Tagged: Clint Hurdle

Cold is the Word…This One’s a Frozen T-urd

4/29/11                              Pirates vs Rockies Game 1
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Weather: 53 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:37.
Att: 34,477

               Today was supposed to be the warm game of this series, not so much.

Batting practice was a good time today. I ran into Joy and Jim and Keelan and I snagged two baseballs. The first was a BP homerun off of Troy Tulowitzki and the second was a BP homer hit by a Pirate that took a nice bounce off the bleachers and rebounded back to me. 

                                   Both were given away to tiny Rockies fans.

                 Dan has a video of the catch and I’ll upload it as soon as it’s available.

                  A few degrees colder and the Hosers would have been making snow.

                                Really guys shorts?? It’s the cold and flu season.

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Just before the game started I met up with my friends Scott and Ruth, both huge Rockies fans and we watched this nipple hardner from the Rockpile.   

               Here’s George and Drew of ROOT SPORTS set up by the Tequila Bar.
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                              Here’s Bob Apodaca thinking warm thoughts.
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Cargo field 4-29-11.jpg                              Though McCutchin may have broken his bat here.

Pirate Broken Bat 4-29-11.jpg          In the third inning he hit a homer off of Chacin and put the first run on the board.
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                                             This guy is dangerous.

To quote Robert, “McCutchin is one of the few players who makes Dexter Fowler look slow”.                              

                               It was a strange bat day, here’s a floating bat. 
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 Here’s Cargo breaking his bat too. I’ve never taken two broken bat pictures in one game.Cargo Broken bat 4-29-11.jpg                           Cold weather definately takes its toll on wooden bats. Cargo Broken bat 2 4-29-11.jpg

                                          

                                     Dude just snagged a game foul ball.
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                                                               OUT !
Pirate out on first 4-29-11.jpg   I have always wanted to take pictures of it snowing inside Coors Field. I call this one….

                                                      “Tulo in the Snow”
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              Watch the expression (or lack thereof) from the dude holding the shovel.
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                                                      I love what I do ūüôā 


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             This was an extremely cold and uneventful game, the wind was the kicker.

Clint Hurdle’s Pirates get the win over the Rockies 3-0. Chacin did a pretty good job as far as I was concerned despite the loss. I plan to be much better prepared for tomorrow’s game.

                Tulo’s stuck at 99 homeruns and I’ll be sitting front row in left field.

                      I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and the Cold is gett’n Old.

                                                          Photo courtsey of Mike the Rox Addict
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     I’m on the search for the NEW Mobile Blogging Unit…I think I may have found it.

                C’mon Rockies, it’s the Pirates at Coors…Let’s take this series…Dranter hat.jpg

Didn’t miss it by a foot, it hit my foot

5/13/09

Something had to change from the previous game. Over a dozen missed opportunities to snag a ball. Being right there, so close and having to back off at the last second because someone else happened to be sitting in the perfect position to catch the ball.

Some days it just beez that way, but not today. My first ball was a toss up from Ubaldo Jimenez. Originally I thought it was for Hunter (and it may have been) but he overshot Hunter by 15 feet or so and I nabbed it.

The second ball I snagged was hit by Dexter Fowler I tracked perfectly. The ball bounced off the tip of my glove, deflected onto a bleacher and landed right in front of me. I reached down quickly and nabbed my own blown catch.

It was game on from there. The next two were gloved perfectly and within 15 feet of each other. Chris Iannetta hit one of them.

 One was a practice ball and the other ball was one I had been waiting for.

baseballs 5-13-09.jpgI finally nabbed a 2008 All-Star ball.

No big deal to some snaggers as most of you probaly have one, but it was my first.

A teenage girl asked me for it. I told her she could have a ball but not that one. I reached into my backpack and gave her the practice ball.

Rockies left then the Astros were up and within a few minutes I was tracking another ball. I followed this ball as it sailed about mid-way up the bleachers.

I turned then tripped over the bleacher and caught the ball as I was falling down backwards. It wasn’t pretty (more funny), but I caught that sucker.

I gave that ball to the brother of the teenage girl I had handed the other ball too. That family left happy.

 Ball six was about thirty minutes into Astros BP and was a quick dash to the right and perfect catch on the run.

