Tagged: Colorado Rockies

Slammed his Bat n’ That Was That

5-1-12

Game Two

I was pretty excited about the game today(surprise).

ūüôā

The Rockies had won game one the night before and the Rox Addict had informed me it was raining baseballs during batting practice in the pavilion on Monday. With my record so far I was ready for a downpour.

I was the first in the pavilion and worked my way down to the first row. The Rockies stayed out for most of the half hour we’re allowed to watch them hit. I had play on one ball before the Rockies called it quits. I didn’t bobble it, it just fell about six inches short of my glove as I was leaning over the wall.

I was hang’n with the Rox Addict and my buddy Scott today. After the Dodgers took the field Scott pointed out that Don Mattingly was walking around the field catching pop flys. At one point Don scooped down to pick up a ball that fell short and turned to toss it to the crowd. I called his name and was sure he was going to toss it to me. Instead he tossed it over my head and my buddy Scott snagged it…That’s pretty damn cool in my book and that’s why I show up early. You never know when you’ll make a lifetime memory.

I had play on a few more baseballs but again I pulled a goose egg. It’s starting to stress me a little because my vision isn’t quite what it used to be and I’m hoping that’s not what’s causing me to keep coming up a bit short. Gett’n old sucks, no doubt about it.

I took some pre-game pictures today.

The Hosers

My good buddy and former Rockie Mark Ellis. This guy is a helluva player, not sure why we let him go?

Tony is always dangerous.

Before I could choke down my dollar hot dog the Rockies were down 7-0 and Chacin was a memory.

 In comes Roenicke.

That bat is history but on the plus side no stitches required.

Rockies played hard and got within one run.

Final Score…Dodgers 7 Rockies 6

I like Chacin but the dude is 0-3 this season with 7.03 ERA in 5 starts. This game was his worst with a career-high seven earned runs on 11 hits and four walks.

I’m¬†“D” The Ranter and I’m wondering if the next time¬†I see Chacin start¬†it’ll be¬†in Colorado Springs??

Next game…Saturday vs the Braves…Go Rockies!!

 

Always Fun..Hang’n with my Son

4/28/12

Rockies vs Giants Game 2

It may be the “Year of the Fan” but it’s damn sure not the “Year of the Ranter”.

Batting practice¬†was so¬†bad that I’m considering not going for a while because I’m struggling finding zen. The combination of the Usher who told me I can’t use the same gate I’ve been using for 4 years, the¬†gates opening the late,¬†and the Rockies skipping out early for BP, I can’t win here.

Props to Hunter for snagg’n¬†his first toss-up of the season, from a Mets player…Sad

I decided to let the guy below¬†pick tonight’s winner.¬†Sucks for him though…¬†He picked a little¬†more than the Mets.

Here are my game pictures.

Scutaro leads off with a single, steals second and third.

Jon’s the man.

 

 

Guillermo Moscoso first MLB pitch.

Guillermo was brought up from AAA to replace Jeremy Guthrie who hurt himself in a bike accident.

Bob with a pep talk.

Sorry Duece.

Dex and the Nacho guy.

Here’s where the Mets catcher takes one in the crotch. Look closely at his face.

The urge to vomit sets in.

A small group forms, all¬†thankful it wasn’t them.

 Missed that one.

Teamwork.

¬†Chill’n

Happy Camper…What’s up with that Rockies hat though??

Check the dude on the right.

A Facebook friend.

 

Tyler Colvin hits a triple.

Ninth inning, two out…In comes Giambi to pinch hit for Scutaro,¬†Coors Field¬†goes nuts.

With Colvin on third, with a chance to tie it up…Giambi pops out.

Nice try G…Final Score

¬†Tiebreaker tomorrow¬†with Moyer on the mound.¬†I’m “D” the Ranter and I enjoyed this game, despite the loss.

Maybe it’s cause I was hang’n with my boy…”D”

Nice and Slow…That’s the Way to Go

9-7-11

The Birth of Vanny Castilla…The Mobile Blogging Unit

Love em¬†or hate em,¬†it’s almost ¬†always a conversation starter when you see VW bus roll by.¬†

I’ve been fascinated by all types of vans since I was a kid. My admiration for the VW bus in particular¬†hit me in my late 20’s. At the time I was single and I dreamed of owning a bus because¬†to¬†me a bus represented independence and adventure and it meant never being stuck without a place to sleep.

