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Padres vs Rockies.
Opening Day at Coors Field.
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.
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…
Fran and Robert.
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.
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.
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.
Here it is finished… WOW!!
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?
Hunter and I met up with long time Rockies employee and Rant follower Missy. 15 years with the Rockies right Missy?
As we walked by the 850 KOA booth I noticed Goose Gossage and David Nied getting interviewed by Mike Rosin.
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.
Seemed like there were fewer balloons this year?
Ceremonial first pitch.
Gonna be a fun season seeing these guys around, it feels like old times.
I like the fact that Dante has the boys hitt’n good so far.
Props to Cargo for staying healthy last year…Another Gold Glove!
Damn that thing is shiny!
This set of conjoined twins is known as the Hellowitzki.
First pitch of the game.
Look far left in the front row you can see Jersey Geoff in the mix.
This Canadian earned his bacon today.
Dex seconds before a home run blast to right field.
Dex’s home run ball just before it lands.
Dex gett’n some luv from the dugout. You can see John Elway and Dick Monfort above the dugout.
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.
Props to your girl though, she knows what time it is
Watch your back “Baby Bull”!
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.
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.
If you read the Rant on any kind of regular basis you know who Dan and Emily are.
Dan is a regular in the front row of the Pavilion and usually by his side is his daughter Emily and the last couple of years his son Ryan.
Emily is 9 years old has been to 455 Rockies games in her lifetime. With that number of games under her belt she’s allowed to talk(or sing) a little Rockies smack.
Emily is entering a video contest sponsored by Woody Paige. Here’s a link to the contest:
Here is Emily’s parody video about the Rockies pitching. It’s so good it’s worth sharing
Call Me Maybe
Rockies fans…Let Emily and Woody know what you think of her video by sharing it or leaving a comment.
Good Luck Emily!!
I’m “D” the Ranter and 11 days left till the Rox Addict and I report for Spring Training.
It’s time for another… ”Ranter’s”
This time there’s a different theme.
My challenge to you this time is to submit a picture that describes why baseball in Colorado is better than anywhere else.
Is it because the our the Rockies players are cooler? Or is it the attitude? Maybe it’s better because Rockies fans are tight knit and we use baseball as a way to hang out? Use your imagination folks…You get points for creativity.
This Photo Contest is open to everyone… Even Mike the Rox Addict.
Here’s a link to last year’s photo contest:
Here’s the winning picture last year taken by Katerina.
There will be prizes for First, Second and Third places to be announced later.
Winners will be announced Monday April 1, 2013..The first game of the Rockies regular season.
Only picture per person, no substitutions!
Tom Helmer was the judge last time, maybe he’ll do it again for us?
Send your picture to THEROCKPILERANTER@YAHOO.COM
I’m “D” the Ranter… Time to get your click on!
On my drive into the city this morning I was staring at a beaufiful orange Colorado sunrise and I was thinking about how much things can change from the beginning of a season to the end of it.
For me this season started with the loss of Tom Helmer as part of the Poot Warts team. That one decision probably affected my season more than anything else. For a lot of us Helmer was the face of the Rockies, much more so than Tulowitzki.
Poot Warts claimed they were about the fan..Helmer was our connection to Poot Warts.
Helmer was all about the fans because he himself is a passionate fan who would often let is show.
For the record I have no issues with the rest of the Poot Warts team. In fact they’re a solid group of individuals who I feel for the most part do a bang-up job. Marc Stout “gets it” in my opinion. He’s approachable and he’s close with his fan base.
I’ve never been Anti-Joel Klatt, just extremely Pro-Helmer.
Joel graciously offered to hold my “Bring Back Helmer” sign when we did our protest pre-game at the Rockies last home game of the season. When I actually called Joel on it he said “No” and was kind of a Dick about it but I realize the situation was slightly uncomfortable and I figured I’d give him a break on his attitude because deep down I’m a softie
I don’t think anyone could have predicted how different this team would look in September or how bad the Rockies record would be. I remember back in March wandering the practice fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick full of enthusiasm and optimism.
Recently I wandered around Coors Field the last game of this season full of frustration and confusion. I along with many other Rockies fans have no idea where the Rockies will go from here?
Never in my wildest nightmares did I imagine this would be the worst Rockies season ever.
I’m no baseball genius. I’m just a fan with a cam who really likes to catch baseballs and feel like I’m part of something by sharing my experiences via my blog.