Just as batting practice was about to end some big white guy crushed one out to mid-pavilion about 2/3 of the way up and I was on it perfectly.

 At the last second I realized I was up one row too high and I missed as it landed perfectly under the bleacher directly on top my foot.

White flash, ouch, oh sheet don’t act stupid Don everyone is looking. Hide the pain because nobody saw it hit your foot. 

The whole thing was hidden by the bleacher. Had I danced around in pain people would have wondered what the F’ck was wrong with me so I had to act somewhat normal.

 Man, I couldn’t even swear. Me not swearing, I impressed myself. 

It was a perfect shot. My first instinct after the white flash was to get that damn ball and as I reached for it a kid in a Rockies jersey scooped it up. I was like “What the” and when I looked up it was Hunter.

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It was his only ball of the day and I was glad he got it.  

Afterwards we did have a discussion about him not snaggin so close to me and how I don’t like competing against my son for baseballs that I bobble. 

I think it looks silly he and I chasing after the same ball,…but anyways.   

 It was at that point I noticed my shoe was getting tight. That’s not good.

The ball that landed on my foot just happened to have a big H on it.

 Some may say that “H” stands for Houston. I don’t think so.  I say it stand for “Hurts like Hell” when it smacks you in the foot full force.

My foot throbbed for about 20 minutes and then it went numb.

I figure if you’re going to get hit with a pitch you want it to be in the meaty part of your body. On most people there’s no meat on top of your foot. This type of BP injury was a first for me and hopefully the last. I’ve got almost two weeks to heal up.RPR baseballs 5-13-09-1.jpg

         After BP we went over to the Rockies side and tried to get some autographs.

Waiting for autographs 5-13-09.jpg Unfortunately were kind of late and were standing in the wrong place for Todd Helton.


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Glenallen Hill and Jeff Francis. Hill is looking at me like he remembers me from Spring Training. My favorite line from Hill in Tucson was “What you guys do with all those autographs?” Glenallen Hill and Francis 5-13-09.jpg
National Anthem 5-13-09.jpg                                                     Hurdle and Francis 

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The flag 5-13-09.jpg                          Francis gets the first pitch duties on a regular basis. 

Francis and kid 5-13-09.jpg                                                    That is one happy kid.
Happy kid 5-13-09.jpg                          Everybody was happy, at least before the game started.
Hurdle happy 5-13-09.jpg                                       Marquis warming up before the game.
Marquis warming up 5-13-09.jpgBest haircut of the game. In case you’ve never seen one, this particular hairstyle is know as a Mullet. Very popular in the 80’s but now is usually only found in the deep south.

Southerners do travel and when I get a chance to photograph a rare haircut like this I just cant resist.

                                                  This ones a beauty ūüôā    

                   The Mullet… business in the front, party in the back.
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                                                     Marquis first pitch.
Marquis first pitch 5-13-09.jpg                                                      His second pitch. 
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                                                                Tulo
Tulo 5-13-09.jpg                   Ian Stewart had a Grand Slam yesterday and another homer today.
Ian Stewart 5-13-09.jpg                                           Brad Hawpe tracking a baseball.
Hawpe chasing a ball 5-13-09.jpg                                                             Another
Hawpe 2 5-13-09.jpg                                                        Todd Helton at bat.
Helton at bat 5-13-09.jpg                                               Spilborghs getting ready.
spilborghs getting ready 5-13-09.jpg                                                         Helton out at first.
Helton out at first 5-13-09.jpg                                 Garrett Atkins proving that white men can jump.
Atkins 5-13-09.jpg                                                         Tulo in action.
Tulo 2 5-13-09.jpg                                                     Atkins ready to go.
Atkins serious 5-13-09.jpgFirst off if you’re brave/man enough to wear a pink shirt, your picture makes this blog. But the fact he was standing there talking to Bill Gates, well that’s seriously blog worthy.

Although wouldn’t you think Bill Gates would at least sit Club level?

              Don’t you think the sweatshirt over the shoulders is a nice touch?
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Dan and Fam 5-13-09.jpg A shot of Dan, Emily and Ryan in the pavilion from my “chosen” seats which were along the first base line.

