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Tulo Goes Off Man and Mylee meets Hoffman

RANT REGULARS: First let me apologize for taking so long to get this entry posted. I’ve had it half done for a week now but with school starting and a super busy schedule real life takes over and sometimes you just have to get other stuff done.

                                          So without further ado I present…

8/15/10                         Rockies vs Brewers Game Threebrewers vs rockies 8-13-10.jpg

It’s been a while since my two little ones and I attended a game together. Today was an afternoon Sunday game, a bit hot but no chance of rain. We were ready for a day of family fun at Coors Field.

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                       Here’s two more kids, but I don’t have to feed these two.  Robert and Bob 8-15-10.jpg   First thing I noticed was his bike, but the hair thing he’s got going on is interesting too.
flower bike 8-15-10.jpgHere’s Hunter and Mylee going through the tunnel onto the field. Soon I’ll get bored of shooting video of this but until then sorry… :)

 Guess who was at today’s game?..Both R-LUV and LUVMYROX..It was nice to see them.R-Luv and LUVMYROX 8-15-10.jpg

This series is tied. The Rockies opted not to take batting practice on the field today so after a short wait the Brewers started taking hits.Brewers.JPG The kids and I wanted to get autographs today but with BP going on we changed our minds and stayed in the pavilion. I managed to snag two balls today.

Neither of them were caught so the first ball I gave to Mylee. The second ball was hit into the tunnel so after I snagged it I handed it to a little girl who was leaning over the railing.

As batting practice was ending I noticed Trevor Hoffman standing over in the corner of the outfield about to sign for someone so I suggested Mylee take her ball and go over there.

                 It was worth it…Here’s what she brought back. Hoffman’s a nice guy.
Mylees Trevor Hoffman auto 8-15-10.jpg                                       Here are your Rockies pre-game.

             

   Hunter worked his way down to the front and was able to get Jeff Francis’s autograph.

Jeff francis 8-15-10.jpg When Hunter returned I noticed Jeff was still signing so I worked my way down and managed to get an autograph for Mylee too.

Hunter and Mylee 2 8-15-10.jpg                                     Eric Young Jr stopped and signed too.Eric Young Jr signing 8-15-10.jpg                                                        Melvin MoraMelvin Mora 8-15-10.jpg                                                        Jason Hammeljason hammel 8-15-10.jpg
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Stewart and Barmes 8-15-10.jpg                For some reason there was a herd of cows mingling in the infield?

Dancing cows 8-15-10-1.jpg                                 Here are the Dancing Cows gett’n their groove on.

 

Anthem 8-15-10.jpg        Here’s video of the dancing cow throwing out the first pitch. I see where I rank now.

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                           Starting pitcher…Nasty Fasty….Ubaldo Jiminez 
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With the game tied in bottom of the ninth and Dexter Fowler on second base Troy Tulowitzki steps up to to the plate.

Tulo swings 8-15-10.jpg It was in the air, the day after a loss, the game on the line, the crowd on their feet. Tulo does it again. 

With perfect Tulowitzki timing he hits a line drive over Rickie Weeks head (good cause Rickie’s had the Rockies number the last two games), scoring Dexter Fowler and winning the game and the series.

            Here’s the video…Tulo’s Walk-Off Single

                   Props to Ubaldo for ten strikeouts in eight innings. Nice Job brotha!
Ubaldo 3 8-15-10.jpg             Here’s the video..Ubaldo Strikes Out Ten

       I love exiting Coors Field after a win. Tough series, perfect win on a perfect evening.

                   I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…Next up…Rush at Red Rocks.

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Crazy Fun as Tulo Hits One One

8/13/10                         Brewers vs Rockies Game One

brewers vs rockies 8-13-10.jpgAttending the game with me today was Brad. This was his first Rockies batting practice and his first game this season.

the fellas 8-13-10.jpg                          Going through the tunnel and entering Coors at field level.

                                                             

                                                               Best hair.

best hair 8-13-10.jpg                            Brad and Robert waiting for the Brewers to start hitting.brad and robert 8-13-10.jpg

I was shutout but Brad had a good day. He managed to straight up catch one (gave it away to a kid), then wrestled Robert for his second snag.

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                                          Here are your Rockies warming-up. 

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                            Seth Smith was awarded the Heart Hustle thing.

Seth Smith Award 8-13-10.jpgThis is my second picture this season of Stewart spitting. Ian, stop spitting when I take your picture brotha.

                                                Looks like he’s trying to tag Tulo.


tulo and stewart2 8-13-10.jpgHere are some game shots. I added a few extra Brewers pics as I always do for my friend and fellow blogger The Happy Youngster.

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Hatless Brad Hawpe 8-13-10.jpg                            There was a creepy mustache theme going on today.

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                                       Smile, you get paid to watch baseball.

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Thumbnail image for Jorge on the mound 8-13-10.jpg                                     Gathering on the sand 8-13-10.jpg                        Here’s Matt Belisle taking over for Jorge De La Rosa.

         
 
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This game was starting to seem like another one of those Rockies losses where the Rockies just seem uninterested.