The innovative idea of the Mobile Blogging Unit was brought to life in my second year of MLBlogging. The original MBU was a 28 foot camper which was my father-in-laws. He graciously let a buddy and I (Andy from Spring Training), use it for the nine days we were in Tucson in 2009.

It worked great for our¬†time down there and the built-in shower was handy to have,¬†but when the trip was all over I realized I didn’t need anything nearly that big.

(Not so funny story, the original MBU burned to the ground from a refrigerator fire last year..On the plus side, nobody was injured. This is not the actual fire it’s a prop used for dramatic effect).

That’s when I started to ponder a VW Camper bus as¬†my MBU.¬†I used to have¬†a 1973 VW bus(transporter)¬†back in the day before I met my wife Krista. I¬†owned it for about a year and it was my daily driver. When it started to go have major engine¬†troubles I had to let it go and get something more reliable¬†as I had¬†a rather long commute to work.

This time around the bus would not be a daily driver. The purpose of this bus would be for family road trips, Rockies games, Broncos tailgating and for the most¬†looked forward to¬†of all baseball events….Spring Training.

See folks when your gig is taking pictures it’s not about how fast you can get to where you’re going. It’s ALL about¬†what I mentioned earlier, the¬†adventure and having fun along the way. If speed is your thing¬†believe me you don’t want¬† any part of a¬†VW bus.

Vanny¬†Castilla will have a built-in¬†computer for blogging , internet connection and cable. I removed the pop-top¬†because I think a¬†Rag-top is the only way to go. When he’s totally finished Vanny will be a tribute to Colorado Sports.(That will be a work in progress).

A little background on Vanny..I had purchased another VW bus about four years ago from a friend. The plan was to restore it but it never happened and I wound up trading it to another friend for a running Toyota 4-Runner(which by the way still runs). Great trade but a big loss to the family.

Early this Spring¬†I started searching for my new MBU. My search led me to a little town in northern Wyoming. After a couple weeks of emailing and exchanging pictures with the owner¬†I knew I had my found my bus. Mike…The Rox Addict used his truck and¬†I rented a car trailer and we both made the voyage north to pick up the future MBU.

A 1969 VW Campmobile…Here’s the bus about a week after I got it home and its first snow in Colorado.

At that point the bus had no name…Just an extremely¬†proud ¬†new owner with a dream.

The¬†previous owner of the bus¬†is the X-husband of a local Denver TV celebrity…I won’t mention who¬†she is on here but if you ask me in person I’ll tell you.¬†The previous owner¬†sharing that little bit of information with me left me driving home with a good feeling about¬†my new¬†bus. Props to Mike for making the trek with me.

The road trip was spur of the moment and he’s a great traveling buddy.

¬†Here’s a little VW blast from the past for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my personal favorite.

I really like this VW Commercial.

This is a clip from “That 70’s Show” when Kelso’s vintage VW bus gets destroyed.

My wife thought the bus should be called Ivy. There was a slightly heated discussion about this because I wanted to call the bus Vinny Castilla as this bus is most definitely a dude.

In the end my man Gary X suggested Vanny Castilla and it was such a cool name it stuck. 

With the help¬†my friend¬†Robert Harmon for the engine¬†stuff¬†the MBU¬†will be mobile Spring Training 2012. Vanny will be the same color until summer 2012 when he’ll be painted none other than OD Green baby. With personalized RANTER plates Vanny Castilla will be the most recognized VW bus in America.

My goal is to get a picture of Vinny Castilla in front of Vanny Castilla or if I’m lucky get Vinny doing the Running Man pose for the Rox Addict.

Rockies postseason or not…MLBlogs look out…I’m on the way back up…I know you missed me. Sometimes you’ve gotta put things on the back-burner to¬†make your dreams come true…and besides..

You can’t keep the Original¬†F’kn¬†Ranter down ūüôā

You’re running out of time to send in your picture for the Photo Contest. Get off your duff and send me your best.

Got a VW story…I’d love to hear it…D

Vertical Lift isn’t my Gift

8-23-11

ASTROS vs ROCKIES GAME 2

I had a dream I caught a home run ball from Todd Helton the night before this game.

I had front row seats for this game.

I clean caught the first BP home run ball of the day within seconds of reaching the pavilion.

I was in the perfect seat to snag Carlos Lee’s home run in the first inning.