 Dan’s daughter Emily was interviewed on Thursday’s game by Fox News and by Mark Stout of FSN.

 I’ll post or link some video when I have it. That should be really cool.

The combination of having to work early the next day, my foot hurting like nobody’s business and the Rockies getting pummelled at home was enough to make me want to go home.
Scoreboard 5-13-09.jpg                                                            So we did.

 I went home and put my foot up. No DL list for me, I’ll be ready by next homestand. Unless I broke a bone and then I’ll be there in a cast.

                                      Final Score Astros 15, Rockies 11.

                           Coors Field Crack of the Game

                                     Sorry it’s a little blurry, I was laughing ūüôā


CF crack of the game 5-13-09.jpg                 RPR’s Hagg’n Points for this Game

1 Point- For showing up.

15 points- For catching 5 balls on the fly.

2 points- For a toss up from Ubaldo Jimenez.

                                                     Total = 18 points

             Hunters Hagg’n Points for this Game

1 point- For showing up

3 points- For snagging a ball on the bounce off of my size 12 shoe.

                                                     Total = 4 points

My next Rockies home game is Tuesday the 26th. Gotta give some props to my Denver Nuggets. I believed at the beginning of the season when everyone thought I was crazy. I’ve been somewhat silent about their success of late because I didn’t want to jinx anything. 

This is the team, this is the Nuggets year, The Lakers are beatable and the Nuggets will do it…D
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The fishing today sucked WTF?

5/9/09                             Marlins vs Rockies Game 2


Marlins vs Rockies 5-9-09.jpg I always wanted to catch the introduction of the Rockies players on video and today I did.

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.

It’s all about the chase for me. There’s no chase/play involved when you ask a player for a baseball. Props to those who can do it I’m not knocking you. I just can’t do it. 

 I had a little bit of play today but everytime I would track a ball and almost get to it, somebody was in my way and I had to let the ball go.Emily and friend 5-9-09.JPG

 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.

 

Hunters All star ball 5-9-09.JPGIt was an 2008 All-Star ball and the first one he’s ever snagged.

 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.

Hawpe tossing hunter the ball 5-9-09.jpg                                                        Thank you Brad !
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                             Jorge De La Rosa copping a squat before the game.
Jorge De La Rosa 5-9-09.jpg                                                      Jim Tracy and Alana
Jim Wright and Alana 5-9-09.jpg                                                      Helton taking a stretch.
Todd Helton 5-9-09.jpg                                                 Ian Stewart doing the same.
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                                                          Seth Smith
Seth Smith 1 5-9-09.jpgThere 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.
passed services employee's 5-9-09.jpgBBCHICK 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

 

                 Here’s Jeff Francis doing some more public relations work to keep busy.
Jeff Francis 5-9-09.jpg                        Then Francis and Dinger head back to who knows where?
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                                        Bob, Yorvit and Jorge doing the walk.
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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.
Clint Hurdle 5-9-09.jpg  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.
Jorge De La Rosa 2 5-9-09.jpg 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. Garrett Atkins 5-9-09.jpgTulowitzki 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 brothaTulo swoing 5-9-09.jpg

                                Torrealba broken bat.
Torrealba broken bat 5-9-09.jpg                I believe if I had to I could kill dinner for my family with that weapon.
Accident waiting to happen 5-9-09.jpg                               I call this picture “Floating Bat Boy Broken Bat” ūüôā
Bat boy broken bat 5-9-09.jpg                                                         Jorge at bat. 
Jorge at bat 5-9-09.jpg                                                      
Jorge and TuloJorge and Tulo 5-9-09.jpg                                                         Jorge on display
Jorge on display 5-9-09.jpg                                                          Don Baylor 
Don Baylor 5-9-09.jpg                                                     Torrealba and Baylor
Yovit and Baylor 5-9-09.jpg                                               Tulowitzki about to throw 
Tulo about to throw 5-9-09.jpg                                                       Dexter Fowler at bat
Fowler at bat 5-9-09.jpg                                                     Dexter Fowler swingin.
Fowler Swing 5-9-09.jpg                                                     Hawpe and Atkins
Hawpe and Atkins 5-9-09.jpg                                                         Matt Murton
Matt Murton 5-9-09.jpg                                        I call this picture “Tulo’s invisible bat”
Tulo's invisible bat 5-9-09.jpg                                                         Hunter chillin
Hunters view 5-9-09.jpg                            Jason Grilli was up on the mound after De La Rosa.
Grilli Serious business 5-9-09.jpg                                     Jason keeping a close eye on first base  
Grilli eying first 5-9-09.jpg                                                         A quick chat
Thumbnail image for a little discussion 5-9-09.jpg                                                   Hawpe letting one go by.
Hawpe at bat 5-9-09.jpg                                                        Barmes and HillBarmes and Hill 5-9-09.jpg 

