with the Ushers.
I have to make a change to the Hagg’n points but R-Luv was so hardcore into Hagg’n she gets credit for all her pictures because she earned those points before I fine tuned the Usher picture point thing.
Here is how the Usher thing will work from now on. In order to have the point count the picture has to have the actual Hagger and the Usher in it. The other change is you can’t earn more than five points per game using Usher pictures or autographs.
I have to put a cap on it. As far as hot dog/brat points go, you can only earn a point if “you” actually eat it.
Remember this first season of Hagg’n is experimental and I’ll have to tweak things now and then.
Here are R-Luv’s stats as she reported them to me:
What a game! And what a madhouse! I’ve never seen the stadium that full. Yikes!
I got pictures of 18 ushers, they got a kick out of being asked
2- hot dogs
attending the game
So, I think that gives me a total of 23 points. Here are a few of the pictures I got, I
think you’ll enjoy them. One of the pictures is Hurdle having words with the umpire. I
think that could be another category for getting points.
These are the three pictures R-Luv/Marianne sent me.
R-LUV-23 points in one game.
ROCKPILE RANTER– 10 points in 3 games
Thanks Marianne and Good Job!
Donnie’s first game is on the 15 th. So far nobody else has reported any stats. I’m having fun with this and I know R-Luv is. Interested?? Scroll back a few entries and check out what Hagg’n is and how to accumulate points while attending a baseball game.
Thanks for choosing the Rockpile Rant…DPS- Did anyone see the fan wearing the yellow poncho jump onto the field and pick-up that foul ball? He actually looked like an Usher for a second so I’m sure they kept the camera on him for a bit.
PSS- Game 7 Rockies lose to the Cubs today 4-0, ouch.
Happy Youngster, you were right.
Maryvale Baseball Park where the Brewers do their spring training is the nicest baseball park I’ve seen this trip. The concessions are actually cheaper than anywhere else, and the outfield has grass that is perfect for snagging baseballs.
The gates opened 1 1/2 hours early and we were there early as usual.
No big surprises going through the gates. The Ushers were friendly and informative. With me today were Andy and my father-in-law Joe.
The crowd today was a little over 2000 and most people sat around home plate leaving the outfield unpopulated. Upon entering the stadium I immediately headed for the beautiful grassy outfield.
As I was fast-walking (running to hear Andy tell it), over to the outfield I saw two BP homers get smacked over to left field. I debated going over there, but for a change I decided I’d give the right side of the field a try. A wise move on my part, but I didn’t know that yet.
It wasn’t five minutes and I found myself chasing after two BP homers in a row. Neither of which I was able to catch. I slightly misjudged both and they sailed over my head by mere inches.
Both of my BP homers were snagged by teenagers standing directly above me in the grass. Both were great catches.
The first baseball I snagged was tossed to me by Dexter Fowler. Thank you Dexter, I didn’t even ask him for it.
The next three baseballs that came to right/center field were mine. I was able to snag two of them after they had bounced in the grass and were rolling.
My last BP homer I caught on the fly which is how I prefer to snag them :)
Total batting practice tally = 4 baseballs.
I did something today I’ve never done before. I was snaggin in bare feet. I had already slipped a few times with my sandals as the incline is a little steep. I removed them and the grass was cool and soft and gave a solid grip in bare feet.
Cheering for the oversize sausages had me wishing Hunter and Mylee were with me.
Check out the scoreboard. Don’t quote me, but I believe this lead was the only Rockies lead in the first seven games of spring training.
One of my goals was to Get Clint Hurdle to sign my Sports Illustrated 1978 issue with him on the cover. Andy and I had met up with Clint and Don Baylor outside Hi Corbett a few mornings ago and Clint told me he would sign later for me.
This was my last opportunity to snag Clint’s autograph during my vacation. I noticed Clint walking over to the outfield and when he was about 50 feet away I yelled “Clint you said the other morning that you would sign my magazine, do you have time now?
He immediatly walked over and autographed it for me. I had my opportunity to mention to Clint how much I enjoyed my time at Hi-Corbett how friendly he and all the Rockies have been to us. He said he was glad and they he/they were fond of Hi Corbett too.
So are you thinking that the Hurdle autograph on the Sports Illustrated was my holy grail?
Not even close, in the sixth inning I happened to be looking in another direction when I heard a loud crack. Just then my father-in-law Joe said “there’s one” I looked left and up, and spotted the baseball.
