Zero Home Runs Can Still Be Fun

4/27/10                           Rockies vs Marlins Game Two

Today was perfect baseball weather. Not too hot, not too cold exacty the way I like it.

Hunter, Mylee and I were ready to snag some baseballs, eat some NERDS, and watch the Rockies get even with the D-Backs for the embarassing loss at Coors the previous night.

nerds.JPGAs I was heading over to my spot in the pavilion I watched a BP homer strike about halfway up the pavilion bleachers. It bounced, stayed low and rolled a few feet from me. I gave that ball to Mylee and Matt Belisle tossed her up her second.

Both of Hunters snags today were toss-ups. One was tossed directly to him but he couldn’t tell me who the player was. The second ball was tossed to him, intercepted by Robert and then given to Hunter.

     The three baseballs tossed up to my kids were all from Rockies. Thank you.

Doing what I do I believe I’ve developed some good people watching skills and I’m convinced that I’m pretty good at getting a feel for how people are.

Today I ran into the father, two daughter and son family who don’t attend batting practice very often. I’d say the son was 13-ish or so and the kid had some decent baseball snagging skills. Unfortunately for me he was lacking in some baseball snagg’n etiquette.

With his father watching but oblivious, this pubescent youth managed to crawl up underneath me as I was focusing on a BP homer and snag that baseball from under me. I was like “HUH, what was that?“.

       Baseballs were being hit all over the pavilion at that moment so I just blew it off.

Fifteen minutes later I’m stretched out reaching up as high as I can trying to catch another BP homer that’s headed right for me. Out of nowhere…AGAIN…. the same kid reaches over the top of me and catches the ball. Then he lost his balance, fell forward landed on me…Ok that’s two

Let me preface this story. I attend batting practice to relax and think exclusively about catching baseballs. Now after this all I’m thinking about this kid running wild and why the F#%K this kids father is still watching these events but acting like nothing is happening?

So…I make what I think is a smart call and move far away from the kid and go higher up in the paviilion. You may be asking yourself..”D..Why didn’t you move to right field or a different section in the Pavilion?

Valid point oh faithful blog reader…Here’s my answer…”NO baseballs were hit to right field at all and very few into the center part of the pavilion. My little section was rocking for a change. So when it’s raining baseballs you stay” 

My last chance at a BP homer for the day was one that landed four rows in front of me. I ran down on top of the bleachers until I positioned one row behind where the ball landed, I bent over the top of the bleacher so I could locate the ball and and scoop it up. Next thing I know BAM,  I get clipped in the head by the same kid’s knee as he’s running down the same row I’m leaning into.

When he did that he kicked the baseball out of my reach and then he casually reached down and picked it up. 

Normally that wouldn’t have hurt too much but I’ve been recovering from a severe neck strain and when the kid clipped my head I saw a white flash and then stars. After a few mumbled unsavory words I gathered my wits, backed up and got the hell away from that kid.

      Then I spent five minutes glaring his old man down but he didn’t have a clue. 

    I can’t do anything to the kid so I wanted to let his dad know he’s Number 1 in my book.

gorilla-getting-angry.jpgBatting practice ended without any further incidents. Earlier I had watched Dan catch a baseball and give it to a little girl who was there with her little sister and her mom and dad. The other little girl didn’t have a ball so I asked her parents if I could give her one. 

She accepted it and I could tell she was glad she had one just like her sister. With that I felt better and the kids and I headed over to the Rockies dugout.

 Hunter and Mylee went up close to the field hoping for an autograph and I hung back to take some pictures.EYJR signing for H and M 42710.JPGA younger guy in his twenties(as usual I can’t remember his name) walked up while Geoff and I were chatting about home run catches and player worn jerseys that he owns. He asked me if I was the guy who writes the Rockpile Rant.

              Proud of my Rockies Blogging Masterpiece I said “Yes Sir”.

He informed me he really likes the Rockpile Rant and that he reads it often. I’ve seen his comments on my entries before.

Nice guy…Seriously into autographs and the Rockies. I handed him a baseball as I try to do with all Rant readers who come up and introduce themselves to me(as long as I have one with me). We chatted for a bit, shook hands and when the kids finished with their autographs we headed back to the pavilion to watch the game.

Here’s a link to his blog—->Avid Rockies Fan.  He did mention he hadn’t updated it in a while.

Geoff informed me that he had spent the entire batting practice in right field and nada, nothing, goose egg. Sometimes it pays off to venture there, sometimes it doesn’t.

          Here’s this Rockies/D-Backs game the way I see it…Enjoy

                         EY Jr signed for Hunter and Mylee. Thank you EY ! 
 H and M EYjr baseballs 4-27-10.JPG                      Today’s starting pitcher….Local Hero….Ubaldo Jiminez.

Ubaldo walking 4-27-10.JPG

Tulo looking up 4-27-10.JPG

Seth Smith Playing catch 4-27-10.JPG

Helton Stewart Catch 4-27-10.JPG

Stewart Tulo 4-27-10.JPG

Presenting the Colors 4-27-10.JPGx

Kids singing the National Anthem 4-27-10.JPG

D-Backs National Anthem.JPG

Thumbnail image for National Anthem 4-27-10.JPGCeremonial First Pitch 4-27-10.JPG                                                 Some guy I don’t know.