                                                             Look up
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Stewart 5-9-09.jpg                                               A shot of the final score. 
Final Scoreboard 5-9-09.jpg                                   RPR’s Hagg’n stats for this game

Attendance 28,227

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

Tulo Ticket stub 4-9-09.jpg                               Hunter’s Hagg’n Stats for this game

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.

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Rockies taste the pain in the rain

4/12/09

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.

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 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 ūüôā 

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. 
Fowler 4-12-09.jpgI’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 ūüôā so he can get out of that embarassing purple/pink sweatsuit.

 Easter Dinger.jpg 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 ūüôāCaptain Earthman 4-12-09.jpg

Capt Earthman card.jpgHere’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.

                                                 Hagg’n points.  

I didn’t show up for batting practice as I figured there wouldn’t be one,..I was right.

                                              Attending the game- 1 Point

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RPR brat 4-12-09.jpgEating a foot-long brat- 1 Point (I should get an extra point for having to choke that thing down before the bun got soggy from the rain, then two points for the indigestion that followed later.)

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

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                      Here’s a random crowd shot, look how everyone is dressed.
Random 4-12-09.jpg                                                         Manny Corpas
Manny 4-12-09.jpg                                                          Jason Grilli
Jason Grilli 4-12-09.jpgOk 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!
Hagg’n points:
I got pictures of 18 ushers, they got a kick out of being asked
2- hot dogs
Dinger’s autograph
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.


Usher PIc 4-10-09.JPG                                           Hurdle arguing with the Umpire
Hurdle and Ump 4-10-09.JPG              And one with an Usher her son and some freggin weirdo in the background.
R-Luv Usher pic w-me 4-10-09.JPGShe gets all 23 points, that’s a good goal to shoot for.

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.

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PSS- Game 7 Rockies lose to the Cubs today 4-0, ouch.

Snagged my Holy Grail at Maryvale

3-3-09

Happy Youngster, you were right.

Maryvale Baseball Park where the Brewers do their spring training is the nicest baseball park I’ve seen this trip. The concessions are actually cheaper than anywhere else, and the outfield has grass that¬†is perfect for snagging baseballs.

The gates opened 1 1/2 hours early and we were there early as usual.
MBS front gate 3-3-09.jpg No big surprises going through the gates. The Ushers were friendly and informative. With me today were Andy and my father-in-law Joe.

Joe and Andy 3-3-09.JPGThe crowd today was a little over 2000 and most people sat around home plate leaving the outfield unpopulated. Upon entering the stadium I immediately headed for the beautiful grassy outfield.
RPR snaggin 3-3-09.jpgAs I was fast-walking (running to hear Andy tell it),¬†over¬†to the outfield¬†I saw two BP homers¬†get smacked over¬†to left field. I debated going over there,¬†but for a change I¬†decided I’d give the right side of the field a try. A wise move on my part, but I didn’t know that yet.

It wasn’t five minutes and I found myself chasing after two¬†BP homers¬†in a row. Neither of which I was able to catch.¬†I slightly misjudged both and they¬†sailed over my head by mere inches.

Both of my BP homers were snagged by teenagers standing directly above me in the grass. Both were great catches.

The first¬†baseball I¬†snagged¬†was tossed to me¬†by Dexter Fowler. Thank you Dexter, I¬†didn’t even ask him for it.

The next three baseballs that came to right/center field were mine. I was able to snag two of them after they had bounced in the grass and were rolling.

