Results tagged ‘ Rays ’

Rox Slip and Dex Hurts His Hip

5-3-13

Rays vs Rockies Game 1

This would be my first game since the EY Bobble head game. Whole lotta props to my baseball buddies that weathered those snow games. I’m not a fair weather or cold weather fan, I’m a warm weather fan and I had my own snow issues to deal with up in Black Hawk.

Before blogging and before taking pictures my favorite thing about MLB baseball is batting practice. I love me some good BP. For some reason that ain’t happening this year. Usually by a month into the season I’ve at least snagged my first ball.

I didn’t take my usual 4 mg of pictures today. A blast from the past kinked my groove during BP and that put a damper on the rest of my evening.  I’m not a fan of aggressive ball hawks and I feel like in the pavilion there’s a good group of fellas that know how to respect personal space during batting practice. Every now and then we bump into each other, but because we know each other we know it’s unintentional.

There’s nothing worse than an overly eager ball hawk coming up in your space on a quest for a meaningless BP ball.

 Ball Hawking Etiquette… Don’t touch or invade the space of other ball hawks and pay attention to your surroundings. By entering someone’s space chasing a BP ball, you risk injuring yourself and the other person trying to catch the ball which could result in one of you taking a missile to the face.

Remember in the end it’s just a f’kn BP ball YO!

I watched older gentlemen getting hauled away on a stretcher from the game tonight after taking a foul ball to the face. It happens, it’s never pretty and this Ranter has no plans of leaving Coors Field by that particular mode of transportation.

FYI…If you come within a foot(what I consider a reasonable personal space) of me chasing a ball and push, bump or touch me in the pursuit a ball, I take that as a sign of aggression and that’s when I temporarily forget I’m there to chase baseballs.

I realize that one-sided chat with this dude is inevitable; I just wanted to give a little history on the matter before I’m standing in front of a judge…Or maybe the guy will read this, realize he’s the “overly aggressive ball hawk” in question and stop being a Dick…Nuff said on that.

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BP was a bust today, I did have play on a ground rule double but it bounced wildly off the outfield wall and I totally blew it. Other than that, zero BP homers were hit in my direction.

IMO… BP is not what it used to be, that my friends is sad.

Back in the day I used to like Jeff Francis, he grew up in Canada just like me.

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Now I find the only thing I like about Jeff Francis is his walk-up song….Rush-Tom Sawyer…That’s sad as well.

Why is the only guy from Canada wearing a jacket while on first base?

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Things that make you say “Hmmm”. I’m thinking of a 5 letter word that starts with “P”.

Francis allowed four runs and five hits in five innings.

Quote from the Canadian Sizzlean: “I felt like if I’d made some better pitches, we could have been ahead and won this game,” Francis said. “I missed with a couple of pitches and it cost me some runs.”

Really Jeff?  I dreamt I was a millionaire and woke up broke.

See anybody you know in the background?

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Now that’s a nice set of horns :)

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Cuddy blasting a home run into the fountain.

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The Cargo serious look.

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It always amazes me how many dudes drop the ball, it’s not that hard Dan caught one with his glove behind his back.

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Dexter had to leave the game early with an injured hip flexor. EY JR took his place.

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This collision is where Dex hurt his hip.

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Rockies let this one advance to 10 innings and Matt Belisle blows it.

Rockies lose Game 1 to the Rays…7-4

I’m “D” the Ranter…C’mon Rockies I got a lil fight in me, where’s yours?

One more thing, everyone on the planet knows you can save 15% on your car insurance by switching to Geico. Do they have to fly a plane with a banner over the stadium every game? That stupid plane is so damn noisy it’s like a mosquito with a bullhorn…Seriously we know about the 15% and we’ve known for years…”D”

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Bottle to the head in the City of Red

10/30/08

absolute_envy.jpgWell go ph-igure. as I predicted Phillie got a little rowdy last night. The best/worst story I heard is about the Ray’s fan who climbed up a traffic lightpole and was knocked off by an “absolut” ly perfectly thrown vodka bottle .

Tossed by a drunk Phillies fan..I assume.

 That F’n brutal man. Way over the top. I mean they stop selling alcohol in the 7th right? How drunk can you get in one inning?

You can’t buy advertising like that. “Absolut Vodka, the choice of drunk rowdy bottle tossers everywhere.” Priceless.

 

Remember people, enjoy don’t destroy. Here’s a link to the carnage:  

Dude hit in the head with a vodka bottle .

The guy gets tagged with the bottle, loses his balance, hangs there suspended for a bit, then just drops to the ground. Hope he’s ok.