Here’s a link to the video of Lee’s homer and my still ongoing quest to catch a live game home run.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18360453&topic_id=&c_id=hou&tcid=vpp_copy_18360453&v=3

I heard the crack of Carlos’s bat and I knew immediately that this ball was launched close to where I was sitting. Never taking¬†my eyes off of the ball I got up out of my seat and tracked the ball about ten feet to my left. I found myself pressed against the railing behind me. It all happened so quick, as¬†the ball¬†sailed closer I¬†realized it¬†was going to land slightly over my head. I jumped up as high as my body would let me. I’m still not sure if the ball bounced off of my glove or the dude behind me hit my glove with his, but something touched my glove.

I missed it, the perfect opportunity blown.

I sat back down after this and told Amy who was sitting¬† beside me with her dad,¬†¬†“I might as well go home cause nothing else is even going to come close, that’s it for tonight”.

¬†I stayed of course but I was right…Great game, the¬†Rockies take two straight from the Astros with a final score of 8-6.

My¬†quest continues….

Robert recently took his VW bus “Jim Morrison” on¬†his final journey. Robert and Jim headed up to Seattle to catch a couple Mariner games and to get a shot of Jim in front of the space needle. Apparently Robert had tried to get the same picture years back and the weather didn’t cooperate.

Here’s Jim in front of the Space Needle after almost a half a million miles…

 

Happy Trails Jim…Jim’s replacment…Janice.

My VW bus..aka..Vanny Castilla is coming along too.

I’m the Ranter and right now¬†I’m wishing I was one of those guys who had the “Gift of Lift”.

Props to the Rockies who continue to play better as the season winds down.

Feel the Rain…Taste the Pain.

8-19-11

Dodgers vs Rockies Game One

Ran into this “flash from the past”¬†struggling to take a¬†hard right while parking ¬†today close to Coors Field. Cool horses, terrible beer.

I know the dude pushing the shopping cart is wondering if all those cases if beer are full?

Colorado ¬†is a microbrew state..Coors beer isn’t much better but at least it’s a Banquet beer whatever that is? Life is short people. I don’t always drink beer,… but when I do I prefer good beer ūüôā

No big entry for this game. Batting practice started off slow and was uneventful for the Rockies portion of it. The Dodgers gave some luv to right field and the extreme left side of left field. By the end of BP I had managed to snag two. The first was a ground rule double which I gave to a little boy who was there with his dad.

The second was a toss up¬†that was not thrown hard enough to reach it’s intended recipient and it ended up in my glove.¬† Shortly thereafter it was nestled into the glove of¬†a young Rockies fan.¬†

It was really cool to see Joy and Jim again at Coors and for the first time this season I¬†ran into¬†Queen Geri. Great to see you all.¬†Nice hang’n with Douglas, Amy and her pops in line.

I’d like to get a group picture of as many Rantics as possible one game before the end of this season.Maybe the fireworks game in September??

Oh yeah..They gave away a Giambi T-Shirt today.

 Here are a few pictures I thought were worth sharing from this Rockies loss.

First pitch of the game.

Mark Ellis airborne

Duck

Long time Rockies Usher “Beard” giving the all clear.

These couple pictures are from when Kemp got tagged in the helmet with the ball. It deflects off the glove then hits his helmet and he drops like a rock.

Seemed like Kemp was ok after a bit.

Helton gets a double.

Jim and Joy feeling about like I was during this game.

The Rockies couldn’t seem to put anything together this evening. When it started to rain I was tired and done and I headed for my truck.

The Rockies lose this one to the Blue 8-2. A big thank you to Jersey Geoff for the ticket to this game. I’m glad I didn’t pay for an expensive seat to watch this snoozer.

Don’t forget to send in your picture for the “Ranter’s Photo Contest” to win that ultra cool Carlos Gonzalez figurine.

I’m the Ranter, tomorrow is “The Duece’s” bobblehead day. I’ll be there standing in line along with half of Colorado.

ranter hat.jpg

Five to Zero…Look’n for a Hero

8-2-11

PHILLIES VS ROCKIES GAME TWO

 Notice the temperature? July was a record breaking month in Colorado as far as the heat goes but today was overcast and drizzling at times. The cooler weather was a nice change.

Here are your Starting Lineups

Even with the drizzle the¬†cages were up and¬†BP was roll’n. I kind of felt like a ball magnet today as I had a lot of play during BP. I was hoping that would work to my advantage during the game as I had a front row pavilion seat today.

(I’m Still buck’n for that first Game Homer)…Thanks Mister Ticket Mister :).