My last BP homer I caught on the fly which is how I prefer to snag them ūüôā

Total batting practice tally = 4 baseballs.

rpr caught 3-3-09.jpg Here are a few pictures of this really cool stadium. Check out the baseball dents in the side of the building.

Dent in wall from Baseballs 3-3-09.JPG        Funny, Arizona is in the desert but every now and then something gets beached.

Washed up on shore 3-3-09.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Here’s a shot of¬†right field.
Left field 3-3-09.jpg                       This is where we chose to sit in the grass. Check out the view.

I did something today I’ve never done before. I was snaggin in bare feet. I had already slipped a few times with my sandals as the incline is a little steep. I removed them and the grass was cool and soft and gave a¬†solid grip in bare feet.

our seats in the grass 3-3-09.jpgI¬†witnessed the sausage race, something I’ve always wanted to see live. Happy Youngster, you may be a tad burned out¬†on watching the race, but seeing it the first time was cool as hell.

Cheering for the oversize sausages had me wishing Hunter and Mylee were with me.

Sausage race 3-3-09.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Here’s a view of the¬†first base line.

view first base line 3-3-09.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I was able to walk right up to the visitor’s dugout and snap pictures.
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Rockies bats 3-3-09.jpg                                                         The visitors bullpen.

visitors bullpen 3-3-09.JPG¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Here’s Scott Podsednik and Ryan Spilborgh’s before the game.

Podsednik and Spilborghs 3-3-09.jpgCheck out the scoreboard. Don’t quote me, but I believe this lead was the only Rockies lead in the first seven games of¬†spring training.
the scoreboard 3-3-09.jpg One of my goals was to Get Clint Hurdle to sign my Sports Illustrated 1978 issue with him on the cover. Andy and I had met up with Clint and Don Baylor outside Hi Corbett a few mornings ago and Clint told me he would sign later for me.

This was my last opportunity to snag Clint’s autograph during my vacation. I noticed¬†Clint¬†walking¬†over to¬†the outfield and when¬†he was about 50 feet away I yelled “Clint you said the¬†other morning that you would sign my¬†magazine,¬†do you have time now?
Hurdle in outfield 3-3-09.jpgHe immediatly walked over and autographed it for me. I had my opportunity to mention to Clint how much I enjoyed my time at Hi-Corbett how friendly he and all the Rockies have been to us. He said he was glad and they he/they were fond of Hi Corbett too.

It will be interesting to see what happens next season.¬†I’ll talk about the positives and negatives of that move in a¬†future entry.
Clint Hurdle 3-3-09.jpg                      Thank you Clint, you kept your word and that means everything.

So are you thinking that the Hurdle autograph on the Sports Illustrated was my holy grail?

Clint thinking 3-3-09.jpgNot even close, in the sixth inning I happened to be looking in another direction when I heard a loud crack. Just¬†then my father-in-law Joe said “there’s one” I looked left and up, and spotted the baseball.

In nanoseconds I was up and off like a bat out of hell jumping over and clearing two dudes who were laying out. Then I ran down the hill past a lady who also was going for the home run ball and I scooped the ball up as I was sliding down the hill on the grass.

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I have the¬†grass burn to prove it and Andy and Joe as witnesses ūüôā

I also hyper-extended my right arm as I slid down but it was worth it.

Injuries heal,¬†I’ll be buried¬†with that baseball.

2009 is mine.

Here it is folks, my first live home run ball hit by Daniel Ortmeier in the sixth inning at Maryvale Baseball Park.

This was Daniel’s first¬†live home run¬†as a Rockie. I’m proud it was this Rockie fan who snagged it. I’m also glad that my first live home run ball was from a Rockie, but in all honesty¬†I wouldn’t have been choosy.

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    Guess what else happened at the bottom of the eighth inning?

Trot Nixon of the Brewers hit a right field homer and I missed it by inches. The ball bounced on the outfield wall edge, then bounced on the sidewalk and then landed in a bush three feet outside the ballpark fence.

Andy found a stick to try and poke it loose but it wouldn’t reach. Just then a couple were walking by and Andy took a chance and asked the guy if he would hand him¬†the ball. The guy did and Andy snagged his first live home run ball.
Andy's first live home run ball 3-3-09.JPG            All I can say is what a vacation. I did everything I wanted to do and then some.

