Just wanted to update everyone and let you know that Naomi is not lost or missing anymore. She may not want to be found but she is not missing at this point. Props to her mother for some fine detective work(thank you).
I want to personally thank everyone who helped me this week and thank those of you who sent well wishes. This kind of thing is a parent’s worst nightmare and I appreciate all the support.
I love this community and the help I’ve received has been extremely touching. I’m not thrilled with where she’s calling home but at least I have closure. Krista, Hunter, Mylee and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts…D The Rockpile Ranter
8/25/09 Dodgers vs Rockies Game 1
For those of you who were worried about the rain and stayed home missing this epic Rockies game let me just say you Fu*ked up.
Last night Coors field was buzzing like a giant size orgasmatron which in the end left the Dodgers feeling wet and unfulfilled 🙂
I was first through the Rockpile gate today.
As much as I like Zack Hample there was no way he was getting inside my Pavilion before I was. That actually paid off for me. As I decended the pavilion stairs Aaron Cook was picking a baseball up from the outfield fence and I said “Hey Aaron” and held up my glove. I normally don’t ask but I was the first one there and it was just me and Aaron.
Aaron looked up and tossed me that ball…Thank you Aaron. His toss was a bit short and rolled underneath the bleachers all the way to the front of row two. I was the only one in that section so I casually walked down the bleachers to the bottom and picked it up. When I looked up standing in front of me was Zack Hample “The King of Snag” as I’ve labeled him.
Batting practice was all about fun today. I actually had some play on a bunch of homers that I thought were out of my reach. I bobbled one of them, chased several more and came up short. Twice during BP I missed a toss up form Seth Smith who I swear was trying to toss right to me. Sorry Seth my bad, I do appreciate it.
Dan and Zack
I let it hit the bleacher in front of me and it bounced back into my row. I wasn’t going to dive for it because I had my camera in my hand. As I reached down to possess it another Rockies fan got all up in my space and snatched it up.
I believe I mentioned something like “Dude if you want it that bad you can have it”. At that point my entire mission for the rest of BP was to deny that pr-ick another baseball.
It worked, the last homer of batting practice was caught by yours truly while that dude watched helplessly.
That baseball said “Dodgertown” on it and I walked over and gave it to Joy’s (aka LUVMYROX) son.
Today I witnessed another unnecessary batting practice injury. A guy was standing up against the rail in row two talking to his buddies. He had no idea it was heading right for him and it clocked him above the temple.
All I can say is it’s a good thing he didn’t see it or he would have tensed up and probably got killed.
Guess who came up from AAA Sky Sox today?
Eric Young Jr. got his first hit today, here’s a picture of it. He made it to first safely and later tried to steal second.
Here is the picture I got of EY Jr’s first steal attempt. As you can tell he didn’t make it.
Here’s my picture show for this game.
Making sure home is clean.
He caught Clint Barmes’s home run ball, nice job brotha!
Here’s the hefty fella who runs across the field in-between innings. This guy is quite popular.
This picture is for Queen Geri.
Manny wasn’t well received at Coors when he stepped to the plate.
He seemed frustrated. Maybe the negativity got to him?
Matt Murton and Seth Smith
Eric Young Jr. Leaping for a ball. This dude is going to be fun to watch mature.
The basball in the picture is actually Dan’s he just doesn’t know it at this point.
Crazy fun time today all around.
With each new win it feels like I’m watching Rockies history being made. Come to think of it…I am.
Zack Hample..Have a safe trip home brotha.
Go Rockies, all is good in my world it’s time to show the world :)…D
DENVER – Emily Sauvageau doesn’t get to quite every Colorado Rockies game, but she makes it to most – and she’s all of 5 years old.
Emily’s father Dan Sauvageau, who owns his own financial planning firm, holds season tickets in section 153-W, just beyond the left-center field wall. And, as owner of his own business, he has the flexibility to make it to Coors Field for a vast majority of the team’s 81 home games each year. For just about every game he attends, Emily is at his side.
“Her first opening day was in 2005, and we’ve just been coming ever since,” said Sauvageau. “Last year she went to 75 out of 81 games.”
