Results tagged ‘ Rockpile Ranter ’

From First to Third…Sloppy is the Word

5-27-11

D-Backs vs Rockies Game 4

Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:57.
Att: 31,285

Rockies fans look at the month of May as a test. Instead of starting the season off from behind and playing catch up the Rockies changed things up this season. We started off with a bang, and now it seems were out of ammo and just chuck’n water balloons.

Rantics in attendance today were, Robert, Dan, Emily, Amy, Jersey Geoff and Mike The Rox Addict.

Those of us who really like Ubaldo can feel his pain. I need to see the old “Nasty Fasty” back in action.

A few game shots for you.

We did get to see Bruce Billings Major League Debut. 

Here’s his first pitch. He threw for two innings. His ERA is now 4.5

For me the highlight of this game was seeing Eric Young Jr back.

Here’s another familiar face. Holliday didn’t even get to take a swing.

Robert showed up for the game today. Was good to see him. Robert has reduced the number of games he’s attending. He’s not happy with the Rockies organization at the moment. If you’ve got some time ask him he’ll tell you about it.

Mike the Rox Addict and I hung out beside the ROOT SPORTS desk post-game to show our support despite this third  loss at home to the D-Backs of all teams. You can see the final embarassing final score in the background.

Something’s wrong. The Rockies don’t feel like the Rockies to me. I’ll blame part of it on the lack of fan love they’ve been showing.

Remember fellas the same fans you diss pre-game are the same ones showing up supporting this half-as-sed team as we painfully watch you try and get it together.

Respect your fans and they’ll always support you and always remember where you came from.

Colorado Springs is only an  hour away :)

I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.

Rockies fan but not standing nearly as tall as I used to.

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Pay to Blog…That’s Low Dawg

5/17/2011                             

Giants vs Rockies Game Two

The Channel 9 Science Fair was going on. There were big smoke rings.

      And little smoke rings and lots of kids.

Here’s Tom, one of the nicest Rockies fans you’ll ever meet.

     Gary and Alannah to the power of X

Here’s LUVMYROX and her daughter.

 Hosers a hosing.

Here’s The Duece’s home run pictures series.

                                                                              

It looks good.

The ball is coming in, check out Dan in the top of the picture in the blue Expos jersey.

The ball bounces right in front of this guy.

The dude quickly snaps it up. Now that I have to pay to upload pictures if anybody knows this guy tell him I have a helluva picture of him for sale :)

Giant’s Sanchez hits one foul.

Older fella realizes this is his ball.

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He makes the dive for it.

Just like a baseball snagg’n stud he’s victorious, get that dude a beer or maybe a stretcher.

Iannetta gets a nice double.      

Here’s Hawaii Bob busting another fan smuggling booze inside of Coors Field. When will they learn?

Cargo has one sweet swing.

Wiggy gett’n jiggy on first base.

Here’s Homeboy Helmer doing his post game desk climb. Often imitated but never duplicated.

The Cowboy signing a Cowboy hat, there’s something just right about that.

The Rockies faithful showing up post-game to celebrate the Rockies sweep of the World Champion Giants.

The best part of this game was the eighth inning. Rockies come from behind to take this game two.

Looks like I’m going to have to pay to blog from here forward. As you can tell from the compressed and reduced quality pictures in this entry,  MLBlogs has switched to a WordPress blog format. It’s cool in some aspects but I’m not digg’n the part where I have to pay. I put a lot of money and time into my blog already and coughing up more dough for a fan blog doesn’t sit well with me. Also the fact that MLBlogs neglected to mention that we would have to pay until after the fact was a total cop out.

MLBlogs, I brought you over 600000 hits in just 2.5 years, thanks for nothing.

I guess their reasoning was that the picture limit would only be a problem for a few select blogs. The Rockpile Rant just happen to be one of them. Also somewhere in the blogosphere are about 70-80 of my missing blog entries.

I’ll figure this out. I’m still the Rockies #1 and I’m still having fun.

Rantics feel free to vent your feelings. I’d love to hear them.

Go Rockies…”D”

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Going Squirrely?…You Can Get in Early

 3/23/11

                 I still can’t stop thinking about Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 


Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 2.jpg                                    I keep thinking woulda, coulda, shoulda.

It doesn’t help that Dan and Emily just got back from a week in Scottsdale a few days ago, Mike got back yesterday, Geoff is back and Robert has been there since the first game.  

All I can say is next year I’ll have more time and now I sort of know the ropes. Look out!

I try not to set my goals too high as life has it’s own share of built in disappointments and I don’t need to add to it..But, living in the mountains gives you lots of time to ponder stuff.

Below is a list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2011. None of them may ever happen but a guy can dream.  

                                     Goals and Dreams for 2011


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More than anything on this big blue earth I want to catch my first live game home run during the regular season.(4th year’s a charm). It’s got to happen, nobody can come so close so many times and not eventually snag one right?

 


fan hanging.jpgAll I can figure is there’s a master plan out there and my first homerun catch is gonna be a monumental one. Believe it or not I dream about this and in the dream it’s Todd Helton who homers to me.


Have the opportunity to rub up a few baseballs with Lena Blackburn’s mud that will then be used during the game. Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing mud.jpg

                                          Throw out the first pitch of any game.


Bill Murray throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley.jpg                    Take batting practice with the Rockies, hit a few maybe field a few.