This season I watched the Rox Addict’s MLBlog develop into something special. Mike has a serious passion for baseball and it reflects in his pictures and his writing enthusiasm. Mike scores every game, takes pictures, writes a blog and attends a lot more games than I. Plus Mike’s a Top 50 MLBlogger.
Mike’s fortunate, he has a pretty liberal work schedule, he’ll be the first to admit it :).
In addition to the Rox Addict we now have another Rockies MLBLogger. I’ve known Amy for several years and she writes a blog called “The Take from Blake”. Amy hasn’t cracked the top 50 yet but she has interactions with players that make this”Old Skool Blogger” kinda jealous.
It’s fun having other Rockies bloggers around. We’re all tight and hook each other up when we can with our limited resources.
Other than the Purple Row which to me is the “Holy Grail” of Rockies blogs, I can’t think of any Rockies blogs that have been around as long as the Rockpile Rant
FYI The “Rockpile Rant” has been a Top 10 MLBlog for over 4 years now.
I normally take my spring training trip each year by myself.
In March this year Mike and I headed south for a 11 day spring training trip to Phoenix. Mike’s a great road trip buddy. It’s not easy spending 11 days with someone (most of it camping), driving all over Phoenix area at a frantic pace in search of baseball adventures to blog about.
Mike and I managed to keep it cool and gave each other space as we needed it. When the trip was over we both had a great time and were still friends and plan to do it again.
I’d say that’s a pretty good trip.
I’d say this was probably my worst year for autographs. I just don’t have the patience or drive anymore to stand outside as the players drive up or wait against the wall as the guys warm-up.
I enjoy the company, just don’t like the rejection I figure. As far as snagg’n stats this season, I snagged 29 batting practice baseballs in 25 games ending my season 3 baseballs short of 200 for my career.
Yes I’m still chasing my first ever regular season home run ball. All I can say is I have shit luck and maybe next year will be my year?
In conclusion I’d like to thank Dan, Mike, Joy, Marianne, Amy, Jersey Geoff, Gary X, Douglas, Robert, Queen Geri, Eric, Danny and Nettie, Randy, Scott, Tom Helmer, Bob the Usher, Barb the Usher, Mary the Usher, Brad the Usher, Dave, Mikey, Stout, Todd C and Family, Eric Young Jr, Jamie Moyer, Chris Nelson, Captain Earthman, and the Rockpile Usher with the beard(sorry bud can’t believe I forgot your name) and all of the:
For directly influencing my Rockies season in a positive way.
To the smelly old son of a bitch that kept sitt’n his stanky ass in my seat perforating the fabric with his body funk…You got yours buddy
If I forgot ya, doesn’t me I dont’ care…Just means I’m old.
Props to the Rockies for letting us run the bases at the last home game of the season. I’ve never done that before and it was fun.
Rumor is next year the Rockies will have 10 bobble head games? Have I mentioned I like bobble heads?
I’m “D” the Ranter…The Rockies #1 MLBlogger.
Old Skool…But still as cool as the other side of the pillow…”D”
Dodgers vs Rockies Game 2
If it’s Tuesday and the Rockies are in town you know where I’m gonna be at 4:30 pm.
My happy ass will be standing in line at Coors Field, chatt’n with the Rantics and enjoying all the tiny details that make up the baseball experience.
Check this out…Rumor has it that the Dodgers had to stock up on the Booty Balm this morning.
This was due to chapped cheeks from gett’n their asses severely spanked the night before 10-0.
I had the day off so I headed to Coors from home today instead of from work after finishing a ten-hour day. You could say I was feeling fresh.
So fresh I actually stood on the wall today and tried to snag a few autographs.
Here’s my thing…I suck at getting autographs, but I love collecting and displaying them and that equates to a dilemma. I usually try to get what I need autographed at spring training because down there I feel like I’m not bothering the players as much.
However sometimes you just need to get one particular item signed and today it was Charlie Blackmon’s spring training cap I’ve been hanging onto all season.
Lucky for me I’m friends with Amy the Blake Street Babe.
She assured me she could get Charlie to come over to the wall and sign my/his spring training hat. While Charlie was warming up Amy called out his name, he looked over and Amy pointed to the hat and said, “Chuck Nasty…This is your spring training hat.” Charlie nodded and after he finished warming up he came over to the wall and signed my hat. Simple as that.
Thank you Charlie and Amy…Too Cool!