I was able to see four Rockies home games,¬†and this road game against the Brewers. Right now the Rockies are 0-5 for the games I’ve watched and 0-7 for the season.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The final score of¬†this Rockies/Brewers game was¬†Brewers 8, Rockies 6….Dammit

GUESS WHAT?

¬†On Monday at the Rockies game I saw that some of the players were out signing so I walked over to the Rockies dugout. I saw an open spot and I squeezed into it. Once positioned I looked to my left and standing right beside me was Baby Paul and his dad Mark. I knew they were supposed to be at this game but up until that moment I hadn’t seen them.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Mark and I chatted and snagged a few autographs.¬†I don’t know¬†Mark that well but I can tell he’s a good guy. I was able to meet Marks’s¬†wife and I believe¬†it was¬†Mark’s mother and father.

Super nice people and I was floored to find out that his mom is a regular reader of the Rant.
Baby Paul and Mark 3-1-03-1.JPGBaby Paul was a little¬†bit¬†grumpy when I met him but it was blistering hot that day and I¬†didn’t blame him. Everyone was sunburnt, it was hot even for Tucson.

Just before we rolled out of Tucson I had met Baby Paul and family outside and they posed for a picture in front of the Mobile Blog Unit. How freggin cool is that?

I also got a phone call from Robert Harmon telling me he was arriving in Tucson with a VW bus running on 3 cylinders just as I was about an hour north of Tucson headed for Phoenix.

   Thanks Mark, it was a pleasure to run into you again and an honor to meet your family.
BP and family 3-1-09.JPGThat’s a wrap from¬†the Rockpile Ranter’s Mobile Blog Unit and our¬†Rockies Spring Training adventures. I will¬†be writing¬†a final¬†spring training¬†recap¬†and I will be updating¬†Rockpile Ranter’s Picture Blog¬†over the next week with pictures and video¬†that I¬†haven’t used in my spring training blog entries.

Realizing there¬†is only so much time in a day, and that a blogger can’t possibly cover everything. Do you have any suggestions as to what I could have done better?

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Or¬†what about things I should have our shouldn’t have done?

                          I love feedback and would REALLY value your opinions.

This was the best vacation of my life. I just want to mention that 99% of the Rockies were extremely kind to us and getting to meet Todd Helton and watching him autograph my bat and World Series baseball meant more to me than I can really put in words.
Todd Helton 3-2-09-11.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Let me just say, he is as cool¬†in person as you would think he would be.RPR on top of the world.jpgRight now the Rockpile Rant is the # 1 Rockies snagging¬†blog in the world ūüôā This blog has really taken a life of it’s own and matured into something that is fun and that I’m really proud of.

My thanks to all of you for taking a few minutes of your time to see the world through my eyes.

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Here’s the Skinny on Vinny

2/28/09

RPR live bloggin 2-28-09.jpgWe arrived 6:45 AM at Hi Corbett field and as we were driving up to the stadium we saw Clint Hurdle and Don Baylor returning from their morning walk/jog. We parked real quick and ventured out to meet up them on the street.

Me with my 1978 Sports Illustrated magazine and Andy with an Inaugural Rockies program with Baylor’s picture on it.

Clint refused(he said to catch him later), but I was able to plug the Rockpile Rant with Clint listening and he thanked me for my support.

That was pretty cool. On a sour note, twice now Vinny Castilla has blown right by¬†me and refused to sign. Today as I held the¬†RPR banner out with¬†twenty other Rockies autographs on it Vinny¬†said to¬†me again¬†“I’m not a player man”. He wasn’t very nice about it either.

¬†I might understand his refusal if I was one of those guys standing there with¬†fifteen baseball cards and wanted him to sign each and every one of them(believe me I’ve seen that here).

But¬†that wasn’t the case, I was standing in front of him with a hand¬†drawn TEAM banner.

He¬†deserves a full fledge¬†Rant but I’m on vacation and that takes way too much energy.

                  So Vinny, keep your autograph. It means more to you than me.