                                         Snag 50 BP baseballs in 40 games.

Have an opportunity to take game pictures in the media section right next to the Rockies dugout.

Try again to get  Jason Giambi’s autograph on my Spring Training homerun of his from last season.


Jason Giambi Peace sign.jpg         Interview one of the Baseball Authenticators that secretly inhabit Coors Field.


MLB-Authentication.jpgMake new friends and increase the Rant’s following with the goal of  making the Rockpile Ranter a household name in Colorado.

   Be part of one of Tom Helmer’s “Tom on the Town” segments along with the Rantics :) 

            

               Find a way to make baseball a full time job rather than my hobby :).


8thingsgroundskeeper.jpgThe Rantics are an intense group of loyal Rockies baseball fans. A Rantic is someone who would do almost anything for their team at a moments notice. If that describes you and we’ve never met, I want to meet you.

Every other blog entry or so this season I’d like to profile a new Rockies fan. I plan to take a picture of them and ask a variety of questions and I’ll post it on the blog. That is how I built the Rockpile Rant, one reader/friend at a time.

                      Give me three minutes of your time, I’ll make ya famous :)

If you want to get a sneak peak of your Rockies before opening day you might want to pick up a couple tickets for the “Rockies Workout for Charity” on March 31st.

           Tickets are six bucks and all net proceeds benefit the Rockies Foundation

With your six dollar ticket you will receive a voucher for a complimentary ticket for select April and May home games, subject to availability.

Gates open at 1pm. The Rockies will be signing autographs at 1:30 for twenty minutes along the first baseline. Similar to Autograph Sundays I presume.

The Rockies will take the field at 2:10 and will go through a full workout lasting about ninety minutes.

It will be cool, you’ll get to walk around Coors Field and check out all of the new stuff that was added, snag a few autographs and if we’re lucky get in a round of batting practice.
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I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and I’m ready for some home cooked food and some live baseball.  

                                       Wont you join me?..Go Rockies…D ranter hat.jpg 

I end up with one…But damn it was fun

2/28/11                          Rockies Spring Training Game Two

Salt River Fields scoreboard and kids.jpgToday was all about relaxing, watching some baseball and maybe snagg’n a ball or two. Hunter and Mylee spend Friday-Sunday visiting grandma and grandpa and they had a blast cruising all over the desert in their grandpa’s tricked out Jeep Rubicon.

Today was their chance to see some baseball before catching our flight back to Denver at 6:50.

There were a few fans standing in line as we approached the centerfield gates but I could tell there would be a lot less people in attendance today. The weather was perfect. It was just shy of 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

   As soon as the extremely friendly Ushers let us inside we headed for the left field berm.The field before BP SRF.jpg I learned my lesson from Saturday and was avoiding the right field berm. It took a little over thirty minutes but eventually the Rockies wandered out, started warming up and began to take some swings.RPR Snaggn 2-28-11.jpg

 Hunter Serious business SRF.jpg                           Rockpile Ranter and Hunter 2-28-11.jpg   While Hunter and I were standing on the berm a guy who works for the Rockies (I think) walked up to Hunter and I and asked me how old Hunter was. I told him twelve. He said that was too bad. I asked “why”.

 He said he was going to ask if Hunter wanted to be the Rockies bat boy for the game.

I was floored, Hunter was in shock. Unfortunately you had to be fourteen. He said come back in two years and I told him I’d hold him to it. As bummed as I was that Hunter couldn’t do it I was really impressed that he came over and asked us…Thank you Sir that was extremely cool.                     

                   With us today was Krista’s sister Angie who lives in Arizona.Aunt and Mylee 2-28-11.jpg   If you’re in Arizona and are looking to adopt a small dog please check out her website.

                    Mini MIghty Mutts..Little dogs need good homes too.

                         How cool is this? The Vendors here sell Rice Krispy Squares :)SRF Rice Krispy Square.jpg

                           Here are a few videos Krista took of batting practice.

                                   This is one of many “I almost got”.

 

                Here’s the second, I wasn’t even close but you never know?

                       Here’s the third…Are you starting to see a pattern here?

 

Now in this video the ball has been hit, I’m planted with my glove in the air mere seconds from snagg’n my first clean catch at Salt River Fields.

Out of nowhere the D-Backs dude in Red (who already had snagged three at that point) totally rips this one from me.

Then the dude said he was sorry and kept mentioning how this was his first batting practice ever. I seriously doubt that but he wasn’t the worse.

                                At this point I was beginning to get a bit frustrated. 

a little upset SRF.jpgOf all the missed opportunities today for some reason this next one got to me the most. In this video I’m tracking the ball perfect. I put my glove up to catch it and the older dude with black jacket, shorts, white knee brace and black hat with a red brim puts his glove up next to mine and knocks the ball away.

                                     Guess who winds up with the ball?

 

The same D-backs guy who already had snagg’d three or four and kept saying this was his first batting practice. I was starting to sense a tag-team thing going on. 

 Dan…The dude in the above video is the “Overly Eager Grandpa” I was telling you to watch out for. 

I’ll never understand why people do that. First off it’s dangerous. If you knock a ball away chances are that diverted ball could hit one of us in the face. Secondly, it’s just plain rude.

Here’s an excited Hunter after getting his third ball, a toss up from an unknown player. He’s a stud.