In a sport well known for its meticulous keeping of all manner of statistics, Sauvageau’s got his daughter’s most important number on the tip of his tongue.
Emily is well-known in the outfield section where her family holds season tickets, a section that includes a number of the handicapped fans with whom Emily has become a crowd favorite.
“She’s my little sweetie,” said fan Tom Loeffler, as he took Emily up on his lap, where he sat in a motorized wheelchair. “She’s been sitting on my lap here for four years now, ever since she was a toddler.”
Speaking directly to Emily, he said, “Pretty soon you’re going to be too big to sit on my lap — but then, I’ll have Ryan.” Ryan is Emily’s infant brother, who has attended “only” 15 games in his brief life.
Loeffler’s wife, Terri, calls Emily – who typically sports a big pink cowboy hat, but on Thursday wore a pink Rockies ball cap – “the Queen of Coors Field.”
“Emily’s big, big fan,” said Terri Loeffler. “She’s a sweetheart, and she makes us all smile.”
Emily also knows her Rockies. With no effort, she rattled off from memory the uniform numbers of a series of Rockies players, missing not a one – even newcomer Dexter Fowler.
On Thursday she was wearing a jersey with the number and nickname of outfielder Ryan Spilborghs; at home in her closet, she has the jerseys of Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, and the departed Matt Holliday, as well.
She’s philosophical about the off-season trade of Holliday to the Oakland A’s.
“It means ‘Spilly’ can play more,” she reasoned.
Emily’s father, who says he’s a huge baseball fan, dismisses any talk that he might be overdoing it, in terms of exposing his daughter to his favorite sport.
“I’ve never seen any rules that say you can’t go to too many games,” said Sauvageau. “If it’s what we like to do, we’re going to do it. People have other things they like to do. And they do that. And we just like to go to baseball games.”
Here’s Emily’s interview on Fox News
I took this picture today, the kids plan to name and get pictures of all the humming birds that drink from our feeder.
Go Rockies, this game isn’t looking so good right now…D
Onto better things, I’ve been waiting for a day like today. Damn near every Rockies game I’ve attended so far this season to has been cold or wet.
Today I have a few things going for me. First, I’m off work today. I tend to have a lot more energy on days that I haven’t gotten up at 2:30 am and worked a ten hour shift before going to batting practice.
The weather today is supposed to be beautiful and the last game I attended I snagged five baseballs so I’m feeling it. I’m just hoping they’ll have batting practice.
Last baseball season I made a wager with a Giants fan I work with named Todd. The wager was which team “the Giants or Rockies” would have more wins in the month of Sept 08.
The loser had to wear the other’s jersey at work for a day.
(Giants fan Todd wearing Todd Helton’s jersey for a day—–YEAH ! ———>>)
Well that same bet is on this season only it’s for the entire season.
But wait there’s more, a second wager was placed on which team will have more wins in just the Rockies/Giants series this season. The loser has to purchase and cook hot dogs at work one day in September for everyone working.
Right now the Giants are a win up on the Rockies in games they’ve played against each other and three games above the Rockies in wins this season.
That sheet needs to change quick like, I don’t like playing catch up.I hate losing to the Giants.
Most baseball fans have players they admire/respect besides the ones on their favorite team.
Today I get to witness one of mine in action. I hate when the Rockies have to face this guy, but I love any opportunity I get to see him pitch.
That player for me is Randy Johnson. The Big Unit.
So the scenario I’m going for tonight is Randy pitches well for his run on the mound and the Giants relievers blow it in the later innings.
Rockies get the win.
I might even pull the Ranter jersey off, head over to the Giants dugout and see if I can get the Unit’s autograph.
There are not many players I’ll do that for.
ROCKIES FAN PROFILE
The Rockies fan profile is something that I will do periodically throughout the season. I will have a link on my sidebar to a page where you can view them all.
I will always post them in a blog entry first.
Dan is a true Rockies fan in every sense of the word. He has introduced me to a lot of really cool people at Coors Field and is always doing something nice for someone whether it be hooking them up with tickets or physically taking someone who needs help to the game and getting them home safe.
Anyone who knows Dan or has met him can testify to his kindness/generosity.
Bottom line Dan loves baseball and loves sharing it with his family.