NOTE: This blog was¬†not created to slam individual players. However I am a reality blogger and when somone is in your face rude,¬†¬†that’s REAL to me.¬†

                                               Check out my banner.                                                        
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Here’s a closer look. There are twenty autographs on this banner in this picture. I’ve added two more since I took the picture. Josh Fogg and Glendon Rusch.
Banner 2-8-09-2.JPGIn 40 minutes we’ll be heading over to the practice fields to see what kind of trouble we can get into…More later…D

12:27 PM

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I’m back from the practice fields. I was¬†really lucky today.

Not only did I get 22 autographs on my banner this morning I managed to get 4 more autographs on my World Series ball. I had one baseball that Jason Hirsh signed in the wrong place so I decided to turn that baseball into a team baseball.

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While I was watching batting practice in the practice fields, I decided to head out¬†into the¬†outfield and see if I could catch one of Helton’s¬†BP homeruns. I was standing¬†out there about¬†maybe twenty¬†minutes and then Helton hit one over to my area but it didn’t go over the fence.

Ian¬†Stewart¬†came over to pick it up and I asked if I could have it. He looked at me and said “Don’t worry he’ll hit one over.¬†Not¬†two minutes after he¬†said that Helton hit two in a row to me.

          One I caught on a bounce and one I snagged while it was still rolling.
Heltons BP baseballs 2-28-09.JPGMy day gets better…After I¬†snagged¬†these two baseballs I headed over to get my ticket for the game. It was T-shirt day and I wanted to make sure I got one.

After I picked up my T-shirt¬†and headed back to the practice fields to watch the rest of batting practice. When it was finished I saw my opportunity to get Todd Helton’s autograph on my bat and I took it.

Mission complete. I am now the proud owner of one Todd Helton autograped Big Stick bat and one Todd Helton World Series baseball.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Here’s a shot of the bat and the team ball I’ve been working on:
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                                          Rockies vs Dodgers

This was the¬†third pre-season Rockies game I have been to¬†this season and it is the third loss I¬†have witnessed. Here’s a breakdown of the hitters and I’m not even going to go into¬†pitching.

                                       Final Score: Dodgers 13 Rockies 5 

Eric Young 0-4 with two errors.

Scott Podsednik 0-3.

Troy Tulowitzki 0-3.

On a bright note, Matt Murton went 2-3 with one run and Joe Koshanski 1-2 with one home run scored and two RBI.

Two more Rockies games while I’m down here. One more at Hi-Corbett and one against the Brewers at the Maryvale Baseball Stadium. I need to see a win. I’ve pretty much accomplished what I set out to do down here and it would be nice to drive home buzzing with a win.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†It will happen, remember I’m a BELIEVER.

     Are you ready for a picture show of epic proportions? I swear I could do this for a living.
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-28-09.jpg                        All of the pitchers doing their morning warm-up stretches.
Pitcher warm up 2-28-09.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Here’s another.
Rockies Pitchers 2-28-09.jpg                               Some of the big hitters warming up, I like this picture.
Hitters 2-28-09.jpg                                                       Garrett Atkins

Atkins 2-28-09.jpgCatcher Big Sal Fasano from the Cleveland Indians. Andy and I both agree this guy has the perfect baseball moustache. He seemed like a really good guy to have around. 

I heard him say at batting practice after hitting a couple of¬†nice¬†hits “I¬†got those but I couldn’t¬†even hit a foul yesterday.”Big Sal 2-28-09.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Big Sal (who’s also a blogger), Todd Helton and Ian¬†Stewart.
Sal-Helton-Stewart 2-28-09.jpg                                                 Big Sal and Chris Iannetta.

Sal and Iannetta 2-28-09.jpg                                                                                                Helton and my buddy for the day Vinny Castilla.

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Atkins on third 2-28-09.jpg                                                         Joe Koshanski
Joe K 2-28-09.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I don’t know about you but¬†I like seeing¬†Helton standing there.¬†It just seems right.
 

Helton guardin first 2-28-09.jpg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Helton or as he’s known here “Sweet T” betcha didn’t know that.
Helton catch 2-28-09.jpgBarmes about to scoop up a grounder. He has been extremely cool about signing stuff for me this trip. Thank you Clint. He hit really well today.
Barmes grounder.jpg                                                        Taking a break.
taking a break2-28-09.jpg                                             Clint Barmes rubbing his bat.

barmes bat 2-28-09.jpg                                                          Garrett Atkins
G Atkins 2-28-09.jpg       Soon my friends. As far as Andy and I can tell he looks healthy and is hitting well.
 

