Other than losing to the Padres (I hate losing to the Padres), it was a good game and a great day on all kinds of levels. As soon as I arrived in the pavilion and saw those batting cages on the field it was game on baby.
I’ve been waiting for a good snagging day and today was no disappointment.
Ball 1: Within a minute I saw a BP homer hit to the right of me and I was off like herd of turtles.
It bounced off a bleacher back and landed underneath the bleacher. I reached through the gap and grabbed it.
I looked up saw a young guy who would have gotten the ball had I not snagged it and I tossed it up to him.
That guy later said “Thank you Ranter” as he was leaving the pavilion.
Your Welcome Brotha !
The Rockies were hitting All-Star baseballs today and I wanted one.
Ball 2: The next BP homer was again hit to my right. I was running full speed and noticed that the ball was going to hit just below the fence so I swung my glove down and swooped it up so smoothly I didn’t even know it was in my glove until I looked.
I kept that ball because although it was dirty, it was a Yankee Stadium commemorative baseball and a bad-azzz catch.
I had another opportunity at another BP homer to the left of me but I misjudged it and missed it by inches. At that point I removed my sunglasses as they were not helping matters.
Ball 3 was hit to the right of me and it was just a plain old running catch. I gave that ball to a little red head girl who was standing next to her little brother who was already holding a ball.
Ball 4 was hit to the left of me and was another running catch snagged cleanly. It was given to a little boy.
I decided to reposition myself higher up in the pavilion and when ball 5 was hit I ran down a few stairs and caught it cleanly with no competition. I kept it because it was a pretty one with only one hit mark on it.
On my next attempt I hopped over three bleachers and ran left down the row as I figured I was in the perfect row to snag this hit. About halfway down the row I stopped positioned myself for the catch then from my left some dude came into my personal space held up his glove with his left arm and held down my arm with his right arm..
At first I thought we were just stuck from his collision into me, but when I tried to forcibly lift my arm I realized this dude had a tight grip on it.
I was like ” What’s up brotha, you don’t have to cheat, I’d have given your son the ball” .
He told me he wasn’t cheating and that I was the cheater by climbing over the three rows of bleachers to get to this spot.
I told him that was bullsheet and I can run, trip fall all over these bleachers and that’s ok, what isn’t ok is contact or touching/holding someone.
I realized right away you couldn’t tell this guy anything. He was one of those dudes. He was wrong, totally wrong and he knew it. You catch a ball with skill not force.
I also mentioned something like it better not happen again 🙂
This dude was there with his kid and I didn’t feel like continuing to promote his fine example of fatherhood.
Next time I won’t be so nice 🙂
A freggin Rockies fan to boot. I just don’t get it. Anyways, his brilliant block/hold caused us both to miss the ball. I knew dudes like this existed but up until this point I had only met ball whiners. This guy was my first official ball blocker.
Going forward, five snagged baseballs was my best day ever snaggin. There would be no All-Star baseballs for the Ranter today.
While I was on the stairs an Usher came up to me and mentioned she reads the Rockpile Rant and that she really enjoys it. She was very nice and I appreciate when someone tells me that. To find out that people read your blog and then to actually meet those people is very cool. If you’re reading thanks for saying hi and please leave me a comment with your name and I’ll give you proper credit.
Did it start with an “E”?
I always bring a pen for autographs, maybe I should use that same pen to take notes.
After batting practice was over I headed over to the Rockies dugout to again see what I could see. I saw a lot of players warming up.
I busted out my camera and started warming up myself.
Dexter Fowler, a guy who single-handedly is making center field in Coors field look smaller. Props to you brotha for your excellent effort and results in this last home stand.
Todd Helton was out warming up also. Today I had brought two baseballs in case I was able to get more than one.
Usually that means I wouldn’t be able to squeeze that far over so I didn’t even try.
But to my surprise Todd was working his way left and in no time he was just a few feet away from my spot.
I pulled out my baseball and Pentel RSVP pen.
Todd took them both and proceeded to autograph it on the sweet spot.
Thanks Todd I didn’t even have to ask.
How about that? All these years of not being to snag Todd’s autograph and then BAM, twice in two days. Life’s crazy like that.
Here’s a shot of Helton at bat. This picture was taken from the pavilion.
Tulowitzki and Stewart Clint Hurdle and Ryan Spilborghs
Barmes and Hammel More dugout shots
Helton and Baylor
A shot of Dan and Emily during the 7th inning stretch singing “Heeeeey Baby” oooh ahh.
