Batting practice was OK but I was totally shutout. It still happens once in a while but not so often anymore. I just can’t bring myself to ask a player for a baseball. I love catching or racing up five row of bleachers to beat someone to a ball that has taken a bounce.
The best batting practices are during the week when the pavilion is less crowded. My friend Emily an MLBlogger who writes the Rockies blog “I live for this” was at batting practice with her friend.
Hunter managed to snag two baseballs today. The first one was a toss up from Manny Corpas.
I’ve yet to get an All-Star ball.
Manny tossed one to Hunter on Friday too. Hunter had another opportunity when the Rockies finished batting practice.
Manny tossed the last ball to Hunter and Hunter didn’t expect it and it hit him just below his neck in his chest.
The ball rolled to the right and some lady kept it for her kid.
Personally any kid that gets hit with a ball like Hunter did should have been given that ball. But like you’ve heard me say here before “Some people don’t get it”.
She doesn’t get it and neither did my boy. No worries, Hunter was ok and already had a ball. After the Marlins BP we went around to the Rockies dugout to see what was up.
When Brad Hawpe finished warming up he headed back to the dugout and on his way tossed Hunter his second ball of the day.
Jorge De La Rosa copping a squat before the game.
Jim Tracy and Alana
Helton taking a stretch.
Ian Stewart doing the same.
There was a moment of silence for two members of Event Services Staff that had passed away. That was a nice way to pay respect I thought.
BBCHICK asked if I would get some pictures of the High School band performing the national anthem as she some friends who are in the band. I actually shot video of it
Bob, Yorvit and Jorge doing the walk.
Clint Hurdle was out signing autographs today. A few others did but not many. Spilborghs was out there for a good ten minutes signing today.
Jorge De La Rosa is pitching decent I’d say despite his lack of wins. Jorge pitched for 8 innings and had 12 strikeouts. Jorge is (0-3) for the season.
Garrett Atkins went 0-3 and is really struggling only batting .218. It will be nice when he finds his groove cause Atkins can hit. Tulowitzki homered in the first inning and went two of four for the day. Troy was replaced in the ninth inning because of a slight strain on his quadricep. The same one he injured last season…I don’t even want to think about Tulo going on the DL right now.
Take it easy Tulo..Heal up that quad brotha
Torrealba broken bat.
I believe if I had to I could kill dinner for my family with that weapon.
I call this picture “Floating Bat Boy Broken Bat” 🙂
Jorge at bat.
Jorge and Tulo Jorge on display
Torrealba and Baylor
Tulowitzki about to throw
Dexter Fowler at bat
Dexter Fowler swingin.
Hawpe and Atkins
I call this picture “Tulo’s invisible bat”
Jason Grilli was up on the mound after De La Rosa.
Jason keeping a close eye on first base
A quick chat
Hawpe letting one go by.
Barmes and Hill
1 point- Showing up for the game.
1 point –Staying until the end of the game and getting a picture of the final score.
1 point- Snagging four season ticket stubs from the game.
Total = 3 points
1 point- Showing up
4 points- Two tossed up baseballs worth 2 points each.
1 point– Staying until the end of the game.
1/2 point- Snagging two season tickets after the game.
Hunter has been kicking my butt.
When are YOU going to start Hagg’n? I have prizes 🙂 …D
I love baseball and I don’t mind cold weather. Combine cold wind, rain and baseball and that’s a mix I don’t care for.
The game today was the first professional sporting event I have ever attended with my parents.
My parents enjoy watching some sports but the closest professional “Live” anything is in Edmonton, Alberta.
That’s 350 miles away.
My parents live in Canada.
Attending major professional sporting events is not common place for them.
So the fact that they attended this game with me despite the weather really meant a lot.
My mom said she enjoyed it and my dad seemed mildly entertained 🙂
We bailed out at the bottom of the fifth inning. At least my parents were able to witness the Rockies score all of their runs.
You’ve got to love Dexter Fowler. This dude is already making a name for himself. He crushed his second homer of the season tonight off of Chan Ho Park.
At one point in the game I could hear some people in the crowd chanting “Chan Ho Walk”, that’s funny.
I’ve mentioned a few times in my blog that I think Dinger the dinosaur should have a little/lot more of a masculine appearance.
With all due respect to the guy inside of that big festive muppet, I think Dinger looks like a cross between the purple Teletubbie and Barney.
As you can tell in the picture below, it being Easter did nothing help out old Dinger’s masculinity. I bet this guy goes to bed every night praying they change his costume or promote him to Usher 🙂 so he can get out of that embarassing purple/pink sweatsuit.
