Results tagged ‘ Matt Holliday ’
6/11/09 Eight straight ain’t it great
It’s Hammer Time
I sincerely apoligize for my lack of entries. I’m back up to five days a week at work again and still spending any available time at the other house trying to get it ready to rent.
The Rockies are back at Coors Field tomorrow and I know a bunch of people who are more than ready. We wanna see some of that “Road Trip Magic” at home. I’m not bitch’n but the home crowd has witnessed it’s share of losses this season and we wanna personally watch the Rockies play like they’ve been playing.
I mentioned in my last entry that it was my 300th entry. The Rockpile Rant has had over 107,000 visits since October 2008 and over 1500 comments so far.
Thanks to all of you who read my ramblings about the Rockies and life. I’m digg’n what I do and I can’t wait until I’m able roll like I used to roll. Soon folks, very soon.
I’m not really a baseball draft guy. A fella only has so much time to devote to stuff and I tend to start to pay attention to players once they hit AA and AAA. I do wish them all luck though.
Does part their success stem from the guilt of contributing to Clint Hurdle being fired?
Is it the fear of what Jim Tracy will do to players who don’t perform.
Or is it just out of respect for our new coach and each player wanting to show him they deserve the right to play at Coors?
Now that I think about it it’s probably best not to over analyze it. Let’s just roll with it. A win is a win and we desperately need them.
Maybe if the Rockies make it to ten in a row the rest of the country might start to take notice. There is a serious lack of recognition for this team and any of it’s accomplishments.
I’m a realist, so I can’t wait for the day the Rockies win their first World Series because that’s what it will take to get some respect. Well that and a few winning seasons :)
Nice job Huston, keep it up brotha.
That’s ok with me because if you happened to listen to Matt Holliday on the Jim Rome radio show today you wouldn’t have heard Matt say anything nice about Colorado.
Just remember Matt, the fans loved you here. It was you who stopped caring at the end.
Rockies are 19-18 on the road. Seems odd but I’m not complaining.
Rockies have now won eight in a row which ties a team record from you know when.
Friday is almost here, and then I’ll be there…You know where.
Show us why we should never stop believing..D
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?
107 days till the Mobile Blog Unit heads down to Tucson.
This is not the Mobile Blog Unit, but it’s cool——–>>>>>
Are you curious as to what kind of deal the Rockies offered Matt Holliday?
18 million for four years and a player option worth 12.5 million if he wants to play the fifth year.
Here’s a quote from O’Dowd:
“We felt very good about our offer. We respect what Matty did. We didn’t and do not have any hard feelings.”
I think that was a fair offer.
They should have offered him less and made it performance based. I think the majority of sports contracts should be performance based.
Their offer didn’t matter, most likely no offer mattered, they never stood a chance.
Lets just respect the mans decision, remember it costs more to live on the west coast.
Ok, this is getting to be old news. On to something more fun.
<—How about a doormat that reflects your mood?
Tell me why this guy–> didn’t just let go of the pole?
Check out this series of pictures. Even my worst day was never this bad.
I guess the crane driver didn’t calculate the waterlogged factor.
The little one lifts out ok.
See you just need the right tool for the job.
At least you would think.
If your taking you kids cloths shopping you might want to avoid this place.
I still can’t figure what the two dots are for??
Nobody is saying for sure who the Rockies might get in exchange for Holliday as the Rockies have only reached a tentative agreement with the A’s.
Some of the names mentioned are reliever Huston Street, lefty Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
That is all I’ve heard right now..I don’t think this trade was as much for getting someone, as it was to avoid paying Holliday his 13.5 million due on his contract for the upcoming season.
Nuggets vs Grizzlies
I went to the Denver Nuggets game last night with Krista and Hunter. I’m not going to do a huge game recap because it just wasn’t all that exciting.
At least the game part.
The Nuggets get the win over the Grizzlies 100-90.
Here’s the deal, the game up until the end was way closer than it should have been. Chauncey Billups put up 16 points which is great, but he was 2 of 13 from field goal range and 2 of 6 from three-point range.
At least he was nailing his foul shots.
Props again to Nene who shot 8 of 10 from field goal range for 18 points. Mello was Mello. We didn’t get backstage this game.
14,359 people attended this snoozer.