Some guy throwing out the first pitch 4-27-10.JPG

How do they choose these people? I think attending fans should get to throw out the first pitch during weekday games.

You know just randomly pick some schmoe out of the crowd and totally make their year.

First Ptich handshake 4-27-10.JPG

Coors Field 4-27-10.JPG

Tulo gets the first hit 4-27-10.JPG

Cargo gets a hit 4-27-10.JPG

Fowler Scores 4-27-10.JPG

Olivo swing 4-27-10.JPG

Olivo Scores 4-27-10.JPG

Stewart and Hill 2 4-27-10.JPG

Stewart and Tulo 4-27-10.JPG

Ubaldo and Stewart 4-27-10.JPG

Eric Young Jr 4-27-10.JPG

Ubaldo Jiminez throw 4-27-10.JPG

Seth Smith Swing 4-27-10.JPG

Smith rounding first 4-27-10.JPG

Ubaldo's attempted bunt 4-27-10.JPG
Happy Birthday 4-27-10.JPG
Best Dancing Kid of the Game.


                                         Best Heavy Metal Shirt of the Game.

Best Heavy Metal shirt of the game.jpg

                                   Best Crazy Scientist hair of the game.Best Crazy Scientist hair of the game.JPG

                                  Most dedicated sign-holders of the game

Sign Holders 4-27-10.JPG                              Dan and Danny, both legends in their own time.

Dan and Danny 4-27-10.JPGWho invented these ugly fuzzy hats? I think if you wear this hat you should have to pay extra to be allowed inside the stadium..Like an ugly hat tax.

Best fuzzy hat of the game 4-27-10.JPG

D-Backs discussion 4-27-10.JPG

S Smith rounding third 4-27-10.JPG

For a game with no home runs it was still exciting because there was a lot of base action with a lot of Rockies runs scored. Around the 6th inning Dan had the tickets of a few people who had left early in the front row so the kids and I enjoyed this game from the first row.

 I didn’t take many pictures from the front row as I was focusing on snagg’n a home run ball.

                    But as mentioned above..There were no home runs this game..

                                               Coincidence..Yeah probably.

                                                        I did take this one.
Hunter and Mylee 4-27-10.JPG Here’s a shot of me and the kids, Mylee is next to me and Hunter is over by Dan. The picture was taken by my friend and Rant Regular  LUVMYROX. Thank you Joy!

RPR Front Row 4-27-10.jpg                                                         Thanks Dan’s 🙂

Final Scoreboard 4-27-10.JPG

Rockies win 4-27-10.JPG

In May I’m heading to KC to watch the Rockies take on the Royals at Kaufman Stadium. My first ever road trip to another stadium in the regular season and only my third MLB baseball stadium ever.

I can’t wait, I did have a road partner for this trip Andy (from spring training), but he had to back out…No matter..I’ll be there.

                                      My Next entry…Rockies/D-Backs game two.

                                        Go Rockies…”D” The Rockpile RanterThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Green Floppy Hat.JPG


  1. luvmyrox

    Hey, I didn’t see Doc Brown there! I should pay more attention. 😀 (Apologies to that guy if he reads The Rant, haha.)

    That was an amazingly fun game, wasn’t it? (And the last good memory I have of my Rox, sadly.) I can’t believe that I still haven’t run into you at a game, though I have seen you from afar at the last two I was at. (Got pics to prove it which I will post on FB, hopefully today, heehee.)

    We’ll be there when the team gets back into town on the 12th and 13th.

  2. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    LUVMYROX-Agreed, the Rockies have dropped two games since this one. We need to take that Giants series. Can’t wait to see the pics thx…D

  3. rocktober2007

    I know who that dancing kid is as well as his mom, his name is Andrew Jensen & his mom is Chris Jensen. Everyone including the Rockies players love his dancing moves too, they hang out at the players parking lot almost everyday & I talk to them any chance I can before I go to work or while I’m out at the players parking lot when there’s nobody coming.

  4. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    ROCKTOBER2007-Hey Missy, that’s cool, I’ve seen him before too and wanted to give hime some props…D

  5. rocaholic

    Hi D. This is Chris. I love reading your blog. Thanks for showing a video of Andrew. For all of the times that he has danced at games, I have never thought of taping him. It made his day! He enjoyed being able to see it. Thanks again. 🙂 Chris

  6. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    CHRIS-I think Missy mentioned she knew Andrew and you. Welcome to the Rant and your totally welcome. I’ve seen Andrew dance before and this was the first time I could shoot video of it. Keep it up Andrew, maybe slip in another dance step? :)….D

  7. rocaholic

    D–We know Missy pretty well. She keeps us company before and after games sometimes. Andrew is actually trying to think of some new moves to add–any ideas? He absolutely doesn’t get any dance talent from me. 🙂 Next time you see him, go ahead and say hi. We are usually hanging out in the Pavilion. Thanks again. Chris

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