 

          Here’s Mylee keeping herself entertained while the boys chased baseballs.

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In this last video you can’t see it but this ball was the last ball hit during BP. It wasn’t a homer but it was close.

So close I leaned over the rail and the ball landed smack in the center of my glove and bounced out. Matt Belisle chuckled at me, picked up that ball and tossed it back to the bucket.

                       I just had to smile. I was too dehydrated to cry. 

 

That was it for BP…I didn’t snag any baseballs on the fly and the only ball BP ball I got was a toss up from this player.

            Anyone who can identify him please let me know. No it’s not Cole Garner.

mystery player SRF 2-28-11.jpg                      I thanked him big-time as players don’t toss me a lot of baseballs.

                    Danny came over to the left field berm and visited with me for a while.Danny Wood 2-28-11.jpgDanny was excited because he happened to snag a game rubbed Inaugural ball earlier and he was kind enough to let me photograph it.Salt River Fields Commerative ball 2-28-11.jpg

 Thanks for coming over and chatt’n Danny. It was good to see you and I’ll see you again on April 1st brotha.

I wanted one of those baseballs bad. Robert’s still down in Scottsdale and Dan, Emily and Mike will all be heading down soon, so between those fellas somebody will hook me up with one.

I headed over to the Rockies dugout as that’s kind of my routine. Here are some random shots.Jason Hammel SFR1.jpg

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I didn’t take any action shots today as I was just chill’n on the berm drinking a beer I purchased from a happily employed Captain Earthman.

           Earthman thanked me for the blog entry for I did for him a few weeks back. Captain Earthman SRF 2011.jpg Today was amazing. Not only did I spent quality time with my wife, kids and sister-in-law.  I was able to relax, enjoy the warm weather and soak in the Rockies baseball taking place in front of me that I’ve been longing for all winter long

                           I mentioned to Krista that I never wanted to leave. 

But we did have to leave, right around the 8th inning so we could be sure and catch our flight. Rockies get their second win over the D-Backs in as many games with a final score of 6-5.

I love it here in Arizona, and when Mylee finishes school this Ranter and his wife will officially be Snowbirds. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a gambler but for me batting practice is like being in a casino.

    I don’t mind going home empty handed as long as I get some “play” while I’m there.

Today….I got me some “play” and I couldn’t be more excited for the Rockies home opener on April 1st.

This Stadium is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to…Rockies and D-Backs fans, you’ll be proud when you strut around this complex. RPR cactus.jpg I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and this concludes my Spring Training 2011 trip. The plan is to spend ten days in Scottsdale next year.

   I’m thinking a Rantic Baseball Getaway? Mull it over, I’m giving you plenty of time :)

 If your looking for live pictures from the games, the Salt River Fields practice facility and other teams facilities Dan and Emily will be heading to Scottsdale in a few days. When they arrive Dan will be posting pictures on he and Emily’s FACEBOOK page daily.

                               Click here—> Rox Fan Emily and Dan.

Also Mike, writer of the MLBlog Rox Addict will be heading down in a week or so and he’ll have some great pictures. Be sure and give his Rockies blog some luv.

                                                    GO ROCKIES…D
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A Geezer and a Canadian open the New Stadium

2-26-11                         Alternate titles for this entry were:

“Parking was free but man I had to Pee”

“Job Done now Where’s the Sun” 

    “When you write the Rant, there is no Can’t” MLB Pic of Rockpile Ranter.jpg                             Rockies vs Diamondbacks                   

 The Inaugural Game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

I hit the highway amped at 2:45 am heading from Yuma Arizona to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Within five minutes of being on the highway I was stopped and found myself chatting with a “serious business” border patrolman at one of their security checkpoints. I guess I looked suspicious with my groovy Ranter hat and the fact I was driving alone in a rental car early in the morning?

Anyways, the officers informed me that the rental car and all of my belongings needed to be searched by their drug sniffing dog Lassie.

That experience took a good twenty minutes and other than slowing me up a bit the “military wannabe’s” wouldn’t let me grab my jacket and put it on. Let me tell you it’s flipp’n cold at 3am in the desert.

 Thankful that there wasn’t some sort of body cavity search next, the border guys finished invading my stuff and I resumed my road trip to Scottsdale before they changed their minds.

At 6am I met up with Robert at Denny’s just outside of Salt River Fields. The two of us had a good breakfast and I had to take this picture of the Arizona sunrise as were getting ready to hop in our vehicles and drive the last mile to the new stadium.

DSC_0221.JPGBy 7:10 I was officially the first fan standing in line to enter Salt River Fields. The centerfield gates were open and there wasn’t a sole in sight. I was damn temped to wander inside, but I’m an honest guy and I stood my ground just outside the gates :).

                 Other than the two steps I took inside when nobody was looking :)

 I’ve been planning to be the first fan inside this stadium from the moment I heard about it and I love it when a plan works out.

                                               MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Number one SRF.jpg                                 Here’s the picture I took standing two feet inside. My view from the centerfield gate SRF.jpgThere was a local Arizona news team that was inside the stadium before me but for some reason they had no interest in interviewing the Rockies fan standing in line :)Early news crew SRF.jpg

After about an hour of standing in line while Robert walked the entire perimeter of the training complex, the first D-Backs fan named Andrew arrived. Andrew and RPR SRF.jpg

He asked if I was the Rockpile Ranter. Impressed that a D-Backs fan knew me I gave him my card and in return Andrew gave me his. Andrew writes a really cool D-Backs blog called:

                                             “The View From Arizona”

Andrew was an extremely nice guy and Robert and I had a good time chatting and waiting in line with him. Check out Andrew’s blog about game one. He wrote some nice things about Robert and I and gave the Rockpile Rant some luv. 