That will be one hell of a story he’ll be telling if he can get back to Florida.

Charlie Manuel1.JPGI thought Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel speech after the game was really heartfelt. You could feel his emotion as he spoke each word.

Here is what Charlie had to say:

“I always thought we could win the World Series. I knew we could beat anybody in our league. I look at what I see in our guys, I see chemistry and attitude and our makeup and how much we like to play and how much the Philadelphia fans back us, I know we can win the World Series.

“This is for Philadelphia. This is for our fans. I look around here and who’s the world champions? I thank you.”

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Classy guy, and he’s right.

 I respect the hell out of sober Phillie fans. They understand hard times,  and are stronger fans for it.

Say what you want, the “City of brotherly love” doesn’t always love a brotha.

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 As for the Tampa Bay Rays?

Almost there. I have a feeling that team will stay pretty much  intact next season. If it works, don’t mess with it right?

Might I suggest a new hairstyle?

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Go with a mullet. I know of a guy they can get styling tips from who is way ahead of the curve.

 

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 I think the World Series was decided by the pitchers.

In a nutshell, everyone thought that the Rays bullpen had the better talent, and in the end the Phillies bullpen just out pitched them…D
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Rain is a pain as we wait in vain

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Admit it, you love that title. It’s probably my tv, but Kazmir looked nervous, pale and a little shook by the end of the first inning. Major pressure for this guy.

He starts the first by walking one, then launches a ball into Chase Utley ribs. Utley was expressionless. He’s used to it. Utley stands so damn close to the plate.

Actually, he has been hit by more pitches than any other player this season. This dude really likes taking one for the team.FatLady.jpg

 

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Victorino comes up to bat,  hits a low pop to left field and scores two runs. Simple as that. 

Phillies are in there like swimwear———>

Did you see the look on Kazmir’s face when they finally got the third out? I think at that point he was extremely relieved to get out that mess with only two runs scored.

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 Top of the fourth Carlos Pena hits a double that could have been a triple had he stopped watching the ball and just ran. No matter, Longoria was up next and scored him.

Now its 2-1 Phillies.

 

 

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 Philly gets a scare when Hamels tries to bunt and the ball hit the bat and jammed his fingers. I think I’ve figured out who Cole looks like.

It’s a cross between Jim Carey and Tom Brady. What do you think?

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                              Am I way off here?? I dont think so.

 

You really were able  to see the effects of the elements in the fifth inning. Rollins bobbles infield pop fly that Rocco Baldelli  hit. Normally it was an easy catch. The wind was so bad he clearly couldn’t track it and the ball hit him in the wrist. There is some serious jacked up weather going on in Philly right now. Seems more like football weather. You know those Florida boys are hurting. Joe Maddon looked like he was colder than a well diggers butt in January.

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 After back to back walks in the fifth inning and Kazmir bids his farewell after a tap on the butt. Replaced by Grant Balfour who finishes off the inning with no damage.

Anybody think Balfour looks like Ed McCaffrey, former Bronco great??

I’m just saying. It’s weird. Or maybe I am.

Top of the sixth Pena singles and scores Upton and now things are interesting. Then they break to commercial, it comes back to the game, and the game is suspended due to the rain. Guess I’ll continue as the game does, if it does.

                                         The time is now 8:57 pm MST

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 Game 5 is suspended until tomorrow (weather permitting).  First suspended World Series  game ever. . I wish Cole Hamels could carry on and finish what he started. The Phillies were of robbed of his full potential in this rainy incomplete  game five, .

                                    The score is tied, they made the right call…D
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Rock steady, the booze is ready

10/27/08

joe blanton.jpgJoe Blanton, the dude is amazing and so is his timing.

He said he closed his eyes and just swung.

Funny, all that ever did for me was give me a nasty bruise.

Then I’d get to listen to an impatient umpire bark at me to “take my base”.

 

Joe hits his first career homer, doing what no other pitcher has done in the World Series since 1974.

Out freggin standing Joe !

never say never1.JPG Never say never. Rockies fans grasp this concept.

Rays fans want to believe. I’ve been supporting the Phillies since the postseason and even I think the Rays coming back and winning the World Series would be a hell of a story. Last to first, down 3-1, etc. Let me just say:

It’s probably not going to happen (there’s a safe statement). Lets look at some quick history:

down.jpgRays come in as the 43rd team to be down 3-1 in the World Series. Of those forty three, only five have come back to win it since 1925. Thats like twelve percent. The last team to come back from the two game deficit and win the World Series was the Kansas City Royals in 1985. So it’s safe to say it doesn’t happen a lot. 

