Tagged: Colorado Rockies Batting Practice

Tulo’s back but the Rockies get whacked

 
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We arrived about 45 minutes early today for the game one against the NY Mets.

We wound up second and third in line as there was a fan who got there before us.

He was an avid autograph collector and we taked  baseball and about getting autographs with him while we waited for the gates to open. 

 The Rockies were out on the field practicing when we got to the Pavilion bleachers so I took off to the left field bleachers.

 

 As soon as I whipped out my camera, Atkins hit a BP homer that landed in row one right where I was standing so I reached down and snagged it. BP ball 6-20-1.jpg

 

  This ball would prove to be my only snag of the game.

I did almost catch another BP homer, but it hit the tip of my glove and I lost it.

No worries, Hunter (who is a snagger in training), was just starting to get his groove. Hunter 6 balls 6-20.JPG  

 

 

 Hunters final tally. Six balls a new personal record for him.

(His previous record was three)

 Ryan Speier was kind enough to toss a ball up to Hunter.

 Thank you Ryan ! Thumbnail image for Jorgedlr.jpg  Jorge De La Rosa also threw Hunter a ball. Thank you Jorge.!! I like this young pitcher.

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 Pitcher number 33 John Maine.

He walked over to pick up a ball by the rail and Hunter asked politely fpr the ball and he tossed it right to him.

Funny, shortly after that happened one of the older Mets batting coaches (I think…I can’t seem to find his name) was picking up a few balls and Hunter hit him up for one.

 He straight up told Hunter that he had the wrong shirt on.

 I understood but I’m not sure Hunter did.

Credit where credit is due. That older coach came back later and asked if Hunter was gonna cheer for the Mets. Hunter said “sure”.

The coach tossed him the ball. When the coach was out of hearing distance Hunter looked at me and said ..” Yea Right”.

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Pitcher Pedro Martinez was close to where Hunter was standing and was kind enough to toss him a ball.

 Thank you Pedro!!

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 Sanchez ran to the rail chasing a hard hit grounder which landed in front of Hunter.

 Hunter didn’t even have a chance to ask he just tossed it to him.

Thats what its all about.

It’s not a team thing so much as it’s a baseball thing.

Thank you Sanchez !!

 

 

  

 

 Zack Hample was attending todays game.  Todays game being the final game of his Colorado trip.  He was wearing his where’s Waldo shirt and he busted out the big glove.

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 After I took this picture Zack asked a fan to take a picture of the three of us with his camera.

I don’t have this picture but I can’t wait to see it. Baby Glove 6-20-1.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

While Hunter and I were talking to Zack a man and his wife holding their one-month old asked if they could use the glove to take a picture with thieir baby inside it.

Zack said “Sure as long as it doesnt poop in it.”baby glove 2.JPG

                                                        Just too cute.

       Welcome back Troy Tulowitzki, unfortunately the Rockies lost to the Mets 7-2.

On a bright note, Jeff Baker homered and has hit a home run in his last four games. Todd Helton (The King) went 0-3 today with a walk, and Tulo went 0-4. 

There were some interesting clouds in the sky last night. I thought we might see some rain but I only felt one drop the whole evening.

sky.JPG  sky 2.JPG Thumbnail image for Obnoxious fan 6-20.jpgI don’t always do the Most Obnoxioius Fan Section, but today I feel obligated to mention this dude.

This guy started in with mother f this and mother f that. After the second “slip” I looked back and his buddy saw me and saw my son and he told his buddy to stop.

 He did stop swearing finally, but that was replaced with constant heckling. Willy Tavares made an error early on in the game and from that point on it didn’t stop.

He would heckle the Rockies players then he would heckle the Mets. He also kept saying to his cronies…Hey man…lets leave and go downtown and get drunk…c’mon man..I still don’t know what team he was going for.

What I am sure of is that it was his first time to a baseball game and probably the first time out in public in a while. Rude, no manners and no consideration for others.

                                Bald Obnoxioius Fan,….You have been Ranted !

I have to mention another fan who was upset about the amount of batting practice baseballs Zack and Hunter were getting at BP. This guy was a Mets fan and so completely out of line I had to move away from him (thus no picture) for fear of me teaching him a lesson that would have gotten me removed from Coors Field and probably arrested.

To add insult to injury this guy was acting this way in front of his son who probably looks up to him.

Hey buddy, it’s the luck of the draw and you were just too slow. Think about it, sometimes we all leave empty handed and we don’t act like little babies.

Grow up and be a man and try to set the right example for your offspring…I’m done with you.

Hunter tried to offer his son a baseball and the father wouldn’t let him take it. 