In nanoseconds I was up and off like a bat out of hell jumping over and clearing two dudes who were laying out. Then I ran down the hill past a lady who also was going for the home run ball and I scooped the ball up as I was sliding down the hill on the grass.
I have the grass burn to prove it and Andy and Joe as witnesses :)
I also hyper-extended my right arm as I slid down but it was worth it.
Injuries heal, I’ll be buried with that baseball.
2009 is mine.
Here it is folks, my first live home run ball hit by Daniel Ortmeier in the sixth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park.
This was Daniel’s first live home run as a Rockie. I’m proud it was this Rockie fan who snagged it. I’m also glad that my first live home run ball was from a Rockie, but in all honesty I wouldn’t have been choosy.
Guess what else happened at the bottom of the eighth inning?
Trot Nixon of the Brewers hit a right field homer and I missed it by inches. The ball bounced on the outfield wall edge, then bounced on the sidewalk and then landed in a bush three feet outside the ballpark fence.
Andy found a stick to try and poke it loose but it wouldn’t reach. Just then a couple were walking by and Andy took a chance and asked the guy if he would hand him the ball. The guy did and Andy snagged his first live home run ball.
All I can say is what a vacation. I did everything I wanted to do and then some.
I was able to see four Rockies home games, and this road game against the Brewers. Right now the Rockies are 0-5 for the games I’ve watched and 0-7 for the season.
The final score of this Rockies/Brewers game was Brewers 8, Rockies 6….Dammit
On Monday at the Rockies game I saw that some of the players were out signing so I walked over to the Rockies dugout. I saw an open spot and I squeezed into it. Once positioned I looked to my left and standing right beside me was Baby Paul and his dad Mark. I knew they were supposed to be at this game but up until that moment I hadn’t seen them.
Mark and I chatted and snagged a few autographs. I don’t know Mark that well but I can tell he’s a good guy. I was able to meet Marks’s wife and I believe it was Mark’s mother and father.
Super nice people and I was floored to find out that his mom is a regular reader of the Rant.
Baby Paul was a little bit grumpy when I met him but it was blistering hot that day and I didn’t blame him. Everyone was sunburnt, it was hot even for Tucson.
Just before we rolled out of Tucson I had met Baby Paul and family outside and they posed for a picture in front of the Mobile Blog Unit. How freggin cool is that?
I also got a phone call from Robert Harmon telling me he was arriving in Tucson with a VW bus running on 3 cylinders just as I was about an hour north of Tucson headed for Phoenix.
Thanks Mark, it was a pleasure to run into you again and an honor to meet your family.
That’s a wrap from the Rockpile Ranter’s Mobile Blog Unit and our Rockies Spring Training adventures. I will be writing a final spring training recap and I will be updating Rockpile Ranter’s Picture Blog over the next week with pictures and video that I haven’t used in my spring training blog entries.
Realizing there is only so much time in a day, and that a blogger can’t possibly cover everything. Do you have any suggestions as to what I could have done better?
Or what about things I should have our shouldn’t have done?
I love feedback and would REALLY value your opinions.
This was the best vacation of my life. I just want to mention that 99% of the Rockies were extremely kind to us and getting to meet Todd Helton and watching him autograph my bat and World Series baseball meant more to me than I can really put in words.
Let me just say, he is as cool in person as you would think he would be.Right now the Rockpile Rant is the # 1 Rockies snagging blog in the world :) This blog has really taken a life of it’s own and matured into something that is fun and that I’m really proud of.
My thanks to all of you for taking a few minutes of your time to see the world through my eyes.
Your faithful Rockies Blogger…”D”…The one and only, very sunburnt Rockpile Ranter.
We arrived 6:45 AM at Hi Corbett field and as we were driving up to the stadium we saw Clint Hurdle and Don Baylor returning from their morning walk/jog. We parked real quick and ventured out to meet up them on the street.
Me with my 1978 Sports Illustrated magazine and Andy with an Inaugural Rockies program with Baylor’s picture on it.
Clint refused(he said to catch him later), but I was able to plug the Rockpile Rant with Clint listening and he thanked me for my support.
That was pretty cool. On a sour note, twice now Vinny Castilla has blown right by me and refused to sign. Today as I held the RPR banner out with twenty other Rockies autographs on it Vinny said to me again “I’m not a player man”. He wasn’t very nice about it either.
