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TEP not the place for me

3-1-09                   Purple Row..Thanks for all the recent props…D

                            Ranter’s Review of Tucson Electric Park

TEP 3-1-09.jpgDon’t worry, the Vinny thing hasn’t made me switch teams. Although it has made me question the reason I hold some people in high esteem before I’ve actually met them.

I was looking forward to checking out Tucson Electric Park today because from what I’ve heard it’s a snaggers dream.

We arrived at 10:50 and had to pay to park. Granted it was only $5.00, but at Hi-Corbett it was free and we had a beautiful shaded area.

Once we parked we exited the RV and proceeded to walk towards the ballpark. About halfway there a parking attendant told us we were parked where the bigwigs park and we would have to move.

Wonderful, so Andy and I wonder,…why couldn’t the guy who took the parking money have told us that? No problem and I move the RV.

We finally walk back up to the stadium and the line is 20 people back. You know how I like to be first. I’ve managed to turn being first in line into an art form.

in line at TEP 3-1-09.JPGNo worries, so we wait about 15 minutes to get inside because instead of opening two hours early like Hi-Corbett and Coors Field, they only open an hour-and a half early and rob their fans the chance of actually seeing the D-Backs hit during batting practice.

To me that’s dumb move. You need to let the fans see their stars hit. Sheet man it’s spring training !!

As I’m going through the gate the Usher searches my bag and tells me that I can only bring in two baseballs and one mini-bat.

Excuse me? Why? The Usher informs us that it’s a state law. Really, a state law? What state is Hi-Corbett field in? There were no restrictions there about how many baseballs you could bring in.

So I’m told that I either have to give the balls away or take them back to my vehicle. I worked for those baseballs I walked my butt back to the RV and left them there.

Now I’m late for batting practice and I’m not thrilled about it. 

 The ballpark itself is actually really cool, possibly even a bit much for spring training (Maybe that’s because I’ve been over at ancient Hi-Corbett the last week?)

      It has a pavilion area in both the left field and the right field and its all open and grassy.
Outfield TEP 3-1-09.jpgThere is a small space in the center where the batters eye is but the rest is totally open other than the D-backs bullpen in left field.

I really like this park for snagging baseballs.

D-Backs were long gone by the time we walked over to the outfield. The A’s were just beginning hit a few. It took me probably fifteen minutes and I saw a ball coming for me. It was short but I managed to reach over and catch it on a bounce.

       No laughing at my white legs, remember this is my first warm sunshine in a while.
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I had at least four other opportunities to snag homerun BP balls but  D-Back fans seem to take their snagging a little more serious than I do and I was crowded out on all of my other opportunities.

It’s obvious they didn’t want to look inferior to a professional Rockies snagger on their home turf. What ever the case was one guy was such a “get in your personal space” type of snagger he deserves to be pointed out.

                             MOST ANNOYING FAN/SNAGGER OF THE GAME 

                  Big Red, watch out for this guy, the ballhog even stepped on my foot.
xxxxx fan 3-1-09.jpg I could have solved the problem :) but since I was in D-Back territory I figured I should hold back and tread lightly. I snagged my one baseball with the only skilled catch of the day and I had accomplished my personal goal of snagging at least one ball at TEP.

You know how in a retirement home there is always a few of the grumpy older people who never get visitors. Well those individuals are hand selected for the Usher staff at TEC. 

Pissy and for no good reason. Let’s think about this, these people are getting paid to watch baseball right?

                     I do believe I have found the source of the Ushers discontent.

funny usher costumes 3-1-09.jpgImagine having to wear this costume to work. As I looked at them I kind of felt sorry. Then I remembered they were D-Back employees/fans and I went back to not caring.

Let me say this, when I get back to Hi-Corbett Field and Coors Field I want to personally thank each Usher for the excellent job they do. Now that I’ve seen another stadium and it’s quirky strange ways, I appreciate our quality of the Rockies Ushers even more.

             D-Backs beat the A’s 9-7, Oakland looked sloppy, lots of errors. 

 It’s just not the same if I’m not watching the Rockies. I was able to take some cool pictures, that part I enjoyed.
TEP scoreboard 3-1-09.jpg                          A couple of D-Back players, funny their names escape me.
D-Back Players 1.jpgCredit where credit is due, almost every D-Backs player that came out of this tunnel stopped to sign for the fans. I like to see that.

 Me, I didn’t go for any D-Back or A’s autographs. Why the hell would I want those? I bleed purple baby you know that.

