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Phillies Pay on Daddy/Daughter Day

July 13, 2012

Phillies vs Rockies Game 1

Game On…Hope you had a nice break.

I’ve have a lot of friends who are Phillies fans. There’s Phillie Jim, my buddy Rick, and an old buddy Kevin who back in the day made the ultimate sacrifice and said FU to a job that wouldn’t let him attend a Phillies/Rockies game in 2007. All these dudes are hardcore Phillies fans and with the Rant being a fan blog I respect that.

With that said, unfortunately once a year our Coors Field turns partially red and is bustling with over-anxious Phillie fans full of east coast pride, who are trying to make up for the 80 other home games they’ll miss.

 No Worries..It was Daddy/Daughter day for me.

Mylee’s great because she has her mom’s fantastic sense of humor and her dad’s ability to point out people who need pointing out. Batting practice was a bust today. The Rockies were out on the field but decided a half hour was too much time to hang with the fans so they bailed early.

(Year of the Fan, the rally towel they gave away today said so).

I found out from Hawaii Bob that the Phillies had taken BP around 3pm and were finishing up inside. I can’t tell you how much that pleased the mass of Phillies fans who took the time to show up early to see their team warm-up. I was a little bummed as well because Ryan Howard was back in the lineup and I had my sights on a Howard BP homer.

BP was so boring I was wishing I had brought my full size Tulo banner so we could have played a round of  “Pin the Injury” on the Duece. Yep Rockies poster boy Tulo is taking a well deserved bumpy ride on the old Karma Wagon of life.

I hope Tulo figures out that when you “RESPECT” your fans and their time, the shocks on the Karma Wagon kick in and the ride suddenly smooths out.

But what do i know :)

The highlight of BP was seeing Amy the Blake Street Babe straight-up catch her second BP homer of the season. She did it sandwiched between two seasoned ballhawks who were waiting for her to blow it so they could swarm in and snap up her leftovers…Nice Job Amy!

One of Many… Ranter’s “Year of the Fan” Ideas

Players/fans playing catch…Randomly pick a few fans to go out onto the field during BP and play catch. The players have to warm up and does it really make a difference who tosses him the ball? Any baseball fan would remember walking on Coors Field and throwing a catch with a MLB player his/her entire life.

Check this out Rockies Promotional Folks…Throwing a catch costs you nothing…As I said the players are warming-up anyway and you pay them right? Make this an every home-game thing and get folks excited about showing up early for BP.

FYI Rockies..I’m available for consulting and I’m full of GOOD ideas.

Game Pictures

He’s back!

Cargo sport’n Tulo’s #2 wristband? Upside down it sort of looks like a 5.

 

Strike three Cliff Lee.

Friedrich did a great job pitching 6 solid innings. Christian had 7 strikeouts officially punking Cliff Lee…today.

Is Ryan gett’n bigger?

Colvin is a beast.

Straight from Tulsa…Josh Rutledge miliseconds before his first MLB hit.

They called Josh up from the AA Tulsa Drillers because Todd Helton went on the DL list Friday with right hip soreness.(Gett’n old sucks).

Heal up quick TH!

Josh’s first hit.

Josh’s first safe slide into second.

I already like Josh, in an imperfect world, that’s the perfect way to start a MLB career. Josh went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI and a stolen base.

 I’m gonna say it now…Get what you can for the Duece while you can. Tulo will eventually self-destruct as he is his own worst enemy…Mentally and Physically.

In a quick 2:37 minutes the Rockies send the fans home happy with a 6-2 win over the Phillies in front of 33,346.

I’m “D” the Ranter…I got nothing…”D”

Daily Dose of “D” #6

7/9/12

What Pisses Me Off Today

Mother Nature

I realize that Colorado desperately needs rain. But it’s been raining for a week up where I live and I need to finish moving my stuff. What’s left to move are the items that can’t get wet, couch, mattresses, pictures, etc. Mother Nature feel free to let it rain all you want the rest of the summer but give me one dry day this week to finish what I started…Pretty please?  :)

Mustache of the Day

Did you know?

A single share of Coca-Cola stock, purchased in 1919 for $40, when the company went public, would be worth $6.4 million today, if all dividends had been reinvested.

WTF ??

Do You Remember!

For two years during the 1970s, Mattel marketed a doll called “Growing Up Skipper”. Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.

When Cheerios were called Cherrioats?

Some Weird Toys

Cool Story of the Day

T-shirt fundraiser for Colorado wildfire relief takes off.

