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Plenty to do in the MBU

2/2/09

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DSCN5825.JPGHere’s the Ranter shirt that I ordered.

 This is how it showed up.

 

 I have had the worst luck with lettering. I loved the T-Shirt but if you step back a few feet the Rockpile Ranter becomes difficult to read.

Rule # 1 with a Ranter shirt: The lettering has to be large enough to be visible on television.

 I wrote the business owner and told him that I wasn’t unhappy, I just wondered why he had spaced the letters so close together.

The gentleman wrote me back and said that he would have needed to use two transfer sheets to do that and the auction clearly stated that only one sheet was used for the lettering. He also informed me about how he was tired of people using their feedback on him as hostage.

I wrote back again and informed him that retaliation wasn’t my intent. I was just asking in case I ever wanted purchase another one of these T-Shirts. I gave the man positive feedback and left it at that.

About a week later I received a package in the mail. I opened it up and look what I found inside:
RPR Tshirt 1.jpgNot only did he make me another shirt just the way I wanted, he made me two of them. NO CHARGE. That was cool. See how well you can read this lettering?

                           Thank you Mr T-Shirt dude? You sir have a loyal customer.

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 Anybody want the first shirt? I’ll give it to you, but you have to hand out my Ranter cards when people say “What the hell is a Rockpile Ranter? Believe me…it happens. 

In case your wondering on the status of the letter “P” from a previous entry? I have returned all of the letters for a refund. They couldn’t get it right after three times and Dan convinced me that the quality of the lettering was crap and that I could do better elsewhere.

Great Superbowl yesterday (at least the 4th quarter). I had predicted Cardinals over Steelers 24-21. 

Had they ended the game a few minutes early I’d have been damn close at 23-20, oh well.

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 Thank you for your kind comments on the John Breaux entry.

The public outpouring of support for this man has been unbelievable. John literally touched thousands of people. I haven’t had anything “hit me” like this particular tragedy has in a long time.

 Apparently I’m not the only one, not by a longshot. The cities of Louisville and Lafayette are still grieving.

Twenty days till the MBU makes it’s rolling blogging debut. New additions to the MBU will be a meat smoker (for smoking ribs and chicken), and Andy will be bringing his RockBand for the Wii.

Jealous yet? Remember,…. we still have an opening, but much like E Harmony, we have a 100 question compatibility test. gauging you on all different levels.

Most importantly can you sing? If I’m on drums and Andy is on guitar…we’ll need a singer.

Couch potato12.jpgBut hey, sit at home and don’t go…just gives us more room and I get your plate of ribs.  

Relax,…if you’re not up for a “Road Trip” dont fret, You know my coverage of “Rockies Spring Training 2009″ is going to be Bullitzer worthy.

MLB Network eat your heart out on this one. You may have your makeup, cameras and writers, but what you don’t have is a fan’s perspective.

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 There is only one “Mobile Blog Unit”.

(<——–This is not the MBU)

 I invented it, I’ll be piloting it, and you my loyal reader will be reaping the rewards of it.

 I can’t wait, less than three weeks.

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I’ve got lots to say so I keep plugging away

1/14/08

did you see1.jpgDid you see the special on the MLB Channel called Nine Innings from Ground Zero?

 It follows the Yankees and the D-Backs and during the 2001 World Series just after the 911 attacks. Watch that show and try not to not get moist eyeballs.

                     You won’t make it. 

That special was very touching and extremely well put together. The part when the little girl wrote a letter to Derek Jeter just after her dad died (her dad was one of the pilots), and she got to meet him and go to Yankee Stadium. That part choked me up. That was a classy thing to do. 

As much as I say I hate the Yankees now, as a young boy in New Jersey (before we moved to Canada), I loved them. Props to the D-Backs, that was a GREAT World Series.  


 

baseball world.jpgWhen I see a show like that it makes me proud to be an American and it also reaffirms why I love baseball. 

Baseball really is the best sport in the world, and the only one where I feel like I get to participate.

Sure I really dig football and basketball and I miss them in their off-seasons.

But I daydream of baseball.  I look at the schedule and plan what games I’ll be attending. I love figuring out which games will be primo “snagging days”.

 I try to make sure that I make all of the games where bobble heads or other Rockies promotional gifts are handed out.