Not only did I get Charlie to sign, I got JP and Tyler Colvin on cards and Josh Rutledge’s autograph on my ticket. Props go out to Amy and Mike who hooked me up with the baseball cards I got signed.
Not too shabby.
Pre-Game Walk of Shame..Nice try but Brian Fuente’s stare looked meaner.
Just a bunch of youngins.
I had my camera on my lap until Kemp decided to test the outfield wall.
Wall 1…Kemp 0
When will they learn, the wall always wins?
The Dodgers are playing some sloppy ball.
Rosario with a nice RBI.
Here’s JP doing his best to hit Danny a homer.
Danny up and ready.
Doesn’t get much closer than that.
Charlie looks up at the Umpire.
For the second day in a row the Rockies put a good spank’n down on the Dodgers. Props to Baby Bull for going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and a sweet left field homer.
Final Score 8-4…Yeah!!…Discount shitty tacos.
I’m ”D” the Ranter…Can you say SWEEP?
Giants vs Rockies Game 1
Ahh, baseball at Coors Field.
There used to be time when I looked forward to a good baseball game. Now I just hope for a killer sunset so I’ll have some cool pictures to share the next morning.
Rockies batting practice was weird. The players in the outfield were quiet, and seemed unenthusiastic. Their demeanor reflected more of what you would expect had the Rockies lost the previous night.
The Duece was on the field out taking BP and decorated the pavilion with about a half a dozen baseballs.
Speaking of the ole’ 1 + 1…If you enjoy a good laugh at the Duece’s expense…You’ll dig this.
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I managed to snag a pretty cool ground rule double during BP. The Giants #99 bobbled a catch close to the outfield wall, The ball tipped off his glove, bounced and I quickly scooped it up. I then found a young Rockies fan and shared the wealth cause that’s how Rantics roll.
I looked at the Giants Roster but couldn’t figure out who # 99 is?
The Rockies suck with or without uncharismatic ”Duece”. I must admit, it’s kinda nice not hearing that annoying Tulo chant 4 or 5 times a game. Plus now we don’t have to watch the Duece blow another clutch opportunity, at least for the rest of this season.
Pitching…Can’t even go there…Just f’kn abysmal.
Dex is the man!!
Below is one of the many reasons I habitate in Colorado.
Mike the Rox Addict and Scott…Cool hang’n with ya tonight.
Rockies lose to the Giants 16-4. That’s six of the last seven games lost.
I’m “D” the Ranter…
I love me some baseball, but lately three words keep ringing in my head.
Peyton F’kn Manning :)…Go Broncos!
Rockies vs Angels Game 1
I tried to be just a regular fan.
I went to two games without my camera. As much as I liked the fact that my backpack was lighter and I had two free hands,.. I felt like a space traveller without a spaceship. Even back before I had a decent camera I wandered Coors Field holding my crappy camera snapping pictures of everything.
I guess after time it just become part of you or in my case me.
I fregg’n love inter league play, especially at Coors.
Teams that don’t visit Coors Field often really soak in the experience of the mile high ballpark and that equates to a good time at batting practice. Today was a perfect example. Albert Pujols was enjoying himself so much today that he took an extra round of BP. That worked out well for Jersey Geoff and I. We were well aware that fact Albert had been up to bat for a long time and we figured eventually the big guy would have to hit one our way. Not long after that conversation Albert hit one right to me. Nice easy catch right on the pavilion wall.
Shortly after Jersey Geoff got his.
Anyone that knows me knows that this is why I do BP. How many people in the world can say they’ve caught a home run ball right off the bat of Albert fregg’n Pujols?
If you think about it, not even pro ballplayers catch home run balls. They catch them before they’re home run balls. I suppose every now and then a player is robbed of a home run so I guess that’s catching a home run ball but you see my point.
The chance of me ever getting Albert to sign that ball is slim, but this ball gets a special spot in my collection. The Pujols ball was my third catch of the day. The first was a straight up catch given to a little girl behind me and the second was a ground rule double I gave to my friend Ruth who was attending her first Rockies game of the year.
Today was the hottest game of the season for me. Temperature was 88 but felt like 100.
First pitch of the game.
Trout seconds after he was caught…By a pitch. He seemed to be ok…Scary though!
Trying to get a peek.
Todd Helton toss-up.
Hunter knocks one onto the concourse. That was one of two of his homers for the evening.
Huge Rockies fans…Ruth and Scott.
As much as I detest “The Wave” at least Rockies fans were doing it at the appropriate time.
As usual it didn’t work.
