Results tagged ‘ Spring Training ’

Happiness is: Knowing your Growing

12/17/08

Santa's helper1.jpgGood day today, not a whole lot to Rant about. Eight days till X-mas and I’m feeling the spirit.

Tomorrow night is the 2nd Annual, X-mas get together dinner of the Pavilion season ticket holders at Coors Field. I was working on coming up with a name for this event…I’ll admit, what I have is weak. For a rhyming Ranter, I don’t have much.

Here’s what I’ve got:

1. Rockies Regulars X-mas Bash

2. Pavilion Posse Party or Pavilion Party

3. Pavilion Seat Meet and Eat..My fav.

              If they don’t choose any of those, I won’t be offended.

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 I’ve changed the dates for the Mobile Blogging Units departure for Rockies Spring Training.

Instead of arriving in Tucson at the end of February, we’re going to make it there in time for opening day (Feb, 25th), and catch a bunch of home (Hi-Corbett Field), games during the first week.

That gives me a day and a half road time to make it from Colorado to Tucson.

whitecake1.jpgThat should be plenty of time. It’s no fun being in a hurry. I’ve been carrying this Rockies spring training schedule around in my pocket now for over a week. I’m ready to go yesterday.

The MBU will be returning on March 3rd or 4th.

talkradio.gifI’ve been playing around with this blog talk radio thing. I think it would be cool/fun if I could do a small internet radio thing at the end of each day in Tucson. Possibly do a few interviews with some folk down in Tucson, or possibly a Minor or Major league star?

 Ok, I might be dreaming there, but you never know?

I’m going to try a test show on December 30.

Here’s why I want to do this radio thing. For a good part of my life I was one of those guys who kept stuff bottled up inside.

Nobody knew how I felt or what I was thinking unless I wanted them to.

 I can tell you from experience, that’s not a good way to live. See, I Rant to help keep from getting mad.

                

                  Here is what I have managed to accomplish this last year:

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Hunter Fastball 1.jpg1. I finished the year with a Top 50 Blog on MLBlogs.com. I started the Rant so I could document the batting practices that Hunter and attended.

 I wanted to have a permanant record of our baseball collection for reference someday.

 Secondly, I needed a place to vent the things that annoy me in my daily life. MLBlogs.com was a perfect match and the Rockpile Rant was born.

2. I got on an airplane, and stayed on. Say what you want to, this was by far my biggest accomplishment of the year.

3. I’ve expanded my circle of friends. It’s not easy to be my friend. I’ve had the same buddies for 20+ years. I don’t trust many, and you only get a couple of chances with me. I guess that explained my small circle of friends.

I trust them, every one of them and they trust me. It’s cool when you have that.  

hstreaker.jpgI have spent the last year trying/learning how to be more social. I’ve done this by blogging and interacting with more people.  

Now I find meeting new people not to be scary or uncomfortable (there are exceptions), I find it to be interesting and rewarding.

 Thanks to all of you who comment on the Rant. I plan to spend the next year being a better commenter backer. 

I’m not sure exactly at what point this year the change happened, but it happened, and is still happening. I’m not all the way there yet, but I can tell you it’s hard to be shy at a baseball game when your the Rockpile Ranter…This leads me to # 4.

bag on head1.jpg4. I plan to dabble in the Blog Internet talk radio as a way of overcoming a fear of public speaking. I will be doing a 15 minute call-in segment on December 30th at 9 pm Colorado time. Just in time to say I did it before the end of the year. I’ll post all the links and stuff soon. Do me favor, if you listen, don’t expect much. As with blogging, the more you do it, the better you get…and the first one’s going to suck I’m sure. I just need to do it. I’ll have cool music, and maybe snacks.

 5. I got to pretend I worked for the Nuggets. That was something I will always remember. Thank you B.

6. I made it through another year of being a husband and a father and a (young) grandfather.(I miss you Mason). It can be hard work, but it’s a labor of love :) 

           I’m using you MLBLogs.com. I’m using you to become a better person…D

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You can’t go wrong with Cheech and Chong

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I was tempted to us the word bong in my rhyming title, but decided against it.

Damn head cold, I could feel it coming. It’s like having your head in a vice.

 I don’t get sick very often, I probably got this crap on my trip to Chicago.

Strange new germs out there (and I drank the water).

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 This years present is so cool, I’m afraid with my head cold and the news of this, I could spontaneously combust. It’s just too much.

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C’mon you know you do.

Before they did all of those funny movies, they were a stand-up comedy team touring the US and Canada. 

These two dudes pumped out a bunch of comedy records. Back in the day, everybody who was anybody had at least one. 

Below is my personal Cheech and Chong collection. There may be a few more records out there, but not many.

            The Cheech and Chong heads have removable skulls. For storage I guess? 

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Hey we all age, so now they look like this, and have been touring the country with their stand-up comedy act. Tommy Chong’s wife Shelby is the opening act.

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I was hoping that they would make a “Hitstop” 
 in Denver.

 
No special tickets or anything, I was just happy they added the third show. 
 

 It’s Sunday night Dec 21..An early X-mas present.