I might understand his refusal if I was one of those guys standing there with fifteen baseball cards and wanted him to sign each and every one of them(believe me I’ve seen that here).
But that wasn’t the case, I was standing in front of him with a hand drawn TEAM banner.
He deserves a full fledge Rant but I’m on vacation and that takes way too much energy.
So Vinny, keep your autograph. It means more to you than me.
NOTE: This blog was not created to slam individual players. However I am a reality blogger and when somone is in your face rude, that’s REAL to me.
Here’s a closer look. There are twenty autographs on this banner in this picture. I’ve added two more since I took the picture. Josh Fogg and Glendon Rusch.
In 40 minutes we’ll be heading over to the practice fields to see what kind of trouble we can get into…More later…D
I’m back from the practice fields. I was really lucky today.
Not only did I get 22 autographs on my banner this morning I managed to get 4 more autographs on my World Series ball. I had one baseball that Jason Hirsh signed in the wrong place so I decided to turn that baseball into a team baseball.
While I was watching batting practice in the practice fields, I decided to head out into the outfield and see if I could catch one of Helton’s BP homeruns. I was standing out there about maybe twenty minutes and then Helton hit one over to my area but it didn’t go over the fence.
Ian Stewart came over to pick it up and I asked if I could have it. He looked at me and said “Don’t worry he’ll hit one over. Not two minutes after he said that Helton hit two in a row to me.
One I caught on a bounce and one I snagged while it was still rolling.
My day gets better…After I snagged these two baseballs I headed over to get my ticket for the game. It was T-shirt day and I wanted to make sure I got one.
After I picked up my T-shirt and headed back to the practice fields to watch the rest of batting practice. When it was finished I saw my opportunity to get Todd Helton’s autograph on my bat and I took it.
Mission complete. I am now the proud owner of one Todd Helton autograped Big Stick bat and one Todd Helton World Series baseball.
Rockies vs Dodgers
This was the third pre-season Rockies game I have been to this season and it is the third loss I have witnessed. Here’s a breakdown of the hitters and I’m not even going to go into pitching.
Final Score: Dodgers 13 Rockies 5
Eric Young 0-4 with two errors.
Scott Podsednik 0-3.
Troy Tulowitzki 0-3.
On a bright note, Matt Murton went 2-3 with one run and Joe Koshanski 1-2 with one home run scored and two RBI.
Two more Rockies games while I’m down here. One more at Hi-Corbett and one against the Brewers at the Maryvale Baseball Stadium. I need to see a win. I’ve pretty much accomplished what I set out to do down here and it would be nice to drive home buzzing with a win.
It will happen, remember I’m a BELIEVER.
Are you ready for a picture show of epic proportions? I swear I could do this for a living.
All of the pitchers doing their morning warm-up stretches.
Some of the big hitters warming up, I like this picture.
I heard him say at batting practice after hitting a couple of nice hits “I got those but I couldn’t even hit a foul yesterday.” Big Sal (who’s also a blogger), Todd Helton and Ian Stewart.
Big Sal and Chris Iannetta.
Helton or as he’s known here “Sweet T” betcha didn’t know that.
Barmes about to scoop up a grounder. He has been extremely cool about signing stuff for me this trip. Thank you Clint. He hit really well today.
Taking a break.
Clint Barmes rubbing his bat.
It’s getting late and I haven’t even posted the game pictures that I took today. I’ll go ahead and do that tomorrow. I can’t let this entry end without letting you know how the Vinny Castilla thing turned out can I?
If you remember Vinny was a little rude this morning and tried to play me for a chump. It’s too bad because up until today I really liked Vinny Castilla.
As I was walking past Vinny’s Porche I saw something sticking in the window.
Sorry Vinny you can’t play the Ranter…Back atcha tomorrow…D
I was left with no option but to try and use my backup desktop computer. It’s damn near as old as my daughter Mylee, and she’ll be eight soon..
I got that thing up and crawling, but it’s just to old.
So after some tweaking, fixing, and replacing, I’m up online again using my old broken laptop.
I’m trying to look at this with the glass being half full, so on a positive note let me say at least my piece of schit computer lasted until the end of the regular season.
Speaking of broke and finished, who do you think the Rockies are going to get rid of before next season?
Do you like the way I just slid that in there? I got skills.