I will tell you I was lucky enough to snag something.
One of the promotions during the commercial breaks is the Parachute drop.
It’s just a T-Shirt rolled up into a tube.
I finally freggin caught one.
I’ve been trying for years.
It’s not that I suck that bad, I just don’t usually sit on the first level. That’s my story.
Catching that shirt was at least the equivalent of snagging a live foul ball don’t you think?
I didn’t say home run ball, I just said foul ball.
Here’s what the T-Shirt looks like unrolled.
I’m not sure what I got all excited about. It’s never going to fit.
Now that I think about it, they should just toss an un-wrinkled T-Shirt down from the rafters with out a parachute.
It’s not like it would hurt anyone.
I mean, would you just look at the wrinkles in this shirt.
I finally saw Referee Violet Palmer. the first ever female NBA Referee.
#12 Violet Palmer.
On April 26, 2006 she was the first woman to officiate a major men’s sport at the top professional level. It was a Pacer vs Nets game.
I can’t give her all the credit, but if you watched this game you had to notice the officiating was horrible.
Violet was one of the referees working on December 19,2006. There was a brawl that evening between the Nuggets and the Knicks.
All ten players that were on the floor were ejected.
Some call her inconsistent, she does have her critics, but who doesn’t.
While I was sitting in my seat, my wife pointed out an odd fella wearing a Nuggets Jersey.
Can you spot him?
Meet Jazz the Clown.
Say what you want, but I like this guy.
First off, anyone with balls enough to wear that outfit in public is ok with me.
But to top it off, he’s sporting a JR Smith jersey and he’s at the game with his son. That’s cool.
It’s like the Nuggets version of Homie the Clown and I love it.
Can I just say…
Jazz you Rock Man !
I’d like to hear more on details on Matt Holliday’s departure.
It’s kind of sad, but we all knew it was coming.
Do you think they’ll spend his money on another big hitter?…I don’t.
What do you think is on Matt’s mind right now?
The same thing that has always been on his mind.
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.
Jorge De La Rosa.
I can’t remember how many times this season I’ve watched this kid blow a baseball game. Jorge had a serious bad start this season and his ERA by the All Star Break was 7.26.
I like Jorge. Hunter and I got his autograph early on this season and I mentioned back then how laid back and polite he was.
I was just checking out his stats. He is now 12-10 for the season and his ERA is 4.92. He’s bringing it on strong and doing exactly what every other Rockies player is.
Trying to get noticed. Only three games left.
Matt Holliday (Rockies please keep him), hit a single in the first inning to score Tulowitzki.
Matt this season has hit .321 with 25 home runs and 88 RBI. He has played 139 games, had 539 at bats and managed 173 hits.
Matt will only continue to get better as a player. There was a dramatic improvment in his outfielding this season.
He is physically healthy and lives a clean lifestyle.
Matt has a lot of good years left in him
Fact: In June 2006 Clint broke his collarbone carrying a large slab of meat given to him by Todd Helton upstairs to his apartment.
It was probably deer or elk meat.
Clint hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to give him eleven home runs for the season. That is a personal record for him topping his previous best of 10 in 2005. Contrats Clint..See you next season.
Rockies square up against the D-Backs in a couple of hours. On the mound for the Rockies is Jason Hirsh.
Have you seen the size of this guy?
He is 6’8 250, bats right, throws right.
He’s been a relief pitcher only three times this season. Here’s a quote from Jason.
“I’m going to have fun, at this point of the season, that’s pretty much my mind-set. Have fun and enjoy the rest of the year. This season has been trying, the most trying of my career. At this point, what have I got left to lose?”
He’s right, who knows..lets see how it goes..
No winner on the Baseball Card Trivia #2.
Did I make it too tough?
I made a bet about a week ago with a guy I work with. He’s a Giants fan. The bet was on whichever one of our teams wins more games from that point forward till the end of the season. The loser would have to wear the winners jersey one full day at work.
Today is the start of a three game set with the Giants. As of pre-game today, I’m one game up…I’ll keep you posted.
I see that Matt Holliday is in contention for the MLB Hank Aaron Award for offensive excellence.
He deserves it. He has always been among the elite in the NL as far as batting average, home runs and RBI are concerned.
