Tagged: baseball

Taking a Look at a Little Book.

Peanuts, Popcorn & American Presidents

popcorn presidents

I love reading anything baseball. A while back I received an email from a fellow named Nicholas asking if I would review this book about American Presidents and baseball. I agreed hoping it was a short book as I don’t have a whole lot of free time right now with the regular baseball season getting ready to start.

The book is 11 pages which is right up my alley.


William Howard Taft was the first president to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He did it on April 14th to usher in the 1910 baseball season.

william Taft first pitch

That President George Bush Sr. was a Boston Red Sox fan who later flipped and became a Houston Astros fan? The senior Bush was also the Captain of his Yale Baseball team.


Here’s another one, did you know that when President Roosevelt threw an inaugural pitch, someone was always on hand to prevent him from toppling over.

roos pitch

This little book is filled with  tid-bits of information like that.

About the book.

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball,” wrote Jacques Barzun, the late French-born historian of American culture. Barzun might have added that any U.S. politician with his eye on the White House had better know the difference between a ball and a strike. Since baseball became the National Pastime it has enjoyed a favored relationship with the seats of power—in Congress and even in the Supreme Court, but certainly with the chief executive.

The venerable sportswriter Ray Robinson surveys the presidential attitude toward the “best game” since the early twentieth century, separating the enthusiasts from the pretenders.

A little bit about the Author Ray Robinson.


Ray Robinson, a former magazine editor, is the author of the widely acclaimed biography Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time as
well as biographies of Knute Rockne, Christy Mathewson, Will Rogers, and Stan Musial. His writings appear frequently in the New York Times. He lives in New York City.

Where can I purchase this book?


Also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and I-Tunes.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Is it first pitch yet? 🙂

Purple Ranter banner

Ranter’s Photo Contest 2013


Yeah buddy!

It’s time for another… “Ranter’s”

This time there’s a different theme.

My challenge to you this time is to submit a picture that describes why baseball in Colorado is better than anywhere else.

Is it because the our the Rockies players are cooler? Or is it the attitude? Maybe it’s better because Rockies fans are tight knit and we use baseball as a way to hang out? Use your imagination folks…You get points for creativity.

This Photo Contest is open to everyone… Even Mike the Rox Addict.

Here’s a link to last year’s photo contest:

Ranter’s Photo Contest winners 2011

Here’s the winning picture last year taken by Katerina.

There will be prizes for First, Second and Third places to be announced later.

Winners will be announced Monday April 1, 2013..The first game of the Rockies regular season.

Only picture per person, no substitutions!

Tom Helmer was the judge last time, maybe he’ll do it again for us?


I’m “D” the Ranter… Time to get your click on!

Meet Bob the Knob

I vote this:

“Best Use of a TV Seat Ever”

The story I heard about this guy is he was walking by the stadium on his way home from work. It was seriously late (about 1am) as the game had been rain delayed. Bob as I’ll call him picked up a 5 buck ticket and found his way down to a TV seat.

Here’s what happened next:

I’m “D” the Ranter.

If this dude doesn’t make you laugh you better check your pulse.

What would you do at 1 am if you had those TV seats to make the world remember you?

Bring Your Sign…It’s Helmer Time


Ok, this Rockies season was a bust and it’s quite possible we could achieve the 100 loss mark.

Just wondering how your still feeling about the lack of our homeboy Tom Helmer and his enthusiasm for the Rockies?

I don’t know about you but it seems to me the Rockies and Poot Warts need Helmer now more than ever.

Nothing against Joel Klatt pictured below.


Thursday is the last regular season game at Coors Field and Mike the Rox Addict and I plan to bring our “Bring Back Helmer” signs and just as we did the first game of the year we’re going to show our support hopefully pre-game and post-game.

What we need are Helmer supporters who can make signs and show up with arm power to hold them up.

  If you miss Tom and feel it is essential that Poot Warts rehire him, get your ass up,  grab a sharpie, find a chunk of cardboard and go to town with your sign making skills.

Poot Warts can tune out our chanting, but it’s difficult to mute a big ass sign?


It’s the last game of the year…It’ll be months before you even think baseball again…Lets make a day of it and show support for the “HOMEBOY”.

Do you own one of the famous “Helmer is my Homeboy” shirts? Make sure you’re wearing it Thursday.

Then when we’re all done we meet at the Blake and talk about what a great day it was.

 Shout out to the “Homeboy” maybe he can make an appearance??

Leave a comment below if you’ll be there with sign in hand or wearing one of those classic Helmer shirts.

I’m “D” The Ranter… Please…Bring Helmer back before the Cowboy starts frosting his tips.

Joel Klatt can’t Dance.

Stout…You Rock Brotha!

Rockies…Let’s steer clear of the 100 loss mark ok?

See you Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday…”D”

You know the deal, at least I’m real

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Sorry pug12.jpgSorry, no Ricky Henderson story from me. It’s been done.

That’s the thing about sports blogging. Most bloggers are blogging about the same story. Not that that’s bad, it’s just gets boring after you’ve read basically the same thing six times.

When everyone else is talking about one thing, I’m usually on a totally different subject. I’ve never been a good follower. What can I say I’m former Army and a Leo.