Their records are imbedded in my brain, as they were extremely popular when I was a teen in Canada. 

There you have it, another thing knocked off of my “List of things to do before I croak”. 

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Led Zepplin, what’s up fellas? Not a “Whole lotta love”. 

If The Who can do it, so can you.  

I’ll probably do a special blog after the Cheech and Chong show dedicated to them.

Seeing this show is all I want for X-mas.

I don’t want to outright spoil what I got for my kids (they don’t read this blog in the offseason), but just in case, it rhymes with sockhand.

I think it will be a cool gift to play with the whole family. I’m already a Rockstar, have you seen my music video?? Check it out.

 Please don’t slam us. There’s a reason why this short little video clip is the only one us in existance. But hey, I’ve got a music video…Do you? 

I’m starting to feel the spirit. Just need to kick this head cold. I cant see Cheech and Chong with a foggy head now can I?…

Oh yea, my special announcement. Robert Harmon, If you read this or Zack’s Hamples blog    (listed on my side bar), you know of him.

robert_harmon_drops_by.jpg(This Picture is from Zack Hamples blog).

Long time Coors field snagger, Barry Bonds fake ball, good dude.

Well Robert has decided to join forces with the Ranter, and he along with my buddies Jack (cheeser), and Andy (snagged two balls at a Rockies BP earlier this season) will be the crew for the Mobile Blogging Unit.

 What a freggin visual. It’s all about baseball baby.

 

Robert knows his way around the Tucson area well, it will be fun and an asset “?” :), to have him along. Thanks brotha.

Robert normally heads down to Tucson in his VW bus. But the bus is presently out of commission.

VW bus transaxle.jpgShe’s having some transaxle issues. If anyone knows where he can get an early 70’s transaxle at a good price. Send me a note.

Robert sure would appreciate it.

A few blog entries back I had put the question out there, “What makes you happy”.

Kylies picture.jpgKylie of Out of the “Field” Box fame, (located on my sidebar), sent in a few words and a picture of what makes her happy.

Here’s what she wrote:

Hey, man!  It’s Kylie. Here’s what makes me happy.
My first snow since 2004.  It has been snowing for about two hours now and it’s dying down, but I snagged a picture of it on my shirt to remember it.  Plus there’s a real live snowball in my freezer made from snow collecting on our table.  It all melted when it hit the ground but it was still supercool…Kylie

Thanks for sharing, the best part of what makes her happy is,  snow is free. You can see the tiny little flakes on her red shirt, very cool.  Enjoy your winter wonderland :) just kidding. Thanks for the picture Kylie.

 Everyone, thanks for your click, you made a choice and I’m glad you ended up here…D

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Like father, like son, or am I jumping the gun?

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                   11/18/08

Thumbnail image for Congrats12.jpgCongrats and good luck go out to Eric Young Jr of the Colorado Rockies/Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Rockies fans know the name, It’s imbedded in their short history.

Eric Young’s son “Jr” is one of six dudes up for the fifth annual Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.

EY Jr, has been spending his time learning center field, which is a change up for him as he almost always plays second base.

Eric has a .424 average, three homers (two of which are grand slams), and has been caught only once out of nineteen attempted steals. 

 

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 This award is in the memory of the late Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Dernell Stenson, who was murdered during a carjacking. 

This award has been given out annually since 2004, and is given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.

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 EY Jr is a shoe-in, even thought he missed a week due to a sore hamstring.

 

Just for the hell of it try this out:

 

WARNING If you do this remember what you will see on the wall is just an illusion.


1. Relax and then really concentrate on the four little dots in the center of this picture. Serious, stare at them for a good 40 seconds.

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2. Then, turn your head and stare at any smooth wall. You will start to see a circle of light developing.

3. Blink your eyes a few times and you will see a figure start to emerge.

Did it work for you??

If it did, let me know what you saw. It freaked me out.

 

 

 

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Ok, one more and then I’m done.

If you can’t read this one then I can’t help you.

  

 

 

 

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 If you’re into big bugs and your cruising through Colorado Springs, stop in and see the World’s Largest Hercules Beetle.

This big bug was built in 1958 and is constructed of fiberglass and steel.

It’s 9 feet high, 17 feet long, and 6 feet wide. 

This monster weighs 400 pounds.

 

The Rockies may be looking at moving their spring training to a new location. The White Sox have just completed
Tucson HI C.jpgthe steps for their departure from Tucson to Glendale, Arizona.

Thumbnail image for All Jacked up.jpgThat leaves just the D’backs and Rockies in Tucson.

I guess when the deal was originally hashed out, the Rockies or D’backs could leave the City if there were ever less than three teams.


 That seems to be the case now. Relocating in Marana, Arizona or Phoenix are possible options.

I’m all for that, just don’t do it this February. That would be all jacked up.

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You’ve heard of Pistol Pete, here’s pistol pipe?

 I can think of a million things to say, but I’m going to let this picture speak for itself.

 
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Thanks for checking out the Rant.

The Nuggets play the Bucks in Denver tonight at 7:30. 

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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.

 Admit it, we all act interested, but if your teams not it in it, your hearts not truly in it.The_enemy_is_listening.jpg

 

 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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