                                 That was until the bottom of the 8th inning .

Tulo steps up to the plate and launches his 11th homerun of the season into left field scoring three. Ryan Braun came damn close to catching that ball at the wall.Tulo at bat 8-13-10.jpg
Huston Street is money in the ninth and the
Rockies take game one of this three game series.

                                                 
Rockies 5….Brewers 4

                                Welcome Back Tulo, we need you bad brotha.

            My next entry is will be tomorrow when I’ll present to you the winner of the….

                          Rockpile Rant’s Pitch Your Team Video Contest…Dranter hat-thumb-40x29-2107421.jpg

Afternooon Game Ends Pretty Lame

4/28/10                         ROCKIES vs D-BACKS Game 3

                    This was an afternoon game and the final game of a tied series.

I didn’t pre-purchase tickets to this game. I’m off on Wednesdays and when I woke up I opened the curtains, looked outside and the sky was solid blue.  

You get what you get with April baseball in Colorado. Evenings are cold and afternoons can be snowy, windy and raining all in one day. Today was warm, I didn’t have a whole lot on my list of things to do so Krista said “go for it”.

Going to a baseball game unplanned is a new concept to me. I usually know way in advance what games I’m going to and I like it that way. Today I left a half hour before the game started, parked for free, walked up to the empty Rockies ticket window, purchased a Rockpile ticket for four bucks and proceeded to enter Coors Field..

                           No backpack today, just my camera and my glove.

Inside I discovered the first pitch had just been tossed and it was game-on. I settled on the third base side two sections to the left of the netting behind home plate. Great place to take pictures.

No waiting in line, no standing for two full hours during batting practice.  Just park, ticket, seat.

              Don’t get me wrong, I love my batting practice, this was a nice change.

                                            Here’s my Picture Show

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Safe on first 4-29-10.jpg                                                        Olivo scores.
Thumbnail image for Olivo scrores 4-29-10.jpg                        First time I’ve personally seen Banner Jack this season.

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Banner Jack 2-4-29-10.jpg                                                  Melvin Mora scores

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Troy Tulowitzki-1 4-29-10.jpg               Here’s video of Tulo in the third inning with the bases loaded down 6-1.

              There’s one in every stadium I’m sure. I call this “Dancing Finger Guy”

                                                 Helton hits a double.

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Helton gets a double 4-29-10.jpg                                         Then Helton slides into third..Yeah!

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Happy dugout 4-29-10.jpg                                                     The Rockpile

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Shot from home plate 4-29-10.jpg                                                    Safe, but barely.

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The Three Amigo's 4-29-10.jpg                                                       Bob Apodaca

Bob Apodaca 4-29-10.jpg                                  COORS FIELD CRACK OF THE GAME


Coors Field Crack of the Game 4-29-10.jpgOK, technically it’s right after the game, and it’s not exactly inside Coors Field. It was however located on the property.

The game was tied in the 9th. In the 10th inning Kelly Johnson homered to center field to lead the D-Backs to a 12-11 win.

The only thing I hate worse than losing to the D-Backs at home is losing 2 out of 3 to the D-Backs at home.

                                       On a much more pleasing note:

                        Here are pictures of my grandson Mason playing T-Ball.

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Mason Hitt'n.jpg               He likes the Rockies but his local team is the Sacramento Rivercats.

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Baseball is Life, are you a Lifer?

3/20/10

                   Here are the next batch of pictures Robert sent me from Tucson.

the pitchers work out.jpg                                         Jorge De La Rosa and Rich Dauer.

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                                               Jorge throws a strike.

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                                                          Iannetta at bat.

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                 Clap Clap.. Clap Clap Clap…Clap Clap Clap Clap,..TULOtulo hustle.jpg

                                                        Jay Payton

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                                Robert said Jorge’s foul ball sailed over his head.

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            Just for the contrast check out the snow we received in Nederland yesterday.
Snow 3-19-10.JPG                                         I’m officially done with this winter.

 I’ve had enough cold, I’ve had enough snow, I’ve just had enough. Jack Frost can kiss my a-ss and take a long walk off a short plank.

I can’t tell you how much it sucks to have sweet dreams of baseball then waking up at 2:15 AM and driving the icy snowy mountain roads an hour to work.

Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live. I’m just extremely ready for some sunshine.

Ok, I’m gonna go a little deep here…. 

For some folks baseball is a nice way to spend an afternoon in the sunshine. Those people are easy to spot as they are the ones with seats behind home plate and spend the entire game texting their friends. No worries somebody has to buy the expensive seats right?

For others they follow baseball so they have something to talk about around the water cooler. That’s ok too, I like good baseball talk.

For some baseball is their life. For 6+ months a year most of the spring and summer is spent preparing for and attending games. Their baseball stadium becomes their second home. When their team is out of town their extra time is spent making signs, watching the games, checking stats, hitting the team forums, you know trying to stay in the loop.

These people are baseball lifers. These fans are what holds baseball together and enables the sport to continue to exist through all it’s ups, downs and player controversies.