I’ve got it, since Dinger is a “required to be a people person”, lets make him a beer vendor and make Captain Earthman the Rockies Official Mascot.
He owns a set of bunny ears and he’s probably tired of carrying that heavy beer around for three hours.
See if I think long enough I can come up with a solution for anything 🙂
Here’s a thought….How about a mascot called the “Rock Man”? He would sort of look like the Michelin man but would look like he was made of boulders.
That would be a freggin tough looking mascot. I think the kids would dig it too.
I figured the Rockies had game three in the bag with the great start they had and the fact they owned the lead until the 8th inning.
Corpas and Street let the lead slip and the Rockies lose to the Phillies 7-5, thus allowing the Phillies to take two of three games and win the set at Coors Field .
Rockies are now 3-3. Next up,…the Cubs at Wrigley.
I didn’t show up for batting practice as I figured there wouldn’t be one,..I was right.
Attending the game- 1 Point
We didn’t stay to the end of the game because I was quite done with the rain and cold at this point and figured for sure this game would be called and the Rockies would win.
No such luck today
Total points today’s game = 2
Overall total this season = 13 Points
Here are a few more pictures I took…Clint Barmes
Here’s a random crowd shot, look how everyone is dressed.
Ok now to R-Luv’s points. This girl is good. She was on it and she discovered a great way to snag points was by taking pictures with the Ushers.
I have to make a change to the Hagg’n points but R-Luv was so hardcore into Hagg’n she gets credit for all her pictures because she earned those points before I fine tuned the Usher picture point thing.
Here is how the Usher thing will work from now on. In order to have the point count the picture has to have the actual Hagger and the Usher in it. The other change is you can’t earn more than five points per game using Usher pictures or autographs.
I have to put a cap on it. As far as hot dog/brat points go, you can only earn a point if “you” actually eat it.
Remember this first season of Hagg’n is experimental and I’ll have to tweak things now and then.
Here are R-Luv’s stats as she reported them to me:
What a game! And what a madhouse! I’ve never seen the stadium that full. Yikes!
I got pictures of 18 ushers, they got a kick out of being asked
2- hot dogs
attending the game
So, I think that gives me a total of 23 points. Here are a few of the pictures I got, I
think you’ll enjoy them. One of the pictures is Hurdle having words with the umpire. I
think that could be another category for getting points.
These are the three pictures R-Luv/Marianne sent me.
R-LUV-23 points in one game.
ROCKPILE RANTER– 10 points in 3 games
Thanks Marianne and Good Job!
Donnie’s first game is on the 15 th. So far nobody else has reported any stats. I’m having fun with this and I know R-Luv is. Interested?? Scroll back a few entries and check out what Hagg’n is and how to accumulate points while attending a baseball game.
Thanks for choosing the Rockpile Rant…DPS- Did anyone see the fan wearing the yellow poncho jump onto the field and pick-up that foul ball? He actually looked like an Usher for a second so I’m sure they kept the camera on him for a bit.
PSS- Game 7 Rockies lose to the Cubs today 4-0, ouch.
Incredible, what a day! On my way to Coors Field I realized I forgot my glove. No joke, the first game and I left my glove at home. I turned around and went back and got it. I figured for sure that I’d blown my chance at a good place in line but lady luck was on my side.
As we were walking up I could see a huge line of people and my heart sunk. Upon closer inspection I realized the line was for people waiting to hopefully purchase Rockpile tickets.
Number one like it should be.
They opened the gates and I was the first one through, As I worked my way over to the Pavilion I saw the Rockies out on the field and when I entered the bleachers I could only see one kid way on the other side of the Pavilion.
I worked my way down to field level and saw Jorge De La Rosa, Ubaldo Jimenez and Franklin Morales in the outfield chatting. A ball was hit to them and Jorge picked it up.
He looked into the bleachers and the only one standing there was me. I held up my glove, didn’t say a word and he tossed it to me. Just like that the Hagg’n begins.
Thanks Jorge for starting my season out right. Before Jorge tossed me that ball Helton had hit a BP homer and a kid had snagged it. The ball Jorge tossed me was the first baseball tossed to a fan at Coors Field this seaon. I also hold the honor of snagging the first baseball tossed to a fan during Game 1 of Rockies spring training in Tucson.
Not a huge thing but worth mentioning I figure.
You know that fan that goes way overboard chasing a ball and winds up looking like an idiot.
I was that fan.
I was tracking a BP homer and had to lean over a row of bleachers and extend as far as I could to snag it. The ball hit my glove then rolled out and started rolling down the stairs.