Rockies lose to the Angels 7-2.
For some reason the Angels are crazy good during Inter league play.
Baseball isn’t always Cracker Jacks and home runs. Sometimes it’s just plain ugly. On that note here’s the…
Coors Field Crack of the Game
I’m “D” the Ranter and I think I just Vurped a little
June 1, 2012
Dodgers vs Rockies Game 1
Yes I said that I was taking a break.
Funny how as soon as I said that the Rockies step up and start playing.
Today during batting practice I was witness to one of the scariest things that can happen during BP. Dodgers were up and I was backing up positioning myself for what I though would be a sweet catch. At the last-minute I realized that this ball was going to land at least six feet behind me and I had no shot at it. I turned around to see where the ball was going to land and I heard a young boy scream.
That BP homer landed smack on top of a little boys head.
I got that sick feeling in my stomach whenever I see a child tagged at BP. Shortly after the little boy got hit, Jamey Wright former Rockie now a Dodger, climbed the outfield wall to check on him.
Then he gave the little boy his glove.
Photo by Joy
I couldn’t take pictures because I was still in shock from seeing the little guy take one to the head. What Jamey did was turn this childs horrific memory into a positive one. Now when he thinks of Coors Field and the time he got hit in the head with a baseball he’ll have a good memory instead of a painful one.
Classy as classy can be Jamey…Wow!!
I received a comment from Mike father of the little boy(Ryan) who was hit with the ball.
Thank you for your blog Ranter. That little boy is my son, Ryan. He went there with a friend of his and well, you know the rest of the story. My wife and I met him at the hospital after and were wondering who gave him the glove and thanks to your blog we now know.
Mike thanks for letting us know…”D”
I’ve only seen a player give a kid a glove one time before. It was back in 2009. Manny Corpas was leaving the field after BP was finished. He turned to toss the last ball up. He tossed the ball to my son Hunter. Hunter misjudged the toss and it hit him in the chest. It knocked the wind out of him but he was fine.
The next day Manny was signing autographs during Autograph Sunday. Hunter was in Manny’s line and when he reached Manny told him that he was the one hit by the ball the day. Hunter just wanted to let Manny know he was ok.
Manny told Hunter to meet him over by the dugout when he was finished signing..
Below is what happened.
Joy and Keelan
Second pitch of the game to the always dangerous Tony Gwynn Jr.
I didn’t get a picture this time but “Dante” the squirrel made another appearance.
I’ve got to give props to Dan’s daughter Emily who snagged her first live home run ball in the 8th inning. She snagged Chris Nelson’s first home run of the season.
That’s just too cool…Now Coors Field has another ballhawk with a better home run record than me
Rockies take Game 1 over the Dodgers 13-3.
It’s been a great week for Rockies baseball…Rockies, I like what I’m seeing. I guess I never realized how much luv is out there for the Rockpile Rant…Thank you everyone for your support!
I’m ”D” the Ranter
There’s nothing like some good baseball a little competition to get my ass back blogg’n…Go Rockies!!
When I started blogging in 2008 my intended purpose was to bring much-needed attention to the Rockies. I felt the Rockies were ignored by the media until the actual 2007 World Series.
I thought the Rockies were Legit…So Legit they Quit.
It’s 2012 and I find myself not wanting to bring any attention to the Rockies. In my eyes this season is a bust and it started with the pre-spring training decision by Poot Warts to let Tom Helmer go.
Being at the ballpark just isn’t as much fun as it was with Helmer at the helm.
EPIC FAIL POOT WARTS…SERIOUSLY EPIC.
Not like there are a lot of wins this season, but what the hell do we do to celebrate now?
Poot Warts, it’s not too late…If you seriously kiss Helmer’s ass and offer him a raise he may just consider returning. Helmer will always be a winner, I can’t say the same about Poot Warts and the Rockies this season.
Dan O’Dowd has got to go. He’s a major contributor to the Rockies internal blockage.
The problem is Dan has this remarkable ability to stay nicely tucked inside Dick Monfort’s colon. Personally I can’t stand the smell of hot dogs.
I’m not sure where I stand with Jim Tracy.
I like Tracy, but if you look at his past performances, he’s about par for “his” course here in Colorado.
As I mentioned a few weeks back on Facebook, I think the Rockies need a fan induced managerial enema.
The “Year of the Fan” is a fregg’n joke. That’s an entire blog entry on its own but…Not worth the effort.