           Lifers are the reason baseball WILL flourish in the post-steroids era.

Baseball owners take note: Take care of your lifers. Throw them a bone whenever you can. You should consider lifers as “Messengers of the future of Baseball”.

Give them something good to say and they will spread the word. Case and point is my pops. Until last year he and my mom had never been to a professional baseball game. This year they attended a Rockies spring training game. Dad Hi Corbett1.jpg

So that makes me think that maybe my passion for baseball rubbed off on them and that’s why they went to the game…You see, spreading the WORD.

Who knows, maybe I’m wrong and they were bored and wanted to kill a nice afternoon?

On a funny note my dad mentioned that it was autograph day and he didn’t understand why nobody asked for his autograph?Mom Hi Corbett.jpg

Coors field in the spring and summer definately feels like a second home to me. I can tell you that it bothers (just a little) when I’m not the first one inside the stadium.   

I love that feeling of being the first one to enter the Pavilion. Completly empty ‘cept for one solitary Usher.

The first few minutes of an empty stadium are surreal. It’s exciting working my way over to my favorite spot in the bleachers. Knowing that any ball hit into the pavilion in the next few minutes will most likely end up in my glove, and then in some lucky kids hand. 

When you are the first one into a stadium there is that moment when you see the players and they look over at you.  

Thats when you smile and think to yourself ” Yep they know me and they know I’m here to support them” That’s a cool feeling. Acceptance and appreciation from your team all wrapped into one short moment.

Then again it could all be in my head….Either way it feels real so I’ll roll with it.

I’ll tell you a secret. There’s a reason I prefer my sports live. I don’t watch a lot of TV and I really have trouble watching baseball on TV. At times it’s way to boring and I feel like I’m wasting the day watching TV. 

I prefer baseball on the radio when the Rockies are out of town or if I’m not at a game. I will however go online and watch the hi-light clips if I hear a play on the radio that sounded cool.

 I still for the life of me can’t figure why the Rockpile Rant continues to hold onto a top ten spot. I mean look who holds the top spots. You’ve got an accomplished professional writer in Jane who writes “Confessions of a She-Fan” and has a couple of books. Red State Blue State has two writers and both are top-notch and feed off of each other. 

Then there’s my fellow Ranter Julia. She’s a baseball lifer and she works MLBlogs like pro. She’s witty, funny, creative and the Red Sox biggest fan bar none.   

In case you didn’t know it (I’m a fiddle player too, kidd’n), “The Happy Youngster” is my favorite MLBlogger. I’ll tell you why….As passionate as I am about blogg’n, snagg’n and tagg’n, Happy is me times two with a list of accomplishments to back it up. He’s a family man, a baseball lifer and has rised above a bunch of bull-sheet that happened to him last year and is a better person for it. 

I enjoy reading Happy’s take on things as they are quite often similar to mine and he always “Tells it like it is”. I respect the hell out of that.

I can tell you which MLBlog will slide into the top ten if we ever have another “Latest Leaders List”. That would be another lifer known as the Rays Renegade. His blog is top notch and is filled with baseball history and written by guy who knows this sport inside and out. He’s an avid reader of other blogs and always has a bit of trivia or a kind comment to leave when he visits someone’s blog. 

Guess what I’m saying is it is an honor to blog on this platform with such talent and fellow lifers. Each of us brings a different take on baseball to the masses and it’s fun to see who is willing to push the limits on what an MLBlogger can do.

                                      Write On baseball freaks…Spread the Word         

                                                    D..The Rockpile Ranter

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See what I mean about “Pitch Your Team”

3/17/10                                HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY

ROCKIES HAT GREEN.jpgI’ve had a few people ask questions about the “Pitch Your Team” video contest. So I did a quick one to give you an example. I’m going to enter a video but I can’t win this contest.

                       FYI…As good as this video is… This is not my entry :)

Robert sent me a new batch of pictures from Hi-Corbett in Tucson. Here’s a shot of Tulo homering in the Rockies/Cubs game. 

tulo sends it outta here!!!.jpg                                   Time for the Canadian to get back to work.

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Rockies cubs final score.jpgLast night I helped out at the Nuggets game. I was hoping for a chance to sit under the basket and take pictures but unfortunately my pass wouldn’t quite get me that close. Chauncey and Old Referee.jpg

                       So I took an empty isle seat in the 4th row. It had a nice view. 
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                                                   Random crowd shot. 
Guys in Green.jpg                                  K-Mart..who knows how long he’ll be out?

Kmart-1.jpg                                                 NeNe Slam dunk.

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Denver Nugget Dancers.jpg                       5′ 5″ former Denver Nugget Earl Boykins scored 5 points.

           DID YOU KNOW…Boykins weighs 133 lbs and can benchpress 350 lbs.
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Coach Karl.jpg                                              Rocky looking for a little help.

 Rocky Praying.jpg                   worked, the Nuggets came from behind to zap the Wizzards 97-87

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                         Thanks to Robert for the pix and thanks to “B” for the Tix.

             Here’s a shot of a young fox we saw close to the house chill’n in the sun.