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                                                              Stretch
stretch 3-1-09.jpg                                 I do like seeing an entire team into the game. 
D-Backs Team 3-1-09.jpg                                                I liked the angle of this shot.
a different shot.jpg                                                     I love this picture.
Cool catcher shot 3-1-09.jpg                                                      Valdez in mid-toss.
Valdez 3-1-09.jpg                                                      A view of the field.
wide shot.jpg  Andy’s red neck and a view of the grassy outfield. The grass out there was a nice touch.
Andys red neck.jpgAndy wasn’t particularily fond of this TEC either, his biggest complaint was that he paid $5.50 for a drink and it wasn’t a souvenir cup. I’d have to agree, everyone brings the plastic cup home the first time they’re at a new stadium right??

One last picture and I’m done with this entry. This one is cool.
cool pitch shot.jpg       Don’t expect much from the D-Backs this year, I took care of that with my visit here.

                                               Your welcome Purple Row.

Tomorrow is back to Hi-Corbett for my last game there. I think Baby Paul is going to be there…D
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Snagging behind enemy lines for the first time

3/1/09

The Rockies are in Phoenix today and I’ll be heading up there tomorrow after my last home game at Hi-Corbett Field. Today I plan to check out TEP (Tucson Electric Park).

 I’m going to go watch the Arizona vs Oakland game today and see what batting practice for another team is like.

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Other than obtaining Clint Hurdle and Don Baylor’s autograph on my magazines, my hunting is complete.

<—–Andy still needs to get Tulo’s autograph on his wife’s visor or he’s in big trouble.

By the way, it’s not cold here, Andy has the hoodie on because of his sunburn :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are pictures from yesterday’s game against the Dodgers.

 

                                               Here’s Manny Corpas warming-up.
Manny 2-28-09.jpgNext is one of my favorite Rockies pitchers of all time. Josh Fogg, aka “The Dragon Slayer”. The smoke this guy can throw is amazing. Plus myself being the Ranter I’m all about cool nicknames and “The Dragon Slayer” is a helluva cool nickname.

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Fogg 2-28-09.jpgI always assumed he was bigger. I’m just glad to see him back. Good Luck DS, I hope you make it brotha.

                                                      Here’s Jason Grilli.

Jason Grilli 2-28-09.jpg                                                      
Brandon HynickHynick 2-28-09.jpgBrandon Hynick 2-28-09.jpg                                     One of the Rockies best…”Q”
Omar Q 2-28-09.jpg        Dexter Fowler looks like he’s put on a couple pounds. He was skinnier last season.
Dexter Fowler 2-28-09.jpg                                               Eric Young Jr. out at first. 
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                               Alan Embree, who has 14 years to Todd Helton’s 11.
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         Here’s Jhoulys Chacin who who was nice enough to autograph a baseball for me.
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        Seth SmithScott Posdesnik 2-28-09.jpg

                                                  Clint Hurdle and Seth Smith
Hurdle and Podsesnik 1 2-28-09.jpg                                          Finally catcher Wilin Rosario
Wilin Rosario 2-28-09.jpg                                          I’m off to explore Tucson Electric Park.                                    
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I’m not done, I’m going for number one

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Too cool. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shooting for number one (I’ve got time). It’s a personal challenge. I’m not asking you to switch from your blog to mine. I’m just throwing it out there that you tack me on as a daily pitstop. 

You might learn something, you might not. What you will click away with (get it, instead of using walk away with, clever I know) is a feeling of, “that Ranter guy is allright. At least thats what I’m shooting for. 

I’m team loyal, I may smack talk a little, but it’s all in fun and harmless…Red Sox suck. 

So anyway, It’s pretty easy to add an RSS feed to your Favorites folder. If you need help I can tell you how. I’m cool like that. 

I can tell you that the things I have planned for Spring training are going to be over the top as far as baseball blogging goes.

Judge.jpgYou be the judge. Were talking live webcam from the Mobile blog unit. I’ll have a link from my blog to the camera.

That way if something cool happens during practice or after a game, we can pop on and talk about it before I blog about it.

The Mobile blog unit will be open for visitors when it’s parked at Hi Corbett and Electric Park.
 Stop in and say hello. Let us take a peek at what you snagged.
 I’ll put you up on the blog and make you famous. Ok, maybe not famous, but your friends might dig it.
 You can’t miss it, the RV will be draped with our Rockpile Rant/MLBLOGS.com banner.
 Oh hell yea, got to support MLBLOGS baby!!

Spring Training game11.jpgA week of fun in the sun. Hanging with friends, snagging baseballs, spending some time watching the Colorado Rockies or whomever else we feel like.

 

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Is it the end of February yet? I’ll be at the Nuggets game on Sunday.

 

 

 

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Today is my daughter Mylee’s 8th birthday. Happy Birthday Moo.

Thanks for stopping by the Rant…D

 
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