Zack Hample. Thank You ! It was an honor to meet you. Good Luck on your snagging adventures and we’ll catch you next time your in Denver.

                      Next game….June 22, 2008 Autograph Sunday…Go Rockies…D

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Rockies first sweep and we get seven to keep

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 I have to say after being shutout at batting practice on Wednesday we really couldn’t do any worse.

So the only expectations of today were to snag one of those promotional Rockies floppy hats .

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We were first at the Rockpile gate. When they let us in we found out they were only giving  out the hats to adults.

 Something to do with being sponsored by Isle of Capri Casino or something.

Hey now, that was why we went to this game in particular. It all worked out though, I gave mine to Mylee and an Indians fan gave his hat to Hunter…Thank you Indians fan guy.

You made my little guy happy.

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You’ve got to have your glove for batting practice.

Mylee snagged two balls today. 

One was tossed to her by Manny Corpas. The other was caught by a fan and he gave it to her.

 I thanked him because  that was a cool thing to do and really got her excited. These were her first two BP balls. A few entrys ago I slammed Manny Corpas for not autographing Hunter’s ball when it was just Hunter and me standing right by him.

 I  slammed him because it was the third time he had refused to sign for Hunter and I  this year. So, Manny I take it back and I thank you for tossing that BP ball to my girl. I realize it’s hard to please everyone..

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The kids staking out their spot.

 It was a good spot.

 

 

 

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Here is Zack with his big *** glove.

 I had read about this glove in his Blog, it was pretty cool to see it in person.

 

 

 

 

Hunter actually snagged  three balls but one of them was tossed to the boy beside him and he dropped it. Hunter picked up and was gonna keep it but I convinced him to share with the other kid.

Hunter already had two balls and I explained to him how happy that little boy would be that he got a BP ball to take home and brag about.

 I managed to snag three balls myself. The first ball hit the bleachers and it was just me there so it was mine.

 The second I straight up caught with Zack Hample as my witness. Oh yea! 

The third ball was deflected off a a glove and came straight to me. Some days it’s just like that. Yesterday a shutout and today seven balls between us.

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 After  BP the kids and I went over to visit with Zack. 

The kids wanted Zack to autograph their baseballs. 

He took the time to sign and talk to them.

It is amazing how just a few minutes can really make a kids day.

 Thank you again Zack !!

 

 
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Hunter, Mylee and Dan’s daugher Emily got to go onto Coors field today. 

 They played kickball with Dinger.

 It was Hunter’s second time with Dinger and Mylee’s first.

Check out Hunter in the purple shirt in the picture below jumping.

Too much fun. 

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Rockies swept the Indians  last night, Final score 6-3. This was our first sweep this year. Things are starting to get interesting for the Rockies. I think were all having visions of last years run.

Lets hope so…I’ll be  there tonight…

                                                        Go Rockies…D 
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Rockies have spoken and my streak is broken

 
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6/17/08

I arrived thirty five minutes before batting practice started and I’m the first one in line at the gate.

     SWEET !

 

 

 

 

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 There is a peaceful feeling you get when your the first one into an empty Stadium.

The first thing you notice is how quiet it is. You can actually hear the players talking.  

My senses came alive as I was the first one into the Pavilion. Ryan Speier 1-17.JPG

 

 

I ran down to the field while nobody was around and snapped this picture of Ryan Speier.

After I took this picture I looked to my right and saw Zack Hample all ready rolling. Zack 6-17.JPG

 

 

 I had two balls hit into the bleachers where I was lurking.

The first ball I was racing against another guy to get it,  and when it took a bounce it landed in the Row one where Zack was snaggin. 

He ran over and  and scooped it up.  

 

 

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 Ball # 2  had only me chasing after it. 

 The ball hit the bleachers and took a hearty bounce right over to where Zack was and he gloved it perfectly.

 I had a few more close calls..but had to leave Coors field empty handed with my streak broken. zack 6-17-3.JPG

 

 My only two chances today snagged by the Baseball Collector.

I’m ok with that ..

Good Job Zack.

Nice to see you in action.

What happened in the tunnel?? 

 

 

 

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 I improved my distant  seats and enjoyed most of the game from right here.

 No foul ball action whatsoever.

But I snapped a few cool pictures as you can see below. TH6-17-2.JPG Reynolds 6-17.JPG TH6-17.JPG

HD 6-17.JPGThis was a great game. Reynolds allowed only one run in five innings. Baker hits a two run inside the park homer..WOW.Hawpe joined the fun and he also hit a two run homer. 

A total of seventeen hits this game..that’s the most this year. Rockies scalp the Indians tonight 10-2.