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I need a rest after Rockies Fest

1/23/10
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                                                    Rockies Fest 2010.

This would be the second time this special Rockies season ticket holder event has taken place and the second time we’ve been there. The weather was expected to be in the mid-40′s today and for January in Colorado I’ll take that.

                                            Below are two things that don’t mix.

Coors Field with Snow.JPGLet me tell you though I did have to fight of the urge to run out there lay my a-ss on the field and start pumping out snow angels :)

 Mylee didn’t make Rockies Fest today because she’s been sick for almost a week.  

Let me tell you my little girl was extremely sad she couldn’t go so we promised to get her Rockies mini-bat signed for her. We did just that thanks to Huston Street. I chatted with a lot of people yesterday and everyone agreed Street has one of the nicest autographs in baseball today. 
Mylees Huston Street Bat.jpg Hunter and I had a little time to kill before our the “Pitcher and Catcher interviews” so we toured the Press Box.Press box sign RF2010.JPG

                                    While inside we each took our photo ops.

Hunter in the Rockies Press Box.JPG Me in that chair, high above with the killer view of the field. I tell ya it felt like I was home.
RPR in the Press Box.JPG I must have been sitting in “The Cowboy’s” chair because it was broke in real good.

As we killed more time and wandered the Club levels of Coors Field we walked up on a huge bin of baseballs.
Bat Giveaway.JPGI was half expecting Zack Hample to pop out of them so when he didn’t I asked someone what this was.

I was informed that object was to guess the number of balls in the cage and it you could only enter if you were 15 or younger.

                    Lets just say the prizes were a baseball collector’s dream. 
Todd Helton Bat drawing.JPG I took a few moments and filled out entries for Hunter and Mylee as did every parent with kids I’m sure. 

Troy Tulowitzki Bat Giveaway.JPGWhile we were standing there fixated on the autographed bats I bumped into Joy aka LUVMYROX who was there with her family. I believe they also were killing time waiting for their Outfielder interviews to begin.

A few minutes and a hundred feet later I ran into Marianne aka R-Luv who was also exploring the festivities with her family.

Funny thing and I hope I get this all correct. Joy and Marianne have known each other for years through the Rockies forums. During Rockies games they comment back and forth with each other on the forum but up until today had never physically met.

When I met up with Dan today he mentioned that the two of them finally met each other here at the Rockies Fest.

Ladies I’m sorry I missed that photo opportunity. Congratulations how appropriate that you met at Rockies Fest as you both are HUGE fans….Too Cool.

 It was time for us to head up to the Pitcher/Catcher interviews. This took place up in Club level. The MC’s hosting this Q N A were Alana Rizzo (my favorite FSN employee), and that other guy Drew Goodman.

Alana Rizzo RF 2010.JPG For some reason my hands started to shake every time I tried to take a picture of Alana. The above picture was the clearest of the bunch.

Here’s a shot of most of your Rockies pitchers and catchers for the upcoming 2010 Season.

 
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     Let me break it down a little better. Below is Chris Iannetta and Matt Daley.
Chris Iannetta Rockies Fest 2010.JPG                      Taylor Buchholz, Aaron Cook, Jeff Francis and Huston Street
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Flores, Daley.jpg                          Last but not least Jason Hammel and Matt Belisle
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Most of the questions they asked were a bit regular side. However,I did manage to get video of Jeff Francis when he was asked about his arm and his return.

                                                    Here’s the video:

                   So I guess he’s back. I wish him the best. We need the Canadian.

After the interview session it was autograph time. Our first session was Huston Street and first base coach Glenallen Hill.

Street and Glenallen Hill.jpgAs I approached Huston Street I said “Hi I’m Don I write the Rockpile Rant” and I asked him if he was going to continue his MLBlog. Street replied “Yeah, I’d like to”.

You heard it here first. 

Then I moved onto Glenallen Hill. As he was signing my mini-bat Hill asked me “What do you do with all those autographs?” I started laughing and said” Mr. Hill you asked me the same exact question a year ago at spring training.”

 Hill looked at me and said “You know I don’t ask everyone that question”.

I’m not sure what he meant by that but he was smiling when he said it so I’ll take it as a positive.

Two down and we had time to burn again. As we walked by the Jeff Francis/Rich Dauer autograph session we noticed the line was short. I asked if we could just go through as it was the tail end of this session and the extremely cool Usher let us. 

That totally made my day because I just happend to have with me my 2007 Sports Illustrated magazine with Jeff Francis on the cover. Hunter went into the room first and right away Jeff asked him what his name was.

                          Then Jeff wrote “For Hunter” on the picture and autographed it.
                                         Very classy Jeff….Thank you.
Jeff Francis pic for Hunter.jpgI handed Jeff my magazine and he looked left at the Usher standing beside him and said “See told you, here’s the first one”. Again I was like WTF? But I think Jeff was making note that every time he autographs for fans someone hands him one of those Sports Illustrated issues.

              Least I hope he wasn’t making fun of me..We’re both from Canada?

