Every once in a while you have one of those days where the planets align and everything just goes your way.
Today was my day. I’m going to every game this week except for Sunday.
I figured there would be batting practice today since neither team had a late game yesterday.
I arrived early and was the first person in front of the Rockpile gate. I would have been the first through the gate except for a young boy who didn’t have a backpack managed to sneak in before me.
No worries, I’m ok with that.
Anyways, I was also the first to arrive at the left field pavilion and as luck would have it I was correct. Both teams were on the field and Rockies were full into their batting practice.
I brought a baseball with me that I had snagged at batting practice a few games back. I was hoping to get that ball signed because I didn’t have any more of the Rockies emblem balls that I had been using up to that point.
On the field standing directly in front of me were Manny Corpas, Willy Taveras, and Ubaldo Jimenez.
I waited for the perfect opportunity to ask Manny for his autograph because I had seen him sign from that exact spot before. He looked at me and shrugged his shoulders at me like he couldn’t do it.
That’s not true.
The players do sign autographs from that spot, I’ve seen it before.
Your still ok in my books Manny, but you need to spread some cheer. Think back to when you were a kid.
He signed it and then I made my move.
Before he turned around I said “Ubaldo will you please sign my ball”, and to my surprise he motioned for me to throw the ball to him.
I threw it right to him and then tossed him my pen. He signed it, and threw back the ball and my pen.
Ubaldo, THANK YOU man!
You really made a fans day
Manny..take some notes here.
I’m standing in the pavilion not even two minutes and I hear a loud CRACK.
I looked up to see a ball heading directly for me. I didn’t even have to move.
I started to get the feeling of people surrounding me.
I stood on my toes, leaned over, reached out and
The ball landed perfectly in my glove.
That was the second batting practice ball I’ve straight up caught
Ok now I’m a freggin Rockstar.
Suddenly I’m surrounded by a mob kids that think I have the magic spot or something. I decided to try another location but wound up with just that one ball..
Autographs this year so far-8
Autographed Rockies baseballs so far-7
Clint Barmes, Tulo, Ryan Speirer, Franklin Morales, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa and Jonathan Hererra(both on the same ball) , Micah Bowie, Jonathan Hererra.
Hunter and I each had baseballs autographed the day before by him. I really thought Jorge seemed like a young guy who had his act together.
Guess who threw out the first pitch tonight?
The Maytag repair man .
That was different. Better him than some CEO I don’t know.
I really think they should pick a fan from each game to throw out the first pitch.
In the end. Rockies pull this one off and win 4-3.
De La Rosa gets the win. Rockies have now won three in a row.
Baby steps but this feels good.
I’ll be there tomorrow and we’ll go from there.