Torrealba was behind the plate.
Going for that out.
A shot of Belisle
I thought for sure we’d take game two but the Rockies lose this one 4-3 to the Padres.
Hagg’n Stats for this game
1 point for showing up.
15 points for 5 snagged balls
2 points for Todd Helton’s autograph.
<—Actual Coors Field crack.
Well my friends, thanks for visiting the Rockpile Rant and remember to just say no to crack.
Photos by the Rockpile Ranter
4/27/09 Padres vs Rockies
Ranter’s dictionary: Tagg’n = Getting baseballs autographed.
Monday’s game was straight up cold. I was hoping for batting practice but the field was empty other than a few Padres playing catch and doing sprints.
While I was standing there thinking about what I should do next I ran into Joy aka LUVMYROXX and her husband Jim.
Really nice folks and it was an honor to meet you both.
Thanks Joy for reading the Rant and being a regular commentor.
I have to say anyone brave enough to attend Monday’s game is a hardcore Rockies fan because it was quite nipply.
It was seriously overcast, the temperature was in the 40’s and a cold gusty wind was hitting us at times.
Great snowbarding weather but it can make watching a baseball game live a bit uncomfortable, especially when those wind gusts hit…brrrr
So after saying hey to some of the fellas in the first row I grabbed my backpack and headed over to the Rockies dugout to see what I could see.
When I arrived I saw Huston Street walking back to the dugout and before I could even ask he walked over to sign for a small group of fans. I quickly dug out a baseball and slipped into the group.
One thing I have noticed is that if you just hand a player a baseball they will usually not sign on the sweet spot. For me this is true 9 out of 10 times. Robert has been giving me sheet about not asking them to sign on the sweet spot.
He told me “just ask them to sign it on the sweet spot, they will”. So today I tried it.
<——He looked at me with this look and said, “No, I’m not going to do that, you get it where you get it.
I about crapped my pants. You see the first time I ask I get slammed hard.
Naa I’m totally kidding, Huston Street is a great guy and will sign for anyone.
Here’s why it’s hard for me a to ask a player to sign on the sweet spot. I feel fortunate to just be getting a players autograph, so to be specific on what I want seems a tad rude.
But in reality unless it’s a World Series ball it needs to be signed on the sweet spot.
With luck like this in the first few minutes I figured I’d stay put there and see what unfolds.
So from a Hagger’s point of view the cold dreary day was getting better 🙂
Robert came over and was demonstrating to me the fine art of removing the word “PRACTICE” from a baseball.
I knew the next player to come out would be Chris Iannetta.
I hopped in line and he signed the baseball Robert was fixing up for me.
I used a batting practice ball because Chris was signing in sharpie and I decided to work on a Team signed baseball mostly because I had only brought one new baseball and one used one.
The next guy out of the dugout was Bob Apodaca.
Bob looked like he was on a mission but when the older fella standing beside me called out his name Bob turned and walked over and started chatting and signing.
No batting practice today but I’ve snagged three autographs. Not bad eh !. It gets better my friends.
When Todd finished warming up he walked almost all the way to the dugout then he turned turned and walked over to my group.
I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never been able to get Todd’s autograph at Coors Field before and here he was two feet from me.
It was at that point I really wished I had a new baseball for him to sign. Oh well my team baseball was starting to look pretty good now especially with this this guys autograph on it 🙂
Look at the menacing sky in the background. My team ball is getting some character now.
As Clint Barmes was walking off the field he stopped and spent a few minutes signing for everyone.
When he looked up at me I said, “Clint you tossed me the first batting practice ball of spring training this year”. He looked up at me and said “Yeah I remember you”.
Clint brotha, you don’t know how cool it was to hear you say that.
I’ve always liked Clint Barmes but now not only will the Rant be extra pro-Helton but it will be extra pro-Barmes. I take special notice when someone takes notice/remembers me.
Thanks for the autograph Clint. Good luck this season, the Rant has got your back.
I managed to get one more autograph but not a picture. Ryan Spilborghs signed the team baseball underneath Clint Barmes.
Spilly was working his way down the line signing with this head down and just before he got to me the guy beside me mentioned something about Robert catching his home run ball the night before.