I respect that.
He and his daughter Emily are regulars at Coors field and can always be found in Row 1 of the left field pavilion handing out baseballs and cheering on the Rockies.
Dan writes an MLBlog for his daughter Emily called Dinger’s best friend.
These are the Rockies Fan Profile questions and here are Dan’s answers.
Q– How long have you been a Rockies Fan?
A- 1993, I hate to say it, but I was a Cubs fan before that.
Q Your Favorite Rockies Player. A) current B) past
A–Todd Helton and Larry Walker.
Q- Who is your favorite baseball player of all time.
A- Mike Schmidt.
Q- What is your best Rockies moment personal or witnessed.
A- When I caught two home run balls on the fly in the SAME inning off of Mike Lansing and Jeff Cirillo.
5. Rockies player you’d most like to have a beer and a burger with.
A- Larry Walker
Q- Tell me your favorite donut.
Thank you Dan for all you do.
For supporting the Rockies and for being part of the Rockpile Rant pretty much from the beginning.
I have a feeling that today is going to be one of those good days. Watching baseball live is like fishing. There are no bad days.
3/30/09 Happy Birthday Mom !
Let me take you deep for a second. If you think about it we’re all using MLBlogs in one way or another get what we want. You may not think you personally do, but sit back and relax and let me further dissect this for you.
Most Bloggers has a reason/purpose for which they blog. Whether it’s to vent anger, promote your team, talk about current issues, maybe you do it to pay the bills.
Some people blog because they’re aspiring writers and MLBlogs is their testing grounds for bigger and better things. Using this place as their online resume.
Some blog because they enjoy when people respond to their thought/ideas. Folks are motivated by different reasons and that is what makes this place neat and extremely diverse.
I’m a step ahead of most but that’s because I walk fast. Let it be known I never mind slowing down for a friend or cohort.
I have big ideas for the future of blogging but the format/system we on blog on here has it’s limitations.
I will always keep an active blog here on MLBLogs.com with fresh content because this place rocks. But after this season this entire blog will migrating over to WWW.ROCKPILERANT.COM .
Right now WWW.ROCKPILERANT.COM is just a cover page with a link back to this blog. Shortly it will be under construction and my friend and Webmaster/Webmistress? Betsy will transform it into something really special.
The new improved ROCKPILERANT.COM site have a live chat and discussion forum.
A RPR picture page with game specific pictures and video.
A fan profile page for Die Hard Rockies fans and also a Rockies Rhymes page where Rockies fans can submit poems and try to out Rhyme me…(props to R-Luv)
A blog section which will be a very close mirror of this blog.
A Hagg’n page to explain the workings of the “new sport” and track participants weekly point totals.
A Sports Memorabilia page with my autograph collection with the stories (and usually pictures) of how each piece was acquired and personally autographed.
I will also be taking on advertisers to help pay the cost of keeping a site like this active.
Something else I’m going to do is bring on board a few aspiring Rockies writers, probably two to start with. I know I’m not a top-notch writer, but I’m decent and I’m great at capturing the moment. I think if I added a couple of writers who’s opinions differed from each other in addition to the way I roll a tight blog, it could make for some interesting/diverse coverage of Rockies home games.
So to summize my initial point, I too am using MLBLogs.com. I’m using them to create a Rockies site that fans, players and readers can enjoy. Something the Rockies will be proud of.
Only I wont charge you for the picture and I’ll even send you a copy if you’d like.
In my future I see every fan/player checking the Rant after home games to see if I captured a good picture of them.
I’d like to have a place where fans can vent when they’re upset about a trade, or express their happiness about a new acquisition.
I want to build a Rockies community that I actively have a part in. Am I crazy?..maybe but I’m telling you I’m the right guy for the job.
Am I a blogging visionary? F’kin Aye, but you can be the judge of that.
Why am I telling you this? I plan to have this website up and functional in a few months and if I don’t tell you about it how will you know?
It’s hard for me to talk specifics of Rockies baseball right now because it’s so damn close. Dan was over at the house today and I had a chance to see what the Rockies season tickets looked like. If I had a camera I’d have taken a picture of them, they’re sweet. They came in a spiral bound booklet, with a different picture on each ticket. I was reminded of old school baseball cards, that’s a nice touch for a sporting event ticket.
