Crazy fun as the Rockies make that run


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

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.


                                        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.
                                         Here’s my picture show for this game.

                                              Making sure home is clean.


                                            A shot of Queen Geri.IMG_2838.JPG

                                               Atkins and Hawpe
                                          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.
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?

IMG_2608.JPG                                                         Matt Murton and Seth Smith
IMG_2630.JPG             Eric Young Jr. Leaping for a ball. This dude is going to be fun to watch mature.
IMG_2742.JPG        The basball in the picture is actually Dan’s he just doesn’t know it at this point. 
IMG_2820.JPG                                                                           Carlos GonzalezIMG_2851.JPG

                                                                    This dude is quick.IMG_2853.JPG
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!”.
Rockies win 8-25-09.JPGIMG_2866.JPG


                                                          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



    A shot of me (wish I wasn’t wearing the granny glasses, but oh welll) – two inches away from my Bradley! That’s the way I like it! Thanks D! -Geri

  2. luvmyrox

    All right, what the heck did Dan do?? =D

    Man, that guy getting hit was scary. He was totally clueless, dang. I’m glad he was OK, and I’m sure he won’t make that same mistake again.

    Thanks for being cool with K. He thought it quite awesome of you to give him that ball, since we saw you catch it and I was cheering for ya! Funny thing. . . I don’t know who Zack is, but earlier Troncoso had tossed a ball up to K. His throw was short, though, and landed on the lower level. Zack picked it up, but the usher had seen what happened and pointed to K, so he gave it to him. It was one of those Dodgertown balls, and later he came and asked if K would trade him for a regular practice ball. So he did, and then later the ball you gave him was a D-town ball. Anyway, thanks again; he’s definitely a fan of yours now. =D

    Cool to see EY up last night. We’d just seen him on Sat. night down in CoSprings. He’s off to a great start. Just needs to get that base-stealin’ down. LOL

  3. happyyoungster

    I’m relieved to hear about Naomi. All the best from my family to yours.

    BTW, tell Dan I said, “nice catch!”


  4. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    HAPPY-Thank you man. I’ll tell him fo sho.
    EMMA-That was very kind, a lot of people helped it was unreal.
    LUVMYROX-Cool Story, EYJR is great. Tell K he’s welcome and I’m sorry it took so long.
    QUEENGERI-The picture I took at game 2 of you is cool. I’ll have that entry up next.
    JULIA-You jumped first on this for me and I won’t forget that. You’re a kind soul and I’ve got something cool for you…Just wait 🙂


    A mostly happy ending to a potentially horrific event. Sorry you were put through all of that.

    Go Rockies!

    Love ya bro!

  6. rockieluv

    Hey D,
    So good to hear that she’s not missing anymore. Can’t imagine what a nightmare that must have been. This definitely takes the sting out of losing to the Dodgers. As much as we want our team to win it pales in comparison to the safety of our children.

  7. Kylie

    I’m so glad she’s safe and we’ll keep praying for you.
    On the flip side, the lovely pictures of Troy made my day. I’m sure you can imagine how happy I was to see him win it–it was the only Rox game I’ve seen the whole time I’ve been here, and it was only the last inning but GOD it was amazing. He made me so proud.
    Kylie —

  8. greg1969

    Don, I’m thrilled you found your daughter! Julia gets props for keeping me and others posted. Still thinking and praying for ya!
    Great pictures! Even though I am in “Braves Country” here in NC, we have a Rockies farm team based here, so I keep an eye on them! I am hoping they make the playoffs again!
    Take care, Don, and stay safe!

  9. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    I’m so glad Naomi is OK. I hope whatever she’s going through gets resolved for the best. She has a great dad who obviously cares for her. 🙂 When I come out to Denver next season, I’m gonna have to watch you in action during BP! I’m pretty much excited for it.

  10. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    Thank you everyone. The blogosphere really jumped on this and I was blown away. It’s amazing what can be done when we network. If any of you ever need anything from me don’t hesitate to ask and I’l be there for you. Again thank you all for your help.
    Go Rockies, I’m back 100%…D

  11. raysrenegade

    It is just so funny to me at times how people sit in the stands during BP and think they will not get hit.
    I know that some players do try and hit to certain sections because of the crowds, but to just sit there and watch the ball come in and hit you without moving still baffles me.
    I had a girl in my section get hit the other day becuase a guy deflected the ball with his hans about 15 feet in front of me and I could not change directions fast enough to stop the line drive.
    It got her aboive the left eye, but I did get enoughglove on the ball to deflect a bit of the high heat off of it.
    But the Trop has these party areas and people think they are immune to foul balls or hard hit balls coming towards them.

    I always yell “incoming” or “heads Up!”, but we all know that is when either people panic and run like fools or get smacked because of a “deer in th headlights” mentality fo looking at the ball as it hits them.

    All I have to say to those people is a phrase Bill Engvall made famous…….”Here’s Your Sign”.

    Rays Renegade

  12. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    RAYSREN-LOL, I totally agree, but it should be more like “Here’s your helmet” 🙂
    DILLON-Thanks, I just want the Rockies to keep that lead for the Wild Card…D

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