Today’s Best Editorial

Colorado Rockies need to dump Dealin’ Dan O’Dowd

I’m “D” the Ranter…Have a Great Day!

Daily Dose of “D” #5

7/6/12

What Pisses Me Off Today

I’m always up for a good conversation, except for one place,…the bathroom. I figure if you’re out and don’t know if you’re too drunk to drive, you probably are so you call a friend or a cab.

 I wonder if the designers added something useful to the talking piss puck and programmed it to remind you to flush when you finish.

There’s nothing worse than walking up on a big frothy pool someone left behind.

WTF?

What ever happened to Kris Kross? Click here to find out.

Baseball Fan of the Day

Yep

Epidemic?

Makes me glad I went to Trade School…Eww!

Feel Good Story of the Day

If this doesn’t warm your heart, you better check your pulse.

Urban Dictionary “Word of the Day”

Textrovert

1. One who feels an increased sense of bravery over texting, as opposed to in person.
2. One who will often only say what they really feel over text messages.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Have a Great Day!

Daily Dose of “D” #4

7-5-12

Thing’s That Piss Me Off Today.

“Movie Quote Guy”

We all know at least one. This dude is incapable of carrying on a conversation on his own. He quotes moves because he has no life and this is his lame attempt at being humorous. What he fails to realize is not everyone has seen every movie ever made in the last 30 years.

80′s Flashback…Mr T…Did you know?

He gave up virtually all his gold, one of his identifying marks, after helping with the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said, “As a Christian, when I saw other people lose their lives and lose their land and property…I felt that it would be a sin before God for me to continue wearing my gold.

I felt it would be insensitive and disrespectful to the people who lost everything, so I stopped wearing my gold.

Holy Jibba jabba!

Quote of the Day

If opportunity doesn’t knock…Build a door.

Milton Berle.

Feel Good Story of the Day

Marvel creates a Superhero for hearing disabled boy.

Strange Thought of the Day

Why is Mickey Mouse bigger than his dog Pluto? And on that note, why isn’t there a mouse flavored cat food?

Urban Dictionary Word of the Day

“DudeBro”

A male, ages 18-24, generally of the Caucasian descent, who refers to their acquaintances as “Dude” and/or “Bro” in the same sentence. In this case, the male uses both terms in one sentence. The conversation begins with “Dude” and ends with “Bro”, 9 times out of 10.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Have a great day!

Daily Dose of “D” # 3

7/4/12

Happy Birthday America!

You wouldn’t think much could piss a guy off today but I do have one thing that frazzles my fro.

What Pisses Me off Today

You’ll be hard pressed to find a fireworks display in the state of Colorado on our nation’ s birthday. That not only pisses me off but it’s just plain sad.

 I get it…But…

Anybody else think the Car Hop guy looks like the guy who shot congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords?

Creepy.

I’m positive I wouldn’t buy a used car from either of them. Besides, Colorado already has the world’s best Used Car Pimp.

That’s Dealin Doug.

Nuff said…Can’t rip on him too bad he’s a Rockies fan…lol

Crazy Thought of the Day

Why we do we associate the Easter Bunny with eggs? Rabbits don’t lay eggs.

Feel Good Story of the Day

Great-grandmother, 91, catches foul ball in San Jose

Oh Yeah!!

Urban Dictionary Word of the Day

Freedom Fondle

The honor of being screened by the TSA at Airport Security.

Quote of the Day

I never joined the army because “at ease” never seemed that easy to me. It seemed rather uptight, still. I do not relax by putting my arms behind my back and parting my legs slightly, that does not equal ease to me. At ease is not being in the military. I’m eased bro, cause I’m not in the military…The late Mitch Hedberg.

I’m “D” the Ranter.

Have a great 4th of July and just so you don’t long for your dose of yearly pyrotechnics, here’s a little video from the Rockies Fireworks game in 2010..Enjoy…”D”

Daily Dose of “D” #2

7-3-12

Things that Piss me off today.

 People who think a Dunkin donut is better than a Lamar’s donut. I get this from east coasters who live here in Colorado and long for Dunkin Donuts.

I’ve had both and east coasters you’re dead wrong. Lamar’s is a better donut.

Lamar’s donuts are so good I did a blog entry on them a few years back.

Happiness is found…And it’s Round 

more lamars donuts.gif

I know it hurts, but look at the bright side. Lamar’s are readily available here in Colorado.

Something Cool

I love that the only time I have to experience humidity is when I leave Colorado.