I’m debating taking a break from blogging, not because I’m mad at anything or anyone, but because as I said I’m getting bored. 

I prefer blogging about live games or events that I’ve attended. I’ve got 44 days until I get to see a live baseball game. Blogging about a game I’ve just watched live is what I do, the rest is just pre/post season filler.

same old same old.jpgAll blogs are starting to look the same to me. It’s time for me to re-invent what the standard of my own personal blogging is. I don’t like to be bored.

Ok, who am I kidding, I’m just freggin going squirrely, I want warm weather and baseball, but instead I’ve got cold weather and snowballs.

mouth-full-of-cigarettes.jpgA cigarette would fix everything, naa I’m not going there.

Yes, I’m still not smoking, and f*ck the world right now.

I wasn’t kidding about re-inventing my own blogging. I wonder how many of you that blog here have full-time day or night jobs?

How many have all day to blog? I’ll give a shout out to all the bloggers here who work their butt off at their day job, then come home and write a respectable blog. That takes dedication, and sacrifice of sleep. You folks are the true heros. 

Authors and Bloggers are not really the same breed. The best blogs on MLBLogs.com are from the bloggers who are not professional writers (excluding Mark Newman and Zack).

Reality.JPGTo me blogging is reality at times, and most “professional writers” don’t have a feel for what it’s like to write in “Real Time”, because once you write that first book, you lose your perception of what being “Real” is.

All of a sudden in your mind your an Author not a writer anymore. 

 You don’t have to agree with me as long as you feel where I’m coming from.

If you don’t feel where I’m coming from your either an author, don’t have a job outside the house, or you don’t have any original ideas and you snag your ideas from others blogs.

It seems some write their blogs in hopes of making the cover, following the topic of the
paparazzi.jpgday like paparazzi. Sorry, you may have gotten my click, but you didn’t get my attention

I realize that sometimes the topic of the day deserves to be mentioned, so do that,…. just mention it. You can be so much more. 

My mind is churning, thinking, pondering, summizing, figuring, comtemplating, deciding, tossing around new ideas to make the blogging experience more interesting. I’m sorry but sometimes its seems this place doesn’t move fast enough for me.

I think the whole standard by which we blog needs to be improved. Do not mistake this Rant for a slam on MLBlogs.com, it’s not. This is a slam on blogging as a whole.  What’s the next step in the blogging evolutionary ladder? Can we please go there now?

Remember, opinions are like azzholes, every one has one some just spout out a little more.

                             I’m never the only one who thinks like I do, step up.

Tell me what the F*ck do you think? Got an entry you’ve written that isn’t the topic of the day? Send me a link, I’d love to read it…

          Otherwise don’t waste my time. I only have so much. Keep it real..Day 4…DThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Green Floppy Ha

P.S. Don’t ever correct me on spelling, if you see a word spelled a certain way in my blog…It’s because I meant to spell it that way. Get a life !!!

Want to see what I got for free?


Here is a shot of the baseballs I was able to snag this past season. I was lucky enough to get over half of them autographed. I realize that autograph collectors say your only supposed to use brand new MLB baseballs, but I prefer to use the ones I snag. To me, they’re more personal.
My Rockies baseball collection 2008.JPG 

Tell me a story.jpg


Instead of coming out of a box, each one of my autographed baseballs has two stories.

How it was snagged, and how it was tagged. 

 I’m all about a good baseball story.



Here are the names of the players whose autographs are on the baseballs shown above.

Clint Hurdle – 2

Troy Tulowitzki – 2 

Ian Stewart – 1

Jeff Francis – 1

Jorge De La Rosa – 2

Taylor Buchholz – 1

Franklin Morales – 1 (My first autograph this year at Spring Training) Rockies Ball

Micah Bowie – 1  (My second autograph at Spring Training this year) Rockies Ball

Ryan Speier – 1  (My third autograph obtained at Spring Training this year) Rockies ball

Joe Koshanski – 2

Aaron Cook – 2

Ubaldo Jimenez – 1

Ryan Spilborghs – 3

Glendon Rusch – 1

Omar Quintanilla – 1

Cedrick Bowers – 1

Greg Reynolds – 1

Chris Ianetta – 4 (he signs before almost every game)

Juan Morillo – 1

Steven Register – 1

Clint Barmes – 1 Rockies ball

The Rockies balls are non MLB baseballs with the Rockies logo on them. I’m not thrilled with those so I won’t use them anymore.

                                            So here are the totals.

31 autographed baseballs all snagged by me except the 4 Rockies balls = 27 baseballs.

17 unsigned baseballs snagged by me. For a grand total of 44 baseballs for the season.

 Here’s a shot of everything I’ve accumulated from this past Rockies season. Other than the ticket price to get into Coors Field (which was mostly Rockpile Tickets at $4.00), I didn’t pay a cent for any of these items. (click on the picture to expand) 
All I got 2008.JPG

       I figure I’ve got another twenty years of snaggin and bloggin in me, maybe more. 



Just like wine or Kimchi, I get better with age (in my mind). 

Imagine what this collection will look like in twenty years?

Nuggets game tonight at 6pm. I’ll have a blog entry up for that tomorrow..Thanks for checking out the Rant…D
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