I’ll spare you the suspense…It didn’t happen.

The first two BP balls I snagged were toss-ups from Phillies players that were bobbled by Phillies fans. I made sure those two balls found homes with Rockies fans. My next snag was a ground rule double that hit fast and bounced off of my glove.  A few quick steps later and I scooped up my own bobble.

I didn’t want¬†BP to end¬†without actually catching one. There was a break in the clouds and the baseball gods shined briefly enough for me to catch one on the fly from an unknown Phillies¬†player shortly before¬†the players left the field. Props to Mike the Rox Addict¬†for snagging¬†a ground rule double¬†ball that tipped off my glove while surrounded by Phillies fans eager for that ball.

I believe Amy snagged four balls and Jersey Geoff , Dan and Ken had a few nice snags too.

    Here are your Rockies warming up.

Chris Iannetta flashing me the Ranter sign.

The only Rockies player that I saw walk up to the wall and sign was Mark Ellis.

Props to you Mark, shame on the rest of you.

Guess “The Duece”¬†¬†has been¬†teaching classes on how to avoid signing autographs.

Other than catching baseballs my second favorite thing to do at the ballpark is take action pictures. However there was a severe lack of action from the Rockies so here are a few Phillies pictures. 

I feel ya EY.

I don’t get the Rockies. If I didn’t have so much fun hang’n with my friends at Coors Field I doubt I attend many more games this season.

The Coors Field late innings two out magic is all but dead. This game was uneventful, unexciting, unfulfilling and unfun.

WTF happened?

Keep ignoring your fans Rockies and nothing good will come of it.

I also want to wish Ubaldo Jiminez the best of luck with the Indians.¬†Nasty Fasty¬†was a class act and was the nicest most approachable Rockies player I have ever met. I’m not happy with the decision to Trade Ubaldo or the¬†manner in which it was executed, but we all knew¬†the Rockies were do to make a pitching blunder of some sort.

At least he can’t come back and haunt us in the American League? unless…Nah

I’m the Ranter…I’m thinking I picked¬†the right¬†season to back off the baseball games a bit and work hard on my Mobile Blogging Unit…AKA

VANNY CASTILLA

I need to get him ready for Broncos Tailgating and Spring Training 2012. ranter hat.jpg 

Iannetta Knew It…The Kid Blew It

7-16-11                                                                       

Brewers vs Rockies Game 3

and

Our first Rockies Photo Day..For some reason we always seem to have something going when this day rolls around.

Our little roped off section of Coors¬†field was filled with Rantics. The¬†Rockies who were posing for pictures were all friendly and approachable other than¬†“The Duece”, ¬†who once again lived up to his number. I made a comment that out of the group of eight of us¬†who were doing this¬†round robin with the picture and camera switch during the photo session, ¬†¬†I bet that Tulo would diss four of us.

I was wrong, Tulo dissed six of us and left Hunter standing there just waiting for his picture as he moved past us as quick as he could.

Tulo, c’mon man…Most folks in this state look up to you…Hunter used to. I respect your athletic abilities brotha, but you need¬†lessons on how to treat your loyal fans.

Believe me I’m not ripp’n Tulo for this just¬†this “ONE” time. You don’t earn the nickname “The Duece” overnight :).

Anyways….

Way too many pictures today of players and Rantics to¬†post¬†em all¬†but I’ll share a few.

 Skipper Jim Tracy 

Jim and I

Rox Addict and his famous “Running Man” Pose

Must be contagious, here’s Dan striking a pose.

Me, I’m not really a running man, I’m more of a glider.

Tom Helmer sport’n a mustache?…Guess I have been gone a while ūüôā

Gary and Alanna X and the Coaches

Mike and Chris Iannetta “aka Spongebob” holding Spongebob…Perfect!!

Me n Wiggy

Hunter and Ian Stewart 

Ryan Spilborghs

Aaron Cook and the Rantic Red Beards

Cha-Ching on the mound, first pitch of the game after a brief  rain delay was a strike.

Best hat of the game.

 

I was a little late to the action but I got some pretty good pics.

 

 

¬†It was different¬†watching¬†Chris Iannetta getting gett’n all fired up as he’s usually quiet and reserved. I guess¬†watching¬†¬†Chris pop his cork got Jim Tracy all fired up.

Usually stuff like this jump starts a team… But this was not the case today.

I’m the “Ranter” and despite the loss I had a great time hang’n with the Crew.

ranter hat.jpg