 The Rays have that whole statistical history thing against them. But, so did the Phillies with their long break before the World Series and they proved history wrong.

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Here’s the Rays immediate problem. Cole Hamels.

For some reason the dude reminds me of Tom Brady.

  This hippy is undefeated in the postseason and if he gets his fifth win tonight, he breaks the record for most postseason wins and helps his team to a World Series ring. 

That my friends(McCain moment), is a lot of pressure for a young dude.

He is a rock, lets see if he cracks under pressure….not likely.

Reality check. Tonight could be it for baseball this year. Truth be told, it’s been over for me since the end of September.

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 That is one of the things I like about Zack Hample. He is a fan of the sport.

I too am a fan of the sport, but I
support my team. It’s not really the same thing. My fanship is directed to my team as his is directed to all teams and players. 

He can enjoy the Phillies World Series win all year. But for me, when the sun rises tomorrow the Phillies are the enemy again(if they win tonight). 

I believe I can only TRULY enjoy a World Series Championship if the Rockies are the last ones left standing. No worries, I can wait.

 I dont know if what I just wrote makes sense, but I’m not going any deeper than that or I’ll lose myself. 

 
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 What are your plans?? Any readers out there going to be in Tucson the first week of March?

Stop by the Mobile Blog Unit RV and say hello. You’ll have no trouble spotting the RV. 

We’ll be parked at the Hi Corbett field parking lot during the days for about a week doing some live(as possible) blogging and testing out some new ideas. Should be a good learning experience.

 

           ROCKIES 2009 

 Speculation begins now, What about Holliday, Fuentes, Atkins, Taveras??? Who should stay, who should go? I have my own opinions about each of them, but I would love to hear what others think.

 When the series is over I will writing some entries called ironically  “Should they stay or should they go”  it should be a fun topic with some reader participation by way of commenting.

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 Feel free to comment. It lets me know that you actually get me, or don’t. It also lets me know if your read the whole entry or just look at the pictures.

 

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By the way, thanks for looking at the pictures and for checking out the Rant..

I slipped off the smoking wagon on Sunday..Back on the wagon tomorrow…D

 

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Cow Bell Hell

10/23/08



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Non-Smoking.

The co-worker I quit smoking with caved in today. I almost did several on several occasions. For some reason I didn’t. Whodathunkit??

Tomorrow is another day, the haze is starting to clear and so are my lungs.

 WORLD SERIES GAME TWO

Well it turns out tomorrow is another day for the Rays too. I really didn’t expect last night’s loss to weigh too heavy on the their minds. They needed to just forget about it and move on.

 

It’s a best of seven series, and you play them one game at at time.

Thumbnail image for COWBELL-1.jpgThere’s not much time to look back or second guess a loss. You quickly access the situation,  make adjustments and continue rolling hoping they work.

 

The Rays came out with bells on ready to roll just like the Phillies the night before.

Why wouldn’t they, it’s their house.

 

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 <—— Iwamura and Upton come across the plate first to put the Rays two up in the first inning.

That’s not good.

 

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Bottom of the second, BJ Upton singles to right field and scores Dioner Navaro.

Rays up three.

 

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Bottom of the fourth,

<—-Jason Bartlett scores      Cliff Floyd——->                   on a sacrifice bunt.

Rays up four to zip.

 

 

 

 
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James Shields gets the job done allowing only seven hits with no runs scored in a little over six innings.

He may not be able to throw a punch, but he can throw a hell of a fastball and he wasn’t afraid to make use it.

Don’t feel too bad James, Coco Crisp used to be a boxer.

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Finally, top of the eighth, Eric Bruntlett hits a homer to left field and the Phillies are on the board.

At least it’s not a shutout.

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 Jason Werth reaches first on a fielding error and manages to score Carlos Ruiz. That would be the last run scored in this game.

 Maybe there really is something to the mohawk thing?? I’ll never know.

Rays strike back and zap the Phillies 4-2. Series is now tied. Now we take this to Philadelphia.

That’s a good thing.

 

 

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Think the Phillies will ban cowbells at Veterans?

I’m sure nobody’s asking for more cowbell in Pennsylvania tonight. 

                                                  

       I’ll be back Saturday…D
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Phillies are the real deal, game one is done

10/22/08

cheesesteak.jpgPhillies knew it, the Phanatic knew it, hell even the bronze Rocky Balboa knew it.

Phillies had to take game one or they were historically screwed. I think they  needed to show everyone that they, and the National League are the real deal this time.

