Rockies Unleash a Beat’n and the Birds Stop Tweet’n


Cardinals vs Rockies Game 2

Weather: 59 degrees, cloudy.

Wind: 15 mph, In from CF.

T: 3:02.

Att: 38,149.

I needed this game. Rockies fans needed this game. The Rockies as a team needed this game.

Batting practice was great today. I snagged a ground rule double from Todd Helton and caught it by leaning over the edge and grasping it at the absolute limit of my reach. The second was a catch on the fly from a Cardinal.

It brought back memories watching Matt Holliday launching baseballs onto the concourse again. Pujols did a great job as well. Fun stuff, the pavilion was packed and was rocking for BP.

I finally ran into my friend Jim from Utah. I met Jim early on in my first season blogging. At that time he was on vacation in Denver checking out a Rockies series. Jim  introduced himself, told me he enjoyed the Rant and we’ve been friends ever since. Jim is a huge Rockies fan who loves hang’n at batting practice and he’s a family man.

Here he is with his daughter. Great to see you again Jim, at least  game two was memorable for ya. Thanks for supporting the Rant all these years brotha.

Here’s Dan and Emily.  I’ll let Dan explain what the sign means.

I hung out with Mike the Rox Addict today in my little spot in the Rockpile.  Here’s Mike on the third baseline doing his thing.

Today’s game was the MLB debut of Juan Nicasio who recently arrived from the Tulsa Drillers. Not a whole lot of fan fare for the Rookies first MLB “Walk of Shame” but inside I was wishing him the best.

Rockies fans know his name now.

So here are the game shots I figure are worthy of my “Personally paid for Memory Storage within WordPress 

Squeez’n Cargo


The always photogenic “Captain Earthman”


Faster than a speeding baseball.


Chris Iannetta home run series. 

The Pavilion crowd tracking Iannetta’s homer.


The ball bounces off the hands of the dude in the Walker jersey and hits the older guy two rows behind him. Check out  the lady in pink with the purple hair, the ball is right by her elbow.

In the blink of an eye this guy manages to do something I’ve yet to do. 

Check out the ball “The Duece” just hit, you can see the black mark from his bat.

Flying Cargo

Rockies put it all together and even up the Series with a final score of 15-4

I have something I have to get off of my chest. It’s time for me give the Rant a rest. The Rockpile Rant is not going away and I am not going away. I’m not sure how but in the conversion to the new blogging format I lost about 750 hits a day. I’ve never blogged for the masses it’s always been for the Rantics, but that big of a hit hurts. I also have 80 random entries that were lost(that’s like a seasons worth), that WordPress has shown no real interest in helping me recover.

MLBlogs has demonstrated for me on several different occasions that what I do for doesn’t mean much to them and I don’t trust or believe the monthly rankings anymore thanks to that fiasco in January.

By calling them on their “mistake” I’m sure I p’ssed them off but hey they f’ked up and I was 100% sure of it.

  Stand your ground right Pops?

Then finally after years of letting  accomplished author Jane Heller slum with us in the Fan Blog category, she finally ventures out on her own. Then immediately out of the blue another author/blogger Zack Hample (who has three books published), is rocking the number one spot in the Fan Blogs category. 

Zack has been in the Pro Blog category since the beginning of MLBlogs and a friend..But…

Why is he now in the fan category and WHY no explanation? Why is nobody asking questions?

I’ve never been a bandwagon Rockies fan but right now I choose not to pay to see them play.


At times this season I’ve felt like the Rockies don’t appreciate their fans and when I see that it makes it hard to write a pro-Rockies blog, that’s all I’ll say about that. I’ve never been a Rockies basher and I don’t intend to start. The Rockies players will figure it out or there’s always next season or AAA 🙂

The Rantics are pure Rockies fans to the bone and I’m proud to call each and every one of them my friends.

 They ride the Rockies rollercoaster of emotions because along with me they are devoted to this team. If you don’t agree with me try writing a top 5 blog while working full-time and raising a family.

I plan to use this break to spend more time with my kids and to take care of my projects.

Such as:

“Vanny Castilla aka The Mobile Blogging Unit“.

I’ll still be meeting with a Baseball Authenticator at Coors Field in the near future to finish off the second part of this really cool interview I’m doing about the MLB Authentication Program. It should be fun and I think you’ll really enjoy it.

I have ten games or so worth of tickets left for this season and believe me I’ll be there. I’ll continue to post a few pictures of the games I attend and I’ll respond to comments on a regular basis, but that’s it.

If you’d like to follow the progress of “Vanny Castilla” friend me (Rockpile Ranter)on Facebook.

I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.. I’m just a man work’n on his van and I’m officially semi-retired until Spring Training 2012.

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  1. Joy

    OK, what has happened to the comments? So now I’m not logged into my MLB name? Ugh.

    Anyway, that was a great game, and I wish I’d been there instead of the two suckers I did attend earlier in the week.

    I’m sorry that things with the blog have not gone well this season. Makes me sad for you and for us, but I totally understand. Do what you need to do, and in the end I am glad we are friends, blog or no. 🙂

  2. Jim in Utah

    Hiya D,

    Thanks for the kind words, they are appreciated. It was very nice to catch up with you. I kept looking around for you and finally realized you have made it to the front row! Nice snag on the Helton ball. On Sunday, I got De La Rosa, Hammel, Jose Morales and Nicasio on autograph day. I did see Seth Smith signing before the game, but it is as you said, very hard to get autographs. We had a wonderful trip, so special to go to a Major League Ballpark when you aren’t near one. Hang in there and I hope life treats you well. I always keep an eye on the “Rant”.


  3. Ken

    D –

    Always love your blog and a little dissappointed that there wont be as many posts this year. It’s great that you will be able to spend more time with your family. Family ranks above baseball in my book.

    Great to follow the progress of Vanny Castilla. It is looking great!

    Peas out –

  4. prettyinpurple

    Well, Mr. Rockpile Ranter, first of all, I think it is awesome that you named your Vdub camper Vanny Castilla.
    Second, I am sorry you are semi-retiring from blogging. I have enjoyed your fan perpective and especially your pictures, even more so to events I don’t get to go to like fanfest, Spring Training, and others. It’s a bummer the way MLBlogs treated you, though the new format is pretty spiffy, disregarding the lost entries.
    I wish you, your family, and your project well.
    Go Rockies.

  5. RLuv

    Hey D,

    First, ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE SIGN BY DAN!!!!!!!!!! That hits right on mark!!!!!!
    Second…….really????????? No more daily dose of the Rockpile Rant? D, I do understand but you’ve been a friend and I am really going to miss that. If possible, stay in touch.

    • "D" The Rockpile Ranter

      JOY-Sorry for the comment thing. We’re friends regardless of my blog. You, Jim and your family are “Good People”. Thanks for your support.
      JIM-You’re welcome brotha. Nice score on the autographs and great to see you again. I’ve mentioned you every now and then in the Rant over the years. Thank you for all your support. Keep Utah “Cool” my friend.
      KEN-Thanks brotha, “Vanny” is coming along nicely. I may do a blog entry about him in the near future. Thanks for your continued support.
      PRETTY in PURPLE-Thank you for your kind words and well wishes. Semi-retired for me only means that I won’t make as many games until “Vanny” is done. I’ll still do an entry for the games I attend it just wont be crazy long and I’ll be a lot more selective on the pics I use. Thanks for supporting the Rant :).
      R-LUV-Dan has a special touch with signs, the man’s got skills. Don’t worry we’ll still be friends, I’m not going anywhere. Thanks for your support Marianne. We’ll catch another game this season…D

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