He has another year still in Colorado but you know he’s got to be wondering what his market value is? I’m curious.
As a Rockies ticket purchaser, I only help pay the Rockies salaries, I don’t sign their paychecks, but I think they should find a way to keep Holliday here. I’d pay a buck more for a Rockpile ticket.
He likes it here, keep the man happy, and pay him what he’s worth. Even that might not be enough.
Next seasons pitching should be interesting. Brian Fuentes (super southpaw) is coming off his best season and is now a free agent.
Brian Fuentes = reliable closer
Yep, he is going to cost some the Rockies some green, but pitching has ALWAYS haunted this team and this guy does what you pay him to do, win games.
In my opinion he is only expendable if it involves some kind of deal that keeps Matt Holliday in Colorado.
Jeff Francis never found his groove, and then he went on the DL for his shoulder. He struggled when he came off the DL, but was seemingly back in stride toward the end of the season.
If we could guarantee a solid pitching season (we all wish), there is no telling what the Rockies could do in this Division.
Now let me take this full circle. In my opinion, Matt Holliday is only expendable if we bring in a BIG name pitcher. See,…it works both ways.
Yorvit vs Chris. Hurdle will probably split their action 50/50 until an injury or performance dictates which one will assume the position. Both these guys are excellent catchers and the Rockies are lucky they have them both to choose from.
Where will Garrett Atkins wind up next season? This one is a pickle.
Garrett starts the season on third base. Todd Helton gets hurt midway through the year, Garrett takes over first base and does a great job.
Ian Stewart takes over third and does a better job than Garrett did.
Ian is younger, more athletic and gets paid less than Garrett.
On Garrett’s side, one thing he has that Ian doesn’t is a proven track record. Only time will tell for Ian.
I have more plenty more questions as do you I’m sure. I also have five months to kill.
Tell me what you think the Rockies should do for next season.
I was just curious who this fella was?
Helton jersey, floppy hat, seems like its been done.??
I knew today would be a good day for baseball. I woke up in a good mood. The weather was perfect. Parking downtown was free today because of the Holiday and we even managed to snag a good parking spot.
We were the first two in line at the Rock Pile Gate. We were just killing time when Alice walked up and gave us two free coupons for todays Value game.
We had Rock Pile tickets and this enabled us to upgrade to Pavilion tickets.
Hunter took his usual position as far into center field as he could get.
The guy pictured on the left may be an “actual Colorado cowboy”..
I’m just not sure.
If you noticed in the video there were no Rockies players warming up.
We figured with the big basket of balls on the field and the batting cages setup, there would have to be a batting practice at some point.
About fifteen minutes after we got inside the Giants began hitting. Hunter came close to a couple of balls that were tossed up by players. I had two home run hits sail over my head and land in almost the exact same spot behind me. I misjudged another bounce and that was it. I swear there wasn’t eight balls hit into the stands the entire practice. No wonder the Giants Suck. Ok I take that back, at least they showed up for BP.
And then he was gone. Cool guy, he always takes time to sign.
Clint Hurdle did the same thing.
Not too shabby.
That made up for not snagging any baseballs today.
Being down that close to the field I was able to get some cool pictures.
Below is Alana from FSN doing her pre game broadcast. Next up is Ryan Spilborghs Tulo and Atkins playing catch Tulowitzki striking “his” pose Two pictures for Willy Taveras. The stolen base King We took a stroll over to see what pitchers were out and what did we see? If you look close you can see almost every pitcher the Rockies have. Grilli and Corpas showing some autograph love Grilli went out of his way to give out autographs. Gotta respect a guy who remembers where he came from. On the mound today for the Rockies Jorge De La Rosa (8-7) And a shot after he releases the ball. De La Rosa struck out six players in seven innings today. One of the few big plays of this game was in the bottom of the second inning Tulowitzki gets an RBI triple. Here’s a picture I took of that exact hit. Iannetta a split second before he nails it for a sweet single Clint Barmes, probably looking for his hat .
If you look close you can see the ball just before it gets to Atkins. Neat shot. Matt Holliday. You can call him Mr Billboard today. Congrats Matt ! If you look just above Matt’s knee you can see the ball . That pitch was a strike.
Billboard # 1
Beautiful day for a ballgame. Always nice to leave a winner. Rockies shutout the Giants at Coors Field 4-0. Todays pitching staff Jorge De La Rosa, Corpas and Fuentes were simply outstanding.