I started stumbling over the bleachers in an attempt to snag that ball I dropped. About half way through chasing that ball I realized that I looked like a total moron.
So what do I do in that situation?
Do I stop right then and try and save my dignity, or realizing that I already looked stupid follow through and get the ball so I can say yeah I looked stupid but at least I got the ball?
I’m a Hagger so I chose to get the ball and take my critism. Nobody was harmed in the pursuit of the baseball, just my ego. Plus there’s always a witness when you don’t need one.
Anyways, that was ball two, Hagg’n is on baby.
While at batting practice I ran in to Marianne aka R-Luv, she was Hagg’n big and bad. She was going around getting pictures of the Ushers earning her Hagg’n points.
Guess who else was at this game? My buddy Vinny Castilla was at the home opener.
Vinny, I thought you told me you weren’t a player?
If that’s the case, I guess I’m not a blogger who takes pictures of you.
Does it look like he’s flexing for the camera?
I was able to meet up with an old buddy of mine named Chuck.
Chuck rode up from Colorado Springs in the Coors Light RV. I’ve known this guy for over twenty years.
Here is Chuck and my wife Krista in front of the RV.
I hope your squirming in your pants over your prediction. I’m not saying that the Rockies won’t come in 4th place, that could totally happen. But I love the fact that the Rockies have everyone who made that prediction thinking twice about the Rockies right now.
Congrats to Marquis, goes to show you what a Veteran can do when called upon to get the job done.
I have 400 more pictures I could post but I’m going to save them for “Rockpile Ranter’s PIcture Blog”
Now to my Hagg’n score for the day.
Two snagged baseballs, one which bounced out of my glove and was snagged rolling down the steps = 3 points.
As shot of the scoreboard at the end of the game = 1 point.
Total for the game = 7 points.
I’m still working on how to count pictures of Ushers. It’s not hard to take pictures of Ushers but getting a picture of you with an Usher is hard because you have to ask someone else to take the picture. I might need some help with this.
I’m off to Game 2 agains the Phillies in an hour or so. The Rockies impressed the hell out of me yesterday. Let’s keep this train rolling.
3/14/09 00:02 AM Sorry, I don’t blog on Friday the 13th it’s unlucky.
So the Rockies dropped one. I’m in the glass is half-full kind of mood today so as I sit back and look at our record which now 6-8 and I think..I’m ok with that.
Apparently the boo-boo finger is healed and Hawpe is ready to bop.
I’m starting to get my baseball stuff in order. The regular season is fast approaching. If I was older and retired I’d be in Phoenix for the Rockies first game against the D-Backs. But no, I’m still too young and sexy to retire so that road trips not gonna happen for a few decades.
If you’ve wondered what the RPR Sports Memorabilia History and RR # Verification link on my sidebar is I’ll tell you. I’m cataloging my autograph collection. I figure it’s easier to write the story of how each autograph was obtained while I can still remember the details. It’s part of my Pre-Alzheimer’s checklist.
Don’t laugh, I already have a few items that I don’t remember when I had them autographed.
If I feel so inclined I can go back through my blog entries and track every piece, but having them listed in one place with easy access will be nice. Don’t try and comment on that page. I’ve turned the comments off.
Just so you know, at this point none of my stuff is for sale unless you offer me a ridiculous amount of money. Or I’ll trade it all for a REALLY good camera.
Check out my new Bobblehead.
It cost a chunk of change but it came with a truck. There was a big car sale at Invesco Field at Mile High and if you bought a car you got a bobblehead. By far the most expensive bobblehead I own but I really like this truck.
Most of you who are younger than me won’t get this but I’ve always wondered why older folks take the stairs one at a time. My whole life I’ve always cruised up the stairs two at a time. It’s faster and better for you. Today I was taking the stairs and I caught myself going up them one at a time.
Entering your 40’s you start to notice many moments like the one I experienced.
Get’s me to thinking what’s next? Hair growing in my ears?
(<——-This is actually this dudes ear hair)
Will I start carrying around hard candy?
No worries yet, I’m aging gracefully and I can still hop the bleachers in the Pavilion two at a time (knock on wood).
So far this season, I’ve snagged 12 baseballs and one live homerun baseball. So if you think you can out snag this old man you better pack a lunch and bring an extra six bucks for a Rockie Dog…I’m not play’n this year, it’s the real deal and it’s on like Chaka Khan,……Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, I feel for you 🙂
This little Rockies blog is starting to get some attention. My page hits are up from spring training and staying there. My thanks again to Rox Girl over at the Purple Row for the recent props.