I then asked Spilly if he had watched the video of it. Spilly said “Yeah I looked at it”. Then I said that I was the guy right behind Robert chasing it. He still didn’t look up. When he got to me he took my baseball, signed it, handed it back to me, stopped slowly, raised his head enough to see my face and acknowledge it, then he moved on down the line.
It wasn’t scary, but it wasn’t a “Cool man, better luck next time” kind of glance either. No worries Spilly, I’m a big fan and I’m glad you’re a part of this team.
We know a lot of the same people so I hope you get used to my face brotha 🙂
Tulo was benched?
Rockies get the win over the Padres 12-7.
I didn’t make it much past the fifth inning. I was cold tired, and had to get up for work at 3am. Had I stayed I’d have been in position to snag a ground rule double.
Let me just say that is not the first time that has happened to me and will surely not be the last. I think of it as the ghosts of baseball past teasing me for leaving my seat or going home early.
It will someday happen to you if you attend enough games. Eventually you’ll need to eat, drink or pee Precicly at the point that you cannot see your seat is when the baseball will land in your area.
Hagg’n totals for this game
1 Point for showing up.
12 Points for six autographs. Huston Street, Bob Apodaca, Todd Helton, Chris Iannetta, Clint Barmes, and Ryan Spilborghs. I couldn’t eat another brat this game.
Total points = 13
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.
His ERA for last season was 4.53, with a lifetime average of 4.55.
This dude supposedly has a hell of a sinker when it’s working. I hope so, that’s a chunk of change for a pitcher. On the plus side, this guy has been on teams that have made the postseaon for the last eight years.
Experience is good. I wonder, does that mean Tim Redding is out of the question now? I was bucking for this guy.
Thanks to everyone who commented about who their favorite current player is. I never actually told you who my favorites are. If you read this blog regularly you know who my favorite Rockies player is. It’s Todd Helton.
But, right up there for me are Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta. Ryan because he carries himself exactly as I would (you’ve got to make things fun and he does), and I think he will do a lot more for the Rockies when he’s a starter.
I can’t say that about many other Rockies starters.
You know I’ll be giving it my best. It’s not often you have all of the players and fans there at once with this kind of open atmosphere.
I’m sure they will have some setup where only two players are signing at a time and the line will be crazy long. Then they’ll change out the players just before I get up to the booth.
Oh wait, I was thinking of the 2008 Broncos Fan Fair. Sorry, I’ll be attending the Rockies Fest with no preconceived notions about anything. I can always hope…D
My favorite player of all-time that I’ve actually seen is Reggie Jackson. It’s Reggie because I had a chance to see him play when I was a kid once. To be honest, the 1977 World Series is the first WS that I remember.
My Favorite player of all-time who I haven’t seen play is hands down Pete Rose. Don’t try and bash him on this blog, it’s not going to happen.
You know there were some pissed off Giants fans leaving AT&T park last night. I myself have felt like that several times this season.
All I heard today was “why didn’t the Rockies play like that last month, why now?”.
To which I replied “why the hell are you asking me, I’m wondering the same thing myself”.
Too little, too late, ahh whatever. It was still fun to watch and I’m officially three wins up on my bet.
If the Rockies win tonight I’ll be bringing that Rockies Jersey into work tomorrow for the Giants fan who thought up this bet to wear. Oh, and the loser’s picture gets posted on here. He is a good sport, I think.
Hope I’m not celebrating too early?
Just heard some scary news. My favorite player is going to go under the knife. Todd Helton is going to have what’s called a microdisectomy
next tuesday. That just sounds uncomfortable.
They are going to remove part of his bulging L5 disc to hopefully alleviate pressure on the nerve that has been messing with him.
Congrats to Chris Iannetta !
Chris’s two run double gave him 65 RBI for the season. That was enough for him to surpass former Rockie Brent Mayne’s club record of 64 RBI in 2000.
Willy has a stress fracture of his right tibea. His season is officially done. Good luck Speedy! I hope you heal as fast as you run.
The Rockies owned this game. They won 15-6. I was skeptical of Hernandez, but he had two of the Rockies eighteen hits himself.
Livan gave up five runs with twelve hits in seven innings. He is now (13-11).
I do plan to blog about the playoffs but I just can’t seem to blog about other teams while my team is still playing and winning.
Game 3 vs the Giants is tonight is at 8:15 MST. Only four games left.
