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I’ve often been asked “D..What’s the first concert you ever attended?”
Each time I answer that embarrassing question I bow my head and force out the word ”Loverboy“.
All I can tell you is I grew in the Great White North and they were extremely popular up there.
I was bound and determined that my kids wouldn’t suffer the same fate as me. I wanted them to be able to answer the question..”What was your first concert?”, with pride and not have to hang their head in bad decision disgust like their pops.
I picked up a 4 pack of tickets for Kiss/Motley Crue a few months back with the idea of taking the wife and kids, however Hunter is spending the summer in Canada so his extra ticket was given to Mike the Rox Addict.
As soon as Mylee found out she was seeing KISS she decided she had to put makeup on.
Here’s Peter Chriss of KISS
Here’s Mylee and Krista.
We arrived early and found ourselves walking past a huge caravan of tour busses. I mentioned to Mylee that these particular busses belonged to KISS. As we were approaching the end of the last KISS tour bus we heard a hard knock on the bus window. We all immediately stopped dead in our tracks.
The bus window slid open and for a second I swore I was staring at Gene Simmons.
The guy inside pointed at Mylee and said “Man that’s cool”. I told him it was her first concert. He said “Hold on” and disappeared for a few seconds. He came back, stuck his hand out the window and handed me four guitar pics and told us to “Enjoy the show”. I had no idea who the guy was until later on.
I found out it was Nick Simmons, Gene Simmons son.
I looked at my daughter and said, “That’s why you dress up”. I was extremely proud and happy for her at the same time.
The surprise “I didn’t know there was a third band” tonight was a band called “The Treatment”.
They rocked it to an unenthusiastic crowd, but seemed a little better when I found out I have underwear older than a lot of these kids rock’n the stage.
I love Motley Crue.
Tonight was not their finest performance. The band seemed tight but Vince Neil was terrible. He wasn’t synced with the rest of the fellas and his chubby ass was huff’n and puff’n skipp’n lyrics all over the stage.
Random crowd shot.
The highlight of the show was the Tommy Lee’s 360 degree rotating drum set with room for a lucky passenger.
After a brief stage swap it was time for KISS. Here they are being lowered onto the stage to begin the show bust’n out Detroit Rock City.
I looked back at Mylee and she was wide-eyed and having a great time.
Here’s Kiss performing “Love Gun
Mike and I enjoying the show.
The KISS Setlist:
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
I Love It Loud
Hell or Hallelujah
God of Thunder
Lick It Up
Rock’N Roll All Nite
In the end I want to thank Nick Simmons for being classy and KISS for putting on a stellar show and show’n my little girl what good old fashioned rock’n roll is all about.
I’m ”D” the Ranter…I can’t tell you how fun it was to share my first time KISS experience with my wife and youngest daughter. Mike thanks for hang’n too brotha. Andy from Spring training, good to see you as well.
What a great Birthday present :)…Rock On!…”D”
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!
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.
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”
What Pisses Me Off Today
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.
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
Today’s Best Editorial
I’m “D” the Ranter…Have a Great Day!
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.
Baseball Fan of the Day
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”
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!
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.
Feel Good Story of the Day
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
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!
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.
I know it hurts, but look at the bright side. Lamar’s are readily available here in Colorado.
I love that the only time I have to experience humidity is when I leave Colorado.
Humidity causes rust.
and tooth decay.
None of which I care for.
Lazy Thought of the Day
Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid doing altogether.
Not So Feel Good Story of the Day
Urban Dictionary Word of the Day
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!
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!