Also, Andrew snagged the first ever batting practice homerun hit at Salt River Fields. It was hit by Chris Nelson. Andrew is a hardcore D-Backs fan and I’m glad at least somebody I knew caught the first BP homer.

                           Thanks Andrew, it was an honor to meet you brotha. 

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I also was finally able to meet a long-time FACEBOOK friend and Rockies fan named April.Thumbnail image for RPR and April SRF.jpg April showed up early and was standing in line near us. I gave her a big hug and we posed for pictures.

If you notice the change in Ranter hat it’s because at the last minute I felt I should be wearing the original Ranter hat and not the new one I had made. I’m glad I did. 

April it was extremely cool to finally meet you and thanks for supporting the Rockpile Rant my friend.

Both Robert and I were sport’n our “HELMER IS MY HOMEBOY” T-Shirts and it wasn’t long before Tom came over to the centerfield gate hung out for a while and posed for pictures with everyone. 

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                   April and Tom Helmer SRF 2-26-11.jpg              Not counting me here are the first four fans in line to enter the stadum.

First 5 in line SRF.jpgRobert asked Tom Helmer for a favor. He asked if he could get George Frazier to autograph a baseball for him with one of his famous quotes. Tom’s a superstar and was able to get George to autograph the ball it and had it back to Robert in no time flat.

                                               Check this baseball out.

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George Frazier Autograph SRF.jpg                  Props to Tom and George..That was an extremely cool thing to do.

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Alanna Rizzo came over with a camera crew just before the gates opened and talked to us but no interview :(

                                                    Below two photos by Andrew

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Robert and I decided to make a deal. Since we both totally went out of our way to be first in the new stadium, we decided to share the honors and both walk in at the same time.

            Here’s a picture of the video of Robert and I going through the gates first.
RPR First through the gates (2).jpg Here’s the video of Tom Helmer and The Cowboy mentioning on air that the first two fans through the gates were Robert and Don and they were both sport’n “Helmer is my Homeboy” T-Shirts.

                          Admit it Tom, you can’t buy better exposure than that :).

       Thanks Tom, Robert and I really appreciated the T-Shirts and the Rantics will too.

                     The giveaway for the Inaugural game was a ceramic Inaugural ticket.

Inaugural ceramic ticket SRF.jpg    Here’s the first picture of Salt River Fields “field” taken by a fan during the first few seconds of entering the stadium.
Thumbnail image for First picture taken inside by a fan on opening day.jpgBut Because I stopped to take the above picture Robert beat me to being the first fan to walk on the berm.  So here’s a picture of the first fan on the Right Field Berm….Guess who?




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Shot of batters eye and left field SRF.jpg                                               First Rockies Blanket on the Berm.

Thumbnail image for first Colorado rockies blanket on Berm.jpg                                                   The Rockies Clubhouserockies Clubhouse SRF.jpgView of the field from Rockies Clubhouse deck SRF.jpg

 Right Field Berm and Rockies Tunnel SRF.jpgPita Jungle SRF.jpgRPR chilln SRF.jpgFirst Base mountains.jpg


                     Here’s video of the first two pitches thrown at Salt River Fields.

 

       

                             Here’s a couple shots of the Bi-Plane flyover.

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Nice hit SRT.jpg        Tasty treats, strawberries and mashmallows drizzled in white chocolate…MmmYummy Chocolate SRF.jpg

 
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                        Tom gett’n ready for the post-game Rockies Win Report.
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Another Shot from the Rockies Clubhous SRF.jpg        In case you thought I forgot. Here’s the Salt River Fields “Crack of the Game”SRF Crack of the Game.jpg

The sellout inaugural game went ten innings and the Colorado Rockies make stadium history with this special win over their Salt River roommates the D-Backs.

                    I’d like to think I made a little history in my own special way.

Thumbnail image for final Score Game 1 SRF.jpg Thanks to everyone who stopped me, said hello and let me know they enjoy reading the Rockpile Rant. Stuff like that inspires me and keeps me blogging.

          Sad to say I was shutout as far as baseballs go, at least at this first game. 

Robert’s claim to fame was snagg’n the first BP homer ever caught by a Rockies fan in the new stadium. He caught a Troy Tulowitzki BP homer before the inaugural game started. If it wasn’t me I’m glad it was him.

                                      I sure wanted it to be me though :(

    I love this picture taken by Robert…It’s going on the wall…Thanks fellas..You Rock!

    Cowboy and Helmer SRF1.jpgI’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and it was an honor and my unpaid duty to represent Colorado and Rockies fans everywhere who couldn’t make it to this game.

                                                 Stay tuned for game two.
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Gett’n our Kix wait’n for Tix

2/12/11

Today Colorado Rockies tickets went on sale at the ticket windows at Coors Field. This is the day when a little patience pays off big. It was a bit chilly but the forcast for today was was mid 50′s. 
Rockies Balloon.jpg The way the Rockies work it is you choose a wristband that’s numbered between 101 and 499. The 100′s represent line one, 200′s line two, etc. Then the second set of numbers decides your position in line.