 I’ll take a win over a batting practice ball anyday…Rumor has it Tulo will be back on Friday…I’ll be back Thursday…

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Jeff Francis is the starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game..

Good Luck Jeff, lets go for two in a row.

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First in the Door and we take home Four

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6/10/08

 

What a great day.

Hunter, I and Joe my father in law,  went to the game today.

Rockies vs the Giants.

We arrived early and were first in line again. Hunter and Joe.JPG

 

 

 It was a hot one today.

Ninety+ degrees and the sun blaring.

 That didn’t stop us from being the first into the Pavilion.

 As soon as we entered the bleachers an Usher threw Hunter a ball.

Fifteen minutes after Hunter got his first ball Atkins hit a ball almost exactly where I was standing.

It landed a bit short of me but bounced  into my aisle and landed at my feet.

 I couldn’t have planned that any better. 

Minutes later, Hunter was standing in left field by the rail and I saw another ball heading for him. The teenager standing beside Hunter let it roll through his glove and it dropped into the handicapped area. Dan picked it up and looked at the three kids and gave it to Hunter.

 I asked him later if he knew it was Hunter he gave it to and he said “no”..thanks again Dan. 

That made three.

I had to leave batting practice a little early to get Hunter over to his team so they could do their lap around Coors Field. That took me about twenty minutes. After he was set up I headed back to batting practice which to my surprise was still going on.

 I was standing by my father in law and we saw a ball heading about thirty feet from where I was standing. I couldn’t get to it without running over some fans who were starting to pile in at this point. I let two guys wrestle for it and they both bobbled it. The ball landed one row above me. A quick leap and I was in the next row possessing that baseball.

 You gotta be quick and the more I do this the quicker I get. 

That made a total of two for Hunter and two for me. Both of Hunter’s baseballs had a practice stamp on them. Mine didn’t.  Hball.JPG

 

 

We’ve decided that all the balls we use for  autographs will be ones we snag at batting practice.

If they’re not good enough for a nice autograph I give mine away.  my2b.JPG

 

 Lets count now,  that makes four games in a row I’ve snagged a ball.

 Not bad for an old man. I’m learning how to master these bleachers.

 Nice size batting practice crowd today too. Hunters Team.JPG

 

 

 

 

Hunters baseball team ” The Scorpions” in green 

2-1 this season.

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            That’s my boy. I found out later that he was wearing his protective cup.  

He was the only kid on the whole field who wore his cup. That my friends…is dedication. 

Words can’t describe the feeling of watching him walk on Coors Field, but proud would be a serious understatement. 

Rockies win this one 10-5 over the Giants.

This game was actually over in the second inning but it didn’t matter. It was a beautiful evening for baseball!. A total of four balls snagged between Hunter and I.

                     Welcome back Matt Holliday….Todd Helton (the King) nice homer.

                                                       Go Rockies….D

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Rockies come out ahead and Tulo signs in red

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 Well Friday finally got here and I hurried home from work, grabbed my backpack and headed out.

 I managed to arrive at the gate first in line, but I wasn’t first through the gates.

Damn backpack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 I slid into my favorite spot and went into action.

 

 

 

 

 

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There were a few players out in center field warming up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first ball I almost snagged was when the Rockies were batting. The ball was hit about four rows in front of me and I had the jump on it. Unfortunately I would have had to jump over a young boy to get it. The ball bounced, went left and I let the boy snag it.

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 Right after that I noticed that Tulowitzki had walked over to center field to catch some flys balls.

 

 

 

 

 

 After a bit, he strolled over to the wall and started signing autographs. I went over and tossed him a ball (after waiting in a line of 20 kids), that I had snagged at a previous batting practice.

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He signed it in red marker and tossed it back.

 I’m not picky..Thank you Tulo !

 

 

 

 

 

The Brewers livened up batting practice and were hitting a lot more balls into the stands than the Rockies managed. I had a few more close calls but nothing went my way. Then as I was pulling out my camera, I heard the crack, looked up and noticed I had one coming right for me. Just like my other attempts today, I slightly misjudged the ball and it went over my head. I jumped up over four rows and hit the aisle, went up another three rows and lost it to a larger fella who only had to walk down four steps.

I was stunned.

 I knew I had that ball. Was I slipping? Did I lose my touch? I didn’t even have time to ponder those thoughts for long when another ball was heading right for my area again. This one was two rows in front and a middle aged guy tried to catch it with his hat. 

The ball went through his hat, and landed in my row and I fell on the ball…Gotcha 

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 Got my ball.

Got my autograph.

Now lets watch some Rockies kick some Brewers butt.

 

 

 

 

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A shot of Dan snaggin.

He said he got a couple of balls.