The Rockies AAA team the Sky Sox have better game day giveaways(4 bobble head this season vs the Rockies none), and consistently treat their fans much better. I really like Security Service Field in Colorado Springs. If you’ve never been there it’s worth the trip.
I’ve never made a penny blogging about the Rockies. I’ve invested thousands of hours into my blog because I love baseball, love the Rockies and I love sharing my pictures and experiences with the Rantics and Rockies fans everywhere.
I’m not finished with the Rant. I didn’t bust my ass to become the #1 MLBlogger in Colorado just to let it slip away because the Rockies suck. But on the other hand I can’t support this team on the level that I have been. I’ve decided to stop blogging about the Rockies for the rest of this season.
I’ll be checking out a few concerts this summer(Scorpions, Tesla, Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue). I’ll blog about those for sure but I’m done wasting my time with a team that is plagued with issues on every level and has owners who will only pay attention when the Coors Field cash cow stops producing.
I haven’t left you totally high and dry. There are two up and coming Rockies bloggers, they are Mike the Rox Addict and Amy who writes “The Take from 20th and Blake“. Both are friends of mine and huge Rockies fans. This dynamic duo will keep your blogging needs fulfilled in my short absence. Please check out their blogs if you haven’t already.
Here’s a few Ranter nuggets of wisdom for next season Rockies. Go with the managerial enema, and clean that shit up. Invest some dough into this team. Our best homegrown pitcher was Ubaldo and you tossed his ass outta here. Homegrown pitching takes too long so try more of a combination of both next season. Consider Jamie Moyer as a pitching coach replacment for Apodaca. Chalk up some much needed wins, show the loyal fans you care and try to win back the ones you pissed off by not caring.
Finally… Get rid of that fregg’n embarrassing wussie purple dinosaur mascot…Please?
I’ve always heard you can’t polish a turd… So why do we keep buying turtle wax?
Next season…New look Rockies with new management, a new attitude, confident new pitchers and a new tough Looking Mascot. Anything less is a smack in the face of the Rockies fans who still go to Coors despite the Rockies being the bottom feeders of the NL West…Myself included.
Will I still go to Rockies games? Oh hell yeah, I have tickets to about ten more games and I’ll be there because win or lose it’s still baseball and the only show in town. However, I won’t be taking any pictures because there is nothing about this season I want to remember. I’m also a Broncos season ticket holder and I fully intend to blog about the Broncos again this year. Towards the end of June the family and I will be in Tulsa for our first Drillers game.
What will I do with all of my free time? Were moving to a little town in the Colorado mountains called Wondervu and I’m going to take the rest of the summer to settle in, hang with my family, get to know my neighbors, learn how to make my own picture frames, and throw one helluva house-warming party.
Rantics…Give me a pass on this one. With so many bloggers doing what I do now it’s time for me to “change it up”. During my break I’ll be in my mountain lab secretly developing the next trends in Sports Picture Blogging, cause that’s what “I” do.
I’ll be back with a vengeance Colorado…Bet!
I’m ”D” The Ranter and even the “King of Bloggers” needs to take time to work on his castle.
Mariners vs Rockies Game 1
The Rockies first Interleague game of the season. Hang’n with me today was my buddy Eric. Eric is the guy I’m buying our house in Wondervu from.
Rockies batting practice was a total bust as per usual. Mariners was a bit more interesting but at the end of the day my ball count was still zero.
Mariners were hitting Dodger 50th Anniversary baseballs for BP??
A fellow MLBlogger named Todd Cook and his family(two sons and dad) were visiting Coors Field for the first time. They’re here to support the Mariners on their road trip, get a Coors field ice cream cap, and scratch another stadium off the adventure list.
Really nice folks and Todd writes an excellent blog called:
Here’s Todd and his youngest Keelen, with Hawaii Bob smiling in the background.
Todd’s dad during BP.
Seemed to me Todd had a good day snagg’n. Not sure what his final numbers were but he damn sure did Coors Field right.
Here’s Mike the Rox Addict showing you one more run than the Rockies actually scored tonight…LAME
Check out Mike’s new Jersey.
Dan and Emily
My buddy Eric, he’s a Red Sox fan…Go figure.
Here’s just a few pictures. I figure if the Rockies aren’t going to put forth much effort I won’t either.
This was the only happy Rockies fan I could find and she was way too happy.
This game was straight up boring.
I’m “D” the Ranter…C’mon Rockies…This is the Mariners…WTF??