Results tagged ‘ Colorado Rockies Batting Practice ’
It was a huge success and my kids are loaded up with toys and clothes to last another year (I hope).
I have to say, RockBand is really freggin cool. My wife has this thing where she can’t watch video games for long because of the rapid eye movement jacks her up.
Not only can she watch Rockband, the kicker is……she really digs playing it.
I only wish you could pick the songs that “you” want to hear. Anyways, just thought I’d give the game a plug. Great family entertainment, plus it gets your kids listening to a lot of the music you listened to growing up, you know, the good stuff.
You need to play this game, I’m never wrong about this stuff.
My mother and father-in-law gifted me a really cool book about ballparks for X-mas.
The pictures in this book are incredible. There’s some history about the parks too.
Heavy to hold, but fun to read.
Below are a few pictures from Colorado’s own Coors field.
I work right beside a sporting goods store and I decided to walk over and see if they had any Rockies gear on sale, you know the deeply discounted crap they’re desperate to get rid of.
They had a whole bunch of Matt Holliday Jerseys priced at half off.
Huh, only half off? I don’t understand, unless your planning on flying to California and getting Matt to autograph the Jersey, then fly back and hang it on your wall, in my opinion the jersey is almost worthless.
Good luck with trying to do that, it’s not easy to get Matt Holliday to sign anything. While he was a Rockie and before home games started, it seemed like he would hide underneath the Stadium until the last minute then come onto the field.
The dude rarely took batting practice, sorry Matt, but it’s true. I’m not hating, I’m just stating.
Half off, give me a freggin break.
I did manage to find a good deal, I found a Rockies hoodie for a great price.
Actually the price was so good I bought two.
Just wait a year Tampa Bay Ray fans, you’ll be able to find all kinds of good deals on baseball stuff.
It’s Todd Helton’s pink baseball bat
. Click on the link to go straight to the auction. Last I looked it was at $50.00 plus shipping. The auction ends this Saturday around noon.
This bat deserves to be owned by a Rockies fan.
Ok, so someone who doesn’t have any kids step up to the plate here and give this thing a good home.
Your probably the only ones with any cash left after X-mas.
This bat was signed and used by Colorado Rockies #17 Todd Helton on Mother’s Day 2008 in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness.
There were seven Rockies players who used the pink bats on Mother’s day.
Todd is my favorite player and I would love to be the owner of this bat. Like I said, I’m telling you about it because I feel a loyal Rockies fan should give her a good home.
Here’s a link to the story on MLB.com….. Pink bat story by Mark Newman. I wonder if Todd kept the other bat?
Hmmm, who knows I could always give him a ring and ask him?
12/11/08 Rockpile Rant made the:
Ranter’s Bad Joke of the day
Question: Who makes more money a prostitute or a drug dealer?
C,mon, you know you love my sense of humor.
I’m still trying really hard to come out of this funk. It took me years to figure it out, but I get depressed around X-mas.
Is it just me? It really sucks.
I figured that out last holiday season. I was in a Target with Hunter when he noticed a Spiderman pinball machine. He mentioned to me how much he wanted it for X-mas.. It was at that moment I flashed back to a time in my childhood during X-mas.
I almost lost it in that store. My eyes welled up as an extremely painful memory was brought back to my attention.
Hunter got that pinball machine for X-mas and nobody smashed it in front of him. Nuff said on that.
Still no answer back from MLBlogs.com on the rankings. I just want to know the deal, and then I’ll keep rolling on as I always do. I’m wondering if my blog getting erased at one point this season had something to do with it?
As I said, I’m not mad, I just don’t understand.
Educate me please?
Oh hell yea. How cool would it be to win that set.
I’m in Section 151 of the Pavilion for all three games, and I’m still chasing that elusive live home run ball.
I officially claim 2009 as the year of the Ranter. I called shotgun first.
You can bet I’ll be there at Coors Field with my Jersey, hat, glove, camera, and ready to break some personal records, or break something.
Or, I get bored and move on.
My Denver Nuggets are kicking some serious butt this season. I almost feel bad for dogging Carmello Anthony a few blog entries back, especially when he scored 33 points in the third quarter during last nights game.
