Going Squirrely?…You Can Get in Early


                 I still can’t stop thinking about Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 2.jpg                                    I keep thinking woulda, coulda, shoulda.

It doesn’t help that Dan and Emily just got back from a week in Scottsdale a few days ago, Mike got back yesterday, Geoff is back and Robert has been there since the first game.  

All I can say is next year I’ll have more time and now I sort of know the ropes. Look out!

I try not to set my goals too high as life has it’s own share of built in disappointments and I don’t need to add to it..But, living in the mountains gives you lots of time to ponder stuff.

Below is a list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2011. None of them may ever happen but a guy can dream.  

                                     Goals and Dreams for 2011

goals and dreams 1.jpg
More than anything on this big blue earth I want to catch my first live game home run during the regular season.(4th year’s a charm). It’s got to happen, nobody can come so close so many times and not eventually snag one right?


fan hanging.jpgAll I can figure is there’s a master plan out there and my first homerun catch is gonna be a monumental one. Believe it or not I dream about this and in the dream it’s Todd Helton who homers to me.

Have the opportunity to rub up a few baseballs with Lena Blackburn’s mud that will then be used during the game. Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing mud.jpg

                                          Throw out the first pitch of any game.

Bill Murray throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley.jpg                    Take batting practice with the Rockies, hit a few maybe field a few.

                                         Snag 50 BP baseballs in 40 games.

Have an opportunity to take game pictures in the media section right next to the Rockies dugout.

Try again to get  Jason Giambi’s autograph on my Spring Training homerun of his from last season.

Jason Giambi Peace sign.jpg         Interview one of the Baseball Authenticators that secretly inhabit Coors Field.

MLB-Authentication.jpgMake new friends and increase the Rant’s following with the goal of  making the Rockpile Ranter a household name in Colorado.

   Be part of one of Tom Helmer’s “Tom on the Town” segments along with the Rantics 🙂 


               Find a way to make baseball a full time job rather than my hobby :).

8thingsgroundskeeper.jpgThe Rantics are an intense group of loyal Rockies baseball fans. A Rantic is someone who would do almost anything for their team at a moments notice. If that describes you and we’ve never met, I want to meet you.

Every other blog entry or so this season I’d like to profile a new Rockies fan. I plan to take a picture of them and ask a variety of questions and I’ll post it on the blog. That is how I built the Rockpile Rant, one reader/friend at a time.

                      Give me three minutes of your time, I’ll make ya famous 🙂

If you want to get a sneak peak of your Rockies before opening day you might want to pick up a couple tickets for the “Rockies Workout for Charity” on March 31st.

           Tickets are six bucks and all net proceeds benefit the Rockies Foundation

With your six dollar ticket you will receive a voucher for a complimentary ticket for select April and May home games, subject to availability.

Gates open at 1pm. The Rockies will be signing autographs at 1:30 for twenty minutes along the first baseline. Similar to Autograph Sundays I presume.

The Rockies will take the field at 2:10 and will go through a full workout lasting about ninety minutes.

It will be cool, you’ll get to walk around Coors Field and check out all of the new stuff that was added, snag a few autographs and if we’re lucky get in a round of batting practice.
Coors Field 11.jpg 
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and I’m ready for some home cooked food and some live baseball.  

                                       Wont you join me?..Go Rockies…D ranter hat.jpg 


  1. surfer5280

    I am witha on these goals. I will work the D-Fence in BP for ya!!!! Give me three minutes of your time, I’ll make ya famous 🙂 I have tried this line before it doesn’t work to well! And for everybodt check out the Roxaddict Blog, roxaddict.mlblogs.com. Shameless plug.

  2. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    MIKE-Thanks, hopefully we won’t have to resort to blocking for each other, but nice to know it’s there if the situation warrants it :)…D

  3. queenof331@coloradorockies.net

    OK, I’ll work on the one goal of yours that no one else can. Why don’t you stop by wardrobe sometime after BP and before the game starts? The authenticators begin and end their days in my department.

    I worked at the ballpark tonight, it felt good to be back in it’s confines! See you next Saturday! (I can’t work Opening Day, but will be there all weekend.) Seven more days!!! -Geri

  4. prettyinpurple

    I prefer the title “Rockaholic”, but those aere awesome goals for the season: especially catching a Helton homer. I want to catch a home run one day, eventually, but … I also want to travel to a few MLB parks while the Rox are playing, but also don’t see that happening this year.

    Realistically, I want to get Tulo to sign my jersey. I want to get on TV with a sign. I want to save up my cash to buy World Series Tickets.

    Also, if you would like to interview me via email, that would be cool. I like “getting famous” : ) I believe you have a pic of me from the Ticket Sale. Just let me know.

    • "D" The Rockpile Ranter

      PRETTY IN PURPLE-Rockaholic…I like it. I like your goals too. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks there will be a World Series in Colorado this season. I be honored if you would be my first fan interview of the season. I do not have a great pic of you…So either send me one or I’ll have to get another of you. When is your first game??…D

  5. rockieluv

    Hey D,
    Sorry for the absence but have been working on house renovations!
    OMG!!!!! The season starts in just 2 days!!!!!!!! I can’t wait! It’s been a long winter and I’m so ready for the Boys of Summer to get back on the field!!!
    So, there is some interest in getting the regular posters on the Rockies message board to get together for a game. I’m thinking with your help and Tom Helmer’s involvement, this could be an event of epic proportions! Thinkin’ this would increase the # of Rantics as well.
    Ill be working on scheduling this but would appreciate any help I can get.
    What’s your schedule for games? We’ve got to plan on getting together at Coors Field! Been a long winter.

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