Tucson Inn.jpgI go over my spring training/Tucson trip in my head daily, and it’s the last thing I think about before I fall asleep. 

Well that’s not exactly true, lately my last thought has been about hopping in my car and hitting the 7-11 for a pack of cigarettes. 

Day 6-Smoke free baby. I must say I’m not feeling like the friendliest fellow right now, but those who know me understand my situation and just ignore me. I’ve got a few more days worth of patches and then that’s it. I know at this point it’s mostly mental, but the brain can be a powerful thing when it wants something.
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That same inner voice that keeps me out of trouble is the same one telling me to smoke, it can be confusing to a simple guy like me.  

help me1.jpgNormally I never ask for help. I’m extremely independent and I’ve always set my own path and did my own thing, learning from my mistakes (usually).

Normally I’m the guy that people come to for advice (it helps when most of yoru friends are younger).

Without going into a lot of details, I’ve seen some sheet in my lifetime and I can give people the benefit of my experiences, without them actually having to take that path. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is “Thank You” to my readers who have been supportive of me in this “hellistic adventure” called quitting smoking. I’ll be there for you, and I appreciate you being there for me in my time of need. Baseball folk are straight up good people.

Beware Pickpockets.jpgBaseball snaggers beware, I’ll be out there this season with a semi-fresh set of lungs and a new attitude. Naa, same attitude, just better air intake. 

Hey Zack Hample when are you coming to Coor’s Field again?

No first row tickets for you this time buddy. You’re in the Pavilion with the Ranter and “it is on” my friend!!

Don’t take that as anymore than a friendly challenge. When I’m snagging in the Pavilion anywhere other then than first row, my only competition usually is my son Hunter.

When I’m fortunate enough to be snagging in the first row, I’m just a rookie there. Guys like Dan, Robert, Dave, and Danny own that row. I watch my P’s and Q’s and try to be respectful.

Thumbnail image for Hunter 6 balls 6-20.JPGHunter’s got the system down, just don’t interfere and snag one of the baseballs he thinks was thrown directly to him.

We’re still working on that particular scenario. He’s super competitive and REALLY hates to lose.

I don’t know where the hell he gets that from.

Hunter snag 111.jpgI plan on letting Hunter have a paragraph or two on this blog during the season to share his own snagging story with you.

 It will be good for him and he usually has a good story to tell.

I’ve heard Hunter ask his mom if he’s famous because his daddy’s a Rockies blogger, that’s my guy. I really enjoy the times I get to go to Rockies games with Hunter. Mylee too when she feels like going. Mylee likes the promotional giveaways, and Hunter is just a straight up baseball snagger.

It’s fun going to batting practice now that I know a lot more people. I’m not such a loner anymore. It’s cool to seeing and recognizing the same faces at the games. Getting to hang around people that are as excited about being there as I am.

                                Here are my goals for this baseball season.

1. Catch my elusive live home run ball, I’m tired of watching Happy’s videos and wishing it was me.  

2. Snag 100 baseballs at batting practice. Easier said than done, when you make only half of the home games.

3. Personally obtain an autographed baseball of every player on the Rockies 40 man roster.

4. I would love the Rockpile Ranter to be the Rockies unofficial mascot (Hey, I can dream). Sort of like the barrel man for the Broncos.

I always do the best I can do to plug the Rockies? The sad part is there is probably not a single Rockies player who knows who the hell I am at this point. This leads me to number five.

5. Get the Rockies organization to take note of the Rockpile Ranter and his efforts and  realize what a useful promotional tool I can be. The Rockies need more love. I’m just here to help in my own special way.

I think MLB TV Network should give MLBloggers opportunities to be the person who gets to say “play ball” like the hosts do now. It could be like a 5 second clip of us getting to say that and MLB could post the name of our blog on the bottom of the screen.

 That would be really cool and cheap.  I’d shoot that clip for free. Plus how cool would I look on TV saying “Play ball”.  Remember doing stuff like that is a win/win situation for MLB network. Nobody loses when you plug your own blogging community on your own TV channel.

How about letting us send in our own homemade video clips? PlayBall23.jpg 

We could pick a theme and shoot a video to promote our blogs in our own creative ways? 

That would be fun to see. So much talent here.