I know you’ve got it in you Melo, just bring it every night…I want to support you man. I really do.
Hey Melo, here’s a Pro you could learn a lot from.
Thank you Bally, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to know that you took time out of your day to read my blog.
Also, your comment came at a time I really appreciated it. You Rock brotha.
Here is the comment I read from Bally’s Blog that inspired me to comment there:
Quote from Bally, “I like it because like I always say without you fans this game is nothing, so I like to give back to the fans and so I appreciate the support that they give on a day to day basis. Also, I will sign for anyone thats the least I can do”.
He said it was the least he could do. You see, Bally gets it. I hope he has a stellar year.
This dude is a class act. Hey Bally, the Rockies play the Nationals on Aug 18-20.
I always make batting practice and I’m not hard to spot. Come over and say hi. That would
mean more to me than you know.
Collin, I have officially added your blog to my sidebar. It’s really good.
Good luck, and I hope you have an outstanding season Sir.
Good guys don’t always finish last, or 48th.
Don’t worry all, I’m in there like swimwear. I just need to get past these damn holidays and all’s good.
Well they don’t know for sure at this point if my blog can be saved. I was told that I am high on the priority list, but no guarantees.
So if you see older blog entrys pop up one by one it’s me finding them and reposting them.
I’ll keep hoping.
I must say that is some sad news. I really was hoping for the best but at this point I think I am ready to move on if I have to.
My parents still live in Alberta and so does most of my mom’s side of the family.
I wasn’t happy with the apology. I agree with a lot of you who posted on Zack’s blog and my blog.
It just seemed like it wasn’t sincere.
Seems like he was only doing this because he got caught. I don’t think he understands the extent of the damage he did. Or how much he hurt Hunter and I.
I also believe this WAS a personal attack, he hacked four of my accounts.
Seems personal to me..
I was actually nice to the young Canadian.
It did bother me a little bit that he had a comment for every blog I’ve ever written, but thats how we network here on MLBLogs, so I dealt with it.
I read a lot of the blogs on Mlblogs.com. I don’t know most of my fellow bloggers, but I feel like I do through reading their blogs. The mostly positive emails that I have received helped me deal with this incident.
I really thought I would get ganged up on because people would think it was my fault that the Canadian baseball collector was taken down.
I just don’t need a bunch of his supporters slamming me with emails telling me what a jerk I am for doing this to HIM. If your one of these people and you are contemplating emailing me and slamming me about the Canadian.
Save your keyboard and just kiss my rockpiles.
Batting Practice 9-16-08
Hunter and I were first in line today. Go figure. The line was tiny.
There were maybe fifteen people waiting to get inside the gates.
I have watched Hunter really grow up a lot this season. When we first started snaggin this year he was impatient and at times a bit annoying to the players and other snaggers.
He has since toned it down and is a respectable snagger who doesn’t have to beg repeatedly for baseballs. He has discovered that he doesn’t have to beg if he is in the right place at the right time.
Being the first one into the Pavilion paid off today. Hunter managed to run down to the outfield railing first and Steven Registe threw him the first ball of BP.
Thank you Steven !
Finally, I got to see Matt Holliday at BP. He never shows up to bat. He was knocking some serious baseballs into the Pavilion and I managed to snag one off the bounce by beating two other snaggers to it. For some reason Matty didn’t start the game today.
Hunter got ball number two from one of the players kids that was on the field for BP.
Right after he got that ball Omar Quintinilla walked up to the wall to retreive a ball.
While he was standing by the wall he got hit up for autographs.
Hunter and I managed to get one of the balls we each snagged today autographed by Omar.
Omar was my first ever professional baseball player autograph.
He signed my ticket stub two years ago at a Rockies game.
Like I mentioned earlier.
Most weekday games have a little bit smaller turnout for batting practice.
This game being on a weekday and the fact that the Rockies season is basically over, was the reason for the low turnout.
OK with me.
See the guy in the yellow shirt going down the stairs?
Meet Captain Earthman..Super Vendor.
He works all the Rockies games and he also works the concerts at Red Rocks Ampitheatre.
He has a business card with his cellphone number.
You call the number, tell him what row your in and what you want to order.
He shows up with your stuff.
