Tagged: Colorado Rockies

Tony Takes the Abuse…Then Lets Loose

6-11-11                  

Dodgers vs Rockies Game 3

Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:34.
Att: 34,290

Hunter and I were the first in Line at Gate E. We let our out-of-town guest Zack Hample go in front of us because that’s the right thing to do. We figured we’d beat him to the pavilion anyway because of his ankle boot but he made it there first.

I snagged two balls on the fly today and was first to touch a toss-up that I handed to the intended recipient. Hunter managed to snag one toss-up.

Zack snagged his 400th ball of the season within just a few minutes.

Here’s a few game shots.

Crazy Scoreboard.

Tulo gett’n his rub on.

Nettie, Zack and Danny.

Remember folks, when at a baseball game “Just Say No” to the Wave.

Marianne, Hunter and I watched from the front row of the pavilion and listened to two drunk Rockies fans heckle Tony Gwynn for most of the game. Tony didn’t respond at all until the 9th inning. Here’s video of Tony finally acknowledging the hecklers.

 Shortly after Tony made a stellar flying leap to catch a bases loaded hit from Charlie Blackmon to the left field to end the game. Tony stood up, looked at the hecklers, smiled an “In your face” smile and headed off the field…Classy.

 Below is a link to video of Tony’s catch:

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

Rockies lose Game 3 to the Dodgers with a final score of 11-7. 

In the end Tony got his and I gained some respect for a Dodger despite a Rockies loss…“D”

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Boo Hoo Blue…That’s Two

 6-10-11                                                                 

DODGERS VS ROCKIES GAME 2

Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:51.
Att: 32,116.

 When you wake up and you’re still amped from the previous night’s game I consider that a call to action.

 Lots of things going on today. Rockies are up in this four game series by one game, I’m hang’n with the kids, and Zack Hample(The Professor of Snag) is in town for the four game Dodgers series.

 The kids and I were third to get in line at the gate and as we were waiting in the hot sun I noticed Zack hobbling up to our gate sport’n crutches and a huge ankle boot. Immediately I felt sorry for him as I myself had spent a good 10 days getting to know the boot and I’m still wearing an ankle brace.

 We chatted a bit, and I offered him a place in line but Zack had pre-arranged to have someone hold him a spot. Smart, I had no idea? Anyways I’ll spare you the story of the Coors Field regular who cut in front of us then tried to play like he didn’t. After a brief exchange of words it’s my guess is he wont ever cut in front of the kids and I again :). I’ll spare you a picture of him as he’s an ugly SOB.

 Zack signed a few books before we entered the gates and he and I arranged to meet up after BP so he could sign my book too. Here’s my copy of Zack’s new book. Fantastic read, with two Coors Field Rantics actually in-between the covers.

Dan and Robert

 Here’s Zack’s inscription along with his current ball count at the time of the inscription.

Batting practice today was a good time for the kids and I. Each of  them snagged two baseballs which is a good thing because then there’s no argument over who has more :)..Photo by LUVMYROX.

 Me, I really only had play on one ball. It was hit directly to me and I realized it was going to land slightly short of the outfield wall. I leaned over and down as far as I could and as the ball landed perfectly in my glove, until…. Ramon Troncoso slapped his glove down and knocked it out of my hand.

In past experiences most players at this point will pick up the ball and toss it back to the bucket cause there’s no luv for the guy who loses a ball  right?

Not this time, guess he felt sorry for me and he tossed it up to me, that kind gesture from a Dodger made my day.

 Ramon Troncoso,  nice guy.

Here’s my picture show from this game starting with the first pitch of the game.

All pictures were taken from the Rockpile. This one of the kids and I and my buddy Scott was taken by LUVMYROX.

Rockies newbie Charlie Blackmon.

Here’s Dan giving away two pavilion tickets to a couple of random folks in the Rockpile. Pretty Cool!!

Not only is this guy wearing a pink shirt but he was trying to start the wave. Did he not see the commercial?

The one, the only… Drugless Douglas.

Missy showing off her freshly autographed Don Mattingly jersey.

Cool reflection of the scoreboard along the first baseline.

The Tulo home run picture series.

Getting ready to land.

The ball bounces off the dude in the pink shirt. What is it with pink shirts this game?

He looks for it.

But this dude retrieves “The Duece’s”  circular souvenir.

The Professor of Snag…Zack Hample.

Tom Helmer giving the Rantic kids some post-game Luv along with…..

some of the bigger Rantics, Gary X and Mike the Rox Addict.

Just as the game was ending it started to rain. Dodgers gave it a good run in the 9th but Rockies get their second win of this four game series with a final score of 6-5.

I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.

  I may not be… “King of the Blogosphere”.

