Here are the “Rockpile Rantics” and a little bit about themselves.
I became a Rockies fan in 1996 when my wife and I moved here from Montana, and (don’t tell Emily this), but I was a Cubs fan before that. I am an insurance and retirement specialist for New York Life. I have caught 77 game home runs since 1998. I caught 10 home runs on the fly in one season in 2000, and caught 2 home runs in the same inning (Mike Lansing and Jeff Cirillo on June 28, 2000).
I was featured on Fox’s “You Gotta See This” in January of 2001. My favorite Rockies moment was Game 163 in 07′, after we went down 2 runs in the top of the inning, I was packing my stuff up pissed to no end ready to leave. After Holiday slid into home plate, you would have thought I’d just won the $400 million Powerball. My favorite pic ever taken of me at a Rockies game was at Game 4 of the World Series, bottom of the 9th, 1 out and Jamey Carroll up at the plate. He hits a long fly ball caught “RIGHT” in front of me. If the ball flies just 5 feet further, it’s in my glove, and Game 4 is tied at 1. As far as how many games I’ve been to, I’ve been to over 1,000 Rockies games since 1996.
I’ve never really kept track of how many batting practice balls I’ve caught, but we figure it is pretty close to about 2,500. My favorite all time Rockies player is Larry Walker.
Here’s the story and video of Dan getting interviewed prior to the 2007 World Series…..Denver Gripped with Rockies Fever
I have been a Rockies fan since September 15th, 2003, the day I was born. I have 2 game home run balls, not that my dad gave me, but two guys I didn’t know caught them behind us, and gave them to me.
I have been to exactly 360 Rockies games in my 7 years on this planet, including 3 NLDS (1 in 07′ and 2 in 10′), 4 NLCS games (2 in Phoenix and 2 at Coors Field in 2007), 2 World Series games, and the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in St. Louis in 2009.
My favorite Rockies moment is a tie between the time my dad caught a ball during the “Flyball Frenzy” behind his back this past year, and the Seth Smith walk-off home run against the Cardinals this year to cap a 9 run bottom of the ninth comeback win.
I have had a couple tv appearances, and newspaper appearances as a Rockies fan. When we went to Arizona for the NLCS in 2007, there was a story written about us in the Rocky Mountain News. Also, my picture was in the Denver Post during the NLCS with my “HOW SWEEP IT IS” sign.
Also, my dad made me a “HIT IT HERE” sign with a target, and the middle cut out of it.
I guess I was supposed to put my glove in the middle of it, but people laughed at me when I put my head in the middle, so I just did that. They showed me with the sign 4 different times during Game 3 of the World Series. My dad had tons of people calling him letting him know they saw us.
In 2009, Fox did a story on me that was on television, and Marc Stout came out to interview me during a Rockies/Marlins game. My favorite thing to do at batting practice is give balls away that my dad catches, and believe me, he catches a lot of them. I have probably given 4 to 5 hundred baseballs away to other kids. My favorite Rockies player is Ryan Spilborghs.
Geri Schmid aka “QUEEN GERI”
I’m an automobile accountant during the day, and work in all 3 stadiums at night.
I was a season ticket holder in section 331 (RIGHT behind home plate) for 8 years until my baseball dad got too old to go with me anymore.
One supervisor had been asking me for years to come work with them, so I decided to try it out at that point. I was a Coors Field usher for 2 seasons in the 140’s (third base to the LF foul pole), and now work in the wardrobe department for the Rockies.
I love hanging out with all of the Rantics on warm summer nights watching my favorite team playing my favorite sport.
There have been way too many memories to list, but one of my favorites is from Dante Bichette.
He was going after a long fly ball into the left field corner. He slammed into the padded wall at a high rate of speed, and the ballpark was quiet trying to figure out if he caught the ball for a full second.
After walking out of the corner, he took a few steps, then non chalantly flips the ball out of his glove. THE CROWD GOES WILD!!! The replay showed that he caught the ball with his arm straight down by his thigh and behind him at 60 MPH!
It was an amazing catch!
Brad Hawpe was my favorite recent player, I’m so sad that he’s gone. Larry Walker is my other all-time Rockies fave.
My name is Hunter. I’m an original Rockpile Rantic because my dad is the Rockpile Ranter. I’ve been a Rockies fan since I was born and attended my first game at six months old.
I love going to batting practice with my dad and trying to snag more baseballs than him and I usually do.
My favorite player is Todd Helton mostly because he’s been playing first base for as long as I can remember.
My favorite Rockies moment was when Manual Corpas gave me his glove.
The previous day Manny had tossed the last ball of the Rockies portion of batting practice to me and I misjudged it and it tagged me in the chest pretty hard.
The next day was autograph Sunday and Manny was signing. I was in his line and when I got up to him I told him that I was the kid who got hit with the baseball in the chest the day before.
Manny signed my baseball then told me to meet him over by the Rockies dugout after he was done signing.
My dad and I went over to the Rockies dugout and Manny disappeared and came out with a glove and autographed it for me. Last season I managed to snag six baseballs during one batting practice and I’ve snagged over 60 baseballs in three years. I like to give some of the baseballs away.
It makes me feel good and I like the look on the kids faces when I give them a ball.
I moved to Colorado in 1993 to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder (graduated with a bachelor of Environmental Design
in ’96). I currently work for an architectural consulting firm in Denver (10 blocks from Coors Field) that designs maintenance facilites for cities, counties, and transit agencies.
I attended my first of 48 Rockies games at Mile High Stadium with my Dad against the Cubs…let’s not talk about the score. So I guess I have been a fan since the beginning.
I have seen the Rockies on the road twice against Royals and once against the D-Backs. Our family is going to start a new tradition of going to watch the Rockies on a road trip once a year, since we had so much fun in KC last year.
I like to visit other ball parks around the country, and have been to 20 MLB parks. My favorites are AT&T Park, PNC Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and of course Coors Field.
My favorite baseball moment came in 2009 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh when the Phllies were playing the Pirates. I was sitting in right field and caught a Jimmy Rollins HR, my first ever game ball.
I am still looking for my first game HR from a Rockie at Coors Field. I like to attend batting practice to snag fly ball HR’s in the PAVILLION. Coors Field is a great place to get batting practice balls.
I have been a baseball fan since I was eight years old when I got my first baseball card. At one time I had over 30,000 baseball cards, but I got tired of moving them when I was in my twenties and sold most of them and bought some power tools. I still kept my favorite cards and probably still have about 3,000 – 4,000 cards. Now I like to collect Rockies autographs on balls that I catch during batting practice.
My all-time favorite Rockie is Todd Helton, but now my favorite is Troy Trevor Tulowitzki. This guy is so fun to watch, especially last September when he went nuts hitting 15 HR and nearly 50 RBI in one month!
My favorite Rockies moment was when we watched the Rockies sweep the Phillies in the 2007 Wild Card series. The night the lights went out at Coors Field (literally) and the Phillies lights went out as well.
Here is a picture of me celebrating after they won.
Marianne aka R-LUV
Originally from Oakland, CA so have been an A’s fan from back in the days of baseball greats Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, etc.
Been a Rockies fan from Day 1, couldn’t believe it when we finally got our own MLB team.
Favorite player: That’s always such a tough one because they are all a favorite for different reasons….guess at this point it would either be Cargo or Joe Beimel.
Moment: Getting to finally meet in person The Rockpile Ranter at Rockies Fest # 1, what an awesome person he is!
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