Same goes for shows at Red Rocks..
This guy is amazing and probably worth his own blog entry, but maybe another time..
I salute you Captain Earthman.
So do thousands of thirsty Coors Field and Red Rocks patrons.
Keep up the good work.
Dang near every kid at BP today left with a ball.
That my friends, is a good batting practice.
Hunter got his third ball thrown to him by a Padres player that I couldn’t identify. Soon as he tossed Hunter the ball,
BP was over.
Hunter got the first and last ball of BP. He wanted to make sure that I mentioned that..lol
While I was at BP I met a fellow MLBlogs blogger named Mark. He has a blog called Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog. It is a neat blog done from his sons point of view..Check it out.
Mark, sorry we didn’t get to talk too much, but hey it was BP.
It was really cool to meet you. Maybe we can have a beer sometime and chat at another game.
When I asked Mark how snaggin was he said that he had snagged one ball up to that point. Same as me.
Game 2, Rockies vs Padres
Man, two Grand Slams in two games. I think that has been done only once in the Rockies organization. Chris Iannetta crushed a ball into mid-pavilion almost 3/4 of the way up to score Tulo, Atkins and Spilborghs..
Wow, that was where Holliday was hitting them during BP.
Great job Chris !
The Rockies pitchers were on it tonight. Ubaldo Jimenez looked awesome.
Jeff Baker homered in the fifth to score Iannetta and Hawpe.. He crushed that ball too. Almost to the same place as Chris Iannetta. Sweet hit Jeff.
Rockies slam the Padres 10-3 on a beautiful evening in Denver…
I can’t make the game on Wednesday as I have a morgage to pay.
The next game for us is Friday and I will have the whole family with me.
It is one of the Rockies fireworks games and I missed them all this season..
An apology was put on the Canadians blog but has since been removed.
Wow, strange couple of days. Thanks everyone, sucks all this had to happen.
I am seriously a non-drama type of guy.
I try to keep my life organized and simple and there is no room for BS.
So the last couple days have been rough.
The support from readers and bloggers here has been just incredible.
I have been deeply touched and it’s not easy to touch me.
Anywho…back to what I do…
Just got back from the Rockies game.
I know our season is over, but it SUCKS to lose to the Padres…
I went with my buddy Andy to this game and had tickets to access the first row during batting practice.
The last couple of batting practices have been kind of boring and we were hoping for a little action.
Robert holding the sign for Emily—————–>
Dan was there with Emily and she had a sign with her.
Happy Birthday Emily
WOW, think about that..she is only five.
I’m a lot older than five and I can’t touch that number.
Her dad Dan’s number of games is probably 4 times that..Amazing.
I really didn’t get much batting practice action. One of the very last hits was nailed to the left of where I was standing and I managed to get within a foot of it and had to back off to avoid (getting in another snaggers personal space).
He caught it and I let him know it was a good catch..
He asked me if there was a 4th of July in Mexico? I replied, “sure there is, just like in every country”…
He tossed me the ball…As he was walking away I told him I saw him ask the same question on TV last week.
We both laughed and he took off…Thanks Mark !
So my non-snaggin streak is over..That ball counts right??
I looked over to see how Andy was doing and I was just in time to see him bobble a ball that had hit just below the yellow cushion.
Not to worry.
Shortly after that bobble, he caught a BP homerun and one of the Padres tossed him a ball just for just standing there and not begging.
Good Job Andy on your first time snaggin at Coors Field.
Jim..is your snaggin experience still fresh in your mind too?
I was telling Andy that one of the reasons I love batting practice is for that short period of time nothing else in the world matters.
For that hour and a half or whatever I only have one thing on my mind.
Getting a ball.
Not bills, not work, not life, not my hacked blog. Nada..
I can tune out everything….It just works for me..Andy said he could relate.
He signed for a minute or two and was really cool about it.
Rockies trailed most of this game. In the end we lost it 11-5.
Andy and I had one chance for a home run ball but Will Venable caught it right at the center field wall front of us and landed on his butt after getting his bells rung from his impact with the wall.
That was six feet away. Worth every penny..He got up and seemed fine.
Greg Reynolds allowed nine hits and seven runs in two plus innings. That pretty much sealed the Rockies fate this evening.