But I’m King here:)…D

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From First to Third…Sloppy is the Word

5-27-11

D-Backs vs Rockies Game 4

Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:57.
Att: 31,285

Rockies fans look at the month of May as a test. Instead of starting the season off from behind and playing catch up the Rockies changed things up this season. We started off with a bang, and now it seems were out of ammo and just chuck’n water balloons.

Rantics in attendance today were, Robert, Dan, Emily, Amy, Jersey Geoff and Mike The Rox Addict.

Those of us who really like Ubaldo can feel his pain. I need to see the old “Nasty Fasty” back in action.

A few game shots for you.

We did get to see Bruce Billings Major League Debut. 

Here’s his first pitch. He threw for two innings. His ERA is now 4.5

For me the highlight of this game was seeing Eric Young Jr back.

Here’s another familiar face. Holliday didn’t even get to take a swing.

Robert showed up for the game today. Was good to see him. Robert has reduced the number of games he’s attending. He’s not happy with the Rockies organization at the moment. If you’ve got some time ask him he’ll tell you about it.

Mike the Rox Addict and I hung out beside the ROOT SPORTS desk post-game to show our support despite this third  loss at home to the D-Backs of all teams. You can see the final embarassing final score in the background.

Something’s wrong. The Rockies don’t feel like the Rockies to me. I’ll blame part of it on the lack of fan love they’ve been showing.

Remember fellas the same fans you diss pre-game are the same ones showing up supporting this half-as-sed team as we painfully watch you try and get it together.

Respect your fans and they’ll always support you and always remember where you came from.

Colorado Springs is only an  hour away 🙂

I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.

Rockies fan but not standing nearly as tall as I used to.

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Pay to Blog…That’s Low Dawg

5/17/2011                             

Giants vs Rockies Game Two

The Channel 9 Science Fair was going on. There were big smoke rings.

      And little smoke rings and lots of kids.

Here’s Tom, one of the nicest Rockies fans you’ll ever meet.

     Gary and Alannah to the power of X

Here’s LUVMYROX and her daughter.

 Hosers a hosing.

Here’s The Duece’s home run pictures series.

                                                                              

It looks good.

The ball is coming in, check out Dan in the top of the picture in the blue Expos jersey.

The ball bounces right in front of this guy.

The dude quickly snaps it up. Now that I have to pay to upload pictures if anybody knows this guy tell him I have a helluva picture of him for sale 🙂

Giant’s Sanchez hits one foul.

Older fella realizes this is his ball.

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He makes the dive for it.

Just like a baseball snagg’n stud he’s victorious, get that dude a beer or maybe a stretcher.

Iannetta gets a nice double.      

Here’s Hawaii Bob busting another fan smuggling booze inside of Coors Field. When will they learn?

Cargo has one sweet swing.

Wiggy gett’n jiggy on first base.

Here’s Homeboy Helmer doing his post game desk climb. Often imitated but never duplicated.

The Cowboy signing a Cowboy hat, there’s something just right about that.

The Rockies faithful showing up post-game to celebrate the Rockies sweep of the World Champion Giants.

The best part of this game was the eighth inning. Rockies come from behind to take this game two.

Looks like I’m going to have to pay to blog from here forward. As you can tell from the compressed and reduced quality pictures in this entry,  MLBlogs has switched to a WordPress blog format. It’s cool in some aspects but I’m not digg’n the part where I have to pay. I put a lot of money and time into my blog already and coughing up more dough for a fan blog doesn’t sit well with me. Also the fact that MLBlogs neglected to mention that we would have to pay until after the fact was a total cop out.

MLBlogs, I brought you over 600000 hits in just 2.5 years, thanks for nothing.

I guess their reasoning was that the picture limit would only be a problem for a few select blogs. The Rockpile Rant just happen to be one of them. Also somewhere in the blogosphere are about 70-80 of my missing blog entries.

I’ll figure this out. I’m still the Rockies #1 and I’m still having fun.

Rantics feel free to vent your feelings. I’d love to hear them.

Go Rockies…”D”

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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 🙂 


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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

Blue-Who?..Rockies take Two

4-17-11                               Cubs vs Rockies Game 3

Weather: 68 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 29 mph, L to R.
T: 3:42.
Att: 42,212

                At this point in this series the Rockies and Cubs are tied at 1-1.Rockis Flag 4-17-11.jpg

      First bobblehead game of the year and it’s a cool one. Lots of folks showed up early. Hunter bennie and Robert 4-17-11.jpgThey showed up early because it’s the Ubaldo Jimenez commerative no-hitter bobblehead and there’s only 10,000 of them

                                                   Hunter and I got ours 🙂

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We sort of missed our chance to go onto the field for autographs so we stayed in the pavilion for batting practice.