Enough of my ideas have been “borrowed” here that I feel it’s ok to “borrow” one myself. I plan to do a “Ranter’s Blog of the Week” and spotlight other bloggers. However instead of being intimidated by other Rockies bloggers (chew on that), I plan to spotlight Rockies bloggers.
My original goal with blogging was to bring more love/attention to my team and I figure a great way to do that is to promote our promoters if you get me?
There will be no special order in which I do these and I might not do one every week. I like people who are passionate about their team.
The first “Ranter’s Blog of the Week” goes to:
Missy from: View from the Rockpile
I read her blog and you can tell that this woman loves her team and her job with the Rockies. I have to tell you this, Missy sent me an email the other day and mentioned that she had a lot of Rockies pictures and wanted to put them in a separate blog. But she didn’t want to do it if I felt she was copying the “Rockpile Ranter’s Picture Blog”. I told her please do it, but the fact that she had the decency and respect to write me first really blew me away.
To me that’s the actions of a good-hearted person.
So congrats Missy, thank you for working for and promoting the Rockies, and thank you for being a stand up blogger in a sit down world full of Wal-Mart shopping carts with one F’kd up wheel.
Go Rockies, or I’ll push…D
New pictures have been posted at: Rockpile Ranter’s Picture Blog
Here’s a random screenshot from the MLBLogs home page that I liked:
I’ve got the best news, I’m going to a four day work week with Wed, Sat and Sun off. Now I can make the Wednesday Rockies games. I’m so freggin happy I felt like writing a Rockies poem.
He is my favorite player, the Rockie they call Helton.
If you’ve seen him hit it’s no sheet he can really belt-em.
He hurt his back and got off track but I know what I’ve seen.
He’s hitting well and time will tell what it means to this team.
Ive taken a lot or razzing about the Rockies current state.
They say you have few wins, I say just you wait.
It’s all a part of the master plan I tell them with a grin.
Here me say come opening day Rockies finish with a win.
Cook’s in town and he’ll be on the mound, ready standing tall.
I’ll be there in my Ranter wear, ready to snag a ball.
The game’s against the Phillies, last year’s number one.
It’s no joke I’m pretty stoked the season has begun.
From Marianne aka R-Luv:
The Rockies are my team, going to the Series was a dream
Other People don’t understand, what it is to be a Rockies fan.
From R-Luv again:
Street, Gonzalez, and Smith came to playin place of our All Star Matt Holliday.
Our catchers are awesome there’s none better than Yovit Torrealba and Chris Iannetta.
Our pitching staff is good and deserves a look with Francis, Jiminez, De La Rosa and Cook.
I’m almost done and then I’ll stop but not before I mention my favorite outfielder Bradly Bonte Hawpe
Here’s a verse from Alex of:
2009, here we come! Bring on the Purple Storm.
Cause once our players step up to bat, they really can perform.
Some people just don’t get it, they say we can’t play ball.
I dare them to say it again in October, once we win it all!
Thank you Alex and R-Luv. You are both true Rockies Fans
C’mon Rockies fans show me your creative side and add a verse…D
I’m killing some time until tomorrow morning when I’ll be back at Hi-Corbett. Here are some more pictures from yesterday. Enjoy…D
Garrett Atkins out there having a good time.
Helton and Hawpe at batting practice.
Some more pitcher pictures, say that three times fast.
Rockies catcher Michael McKenry.
Another Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario.
Here is everything I’ve managed to get autographed this trip minus my Big Stick bat which currently has 16 autographs on it. I have one more black Big Stick bat and my plan is to get Todd Helton to sign it tomorrow. I’m not greedy so if it doesn’t happen I’m ok with that.
I attend a lot of games at Coors Field and I’ve never been able to get Todd’s autograph. I’m just never at the right place at the right time as far as he’s concerned. With other players I have been very fortunate.
If it’s ever going to happen twice (getting Helton’s autograph), this place (Hi Corbett), is the place to get it done.
Jorge De La Rosa signing my WS baseball.
I have to tell you about something I witnessed the other morning as Andy and I were hanging out in the parking lot of Hi-Corbett for the player meet and greet. We noticed that baseball card collectors actually whip out a whole page of cards and the players will usually sign most if not all of the cards on the page.
I watched Juan Morillo sign nine baseball cards for a collector. This collector had skills and has mastered the art of “player small talk”.
Here’s # 46 Ryan Mattheus pitcher signing my baseball.
I suck at “player small talk”, but it’s something I’m working on. It’s not that I get starstruck (except for Helton), it’s that I’m not great at initial small talk with anyone.
Give me five minutes and I’ll talk to you like I’ve known you for years. Don’t believe me, just ask anyone who’s known me for more than five minutes.