Rich Dauer signed a picture for Hunter and a mini-bat for me and then we were outta there.

We headed downstairs and while wandering around an Usher asked if we would like Eric Young Jr’s autograph. Without hesitation I said “Yes Sir” and within a few minutes we were standing in front of EY Jr.

                                     Here he is signing Hunters baseball.
 
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                                           EY Jr signing my mini-bat.
Eric Young Jr signing RPR bat.jpg        EY Jr really seemed like he was having a good time. Keep’n it real, I like that.

When we walked out of there directly across from us was the long line for Don Baylor and Randy Flores. I felt a big smile growing because I’ve never managed to get Don Baylor’s autograph before. It’s not that he wouldn’t sign, just really bad timing on my part. 

Today Don Baylor signed an Inaugural Year Rockies Magazine with his picture on it for me. 

When I handed him the magazine I said “Mr. Baylor you haven’t changed a bit”, He looked up at me and said smiling “Yeah right”. Then he autographed it for me. 

                          Here’s Don Baylor autographing Hunter’s baseball.Don Baylor signing Hunters ball.jpg

                               Here’s Randy Flores autographing Hunter’s baseball.Flores signing Hunters ball.jpg

Hunter and I hurried upstairs so we could catch the tail end of Matt Belisle’s autograph session..

IMG_0119.JPG These plates may not be fine china but I’m sure their worth more than the plates I eat off of.  
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Last Game of 2000 home plate.jpg These beauties are a couple of the bat-shovels used to break ground on the Rockies/D-Backs new Spring Training Facility east of Scottsdale last year.
Ground Breaking shovel.jpgI just wanted to show how the MLB labels game used items. Specifically ones from big games.

                Notice how they misspelled Tulowitzki’s last name on the first helmet. 
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Tulo game used helmet 2.jpg                              You can see me Tulo and Coors Field in this picture. 
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        This is a special helmet made just for Charlie Hayes who suffered a broken jaw. This is the unsigned original artwork used to make the Coors Field Inaugural year opening day ticket. 
Rockies Opening Day 1993 ticket and original artwork.jpg                           The World Famous Colorado Rockies Humidor.

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          Todd Helton’s locker.

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battingcages.jpg                                     Hunter with a lean mean Don Baylor. Hunter and Don Baylor.jpg

     My Inaugural year Rockies magazine with Don Baylor’s fresh autograph on it. 
Don Baylor Magazine Cover.jpgMy 2007 Sports Illustrated with Jeff Francis on the cover with a fresh Jeff Francis autograph on it.  
Jeff Francis Mag Cover.jpgMy mini-bats In order…Glenallen Hill, Eric Young Jr, Huston Street, Rich Dauer, Randy Flores, and Clint Barmes.   
Mini Bats RF 2010.jpg                         Here’s all of it minus the hampster and Hunter’s stuff.

rockies fest.jpg                Here’s a shot of Ryan Spilborghs on his way to his next session.
 

Spilly walking around.jpg          Just as Hunter and I were leaving Club level heading home we ran into Robert.Robert Harmon RF 2010.jpg                                           
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                                   Hunter making his mark just like his pops.

Hunter at Rockies Fest 2010.jpg  The Rockpile Ranter blessing Coors Field for the upcoming season.(I can legally do that). 
 

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It was great to see all of you again. Dan, thank you once again for this special opportunity.

This is the year folks. The chemistry between this group of fellas feels right. We’ve had a taste of the post-season twice in recent years and we can’t go backwards right?

It starts with believing. I believe, Hunter believes, everybody I ran into at Rockies Fest believes.

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I Aint Joking..Lets Stop this Choking

9/24/09                                     Padres vs Rockies Game 3

IMG_4032.JPGI guess I’m not much of a Ballhawk. My stats this year are pathetic. I’m averaging less than a ball a game and that’s barely noteworthy.

I don’t think I’m slipping. I still catch ‘em as good as I ever have. Actually I’m much better this year at maneuvering the pavilion bleachers and I’ve managed to keep myself injury free. 

Everybody has an excuse so here’s what I’m going to attribute this lackluster snaggin season to:

The Rain…. If I attend a game and there’s no batting practice or batting practice is cancelled due to weather that still counts as a game attended and no baseballs caught,…yep it’s sad but true.

I’ve lost count of the number of BP’s that have been cancelled or cut seriously short due to rain or lightning.

Here’s another disturbing trend….Lately the Rockies have been cutting their BP short. Coors Field opens two hours early but by the time fans get inside the Rockies have already been out practicing for a while.

Normally fans who show up early get a half hour with the Rockies on the field.

This picture is of the Rockies leaving the field early. For the last several games the Rockies have been ending their BP shortly after I get myself situated.  

I hope the Rockies don’t think I show up two hours early to watch the opposing team hit? IMG_3933.JPGCheck this out, finally I get a rain free afternoon and for the most part batting practice is deserted (remember it’s the Padres). My team leaves BP early (for the umpteenth time) and lets the uninspiring Padres take over the field.

