Something a little different happened today.
As Hunter and I were entering the Pavilion, Manny Corpas and another player were on the field and they had just tossed a ball into row two of the Pavilion.
There was nobody else in the Pavilon except two young girls who looked like Coors Field employees.
I’m not sure, but they had on the purple shirt and looked official. Hunter actually made it to the ball first and had the ball in his hand. Then the Usher who I won’t name, but it rhymes with knob. told Hunter that the ball was thrown to the girls and took the ball from him. An Usher taking a ball from a kid, WTF??
All of this happened as I was going down the steps to reach Hunter. Hunter had to give his ball away to one of those girls/employees and was visibly upset. I don’t blame him one bit. I usually wouldn’t make too big a deal over this, but……..
Here’s what I think.
If the girls were employees, Isn’t there a rule that employees can’t get baseballs??
or…if they were not employees, why did the Usher make/force Hunter give up his ball??
We always plan ahead of time so we can be first in line. We waited in line an hour outside to get that first ball.
Why did Hunter have to give it up?
Let me just say this. I will be right on Hunter’s tail next game, and I am willing to bet that if that same situation occurs again, Hunter will leave Coors Field with a ball.
I think the Rockies Ushers are great, the majority of them are really cool. I know a female Usher in the Pavilion who tells me it’s my job to protect her from getting hit by baseballs. Her and I joke about it all the time.
The guy who’s name rhymes with knob is usually a good guy.
Today he broke the rules and didn’t play fair.
Knob, today you got half a Rant. But, I’ll be watching you..
After this little ordeal, I went over to the other side of the Pavilion. I ran into a guy who reads this blog named Jim aka UtahSteeler17.
We had met Jim at the Rockies game the day before.
He was out here visiting Coors Field from a little town in Utah.
Dan hooked Jim up with a couple of first row tickets for batting practice.
Very nice guy, we chatted for a bit today before batting practice started.
He managed to snag five balls on Saturday and one ball on Sunday.
Great job Jim, and it was nice to get to meet you.
Have a safe trip home back home.
Dan also hooked Hunter and I up with third basline tickets.
Thanks again Dan !
So batting practice didn’t really start until about the time we got in line for autographs.
Check out the video below of people running for position on autograph day.
There were four players signing today.
I normally get the information about who is signing from an Usher who has the names of the players that day written on his hand.
Today he had it written on a piece of paper. He did get a kick out of me asking to see who was on his hand.
We decided to get Reynold’s autograph.
Here is Greg Reynolds signing for Hunter.
He was cool and was having a good time signing you could tell.
The lines were relativly short today so we were able to get two autographs.
Here is Steven Register signing for Hunter.
He was all smiles too.
What a great job these players have.
While we were standing in line for autographs, I looked over on first base and who did I see?
Todd Helton warming up.
It was great to see him out there.
Something seemed right about it.
He was out practicing, but you could tell he wasn’t 100%.
Was just nice to see you out on the field Todd.
Heal up and hurry back brotha !!
When we got back to the Pavilon, the Rockies were full into batting practice.
Here’s a video of Todd today: Helton warming up 9-7-08
The only close call we had was when a BP homer was hit and it bounced off a bleacher, hit me in the chest, bounced down by Hunter, and another kid snagged.
Thats all the play we got today and all I have to show is a bruise.
The loss yesterday was painful, but I have to give credit to the Astro’s pitcher Oswald. That guy pitched an awesome game yesterday. I was just hoping for some sweet justice today.
On the mound for the Rockies today.
Jorge De La Rosa.
Jorge gave up four runs. Three of them in the third inning. He had six hits in seven innings.
Remember this guy?
Vinny Castilla #9 was out on the field warming up with the Rockies.
I have seen Vinny out there before.
Vinny works as a Scout for the Rockies.
It was good to see him out there helping the fellas.
Here are some random shots in no particular order.
Astro’s Outfielder Hunter Pence Troy Tulowitzki Tulowitzki and Barmes Mark Strittmatter (bullpen coach), helping warm up Matt Herges Matt Herges Manny Corpas and Luis Vizcaino chillin Matt Holliday taking a few hits at BP Matt playing out in Left Field Stewart and Atkins playing catch When we started this game we were split with the Astros. Taylor Buchholz let the Astros get three eighth inning hits and allowed two runs.
Rockies lose this series two games to one with a final score of 7-5.
All losses at Coors Field this time of year hurt. But this one really hurts because were down to the wire now and any loss at this point could be the one that ends our season.
Rockies have an off day tomorrow, then they start a three game series in Atlanta returning home on Friday for a nine game homestretch against the Dodgers, Padres, and D-Backs.
Here is a shot of what we brought home from the game today.
Four autographs, from two players and the Promotional gift for coming through the gates today was a Rockies Travel Mug..
The next game we will be attending is on Friday.
Hopefully, the Rockies will get home with a three game win streak under their belt.