Mr Reynolds, I think that may be a wrap…
Tulo..nice job on the Grand Slam..thanks for hitting it exactlly where we were sitting right after we got up..
Wow, all kinds of crazy stuff happened during game two vs the Reds
Did you see Barmes catch?
He catches it, takes like three steps with it in his glove, slams into the wall, flips into the crowd then loses the ball.
The referee says it’s not an out..HUH?
He clearly had posession.
Beware of this Referee——->
Then the other referee with the call at third. Clearly safe and he calls an out. Sometimes I wonder if these Refs work p/t for the NBA????
I can recommend a good Lasic surgeon.
We showed up an hour early to get in line for batting practice. We knew it would be crazy because today was Todd Helton Bobblehead day.
There was a decent size crowd at BP. I was busy doing what I usually do lately which is trying to snag baseballs with a glove in one hand and a camera in my other.
I’m starting to think I shouldn’t try to take pictures during batting practice.
Secondly, I could possibly break my camera during a ball chase.
Lastly, the pictures I take while I’m trying to snag look like crap and are all blurry.
Too much adreneline running through me.
He let Ubaldo see that he already had a ball and Ubaldo tossed it to another kid..
Lesson learned !
Ubaldo had tossed Hunter a ball the day before so all was good.
We didn’t try for autographs today because the line around the Rockies dugout and along first base was huge.
The Rockies had a special promotion today, If you were male and wore a skirt , you got to walk on Coors Field. Unfortunatly I forgot to get mine out of the cleaners. Maybe next time. Garrett Atkins Cook and Stewart A couple of Cookie on the mound Stewart taking a swing
Willy Taveras, who was on first base when Holliday came up to bat, crossed home plate about a half a second behind Barmes who was on second. Willy seriously can run fast. He leads all of baseball in stolen bases…Nice job Willy T.
Rockies win this game 7-6 over the Reds and tie up this set. Game three is tomorrow and the wife and kids will all be with me.
We’ll be enjoying the lovely Rock Pile seating tomorrow.
Wonder who the four Rockies players signing autographs tomorrow?
Will there be a batting practice?
Stop by here tomorrow and I’ll let you know all about it.
Rockies win game one of a four game set against the Pirates 5-3.
<———Somebodys kid..not mine.
It’s nice driving away from Coors Field with a win. We sure needed this one. Ubaldo’s shaky first couple of innings had me nervous, but he settled down and only allowed three runs. Nice job Ubaldo…Keep that flow man..You set the pace.
Congratulations Rockies closer Brian Fuentes on your 100th save with the Rockies.
Chris Iannetta, wow, simply outstanding. I was sitting close to where you hit that homer. Not real close, but it bounced back from a bleacher and I was within ten feet. Had I went for the ball, Robert Harmon would have probably gotten it before me.
Hey, he’s had more practice.
I was first in the Rock Pile Gate today.
The sky was really overcast, but it barely even sprinkled.
It was a perfect day for batting practice.
It was a sweet hit to center field by Chris Iannetta. I ran to my right about fifteen feet and caught it on the fly.
I had at least five other opportunities to snag a ball today.today.
The sad part is, had I been a little more “on it” today, I probably could have snagged most of them.
I was slacking.
Oh well, I got up at for work at 4 AM this morning and I was a little tired..Yea thats it.
Seeing the game tonight made me feel like I was finally watching a tight knit group of ballplayers.
Does anyone believe Rockies can make a run for it all again?
Lets see what tomorrow brings.
Just like a forty year old whose mind is slipping as fast as his prostate is growing, I left my backpack sitting by the door which had items such as a glove, water, candy, sunblock, you know…the good things. On the plus side at least I had my ticket and camera.
I was first to the BP gates first as usual and was holding a place for B (who showed up shortly after). I pulled out my camera to take a picture like I usually do and guess what?..No batteries or film card, wonderful.
So if you haven’t noticed, I’m off to a great start.
Berned and I sat through the Rockies batting practice and I had a chance at several home run balls. Not having a glove I had to wait for the ball to take a bounce first, then chase it. Yes I could have barehanded one, but my hands are my moneymaker.
Income = ability to go to games. It was pitiful. I didn’t even snag one.