9/19/08 FIREWORKS GAME ROCKIES VS DIAMONDBACKS
What a day. My face actually hurts from smiling so much. Hope it didn’t crack.
Today was only the second time this whole season that we were late for batting practice. Denver traffic on a Friday around 4pm can be hellish, and used took every short cut I knew, but we still arrived about fifteen minutes late.
We met Berned in the parking lot and we all headed in. This was our first fireworks game this year and I had no idea if people showed up early or waited till later on in the evening to arrive.
When we reached the Pavilion there was hardly anyone there at all.
Either the Rockies didn’t taking batting practice or they were finished by the time we had arrived.
And me, I took my usual spot about half way up, not quite center field.
From a snaggers point of view, it’s fun to watch the D-backs.
Here’s my analogy of snagging.
I don’t mind going home with nothing, as long as I get some “play”.
If your start your day at the Casino with a hundred bucks and you lose it in the first thirty minutes, that sucks.
But, if you get to play all day on the hundred bucks and then go home broke.
Then it was a day of entertainment.
Ok, so it has been a long while since I have caught a ball on the fly at BP.
Today, all of that would change.
About twenty minutes after we arrived at BP, I saw a ball launched and headed for me.
Mission accomplished. Oh hell yea !
I didn’t even have time to revel in the moment. As soon as I put that ball in my pocket I saw another ball heading my general direction.
I was tracking this ball perfectly and moved quickly down about five stairs, put my glove up high, and snagged ball number two.
That was a first for me.
Two balls caught on the fly within seconds.
To make it even better, it was two balls hit from the same player during the same at bat.
I couldn’t tell you who the batter was. He was too far away to see.
But hey, mystery D-backs batter, thanks.
I really needed that.
Several times I looked over and saw Dan catch a ball in the fly. Looked like he was having a good day.
I asked Dan how he did after BP and he said he snagged five balls. I asked him if he had ever caught two in a row from the same player in one time at bat.
He responded, “I’ve caught three”. Thats awesome Dan! Zack eat your heart out.
Congrats Dan..Will we see a blog from you next season?? Do it man…DO IT !
I know you hold some snaggin records.
Also, with out giving out details, Thanks Dan for getting the three us onto field for the show…D
After BP we went over behind the Rockies dugout to take some pictures and see if Hunter could maybe snag an autograph. While were were there Robert Harmon came up and said hi.
Robert and I have been talking recently about a little trade. Robert has been tossing around the idea of starting a blog. He also drives a VW bus. I have a VW bus and I’m a blogger.
So we may swap, he helps me work on the bus, I help him start a blog.
Sounds good to me.
(A shot of Robert and Ryan Spilborghs dad a few games back).
I think Robert would have a cool blog.
I bet he has some serious snaggin stories.
It would be interesteing to see and read about his baseball collection.
Here are a few random pictures I took.
Me and B
A shot of the City
The Rockies had the lead the entire game.
Atkins got an RBI in the first inning to start things off. Then Chris Iannetta homered in the second to get his 18th of the year and put the Rockies up 2-0.
Bottom of the fourth with two out, Clint Barmes homered and and that put the Rockies up 3-0.
Nothing really exciting happened untill the ninth inning.
Brian Fuentes was pitching and let the D-Backs Mark Reynolds homer and then managed to load up the bases. With two out, Fuentes struck out Chris Young in an awesome finish to a perfect evening. Rockies beat the D-Backs 3-1.
Oh wait, this evening isn’t close to being finished yet.
After the game, all fans with seats in the Pavilion and Rock Pile were allowed onto the field to lay down and watch the fireworks display.
The way the Stadium is designed, the fans in those seats have their backs to the scoreboard (which is where they shoot off the fireworks).
Fans starting to fill up the playing field.
B chillin on the grass
Click here to see the fireworks finale—->Fireworks finale 9-19-08
I flashed back to the first time I ever attended a Professional baseball game.
It was 1975 and I got to walk on the field inside Yankee Stadium. It was a day game and all the fans were cheering for us. I’ll never forget that.
I thought back to playing baseball as a kid in New Jersey just before we moved to Canada. Seeing my the look on my mom and pops face when I made a good play or catch.
Watching him play baseball this year. Seeing his love for this sport grow.
I love being a father.
Baseball is how we bond.
I though about all the Rockies batting practices and games we have attended this season.
Seeing the rush of excitement on Hunter’s face when were first into the Stadium for BP.
