Want to see what I got for free?


Here is a shot of the baseballs I was able to snag this past season. I was lucky enough to get over half of them autographed. I realize that autograph collectors say your only supposed to use brand new MLB baseballs, but I prefer to use the ones I snag. To me, they’re more personal.
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Instead of coming out of a box, each one of my autographed baseballs has two stories.

How it was snagged, and how it was tagged. 

 I’m all about a good baseball story.



Here are the names of the players whose autographs are on the baseballs shown above.

Clint Hurdle – 2

Troy Tulowitzki – 2 

Ian Stewart – 1

Jeff Francis – 1

Jorge De La Rosa – 2

Taylor Buchholz – 1

Franklin Morales – 1 (My first autograph this year at Spring Training) Rockies Ball

Micah Bowie – 1  (My second autograph at Spring Training this year) Rockies Ball

Ryan Speier – 1  (My third autograph obtained at Spring Training this year) Rockies ball

Joe Koshanski – 2

Aaron Cook – 2

Ubaldo Jimenez – 1

Ryan Spilborghs – 3

Glendon Rusch – 1

Omar Quintanilla – 1

Cedrick Bowers – 1

Greg Reynolds – 1

Chris Ianetta – 4 (he signs before almost every game)

Juan Morillo – 1

Steven Register – 1

Clint Barmes – 1 Rockies ball

The Rockies balls are non MLB baseballs with the Rockies logo on them. I’m not thrilled with those so I won’t use them anymore.

                                            So here are the totals.

31 autographed baseballs all snagged by me except the 4 Rockies balls = 27 baseballs.

17 unsigned baseballs snagged by me. For a grand total of 44 baseballs for the season.

 Here’s a shot of everything I’ve accumulated from this past Rockies season. Other than the ticket price to get into Coors Field (which was mostly Rockpile Tickets at $4.00), I didn’t pay a cent for any of these items. (click on the picture to expand) 
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       I figure I’ve got another twenty years of snaggin and bloggin in me, maybe more. 



Just like wine or Kimchi, I get better with age (in my mind). 

Imagine what this collection will look like in twenty years?

Nuggets game tonight at 6pm. I’ll have a blog entry up for that tomorrow..Thanks for checking out the Rant…D
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  1. rockieluv

    Hey D,
    I think getting the balls that you snagged autographed are way more cool than using purchased balls. The autographs I’ve gotten from the players themself mean more to me than one I could purchase. To actually have been there when they signed the autograph is so much fun. (I’m jealous that you got 3 from Spilly, I never was able to get his autograph.) Nice collection!

  2. happyyoungster

    Nice job on the collection! Everything seems a bit better when it comes for free (unless it’s a wrinkled Nuggets shirt that looks like it has flower laces on it). Doing it with the kids make it even better. Keep up the good work.

    Sorry to hear about Matt Holliday. I know he was real good to you guys (ballhawks) out there. Billy Beane never ceases to amaze me. I’ll be seeing Matt Holliday Sunday, Nov. 23rd at an autograph signing in Chicago (I caught his 19th career homer a few years back and will be getting it signed). Looking forward to that. It’s expensive but I’ve gotta do it.

    Stop by my blog and check out my freebies edition. I will continue to do the same.

    Keep “ranting!”


    • "D" The Rockpile Ranter

      Rockieluv, it’s funny, for me Spilly was a hard one to get. Then the last month the kids and I managed to get his autograph three seperate times. He is a great guy and I got to shake hands with his dad one day in the Pavilion, another cool dude.

      What’s the haps Happy? Nice job on snaggin Hollidays homer. Too bad you have to pay for the autograph. To tell you the truth, Matt only hit 25 home runs this season ( and not all of them at Coors) and the dude rarely took batting practice. I think I only saw him once this season at BP, but he was crushing them…Thanks both of you for your support…D

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