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I like this view.

 

 

 

 

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It also gave me a great shot of my favorite player Todd Helton.

Great game tonight. Nice double in the 8th.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ubaldo didn’t blow the game early for us.

 He only allowed three runs. 

 

 

 

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Shot of Herges in the 7th .

 

 

 

 

 

We rallied in the 8th scoring five runs and Brian Fuentes did what he does and finished off the ninth. Rockies beat the Brewers tonight 6-4. The Rockies now have won three straight.

What a great game. Three games in a row now snagging a ball and Tulo’s autograph. Bronco’s Fan Fair tomorrow. Life is good right now.

Oh and last but certainly not least

               THE MOST OBNOXIOUS OPPOSING FAN AWARD  goes to this guy:

 

 

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Hawpe goes down, Smith’s back in town

5/25/08

All morning long I was thinking about the game today, the tiebreaker with the Mets.thinker_lg3.jpg

 I was also thinking about those Mets fans at the game yesterday that heckled the Rockies ALL game long right behind me.

 A win today would be sweet justice.

I had the chance to attend every Rockies game last week while my wife and kids were in Phoenix.

I didn’t dare even ask if I could go today. 

The hard part is that it’s Autograph Sunday and I hate missing the chance to adding a new autograph to the collection. Hate it.

 

seth smith.jpgBrad Hawpe has an injured hamstring so welcome back Seth Smith.

Seth had some timely pinch hits in the World Series run last year. Yesterday was the first Major League game he has ever started and today Smith hit a homer and drove in 3 runs. Nice way to make an entrance Smith, keep it up brotha. I’m impressed.

Props to Aaron Cook, nice job pitching the Rockies first complete game this year. 

           Rockies win this one 4-1 and take 2 of 3 in this series against the Mets.

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Jorge De La Rosa will be on the mound tomorrow against the Phillies.

This kid is amazingly calm and poised. I have high hopes for this guy. Tomorrow will be a really good opportunity for him to make us believers…Good Luck Jorge!

 

 

 Matt Holliday, Willy Taveras, Clint Barmes…Heal up quick…we need you guys healthy. Last thing we want to do is start to slip too far behind. Should be an interesting 10 game road trip.

I’m excited about the next set of home games because Hunter will get to walk around the track on Coors Field June 10 with his baseball team the Scorpions.

He and probably 1000 other little baseball players.

All of them in their baseball uniforms. I really think that is cool of the Rockies to let the kids do that. That’s a memory that will stick with him forever.

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 I was able to do the same thing inside Yankee Stadium when I was in Grade 3 in New Jersey for being a Safety Patrol all school year long. 

 Hunter and I will be at batting practice for the game against the Giants on June 10th.

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What the Hey…I Guess I’ll Stay

5/23/08

Wow, I was the featured Blog on MLBlogs.com for a couple days. What an honor. Pretty strange logging in to Mlblogs and seeing my mug on the front page. I was really starting to get discouraged from the lack of Rockie fan love(comments) on this blog.

MLBlogs thanks for noticing and giving me the inspiration to keep doing this. A pat on the back does wonders sometimes. I hope I can do MLBlogging proud.

 

tickinhand.jpgI’m heading to the Rockies game today and in my possession are some serious tickets.

 Section 144 ROW 1.

Look for me on TV. I’ll be wearing my trademark green hat and a big a-ss smile.. I’m on the third base side about thirty feet past that big tarp they use on the infield.

 I’m hoping a few more balls get hit foul along the third base this game than did last game. I had the same seats on Wednesday’s game and saw exactly one foul ball along the third base line in ten innings.

That really sucked. I was so excited about possibly snagging a game ball I could hardly focus on the game. Any other snaggers out there feel me on that one? I didn’t move out of my seat for the entire game.

I have the serious sunburn to prove it.

  Thumbnail image for HIt by pitch.jpgAt Wednesday’s game I saw an older fella about forty feet to the right of me get clocked by a foul ball crushed by Todd Helton in the side of his head.

(The picture is not of the old guy it’s just a prop used for dramatic effect) 

The staff helped him upstairs to administer first aid, Amazingly the dude was back about 15 minutes later, down but not out.

He’s tough, he must have been prior Army (shameless plug). 

Later the Ushers brought him the ball that clocked him with a fresh autograph from Todd Helton.

 Hard price to pay for an autographed ball, but what a story this guy has to tell his grandkids.

                    Hit me Todd, please ! (I’ve yet to get Helton’s autograph)

                                          Me sitting in Section 144 Row 1

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 I’ll be at batting practice today. It’s been a really good day for me,..and I got a good feeling.

                                                       Go Rockies…D

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