Oh yeah, I’m already thinking of some sweet ideas. How about from the Rockies Rockpile or how about me with a baseball glove and a bull horn on top of Pikes Peak?

That’s a pretty big Rockpile.

Me n Hunter fishn11.jpgMLBlogs.com I’m full of ideas, it would be nice to see you run with one of them. No worries, I’ll keep casting them your way in hopes of a bite or even a nibble or not.   

On a curious note: What happened to October Gonzo? He came in, gobbled up the front page and then disappeared? Who the hell was the mysterious Gonzo, and where is he hiding?

Witness protection? Laying low in the Hamptons? Joined the Peace corps? Maybe we’ll never know, maybe we’re not supposed to?

 

I could go on and on but I’m tired of sitting…Thanks for listening, without you I’m just a cool dude with a funny green hat…D

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Believe me nothings free

1/1/09
Thumbnail image for Party pug 34.jpgHope everyone had an awesome New Years Eve, I went to bed early but we let the kids stay up as late as they wanted. Neither of them made it midnight.
StretchExercise1.jpgI woke up and stretched really good this morning, ate a banana and a yogurt for breakfast.

You have to start somewhere, and this is as good a starting point as any. I’m 6’1 195 and I plan to use my excess energy from not smoking to drop 10 lbs before spring training.

I’m still in decent shape at 195, but I have this sexy image I have to uphold and I don’t want to let anyone down. My entire family has the pot belly gene and there are things down there want to always be able to see. 

ecstatic.jpgBesides, 185 is a good baseball snaggin weight.

I couldn’t have been more ecstatic about watching the startup of the MLB Network. As luck would have it, Comcast made sure that didn’t happen.

I guess I figured the MLB channel would be free with what we pay Comcast for cable each month. Well 4:00 pm rolled around and I was faced with the realization that it wasn’t.

cell-phone-booth.jpgSo I jumped on the phone to Comcast and was informed that I would have to purchase the Encore package which was $5.00 more a month. No problem, she said is should come on shortly and I hung up. I
Biker pissed.JPGwaited, and waited and nothing happened. 

Now it’s close to 5:00 pm and I’m getting pissed, so I call Comcast back and I’m told by another customer service rep that it’s not the Encore package that I need upgrade to it’s a different sports package.

So another 45 minutes drifts by while I’m waiting on the phone to get this all set up. Eventually the dude and I part ways with me in front of my TV waiting for the MLB channel to pop on.

The MLB Network finally did come on about 6:30pm. In the end I had to upgrade my cable plan, but it only costs me $3.00 more a month. I missed the first 2.5 hours, that blows.

Don and Yogi.jpgThe Bob Costas interview  with Don Larson and Yogi Berra was really cool. Especially after getting to see part of the classic Yankees/Dodgers World Series no-hitter.

I  let/made my kids watch some of it. I told them someday in the future people would be watching video of the games that we attended in color and wondering why they’re not three dimensional.

I don’t watch a hell of a lot of TV unless it’s baseball, basketball, or football. Even then it’s only Colorado teams.

 But it’s nice to know the MLB Network is there when “I” need it, kind of like a spare tire or that Powerbar I keep in my glove box. 

Here are some of my Suggestions for the MLB Network.

1. During the Hot Stove segments, take 30 seconds and highlight a different MLBlogger.  Increased traffic to our blogs from the exposure is essentially more hits to MLB’s website right? It’s a win/win situation. Or how about using random blogs for the background of Hot Stove?

2. Have random contests here on MLBlogs.com with prizes such as being in a MLB Network TV commercial or 5 second shout out for the winners home team. This group of bloggers loves competition. I’d love to win a contest and get 5 seconds on MLB TV, get to stand there in full Ranter uniform and scream “Rockies are number one baby” whether they are or not. That’s the standard line right?

3. I like the spring training thing they’re doing, 30 teams in 30 days. It’s a great idea, sounds familiar? I’m sure there will be MLBloggers all over the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues in Feb/March. The MLB Network could give us some love down there.

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I’ve got lots of great ideas, but it’s only the first day and I don’t want to seem like I’m being overly critical or demanding :) 

I liked what I saw, congratulations on the first day of what I hope will become the best channel on TV…D
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