No offense to Padre fans but in my opinion there is not a stingier group of MLB players in all of baseball. It wouldn’t matter so much if they were littering the pavilion with home run balls, but for a team who has had the Rockies number of late these group of guys couldn’t seem to hit a ball anywhere close to the fence.

Whatever Padres, be that way. Credit where credit is due…I will congratulate the Padres for their recent hot streak. Too bad it doesn’t mean anything now. We’re done with you, see you next year.

(I hate losing to the Padres at Coors).

  A ballhawk’s worst nightmare… A whole section to myself and not one single ball hit there.

        Normally I don’t take pictures during BP, but this one was a bust so here’s a few.
IMG_3919.JPG                                  For some reason Jorge De La Rosa was all smiles.

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                      See what I mean. I don’t think I have any other pictures of Jorge smiling.
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                                            Still smiling, must have been a good joke.  
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                               Or maybe Jorge was laughing at Ubaldo’s sunglasses.

IMG_3923.JPG If you played professional baseball you could afford the cooler things in life like these special sunglasses. They actually snap into your ears and are guaranteed to never to fall off    :)

After BP or the lack thereof, I walked over to the Rockies side to take a few more pictures and maybe snag Garrett Atkins or Brad Hawpe’s autograph.

Today I saw Chris Iannetta run past the fans and not sign. He (so I thought) has a pre-game ritual and always signs for a few minutes before he heads off to warm-up. Sup with that Chris, why are you breaking routine?

First to walk over and start signing was pitching coach Bob Apodaca…Very nice guy, signs his whole name and takes his time while doing it.
IMG_3952.JPG   Next up is one of the coolest and easiest to talk to Rockies players….Clint Barmes.
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IMG_4009.JPG A group Coors field employees were being recognized for something. Erik Young Jr was given the assignment of congratulaing each one of them.

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                              A shot of the 850 KOA helicopter hovering above Coors Field.IMG_3930.JPG

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              Garrett Atkins for my friend Emily :)IMG_3965.JPG

Tulo and Seth Smith…Each a superstar this season. No time to be resting on our accomplishments though, this season isn’t over yet.IMG_3978.JPG


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 EY Jr taking on first pitch duties. I wonder where Jeff Francis is? Normally that’s his job.

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Chris seemed out of it. Maybe it’s because Yorvit’s having a great season? 

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                                                     Tulo and Don Baylor.

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These ladies need to practice this maneuver because they damn sure haven’t mastered it yet.

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What’s up with Glenallen Hill’s hair? Did he lose a bet? I know the 80′s are coming back but damn Gumby.

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                   One of many pitching changes during this game.

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This game sucked. Padres win this one 5-4 and take the series 2-1.

 It pains me to watch this team drop the ball like this so late in the season when everything is on the line.

 Look out for the Braves, they’re creeping up on us and have a lot of home games left. At this point we don’t have to panic but lets not continue lose games to teams that we should be spanking.

Rockies it’s time to kick it into high gear.

I know your tired, at times it’s quite visible. The last couple weeks of the season is what separates the men from the boys and I don’t go to Coors field to watch boys play baseball.

Step it up fellas, I’m starting to see a smugness in some of the Rockies players and I don’t like that. Remember, the only reason you get to play this sport for a living is because we the fans pay to see you.  

Note to the higher salaried Rockies players….Lose the fu*king attitudes. I know the difference between confident and smug and unless you’re Todd Helton you haven’t been playing long enough to have one.

Stop this recent half-steppin, respect your fans and give them some love back, focus, play hard and win some games and we might not look like chumps in the post-season this time.

      Go Rockies, I still believe and I’m here to keep your azzes grounded…DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG

I’d like to say thank you to Jim from Utah who offered me his code to buy tickets for the NLDS series. Unfortunately, you had to purchase for all three games at once and the only seats left were the expensive ones. This Ranter doesn’t make that kind of money…But that was a mighty kind thing to do.
 

The streak is broke, now I’m stoked

9/1/09                          Mets vs Rockies Game 1

 If you’ve never smoked before and you live in the front range of Colorado you were a smoker yesterday. The smoke from the California fires was thick and for once there wasn’t any rain to wash it away.

Hunter was with me today and we were ready for some batting practice. The weather has been cruel to us this season as far as batting practice goes.

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Hunter was the first to enter the Pavilion and I headed over to “my area”. By the time I reached “my area” there were a couple of younger dudes inhabiting it. I quickly found another spot. 

I looked over and saw Hunter running up to me all excited. He had just found his first Coors Field Easter egg.

Easter Egg = A ball just lying there when you get inside.


The ball was lying at the base of the pavilion and he was the first to stumble across it.
I’ve yet to find an easter egg.
I’m sure the Rockies knock several baseballs into the pavilion before they open the gates for Coors Field. I wonder what happens to those baseballs?

Do the Ushers keep them?

I’d be ok with that. Ushers stand for hours and get paid minimally.


Or do they just toss them back onto the field?


 
Maybe, if I ever discover the answer I’ll let you know. Another one of baseball’s mysteries.