Speaking of pitching.
Rockies Face Lincecum tomorrow and this kid is flippin deadly.
Clint and I, we’re not worried.
See ya there..
Omar Quintanilla, your a Rock Star. I expected him to hit the game winning home run tonight about as much as I expected Ubaldo to knock one into the Pavilion.
Heres a quote from Clint Hurdle:
“It’s so appropriate, for him to come in and barrel that thing like he did and pick everybody else up makes you feel good and gives you a sense of value being on the team.”
Isn’t it cool how baseball can take you from almost bored out of your gourd, to up and out of your seat, screaming and yelling, jumping up and down. Whether it’s a bad call or a game winning home run. Gotta love it.
Hats off to you Omar. Helluva shot and perfect timing brotha. You sir, make me a believer.
Hunter is missing from this picture because he was the one taking it.
We were first and only in line and it stayed that way for a while.
We had a backpack full of baseballs to get signed. At this point were hoping there would be a batting practice.
Perfect day for snagging. The only thing was we only had a half hour before we had to get in line for player autographs.
Hunter got his first ball tossed to him by a player we couldn’t recognize.
We took off to get in line and split up into teams.
Hunter and I, and Krista and Mylee.
Hunter and I got in line for Manny Corpas. He even asked me if I wanted it signed in pen or sharpie.
Krista and Mylee wound up in Jorge De La Rosa’s line. They said he was quiet but nice.
When they finished with Jorge they headed over and got in Aaron Cooks line.
Moments later he came running up to me all excited with this ball. It has the word fastball written on it. A Reds player had tossed it to him.
I was having my usual luck until finally one was hit my way. At first it looked like I didn’t even have to move. Then at the last second I saw I was situated too far up the stairs and I ran down about eight feet and was right on the money.
I had my arm in the air, and felt the ball land perfectly in my glove.
Then my glove got smacked from behind and the ball flew into the first row. See, that’s my luck.
But wait…..as a few of the guys around me were discussing how all of this went down (you know, smack talk), I said “I caught it and it got knocked out of my glove”. I heard a guy say “was it you that caught it?” and I said back to him “well it bounced out of my glove” he looked up, saw it was me and threw it up to me.
Thank you Dave for doing that. Normally I wouldn’t accept charity, but straight up it’s been a while since I’ve gotten a ball and I was glad to have it.
Sometimes you just have to stop and check out the pigeons.
We got through the gate with our Rock Pile tickets, but as you can see we didn’t sit there.
This guy’s shirt said it was his birthday.
So whoever you are dude,
Coors Field was filled with characters today. I figure this guy is probably college buddies with Birthday boy.
After the game these guys are gonna have a few too many and probably hit up a strip club.
Remember the Dragonslayer?
He was in town to collect his overdue ring.
Here is what we managed to leave with today.
Four water bottles, two Manny Corpas autographs, two Jorge De La Rosa autographs and two Aaron Cook autographs.
Not too shabby.
Rockies were trailing most of the game, but Holliday managed to score on an error in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Then unexpectedly in the bottom of the twelth inning, Omar Quintanilla, who before walking up to the plate was 0-16 and had only one MLB career home run ever, won the game with a serious home run blast. When he crossed home plate all the Rockies came out of the dugout and mobbed him. Nobody was more surprised than Omar.
Here’s what Omar had to say about it all:
“It’s an unbelievable feeling, there’s nothing else that can beat that.”
Well said and well deserved Omar. Good things happen to good people.
Rockies beat the Reds 4-3 and win their third straight series. Now they head off for a six game road trip that starts in San Francisco and ends in Houston. Rockies are still eight games behind the D-Backs.
Today was a very long day. Who knew a guy could get so tired on his day off.
Next home game is Sept 1st, Memorial Day against the SF Giants.
<——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.
Rockies robbed the Pirates today 11-3, nabbing the sweep.
Today we had no idea what we were in for.
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.
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.
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.
That was mighty kind of you Alice, thanks for hooking us up.
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.
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.
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.
The kids and I used the batting practice balls that we snagged earlier this season to get autographed.
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.
Now we have the Barmes Family, their little guy is cute A picture of Barmes and Helton hanging out
Mark Strittmeyer and family (Timing is everything)
Todd Helton and I’m not sure who
Matt Herges and his son Kip Wells and daughter
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.
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.
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.
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.