Line 3.jpg                  Mylee pulled the best numbered wristband of the three of us #313.
Mylee 313.jpg Her wristband put us in Row 3 in the 13th spot. Actually there were only six people in front of us so we were sixth in that line.

Line 1-4.jpgThen the Rockies staff placed four baseballs inside a bag numbered 1-4. A little girl was chosen from the crowd to pick out the numbered baseballs. The order in which the baseballs were picked decided which of the fours row gets to line-up in front of the ticket windows first.

   The little girl picked Row 3 first(sweet), so we were were one of the first six fans at the ticket window.
Little girl picking the line sequence.jpg The Rockies were thoughtful and provided hot chocolate for everyone standing in line.

HOt chocolate.jpg Once the line sequence had been determined the Rockies staff march each individual row over to the ticket window where we waited about ten minutes for the windows to open.

           Here’s the long line of folks patiently waiting for their time at the window.
Standing in line for tix.jpg                               As always Dinger was around to help pass the time.

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Dinger and H and M.jpgThe kids and I were able to purchase four of the last few remaining Rockpile tickets for opening day on April 1st.

We were also able to snag tickets for all of the fireworks games which are on:

July 1st

July 2nd

September 16th.

And all of the Bobblehead games which are on:

April 3rd Ubaldo Jiminez

June 10th Carlos Gonzalez

August 20th Troy Tulowitzki.

                                      Mission accomplished in less than an hour.

RPR and Tix.jpg        Only two weeks until we’re in Arizona opening the new Rockies/D-Backs stadium.

      I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and I’m just gett’n all my ducks in row for this season.

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Salt River Fields…Of Dreams it Seems

2/1/11     

            Two Tribes, Two Teams, One Home….The opening of a new stadium.

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 This is what you get when you partner the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. This partnership has resulted in what’s known as Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 

Salt River Fields is the first Major League Baseball spring training facility to be constructed on Indian land. The stadium has an 11,000 seat capacity including the grass berm in the outfield. 

                      Surrounding this beautiful stadium are 12 practice fields.Salt River Fields overhead.jpg Scattered throughout the grounds are other buildings that will house Major and Minor league clubhouses, training facilities and offices for the Rockies and the Diamondbacks.


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   Evening Rendering.jpg                               Entering the Stadium from the Rockies Clubhouse.

First base line coming out the Rockies dugout.jpg                                          Main Gate entrance behind home plate.

11HOmeplate entry.jpg                 Here are a few things of note about Salt River Fields

Tailgating is not permitted in any Salt River Fields operated parking lot. Persons may not consume alcohol in the parking lots, including inside their vehicles.

Salt River Fields regulations allow only soft-sided bags and containers 16″x16″x8″ or smaller to be permitted in the gates

 The Centerfield Gate, which is located on the eastern part of the main stadium, will open 2 hours and 40 minutes prior to game time for Guests who want to view batting practice. The remaining gates will open 2 hour and 10 minutes prior to game time.

During the games, Guests are permitted to leave the ballpark and return through any of the four entrance gates. Please see the gate supervisor  to have your hand and ticket stub stamped. When returning to the ballpark, Guests must show their ticket stub and hand stamp, and should re-enter through a special pass-out gate at each of the entrance gates.

There are 3000 parking spaces on site and parking is $5.00.

Permitted Items:

•   One (1) Factory-Sealed Bottle of Water, Per Person. No larger than one (1) liter in size.

•   Purses / Diaper Bags / Personal Medical Bags.

•   Still / Video Cameras. Video cameras are permitted as long as live game action is   not recorded.

•   Binoculars.

•   Baseball Bats for the purpose of autographs. Bats must be stored under seats once the game begins. No aluminum bats,

•    Plastic baby bottles or any necessary items required for medical purposes or other special needs.

Prohibited Items:

•    No Outside Food or Beverages. Except as provided under permitted items. No Illegal Drugs

•    No Weapons / FireworksNo Glass Bottles / Aluminum Cans

•    No Hard-Sided Coolers / Containers, Regardless of Size

•    No Camera Tri, Dual or Single Leg Pods by Non-Media Personnel

•    No Fish Nets / Poles / Umbrellas / Signs Attached to Sticks

•    No Bullhorns / Noisemakers / Confetti

•    No Animals. Except service dogs for guests with disabilities are permitted.

•    No Beach Balls / Balloons / Inflatables

•    No Skateboards / Rollerblades / Shoes with Wheels

•    No Unauthorized Motor Vehicles / Mobility Devices

•    No Stools / Folding Chairs

•    No Squirt Guns / Bubble-Making Liquids

•    No Laser Pointers

•    Other Items Not Specified on this List as Deemed Prohibited by Management

From a baseball fans point of view the opening of a new stadium comes with a lot of firsts…Such as:

First fan to enter the gates.

First fan to catch a batting practice homerun.

First fan to catch a batting practice foul ball.

First fan to get a batting practice ball tossed to them.

First autograph inside the stadium.

First live game homerun snag or catch.

First live game foul ball snag or catch.

First ground rule double snag or catch.

First live game toss-up (ie. 3rd out toss-up).

Not to mention…The first pitch, first steal, first homerun, first single, double, first triple, first walk, first bunt, first hit batsmen, first out, first double play, first walk-off homerun…

You get my point the list goes on.