I have faith that the Rockies still have something to prove and are not quitters. Everyone at work knows how much I support the Rockies and I DON’T want to have to wear that Giants jersey.
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.
Despite taking the first two games of this set vs the Dodgers, the Rockies came up short today in LA. Joe Torre’s team of Hall of Famers spoil the sweep and take the Rockies 3-1 ending a five game winning streak.
Rockies took the lead early in the first with Matt Holliday scoring Barmes on a sacrifice fly. I kept hoping for more, but not today.
I kept waiting for Ian Stewart to do something outrageous as of late.
But not today.
The Rockies dugout was pretty much silenced.
Jorge De La Rosa now 6-7, had three strikeouts, two walks and allowed two runs (one earned), on six hits.
I chose six Rockies players and sent them letters with the cards and a return envelope with postage.
The six I chose were:
Brad Hawpe, Willy Taveras, Omar Quintanilla, Jeff Bakery, Matt Herges and Manny Corpas.
I mailed all the letters on June 28, 2008 and on July 2, 2008, less than a week after I mailed them, Omar Quintanilla returned my letter and had autographed my card as you see here on the right.
Wait, I haven’t checked the mail today?? Maybe just maybe…nope not today. Glad I didn’t mail a World Series jersey !
For the record , that was not an official Rant. Just a disappointing observation.
Next up, a three game homestand against the Reds.
Josh Fogg and Jeremy Affeldt will finally be presented with their 2007 National League Championship rings during some sort of home plate ceremony.
The kids and I will be at all three games.
Rockies are 59-70 for the season. D-Backs are 65-60. There are 33 regular season games left.
Six of those games are against Arizona. The first three are at Coors, and the last three in Arizona to end the Rockies regular season…Take a second and ponder it all.
You have the numbers, now do the math and you can see that things could really get interesting. As it stands, the Rockies are by no means out of this race. Unfortunately, the D-Backs hold all the cards right now. Don’t count out the Dodgers either.
Usually I’m a glass is half empty type of guy, but today was a scorcher and I’m just glad I’ve got something to drink.
It’s time for some ninth inning, two out magic..I know you feel me.
Hawpe, Stewart, Tulo, Holliday, Taveras, Atkins, it’s time fellas to step it up a notch.
Do it now, or the season fades into oblivion much like my hairline.
We could have stayed until the end of the game.
But not today.
I was sunburnt and my butt was tired.
No special snaggin seats tomorrow.
Look out though, were ready..
Just hope the Rockies are too..D
Right now the Rockies are 5-4 on this road trip and 11-5 since the All Star break.
Six and four would be much better. Game four is in Florida and the Rockies need this win to break even in this set with the Marlins. Besides, I hate losing to the Marlins.
Valerio De Los Santos, I like this guy and wanted to see him succeed, but in the end he didn’t bring it when he needed to. In Saturdays game De Los Santos allowed three runs, walked five and gave up four hits in only four-innings. Clint Hurdle let him go after the game. Good Luck Valerio!
Welcome back Jeff Francis. Jeff has been on the DL for a while now with a shoulder injury.
Before Jeff was injured he was 3-7 with a 5.67 ERA in seventeen starts.
Jeff fits in nicely with the Rockies.
I hope his shoulder holds up and he can get back to last seasons level of performance.
Good Luck starting on Wednesday. Show’em what Canada is all aboot…eh!
Matt Holliday is flippin amazing. I can’t remember the last game in which he didn’t hit a homer. This is the second game against the Marlins this year that Matt has had hit two homers. Even with his valient effort last night, the Rockies couldn’t get the win over the Marlins.
They lost it 5-3.
The Rockies return home to Coors Field on Monday and begin the start of a ten game home stretch against the Nationals, Padres and D-Backs.
Right now the Rockies are twelve games back from .500 and this next home stretch could possibly, maybe slightly, without a doubt, take it to the bank, you bet your bippie, if all goes well, so they tell me, wheres the beef, straight up, ultimately make or break the Rockies.
Aaron Cook is the starting pitcher on Monday and that makes me feel good. He’s solid and hard to shake. Plus he has a cool nickname…Cookie
This year while pitching at Coors Field, Cook is 6-3 with a 3.43 ERA.
I’ll be at the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (my birthday) games..See you there.