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It’s getting late and I haven’t even posted the game pictures that I took today. I’ll go ahead and do that tomorrow. I can’t let this entry end without letting you know how the Vinny Castilla thing turned out can I?

If you remember Vinny was a little rude this morning and¬†tried to play¬†me for a chump. It’s too bad because up until today I¬†really liked¬†Vinny Castilla.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† As I was walking past Vinny’s Porche I saw something sticking in the window.¬†

                                     Upon closer inspection look what it was.
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Wonder how that got there?

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It’s no joke when your computer’s broke

10/7/08

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I guess at some point all of your crap just wears out. Not unlike the Rockies last few games of the season, my computers last days have been slow and painful.                        

 I was left with no option but to try and use my backup desktop computer. It’s damn near as old as my daughter Mylee, and she’ll be eight soon..

I got that thing up and crawling, but it’s just to old.

So after some tweaking, fixing, and replacing,  I’m up online again using my old broken laptop.

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I’m trying to look at this with the glass being half full, so on a positive note let me say at least my piece of schit computer lasted until the end of the regular season.

 

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Speaking of broke and finished, who do you think the Rockies are going to get rid of before next season?

 Do you like the way I just slid that in there? I got skills. 

 

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Matt Holliday 7-20 Picday.jpgMatt Holliday seems to be the  buzz name for now. I hope not.

He has another year still in Colorado but you know he’s got to be wondering what his market value is? I’m curious.

As a Rockies ticket purchaser,  I only help pay the Rockies salaries, I don’t sign their paychecks, but I think they should find a way to keep Holliday here. I’d pay a buck more for a Rockpile ticket. 

He likes it here, keep the man happy, and pay him what he’s worth. Even that might not be enough.

Next seasons pitching should be interesting. Brian Fuentes (super southpaw) is coming off his best season  and is now a free agent.


Fuentes112.jpgLets think about this:

Brian Fuentes = reliable closer

Yep, he is going to cost some the Rockies some green, but pitching has ALWAYS haunted this team and this guy does what you pay him to do, win games.

In my opinion he is only expendable if it involves some kind of deal that keeps Matt Holliday in Colorado.

Thumbnail image for cookie 7-1.jpgAaron Cook had a great season except the last month or so.

Jeff Francis never found his groove, and then he went on the DL for his shoulder. He struggled when he came off the DL, but was seemingly back in stride toward the end of the season.

Thumbnail image for Jorge.jpgJorge De La Rosa struggled early on, but showed us a few things the last part of the season. I think he’ll be back. Buchholz finished the season 50/50 and Manny Corpas was 3-4.

bits and pieces.jpgThere are bits and pieces of a good pitching squad here, but the Rockies are missing one major thing…A big name pitcher.

If we could guarantee a solid pitching season (we all wish), there is no telling what the Rockies could do in this Division.

Now let me take this full circle. In my opinion, Matt Holliday is only expendable if we bring in a BIG name pitcher. See,…it works both ways.

 

                      Catchers Duel

 

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Yorvit vs Chris. Hurdle will probably split their action 50/50 until an injury or performance dictates which one will assume the position. Both these guys are excellent catchers and the Rockies are lucky they have them both to choose from. 

 

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 Where will Garrett Atkins wind up next season? This one is a pickle.

 Garrett starts the season on third base. Todd Helton gets hurt midway through the year, Garrett takes over first base and does a great job.

Ian Stewart takes over third and does a better job than Garrett did.

Ian is younger, more athletic and gets paid less than Garrett.

On Garrett’s side, one thing he has that Ian doesn’t is a proven track record. Only time will tell for Ian.

I have more plenty more questions as do you I’m sure. I also have five months to kill.

Tell me what you think the Rockies should do for next season.

Now that I have a functioning computer again, I’m going to try my hand at some playoff blogging..Thanks for reading…Watch out for those Phillies..I’m just saying…D 
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