As for me…”The Pavilion Poacher, “The Sultan of Snatch” I got diddly squat. I had play on several homers but the dude who initially adopted my spot ended up with my two.

I’ve noticed that none of you have commented on my hair :) I’m growing it for several reasons.

1. The economy. Haircuts are expensive.

2. I live in Nederland, it’s ok here.

3. Helton hasn’t cut his so I’m following his trend.

Thanks for not asking. I’ll be sure and keep you posted,…frequently :)

Mile High welcome to Jason Giambi. Giambi had no hits tonight but was walked on his first and only at-bat.

                          I’ll keep the picture show short today.
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                                                                 The stretch.

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The DEA is on to me so I’ve been having trouble finding quality crack for the “Coors Field Crack of the Game”. So I’ll have fill-in awards until more “Crack” is discovered.

                     The award for today’s game is for “The Best Use of Purple.
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The next award is for the “Best Costume of the Game“. This dude was in the pavilion with a suit on. I can’t tell you how wrong that is.

    Next thing you know you’ll have the likes of me sitting in Club Level..ewwww!

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             Garrett Atkins,…. it wasn’t his fault the throw was way to late.IMG_3166.JPG

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                                            Superstar Seth Smith
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                                                              Barmes
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                                             Captain Earthman

The tag on his shirt says “Tip me or die of thirst”. To quote
Earth’s own words…”Aint no sissy sippin here”  :)
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 The moon and stars were aligned tonight and the Rockies get the win over Mets at Coors in front of 26,190.
The majority of the crowd here tonight were glad to see this win. 

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                  Remember folks it only takes one win to end a streak and begin a new one.IMG_3069.JPG

      Oh here’s one more…I call this video the “Coors Field Sprinkler Guy“.

                                                             You’re welcome :) 

                      It’s my job to keep you aware of the freaks of society…I love my job.

  My name is D The Rockpile Ranter. Coors Field is my 2nd home and nobody is safe.

                                             I’ll be at the Game 2 in a few hours..DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG  

 

 

Crazy fun as the Rockies make that run

8/25/09

Just wanted to update everyone and let you know that Naomi is not lost or missing anymore. She may not want to be found but she is not missing at this point. Props to her mother for some fine detective work(thank you).
I want to personally thank everyone who helped me this week and thank those of you who sent well wishes. This kind of thing is a parent’s worst nightmare and I appreciate all the support.

I love this community and the help I’ve received has been extremely touching. I’m not thrilled with where she’s calling home but at least I have closure.  Krista, Hunter, Mylee and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts…D The Rockpile Ranter

8/25/09                                 Dodgers vs Rockies Game 1              

For those of you who were worried about the rain and stayed home missing this epic Rockies game let me just say you Fu*ked up.
IMG_2420.JPG Last night Coors field was buzzing like a giant size orgasmatron which in the end left the Dodgers feeling wet and unfulfilled :) 

                                          I was first through the Rockpile gate today.
IMG_2422.JPG As much as I like Zack Hample there was no way he was getting inside my Pavilion before I was. That actually paid off for me. As I decended the pavilion stairs Aaron Cook was picking a baseball up from the outfield fence and I said “Hey Aaron” and held up my glove. I normally don’t ask but I was the first one there and it was just me and Aaron. 

Aaron looked up and tossed me that ball…Thank you Aaron.  His toss was a bit short and rolled underneath the bleachers all the way to the front of row two. I was the only one in that section so I casually walked down the bleachers to the bottom and picked it up. When I looked up standing in front of me was Zack Hample “The King of Snag” as I’ve labeled him.

Batting practice was all about fun today. I actually had some play on a bunch of homers that I thought were out of my reach. I bobbled one of them, chased several more and came up short.  Twice during BP I missed a toss up form Seth Smith who I swear was trying to toss right to me. Sorry Seth my bad, I do appreciate it.

                                                            Dan and Zack

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IMG_2424.JPG At one point I took out my camera and was going to try to shoot some video of Zack snagging a homer but as soon as I “whipped it out”….  I was tracking another baseball in my area.

I let it hit the bleacher in front of me and it bounced back into my row. I wasn’t going to dive for it because I had my camera in my hand. As I reached down to possess it another Rockies fan got all up in my space and snatched it up. 

I believe I mentioned something like “Dude if you want it that bad you can have it”. At that point my entire mission for the rest of BP was to deny that pr-ick another baseball.

 It worked, the last homer of batting practice was caught by yours truly while that dude watched helplessly.

That baseball said “Dodgertown” on it and I walked over and gave it to Joy’s (aka LUVMYROX) son.

Today I witnessed another unnecessary batting practice injury. A guy was standing up against the rail in row two talking to his buddies. He had no idea it was heading right for him and it clocked him above the temple. 

All I can say is it’s a good thing he didn’t see it or he would have tensed up and probably got killed.

                                                                  Scary stuff people.

IMG_2435.JPG  PLEASE PAY ATTENION AT BATTING PRACTICE, BASEBALLS CAN BE DEADLY.