Guess what? Phillies pulled it off and did it on the road at Tropicana.

Hell yea, no sweep for the Rays!!!

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 The Phillies set the tone right from the start. Chase Utley hits a perfect two run homer in the first inning making him the 34th player in history to hit a home run on his first at bat in the World Series.

Thats cool. Props to you Chase, you got some bragging rights now.

Lest I forget some job well done props to National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, Cole Hamels.

 This was his fourth postseason win. Cole threw a total of 102 pitches in 7 innings. He really was outstanding.

 

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The Rays are 33 games above .500 winning at Tropicana. That means they don’t lose at home. At least not this season. Phillies were lucky to pull this one off.

Did you know that the Rays have been last in thier division nine of the last ten years. That stat alone makes this years accomplishments even more impressive.calculus8(circle).gif

 

 

I don’t underestimate the Rays.

If Joe Maddon’s math is that good, you better hope he doesn’t bust out some calculus on the Phillies.

Feel free to quote me on that. 

 

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Final Score Phillies 3, Rays 2. 

Great game. Could have went either way at any time.

Glad it went my way.

This series is going to go seven games I can feel it…

          Go Phillies…D
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Don’t you just hate the wait

9/20/08

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My next entry is my 100th this season ! I didn’t think I knew that many words. Actually there are a few more floating around the internet that I can’t seem to find, but I digress.

It’s no joke when your craving a smoke.  At one point today today I actually felt my skin crawling, straight up man, wierd.

Hey, if your young and reading this, and you don’t smoke.

 DON”T EVER pick up a cigarette EVER. You’ll spend the rest of you life trying to put it down. I’ll make it. Tomorrow will be a better day for me.

Nuff said on that for the moment.

Funny, Colorado was actually quiet today. Why was it so quiet you ask? Because…

 

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 Ok, I was going to go into this Boston Red Sox one liner, but I do believe they’re feeling the pain today. Besides,  I’m the type of person who’ll  knock you down a few knotches, but I wont grind your face into the ground.

Boston, the healing process starts today.

Bet the plane ride back to Boston was depressing, or was it Josh?

You were what at least a mile high up in the air right? It’s an elite club.

 

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 Phillie is getting my support for this World Series. As I said before, no particular reason.

 I figured I’d join a few of my buddies this postseason instead of go against them.

 Plus, only one World Series in 125 years. The Phillies are still hungry.FunnyMathFractionsProblem.jpg

 

I’m finding this Joe Maddon guy an odd but interesting fella. Every now and then you need a dorky guy with a different style to shake up the establishment a little, and his funny math has made for some interesting watercooler chatter..

And rightly so, wonder if he is available for tutoring?

 

 

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   The wife and I are big Broncos fans.

 Go figure huh, tonights game against New England was one of the worst Broncos games I have ever seen. It was ugly from the first play, and went straight down the crapper from there.

Final Score New England 41, Denver 7. Ouch..

It’s not like it was on Monday Night Football or anything. Hello America we suck. Just look.

I’ve got a feeling the Barrel man is home with some warm pants on. Because it’s not worth freezing your “boys” when they play like that…D
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Rays have their day, Phillies/Brewers underway

10/2/08  5:02 pm

undecided.jpgA friend asked me today who I was picking to win the World Series. Not an uncommon question, but strangely one I haven’t been asked yet this post season.

 A couple of weeks ago I would have told you the Rockies would win the World Series.

perot2.jpgAt this point I can no more pick a winner in baseball than I can pick a good president.

Decisions, decisions.

Ross Perot, where are you?

 
 

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How about the Rays? Sure it would make for the Cinderella story of the season, but.they lack a .300 hitter and reley on mostly manufactured runs.

On the other hand look at their record.

 They silenced me with Game one today vs the White Sox. In front of a sellout crowd, Evan Longoria hits two homers and scores and and RBI for the day. 

Dewayne Wise homers in the third with two out and scores three.

I didn’t think this would be a close series,  and to be honest I didn’t give the Rays any love, but I think I’ll keep my mouth shut.. 

Props to the Rays for winning their first ever Playoff game. 

 

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Phillies vs Brewers. Watch out for Philidelphia..I’m saying it now..they could be the big surprise.

Here is their immediate problem,

Cheeseburger Cheeseburger, 

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<—-This is actually CC Sabathia.

This dude is 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA. Not only that, he is rested and has been smokin lately with a 0.83 ERA in his last three starts.

Phillies have thier hands full with this guy. He is dangerous. But their one game up. The drama unfolds….

 I’m going to go catch the rest of this game…D
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