When it was the Padres time to bat, Berned generously offered to let me use his glove and I accepted.
I think he felt sorry for me. Or maybe it was my comment about not having a glove at BP was the same as a junkie stuck in a pharmacy with no needle, no matter, shortly after he let me us it I saw a beautiful shot heading just to the left of us. I bolted up, ran over, timed it perfectly and the ball landed in the top part of my glove, bounced out and hit the ground. I quickly reached down and scooped it up.
I gave that ball to B, his first of the year. It was the right thing to do, it was his glove.
That would be my only ball for this game. An Usher friend of B who we’ll call Ronnie RayofLight, hooked us up this some stellar seats just to the left of home plate and we enjoyed most of the game there, great seats, and me without use of my camera..GRRRR
To make a sad story as short as possible, we left at the bottom of the 8th and it was tied 8-8.
By the time I got home the Padres had scored seven runs in the 9th inning to win 15-8…Horribly spanked by the worst team in our division to assume that exact title ourselves.
Thanks for the ticket today B…Game two tomorrow night.
We arrived about 45 minutes early today for the game one against the NY Mets.
We wound up second and third in line as there was a fan who got there before us.
He was an avid autograph collector and we taked baseball and about getting autographs with him while we waited for the gates to open.
The Rockies were out on the field practicing when we got to the Pavilion bleachers so I took off to the left field bleachers.
This ball would prove to be my only snag of the game.
I did almost catch another BP homer, but it hit the tip of my glove and I lost it.
Hunters final tally. Six balls a new personal record for him.
Ryan Speier was kind enough to toss a ball up to Hunter.
Pitcher number 33 John Maine.
He walked over to pick up a ball by the rail and Hunter asked politely fpr the ball and he tossed it right to him.
Funny, shortly after that happened one of the older Mets batting coaches (I think…I can’t seem to find his name) was picking up a few balls and Hunter hit him up for one.
He straight up told Hunter that he had the wrong shirt on.
I understood but I’m not sure Hunter did.
Credit where credit is due. That older coach came back later and asked if Hunter was gonna cheer for the Mets. Hunter said “sure”.
The coach tossed him the ball. When the coach was out of hearing distance Hunter looked at me and said ..” Yea Right”.
Pitcher Pedro Martinez was close to where Hunter was standing and was kind enough to toss him a ball.
Thank you Pedro!!
Sanchez ran to the rail chasing a hard hit grounder which landed in front of Hunter.
Hunter didn’t even have a chance to ask he just tossed it to him.
Thats what its all about.
It’s not a team thing so much as it’s a baseball thing.
Thank you Sanchez !!
Zack Hample was attending todays game. Todays game being the final game of his Colorado trip. He was wearing his where’s Waldo shirt and he busted out the big glove.
After I took this picture Zack asked a fan to take a picture of the three of us with his camera.
While Hunter and I were talking to Zack a man and his wife holding their one-month old asked if they could use the glove to take a picture with thieir baby inside it.
Just too cute.
Welcome back Troy Tulowitzki, unfortunately the Rockies lost to the Mets 7-2.
On a bright note, Jeff Baker homered and has hit a home run in his last four games. Todd Helton (The King) went 0-3 today with a walk, and Tulo went 0-4.
There were some interesting clouds in the sky last night. I thought we might see some rain but I only felt one drop the whole evening.
This guy started in with mother f this and mother f that. After the second “slip” I looked back and his buddy saw me and saw my son and he told his buddy to stop.
He did stop swearing finally, but that was replaced with constant heckling. Willy Tavares made an error early on in the game and from that point on it didn’t stop.
He would heckle the Rockies players then he would heckle the Mets. He also kept saying to his cronies…Hey man…lets leave and go downtown and get drunk…c’mon man..I still don’t know what team he was going for.
What I am sure of is that it was his first time to a baseball game and probably the first time out in public in a while. Rude, no manners and no consideration for others.
Bald Obnoxioius Fan,….You have been Ranted !
I have to mention another fan who was upset about the amount of batting practice baseballs Zack and Hunter were getting at BP. This guy was a Mets fan and so completely out of line I had to move away from him (thus no picture) for fear of me teaching him a lesson that would have gotten me removed from Coors Field and probably arrested.