                                        Guess who came up from AAA Sky Sox today?
IMG_2471.JPGEric Young Jr. got his first hit today, here’s a picture of it. He made it to first safely and later tried to steal second.
IMG_2543.JPG     Here is the picture I got of EY Jr’s first steal attempt. As you can tell he didn’t make it.
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                                         Here’s my picture show for this game.

                                              Making sure home is clean.

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                                            A shot of Queen Geri.IMG_2838.JPG


                                               Atkins and Hawpe
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                                          Dan did something really cool.IMG_2776.JPG

                        He caught Clint Barmes’s home run ball, nice job brotha!
IMG_2463.JPGHere’s the hefty fella who runs across the field in-between innings. This guy is quite popular. 
IMG_2466.JPG                                                    This picture is for Queen Geri.
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IMG_2516.JPG                       Manny wasn’t well received at Coors when he stepped to the plate.

                    

                                   He seemed frustrated. Maybe the negativity got to him?

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IMG_2608.JPG                                                         Matt Murton and Seth Smith
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IMG_2630.JPG             Eric Young Jr. Leaping for a ball. This dude is going to be fun to watch mature.
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IMG_2742.JPG        The basball in the picture is actually Dan’s he just doesn’t know it at this point. 
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                                                                    This dude is quick.IMG_2853.JPG
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IMG_2862.JPG                         Dan wasn’t the only guy to do something cool. Tulo did too.
IMG_2668.JPG                        He won the game for the Rockies in the 10th inning. It was perfect.

 I like this series of pictures, I’m glad I got to see it in person. My favorite in the first picture is EY Jr. It’s his first game and “What a finish!”.
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                                                          Crazy fun time today all around.

 
With each new win it feels like I’m watching Rockies history being made. Come to think of it…I am.

                                            Zack Hample..Have a safe trip home brotha.

                       
Go Rockies, all is good in my world it’s time to show the world :)…DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG

Rockies save face and rock the place.

8/22/09                               

                                    Giants vs Rockies Game 2IMG_2017.JPG Ever heard of the Long Haul Bombers?..I hadn’t, these dudes play softball and are on a nation wide Stadium tour knocking the covers off softballs.

 The Bombers use aluminum bats and the softballs had no problem reaching the concourse. I think there were six batters and they each were allowed to hit 15 softballs.

                                   I’m telling you if felt like the Home Run Derby(in my mind).  

The damn softballs were crashing all around me yet I remained empty-handed. I watched Robert snag one of the first softballs hit out to left field. His spot of choice was the last row of the pavilion…Good choice.IMG_2181.JPG No worries, I managed to snag a ball today during BP. I should have been sporting several more but two I misjudged and one landed right in my glove and bounced out…totally my bad. 

I watched Tulo crush a ball about ten feet to my right and I was stuck because there was a family of four right blocking my access to it. As the ball neared I realized it was zeroing in for the father of the family standing beside me.

He was totally clueless so I screamed “Heads up dude”, it scared the sh*t out of him and at the last second he raised his glove up to his head and protected his face. He was stunned and stood there for a few minutes repeating out loud “That almost hit me”.

 In all honesty I was waiting for a “thank you” from either him or his wife but it didn’t happen.

    Your welcome anyway dude. Enjoy your life with an undamaged face courtesy of the Ranter.IMG_2183.JPG

    
              Jorge started for the day, here’s Bob Apodaca giving him a little pep talk.
IMG_2187.JPG                                                    The first pitch of the game. 
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IMG_2245.JPG                                                               Jorge at bat.
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IMG_2260.JPG           Floral print mishap of the game. Somebody really should tell him :) 
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IMG_2273.JPG                                               Jorge posing as a first baseman. 
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IMG_2279.JPGIMG_2202.JPG                                            Carlos was 1-3 with two runs scored. 
IMG_2334.JPG                                                  Tulo went 2-3 with one RBI.
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IMG_2361.JPG                                           Some Giants confusion late in the game.                 IMG_2357.JPG                 This dad disappeared and came back with a purple head. His kid lost it.
IMG_2372.JPG                                                  He ain’t getting by Todd Helton, not tonight. 
IMG_2379.JPGNot my best shot of the evening but here’s Ian Stewart hitting a three run rocket in the sixth tying the game and spuring a seven-run inning. That single play totally shifted the momentum of the game in our favor.

IMG_2385.JPG                                                            Rounding first base.
IMG_2386.JPGIn the sixth inning with two out, Todd Helton blasted a two out homer to right field about twenty feet from where I was sitting. Man that was fun. So much fun I must have misplaced my voice.IMG_2258.JPG     When I woke up this morning it was gone along with my fear of getting swept.  

                                                                           Ha..Ha.  

The Rockies punish the Giants tonight 14-11 in front of 47,178 and I was able to laugh back hard at my friend Todd (the guy I have the season long Giants bet with), because this win was a come from behind win and those just mean more when you’re bragging up your team. 

Easily one of the hottest and best Rockies games I’ve been to all year. Props to my friend for helping out a guy when he really needed some shade today.Green Floppy Hat.JPG

 

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