Watching him play catch with Chan Ho Park.
Mylee’s first baseball at BP this season. Snaggin from the first row. My double snag today.
We are fortunate to have blogging as a media . Blogging is a great way of storing and sharing an experience, memory or thought that no one can take away from you….Usually.
Maybe not everyone feels this way but Baseball is as “pure” for me today as it was thirty years ago.
I had straight up had goosepimples as I lay on the grass in my favorite Stadium.
I’m a kid again as soon as I enter the gates.
Forget the world right now, I’m here to play and have fun.
I’ll check back into reality in a few hours.
Nothing else gives me that feeling my youth.
Thank you MLB, the Colorado Rockies and Mlblogs.com.
I’ll never forget this season thanks to all of you.
The Rock Pile Ranter
Omar Quintanilla, your a Rock Star. I expected him to hit the game winning home run tonight about as much as I expected Ubaldo to knock one into the Pavilion.
Heres a quote from Clint Hurdle:
“It’s so appropriate, for him to come in and barrel that thing like he did and pick everybody else up makes you feel good and gives you a sense of value being on the team.”
Isn’t it cool how baseball can take you from almost bored out of your gourd, to up and out of your seat, screaming and yelling, jumping up and down. Whether it’s a bad call or a game winning home run. Gotta love it.
Hats off to you Omar. Helluva shot and perfect timing brotha. You sir, make me a believer.
Hunter is missing from this picture because he was the one taking it.
We were first and only in line and it stayed that way for a while.
We had a backpack full of baseballs to get signed. At this point were hoping there would be a batting practice.
Perfect day for snagging. The only thing was we only had a half hour before we had to get in line for player autographs.
Hunter got his first ball tossed to him by a player we couldn’t recognize.
We took off to get in line and split up into teams.
Hunter and I, and Krista and Mylee.
Hunter and I got in line for Manny Corpas. He even asked me if I wanted it signed in pen or sharpie.
Krista and Mylee wound up in Jorge De La Rosa’s line. They said he was quiet but nice.
When they finished with Jorge they headed over and got in Aaron Cooks line.
Moments later he came running up to me all excited with this ball. It has the word fastball written on it. A Reds player had tossed it to him.
I was having my usual luck until finally one was hit my way. At first it looked like I didn’t even have to move. Then at the last second I saw I was situated too far up the stairs and I ran down about eight feet and was right on the money.
I had my arm in the air, and felt the ball land perfectly in my glove.
Then my glove got smacked from behind and the ball flew into the first row. See, that’s my luck.
But wait…..as a few of the guys around me were discussing how all of this went down (you know, smack talk), I said “I caught it and it got knocked out of my glove”. I heard a guy say “was it you that caught it?” and I said back to him “well it bounced out of my glove” he looked up, saw it was me and threw it up to me.
Thank you Dave for doing that. Normally I wouldn’t accept charity, but straight up it’s been a while since I’ve gotten a ball and I was glad to have it.
Sometimes you just have to stop and check out the pigeons.
We got through the gate with our Rock Pile tickets, but as you can see we didn’t sit there.
This guy’s shirt said it was his birthday.
So whoever you are dude,
Coors Field was filled with characters today. I figure this guy is probably college buddies with Birthday boy.
After the game these guys are gonna have a few too many and probably hit up a strip club.
Remember the Dragonslayer?
He was in town to collect his overdue ring.
Here is what we managed to leave with today.
Four water bottles, two Manny Corpas autographs, two Jorge De La Rosa autographs and two Aaron Cook autographs.
Not too shabby.
Rockies were trailing most of the game, but Holliday managed to score on an error in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Then unexpectedly in the bottom of the twelth inning, Omar Quintanilla, who before walking up to the plate was 0-16 and had only one MLB career home run ever, won the game with a serious home run blast. When he crossed home plate all the Rockies came out of the dugout and mobbed him. Nobody was more surprised than Omar.
Here’s what Omar had to say about it all:
“It’s an unbelievable feeling, there’s nothing else that can beat that.”
Well said and well deserved Omar. Good things happen to good people.
Rockies beat the Reds 4-3 and win their third straight series. Now they head off for a six game road trip that starts in San Francisco and ends in Houston. Rockies are still eight games behind the D-Backs.
Today was a very long day. Who knew a guy could get so tired on his day off.
Next home game is Sept 1st, Memorial Day against the SF Giants.