   Gary X has proved to me in a very short time that he is a master at autograph collecting. Gary and Alannah X 4-17-11.jpg

Staying turned out to a wise move as I snagged my first homerun ball on the fly. I can’t tell you how good it felt and it was a nice catch to boot. In my head it was nice to know I still got it. I gave that ball away to a little guy there with his folks.

Once again Hunter showed his Pops how it’s done and by the end of BP he managed to snag four baseballs, two of which he gave away to young Rockies fans. Hunter “gets it” and I couldn’t be more proud of my guy.

                                         Here are a few pre-game shots.

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                                                    Best shorts of the game.

Best shorts 4-17-11.jpg                                         Some VERY cool dudes I work with.

Big en 4-17-11.jpg                                Captain Earthman trying to “Phone Home”

Captain Earthman calling home 4-17-11.jpg                             Here are the game shots in absolutely no order.

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Cargo chasing the ball 4-17-11.jpg                                              I call this one “Flying Cargo”.

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Cub hit HH crash 1 4-17-11.jpg                   Here’s a breakdown of the Helton/Herrera collision over by first base.HH going for the same ball 4-1-11.jpg

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HElton at bat 2 4-17-11.jpg                                        I see this at every game. So here’s:

                    “That person who wears a Broncos shirt to a Rockies game”

                               I’m sure I’ll have at least one of these a game for ya.Guy in broncos shirt at rockies game 4-17-11.jpg

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Flag in the background 4-17-11.jpgIn what was a tied game going into the 8th inning. The Rockies decided it was time to end the stalemate and opened up a can of something?

Rockies scored four runs to make the score 9-5. Huston Street did what he normally does in the ninth, and the Rockies take two out of three from the Chicago Cubs.

                                                   Take that Cubs fans!Rockies Win Scoreboard 4-17-11.jpg

                     Here’s Homeboy Tom Helmer doing what he normally does.

                                                        GO TOM!! 

I recently did a phone interview with Michael Posner who works in the Commissioners Office. It was arranged by Sarah Leer of MLB.

Michael is the Program Director for the Baseball Authentication Program for Major League Baseball.
MLB-Hologram-Details.jpg I have wanted to interview a Baseball Authenticator for a long time and with the help of Queen Geri and Sarah, Michael and I had very informative chat for about twenty minutes.

In the near future I hope to actually chat with a Baseball Authenticator that works at Coors Field and get a feel for what he does. I plan to do this blog entry in two parts so look for Part 1 in the near future. 

Great stuff about baseball authentication… Really nice guy, I learned a lot from Michael.

         I”m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and if you haven’t noticed I’m upping my game.

I’m thinking about giving “Live Blogging” another shot. I’m a little better prepared this time so we’ll see how it goes.

                                                       GO ROCKIES…”D”
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Cubs Show It and the Rockies Blow It

4-16-11                          Cubs vs Rockies Game 2

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Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:22.
Att: 40,264

I didn’t know what to expect weather wise after yesterday evenings cold game. This game was actually a little bit warmer.

Congrats to Dinger who turned 17 today. I’m thoroughly amazed his purple bedazzled a-ss still has a job.

I love the Rockies but there’s two things I’d really like to see happen one day. One is replacing Dinger with a tougher looking dinosaur. A wimpy mascot projects a wimpy image…feel me?

      Keep the same dude that’s in the suit now…I don’t want anyone to lose their job.

 The other thing I’d like to see Tulo pick a manly walk-up song for a change. Knowing I have to listen to Justin Bieber all season long is disturbing to say the least.

Dingers 17th birthday 4-16-11.jpg                              Even Dinger’s dad on the left looks like a pansy. 
Dinger and his Dad 4-16-11.jpgBatting practice was a bust for me today. I’ve snagged four baseballs for the season but only one of them was a catch and it wasn’t on the fly.

    This game straight up sucked. Cubs fans were in full force with their loud drunk selves.
Color Guard 4-16-11.jpg            This is my picture show for this game. I’m having fun with this new camera.

ROOT SPORT Sign 2 4-16-11.jpg All of these pictures were taken from the Coors Field Rockpile..Birthplace of the Rockpile Ranter.

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This game was one of the few times I couldn’t wait to leave Coors Field especially after that painful seventh inning. The only Rockies homerun was from Chris Iannetta in the eighth inning. I waited for the Coors Field magic to kick in but the only thing kick’n was my migrane.

                                    Rockies lose at Coors Field to the Cubs…8-3

                                                      This series is split.

Anyone else notice the two times the Rockies have worn purple at home have been losses?

              I’m D The Rockpile Ranter and I REALLY hate losing to the Cubs at home.ranter hat.jpg