Everything is a first during the first game of a new stadium. Someone has their mind set on devouring the first foot long brat and some eager fan will take pride in knowing he purchased the first beer poured in Salt River Fields.

I couldn’t think of a better time to debut a “New Dinger”? 

 Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is a giant step-up from Hi-Corbett Field in every aspect. The whole “new ballpark” experience should be a positive buzz for the Rockies and will hopefully spill into the regular season. It would be nice to get through April with a winning record.

 The Rockies season begins at Salt River Fields on February 26, 2011 against the Diamondbacks at 1:10. Only 11,000 people will witness this once in a lifetime opportunity.

I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…First in my Tulo’s eyes and maybe one the first to open this new stadium…Stay Tuned…D
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Tag Along With Me at Rockies Fest Three

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                             Rockies Fest…Go there once you’ll be there twice.

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For me Rockies Fest symbolizes the very beginning of the baseball season. It’s my first exposure to the players since the end of the previous season and I get to wander Coors Field, take pictures, get autographs and hang out with other extreme Rockies fans.

                                     What could be better?

I also was able to hand out Rockies Fest tickets to the Rockpile Rant’s “Rockies Essay” winners, Ken, Dave and Johnny.

                                          Here’s Ken and his son.RPR and Ken and son RF.jpg

                                     Here’s Dave and his girlfriend.Essay Dave RF.jpg

                                                 Here’s Johnny.Johnny RF.jpg

I just want to thank everyone who took the time to submit an essay. I really enjoyed reading them and getting to know a little bit about you.

     Leave a comment and let us know how your Rockies Fest went?

                      Here’s R-Luv..Just as excited as she could be.

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                                                    Blake and his buddy.


RPR and Blake RF.jpg             After all the tickets were handed out the kids and I got in line.

                                        Here’s Gary and Alannah X
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The first thing on the agenda was the players/coaches interview at 10:30. So with an hour to kill we headed over to the ROOT SPORTS desk to see if Tom Helmer was around.

When we arrived at the interview area Tom came up and gave us a big friendly welcome. Hunter and Mylee decided that they wanted to get interviewed by Tom and Tracy Ringolsby. Usually there’s a line but at this point the only one in front of us was Ken(essay winner) and his son….So we got in line.

This was the first time I was able to shake hands with Tracy Ringolsby. I was really nervous but Tracy’s such a cool guy I wasn’t nervous for long.

           Here’s Tom and Tracy interviewing Hunter and Mylee.

     

I’d like to thank Tom Helmer for taking the time to introduce me to a few very nice people from ROOT SPORTS. I have to say ROOT SPORTS has really nailed it.

From what I’m told and can see ROOT SPORTS is about the fan and I like that because the Rockpile Rant is about the fan.

As soon as the kids were done with their interview we were escorted over to where ROOT SPORTS was filming the Rockies commericals. The kids went first. I’m not quite sure if they ever got their timing right but they sure had fun sitting up there.Hunter and Mylee commercial RF.jpg

I was up next and I noticed how quiet and reserved everyone was being so I wanted to bump thing up a bit. I was reading a card that said “You’re watching ROOT SPORTS” and I did my best to represent the Rockpile Rant and the Rantics. Loud and proud baby. 

                    It seemed like they liked it but who knows?

I also was given the chance to talk about Ubaldo’s no-hitter. I didn’t think I did so good but each time I do something like this I get a little bit less nervous. Thank you ROOT SPORTS for this extremely unique opportunity. It was a great experience and the kids and I loved it.

Apparently next season the Rockies are going to put pictures of their fans on the season tickets. How cool is that? You can bet our smiling mugs took the time to pose for those shots. How fun would that be attending the actual game in which your face is on the ticket?

At this point we needed to get to our player/coach interview. This interview session was hosted by Drew Goodman and Alanna Rizzo.

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                                           Here’s video from the session.

       

We had to leave the interview a few minutes early as it was time to get in line for our first autograph session. Rumor had it that the guy who signed right before we got there was Todd Helton. As we were standing in line Douglas walked by and told us that he was pretty sure Tulo would be signing for us.

                               As luck would have it Douglas was right.

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Here’s a shot of Tulo signing for Mylee sport’n a fresh haircut. Tulo’s usually upbeat but today he seemed like he didn’t want to be there.

 I wished “the duece” a good season and we were off explore Coors Field before  the next session.

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Mylee and Helton RF.jpgWhile wandering around we bumped into catcher Wilin Rosario and he signed for Mylee and Hunter.Willen Signing for Hunter RF.jpg

Kids n Tulo cutout RF.jpgCole Garner RF.jpgHunter and Mylee rope thing RF.jpgConference Room RPR Hunter mylee.jpg                                                             Mylee picking a winner.Mylee and Tulo finger in nose RF.jpg

                                        Ian Stewart getting his Rockband on.


Ian Stewart Rockband RF.jpg             Time to get in line for Autograph session two….Dexter FowlerDexter Fowler Baseball.jpg

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 Dexter was all smiles and was talking with everyone. I really hope Dexter has a breakout year. He’s one of my favorite Rockies.

            With more time to kill we headed into the bowels of Coors Field.

It’s become almost a tradition for me to leave my Ranter card in the Rockies lockers. With a quick flick of the wrist you can usually get the cards close.