To add insult to injury this guy was acting this way in front of his son who probably looks up to him.
Hey buddy, it’s the luck of the draw and you were just too slow. Think about it, sometimes we all leave empty handed and we don’t act like little babies.
Grow up and be a man and try to set the right example for your offspring…I’m done with you.
Hunter tried to offer his son a baseball and the father wouldn’t let him take it.
Zack Hample. Thank You ! It was an honor to meet you. Good Luck on your snagging adventures and we’ll catch you next time your in Denver.
Next game….June 22, 2008 Autograph Sunday…Go Rockies…D
I have to say after being shutout at batting practice on Wednesday we really couldn’t do any worse.
So the only expectations of today were to snag one of those promotional Rockies floppy hats .
We were first at the Rockpile gate. When they let us in we found out they were only giving out the hats to adults.
Something to do with being sponsored by Isle of Capri Casino or something.
Hey now, that was why we went to this game in particular. It all worked out though, I gave mine to Mylee and an Indians fan gave his hat to Hunter…Thank you Indians fan guy.
You made my little guy happy.
You’ve got to have your glove for batting practice.
Mylee snagged two balls today.
One was tossed to her by Manny Corpas. The other was caught by a fan and he gave it to her.
I thanked him because that was a cool thing to do and really got her excited. These were her first two BP balls. A few entrys ago I slammed Manny Corpas for not autographing Hunter’s ball when it was just Hunter and me standing right by him.
I slammed him because it was the third time he had refused to sign for Hunter and I this year. So, Manny I take it back and I thank you for tossing that BP ball to my girl. I realize it’s hard to please everyone..
The kids staking out their spot.
It was a good spot.
Here is Zack with his big *** glove.
I had read about this glove in his Blog, it was pretty cool to see it in person.
Hunter actually snagged three balls but one of them was tossed to the boy beside him and he dropped it. Hunter picked up and was gonna keep it but I convinced him to share with the other kid.
Hunter already had two balls and I explained to him how happy that little boy would be that he got a BP ball to take home and brag about.
I managed to snag three balls myself. The first ball hit the bleachers and it was just me there so it was mine.
The second I straight up caught with Zack Hample as my witness. Oh yea!
The third ball was deflected off a a glove and came straight to me. Some days it’s just like that. Yesterday a shutout and today seven balls between us.
After BP the kids and I went over to visit with Zack.
The kids wanted Zack to autograph their baseballs.
He took the time to sign and talk to them.
It is amazing how just a few minutes can really make a kids day.
Thank you again Zack !!
Hunter, Mylee and Dan’s daugher Emily got to go onto Coors field today.
They played kickball with Dinger.
It was Hunter’s second time with Dinger and Mylee’s first.
Check out Hunter in the purple shirt in the picture below jumping.
Rockies swept the Indians last night, Final score 6-3. This was our first sweep this year. Things are starting to get interesting for the Rockies. I think were all having visions of last years run.
Lets hope so…I’ll be there tonight…
I arrived thirty five minutes before batting practice started and I’m the first one in line at the gate.
There is a peaceful feeling you get when your the first one into an empty Stadium.
The first thing you notice is how quiet it is. You can actually hear the players talking.
I ran down to the field while nobody was around and snapped this picture of Ryan Speier.
I had two balls hit into the bleachers where I was lurking.
The first ball I was racing against another guy to get it, and when it took a bounce it landed in the Row one where Zack was snaggin.
He ran over and and scooped it up.
Ball # 2 had only me chasing after it.
The ball hit the bleachers and took a hearty bounce right over to where Zack was and he gloved it perfectly.
My only two chances today snagged by the Baseball Collector.
I’m ok with that ..
Good Job Zack.
Nice to see you in action.
I improved my distant seats and enjoyed most of the game from right here.
No foul ball action whatsoever.
A total of seventeen hits this game..that’s the most this year. Rockies scalp the Indians tonight 10-2.
I’ll take a win over a batting practice ball anyday…Rumor has it Tulo will be back on Friday…I’ll be back Thursday…
Jeff Francis is the starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game..
Good Luck Jeff, lets go for two in a row.