Humidity causes rust.

Mold.

and tooth decay.

 None of which I care for.

WTF??

Study Links Cat Litter Box to Increased Suicide Risk

Lazy Thought of the Day

Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid doing altogether.

Not So Feel Good Story of the Day

Japanese Chef Cooks and Serves His own Genitals

WOW!

Urban Dictionary Word of the Day

Liketurbate

That annoying moment when someone likes his/hers own status, pictures etc. on Facebook. We all know at least one person who liketurbates.

I’m “D” The Ranter…Remember it doesn’t matter what other people think of you cause that’s none of your business.

Have a Great Day!

DAILY Dose of “D” #1

7-2-12

Things that piss me off today.

1. People who just can’t fregg’n park…Come on now, doesn’t that say compact?

2. Noticing an empty drive-thru and by the time you get there three people have beat you to it. Happens to me on a regular basis.

Things I like today.

1. Colorado Sunrises and how cool Denver looks every morning as I drive to work from the mountains.

2. The men and women working hard to contain all our Colorado wild fires…You Rock!!

3. The Coors Field ducks.

Feel good story of the Day…Click Here

Very cool Jeff!!

Something to make you think.

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.  ~Yogi Berra

Picture of the day.

Urban Dictionary..”Word of the Day”

Gaper

G.A.P.E.R is an acronym for a skier or snowboarder that stands for: Guaranteed Accident Prone on Every Run. They can be spotted at the landing of jumps just out of view for those dropping, cutting people off on runs, running into people, falling off lifts, and generally making a fool of themselves. They are usually dressed in 80′s ski gear or brand new gear that they spent way to much money on and have the trademark gaper gap between the goggles and hat and many times the pants are tucked into the boots.

I’m “D” the Ranter and I figure it’s a good thing that Memory Foam doesn’t remember.
Have a Great Day!

Stoked to visit ONEOK

6-24-12

Tulsa Drillers vs the Springfield Cardinals.

Had I put a little more research into my road trip we probably could have caught the Rockies and Rangers game but instead we were able to catch a Tulsa Drillers game on the way home from our family reunion.

Shot of a trailer on fire, did I mention it was hot?

While in Tulsa we hooked up with Mike the Rox Addict and Amy the Blake Street Babe who were in Tulsa as well for their first game of an extremely cool road trip.

 I’ve always wanted to check the Drillers new stadium ONEOK field. The Drillers are the Rockies AA team and have a cool little stadium nestled in downtown Tulsa.

The promotional gift today was a Hornsby(the Drillers mascot) cereal bowl…For kids only.

Bummer I like cereal too.

ONEOK Field was designed by architect firm Populous(formerly HOK Sport Venue Event) of Kansas City, Missouri and constructed by Manhattan Construction Company. The stadium has an official capacity of 7,833, but is capable of holding up to 9,000 for special events.

It has 23 suites and a playing field recessed about 13 feet below street level. With a construction cost of $39.2 million, the project also included the purchase of adjacent land for complementary development, for a total project budget of $60 million.

The new ballpark was intended to be more directly connected to its urban surroundings than was the old stadium at the fairgrounds, and also to have many of the same kinds of luxury amenities available in a major-league ballpark, both for fans and for the players and coaches.
ONEOK is much nicer than Security Service Field where the Rockies AAA Sky Sox play. This little stadium is layed out like a lot of  the spring training ballparks in Arizona.

We didn’t catch batting practice as the stadium opened one hour early and BP was finished by the time we rolled in. As far as the temperature goes, it was also 99 degrees today with at least as much humidity…Yuck!

Gotta love a U-Haul truck on a roof that rotates 360 degrees.

Helluva view of the skyline from home plate.

Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis has his own pole here.

Mylee going for a slide.

Hornsby’s entrance.

Pink fire truck?

In the top of the sixth inning Oscar Taveras hit a foul ball that landed a few rows behind me.

It’s extremely cool when you snag a game ball your first time in a new stadium.

Next pitch Oscar hit the first and only home run of the game.

Mylee showing off here new mohawk.

Mylee was lucky and got tossed a ball that was good for a free ice cream helmet.

3816 folks showed up to witness the Drillers lose this one to the Cardinals 5-3.

I’m “D” The Ranter…Glad to be home…Check another one-off the list.

Regular Fan…Not This Man

6-8-12

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.

WOW

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 :)

OK…This weeks been fun…So here’s one

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!!

UPDATE !!

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

Pacheco

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.

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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!!

 

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