This year I took a few pictures. Here’s the Ranter card next to the left of  Dexter Fowlers gym bag.

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                  Aaron Cooks locker sporting a Ranter card in the right corner.

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         Todd Helton’s locker. I missed this year and my card landed on the floor.

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                        Tulo’s locker, unfortunately the card landed upside down.

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              Yoda…He was perched on top of a television in the Rockies locker room.









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             Here’s Ubaldo’s entire uniform and then some from his no-hitter in Atlanta last season.

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                                               The original Dinger suit. I still think Dinger should be a black and silver T-Rex but whatcha gonna do?

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                                            Coors Field groundbreaking.

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The last autograph sesssion of the day was Glenallen Hill and Chris Nelson. Here’s Glenallen signing for Hunter.

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 Both of these guys were in a great mood and were chatting up the folks in line.

                                                Here’s Mylee’s dog.

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                        Here’s what I managed to get autographed today.

Glenallen, Tulo and Chris.jpg                                        On our way out of Coors Field.

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As I was getting ready to post this entry I received an email from essay winner Dave. He sent me a couple pictures and informed me he was able to snag thirty two autographs. Ten minor leaguers, four coaches and eighteen current major leaguers.

                                Check out Dave’s Coors Field sign…WOW!


 

Daves Coors Field sign.jpg                            Dave got lucky and ran into Jason Giambi.


Dave and Giambi RF.jpg I was on the hunt for Giambi all day. Thanks to Geoff for sending me texts as to Jason’s whereabouts
but for some reason I kept missing the slugger.

        That my friends is how you do it. Props to you Dave you worked it brotha.

A lot of baseball teams do something similiar to Rockies Fest but not all of them. Rockies fans are lucky we get this day to wander the entirety of Coors field, visit and chat with players and get to see precious baseball memorabila from historic Rockies games.

I feel privledged every time I’ve attended this event and honored to be a Colorado Rockies fan and their # 1 MLBlogger.

Thanks to all the Rockies fans who walked up to me and introduced themelves. I really enjoy meeting the baseball fans who read the Rockpile Rant. Thanks to ROOT SPORTS I think this year is going to be the “Year of the Fan”.

                   Make no mistake we Rockies fans embrace that concept.

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          A huge thanks goes out to Dan because we all know “He’s the Man”. I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.

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From My Family to Yours

               
                   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!Chilcotes Christmas 2010.jpg                                                    GO ROCKIES…D
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Meet the Coors Field “Rockpile Rantics”

     Here are the “Rockpile Rantics” and a little bit about themselves.

                                                 Dan Sauvageau

Dans Red Sox catch.jpg I became a Rockies fan in 1996 when my wife and I moved here from Montana, and (don’t tell Emily this), but I was a Cubs fan before that. I am an insurance and retirement specialist for New York Life. I have caught 77 game home runs since 1998. I caught 10 home runs on the fly in one season in 2000, and caught 2 home runs in the same inning (Mike Lansing and Jeff Cirillo on June 28, 2000).

Emily and Dan2.jpgI was featured on Fox’s “You Gotta See This” in January of 2001. My favorite Rockies moment was Game 163 in 07′, after we went down 2 runs in the top of the inning, I was packing my stuff up pissed to no end ready to leave. After Holiday slid into home plate, you would have thought I’d just won the $400 million Powerball. My favorite pic ever taken of me at a Rockies game was at Game 4 of the World Series, bottom of the 9th, 1 out and Jamey Carroll up at the plate. He hits a long fly ball caught “RIGHT” in front of me. If the ball flies just 5 feet further, it’s in my glove, and Game 4 is tied at 1. As far as how many games I’ve been to, I’ve been to over 1,000 Rockies games since 1996.

dans behind the back catch.jpg I’ve never really kept track of how many batting practice balls I’ve caught, but we figure it is pretty close to about 2,500. My favorite all time Rockies player is Larry Walker.

 Here’s the story and video of Dan getting interviewed prior to the 2007 World Series…..Denver Gripped with Rockies Fever                                               

                                          Emily Sauvageau

Thumbnail image for Emily giving away a ball.jpgI have been a Rockies fan since September 15th, 2003, the day I was born. I have 2 game home run balls, not that my dad gave me, but two guys I didn’t know caught them behind us, and gave them to me.
I have been to exactly 360 Rockies games in my 7 years on this planet, including 3 NLDS (1 in 07′ and 2 in 10′), 4 NLCS games (2 in Phoenix and 2 at Coors Field in 2007), 2 World Series games, and the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in St. Louis in 2009.
My favorite Rockies moment is a tie between the time my dad caught a ball during the “Flyball Frenzy” behind his back this past year, and the Seth Smith walk-off home run against the Cardinals this year to cap a 9 run bottom of the ninth comeback win.
 I have had a couple tv appearances, and newspaper appearances as a Rockies fan. When we went to Arizona for the NLCS in 2007, there was a story written about us in the Rocky Mountain News. Also, my picture was in the Denver Post during the NLCS with my “HOW SWEEP IT IS” sign.

Emily hit it here.jpg Also, my dad made me a “HIT IT HERE” sign with a target, and the middle cut out of it.
 I guess I was supposed to put my glove in the middle of it, but people laughed at me when I put my head in the middle, so I just did that. They showed me with the sign 4 different times during Game 3 of the World Series. My dad had tons of people calling him letting him know they saw us.
 In 2009, Fox did a story on me that was on television, and Marc Stout came out to interview me during a Rockies/Marlins game. My favorite thing to do at batting practice is give balls away that my dad catches, and believe me, he catches a lot of them. I have probably given 4 to 5 hundred baseballs away to other kids. My favorite Rockies player is Ryan Spilborghs. 

 

                                  Geri Schmid aka “QUEEN GERI”
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I’m an automobile accountant during the day, and work in all 3 stadiums at night.

Queen Geri first row.jpgI was a season ticket holder in section 331 (RIGHT behind home plate) for 8 years until my baseball dad got too old to go with me anymore. 

One supervisor had been asking me for years to come work with them, so I decided to try it out at that point.  I was a Coors Field usher for 2 seasons in the 140′s (third base to the LF foul pole), and now work in the wardrobe department for the Rockies. 

 I love hanging out with all of the Rantics on warm summer nights watching my favorite team playing my favorite sport.

 There have been way too many memories to list, but one of my favorites is from Dante Bichette. 
He was going after a long fly ball into the left field corner.  He slammed into the padded wall at a high rate of speed, and the ballpark was quiet trying to figure out if he caught the ball for a full second. 
After walking out of the corner, he took a few steps, then non chalantly flips the ball out of his glove.  THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!  The replay showed that he caught the ball with his arm straight down by his thigh and behind him at 60 MPH!
 
It was an amazing catch! 
 
Brad Hawpe was my favorite recent player, I’m so sad that he’s gone. Larry Walker is my other all-time Rockies fave.
 
                                              
                                         Hunter Chilcote
Hunter gets six.jpgMy name is Hunter. I’m an original Rockpile Rantic because my dad is the Rockpile Ranter. I’ve been a Rockies fan since I was born and attended my first game at six months old.
I love going to batting practice with my dad and trying to snag more baseballs than him and I usually do.
My favorite player is Todd Helton mostly because he’s been playing first base for as long as I can remember.
Hunter and dad11.jpgMy favorite Rockies moment was when Manual Corpas gave me his glove. 
The previous day Manny had tossed the last ball of the Rockies portion of batting practice to me and I misjudged it and it tagged me in the chest pretty hard.
 
The next day was autograph Sunday and Manny was signing. I was in his line and when I got up to him I told him that I was the kid who got hit with the baseball in the chest the day before.
 Manny signed my baseball then told me to meet him over by the Rockies dugout after he was done signing.
       
 
My dad and I went over to the Rockies dugout and Manny disappeared and came out with a glove and autographed it for me. Last season I managed to snag six baseballs during one batting practice and I’ve snagged over 60 baseballs in three years. I like to give some of the baseballs away.
     It makes me feel good and I like the look on the kids faces when I give them a ball.
 
                                                Ken Booth
 
 
Thumbnail image for Ken aka tripletrox.jpgI moved to Colorado in 1993 to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder (graduated with a bachelor of Environmental Design in ’96).  I currently work for an architectural consulting firm in Denver (10 blocks from Coors Field) that designs maintenance facilites for cities, counties, and transit agencies.
 
I attended my first of 48 Rockies games at Mile High Stadium with my Dad against the Cubs…let’s not talk about the score.  So I guess I have been a fan since the beginning.
 I have seen the Rockies on the road twice against Royals and once against the D-Backs.  Our family is going to start a new tradition of going to watch the Rockies on a road trip once a year, since we had so much fun in KC last year.
  I like to visit other ball parks around the country, and have been to 20 MLB parks.  My favorites are AT&T Park, PNC Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and of course Coors Field.
 
My favorite baseball moment came in 2009 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh when the Phllies were playing the Pirates.  I was sitting in right field and caught a Jimmy Rollins HR, my first ever game ball. 
I am still looking for my first game HR from a Rockie at Coors Field.  I like to attend batting practice to snag fly ball HR’s in the PAVILLION.  Coors Field is a great place to get batting practice balls.
 
I have been a baseball fan since I was eight years old when I got my first baseball card.  At one time I had over 30,000 baseball cards, but I got tired of moving them when I was in my twenties and sold most of them and bought some power tools.  I still kept my favorite cards and probably still have about 3,000 – 4,000 cards.  Now I like to collect Rockies autographs on balls that I catch during batting practice.
 
My all-time favorite Rockie is Todd Helton, but now my favorite is Troy Trevor Tulowitzki.  This guy is so fun to watch, especially last September when he went nuts hitting 15 HR and nearly 50 RBI in one month!
 
My favorite Rockies moment was when we watched the Rockies sweep the Phillies in the 2007 Wild Card series.  The night the lights went out at Coors Field (literally) and the Phillies lights went out as well. 
                               Here is a picture of me celebrating after they won.kb.jpg
                                    
                                                    Marianne aka R-LUV
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Originally from Oakland, CA so have been an A’s fan from back in the days of baseball greats Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, etc.
Been a Rockies fan from Day 1, couldn’t believe it when we finally got our own MLB team.
Favorite player: That’s always such a tough one because they are all a favorite for different reasons….guess at this point it would either be Cargo or Joe Beimel.

Moment: Getting to finally meet in person The Rockpile Ranter at Rockies Fest # 1, what an awesome person he is!

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