What do you think about my expansion? I’m going to do it and I’ll tell you why. I never thought anyone would take the Rockpile Rant serious and people actually do.
My thanks to you for making this blog just popular enough that my wife encourages me instead of discourages me.
BTW-If I win against Clemson Girl in Max Madness I’ll have to go against Rays Renegade or Diatribe of a Law Student. Both blogs I highly respect and both are found on my sidebar.
I was wondering if someone might be able to help me out with this little mystery. I got a really good deal a a few 2007 World Series baseballs that I plan on getting signed either at Rockies Fest or spring training.
One of the baseballs showed up with an autograph already on it. I’ve spent a few hours researching this already. I haven’t given up, I’m just seeing if anyone out there might have a clue. I’m using my resources…Yeah that’s it.
Now common sense tells me the autograph is hopefully someone from the Rockies or the Red Sox because it’s a 2007 World Series ball. But you never know? I owe someone a drink if you figure this one out…D
That makes two Rockies who have received invitations. Brad Hawpe also has an invite but at this point he hasn’t committed.
I can’t wait to see Todd Helton back in the Rockies lineup.
Lets hope his back will back him up.
When Todd’s out on first base, everything seems right. When he’s at bat, anything can happen.
I miss that feeling, don’t you?
Speaking of Todd Helton, my friend Dan Sauvageau came over the other day and gave me a little gift.
He must know I’m a huge Helton fan because he gave me a Todd Helton Golden Glove bobble head from 2002.
The Rockies don’t have that many bobble heads compared to other teams and this one is REALLY cool. Notice the bright gold glove. Nice detail on this piece.
Thank you Dan, that was really cool man.
Dan has agreed to be my first Rockies Fan Profile of the regular season. I think that’s appropriate because Dan was the first person to ever come up to me and ask “Are you the Rockpile Ranter?”.
Dan is a good dude and I hope during that Fan Profile to be able to tell you about some of the really cool things Dan does for other Rockies fans.
There are many readers of this blog who can testify to Dan’s kindness and generosity. I
I mentioned Dan to my to my friends Gary and David, at first Gary didn’t understand and said “What you talking about Ranter”, but after he realized who were talking about, he and David agree Dan is a stand up guy.
In Nuggets news, goodbye Chucky Atkins. I really liked Chucky but the poor dude barely got any playing hardwood time.
We traded Chucky, a draft pick and cash considerations for center Johan Petro and a future draft pick from Oklahoma City, January 7th.
The Nuggets acquired center Johan Petro and a second-round-draft pick from Oklahoma City on Jan. 7, in exchange for guard Chucky Atkins, a first-round-draft pick and cash considerations.
Petro was averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 22 games for the Thunder this season.
As bad as I want the baseball season to start, attending the Rockies Pavilion Party last night made it worse. But in a good way.
Maybe it was seeing all those familiar faces. I don’t know many names in this group, but I’ve seen most of them at the games.
They made us feel welcome and I appreciate that.
I was told 7pm which made me exactly a half hour late…I guess in hippy time that’s perfect..kidding.
I have a thing about being late,…I’m not. It’s an Army thing.
If I know that there isn’t going to be a batting practice, sometimes I’ll skip that game. If you can’t make them all, you tend to be rather selective.
We usually just buy Rockpile tickets and at somepoint during the game we “upgrade” our seats. It’s cool because you can get several different camera angles.
I got to see Captain Earthman off duty.
I found out “Earth” is heading down to Tucson the same time as the MBU.
When he found out we’re going to have the MBU parked at Hi Corbett for the first eight days of spring training, he got pretty excited. I have a feeling we’ll be having a few brews with Earth while we’re down in Tucson.
Remind me when we’re down there Earth, I’ll pour you a beer for a change brotha!
Captain Earthman, Super Vendor, Super Grandpa.
Earth heads south every February and works the Rockies spring training games. Too bad he already bought his plane ticket, he could have rode down with us.
Dan was there with his wife Julie and kids.
Dan’s a good dude and he introduced me to some people that I recognized, but hadn’t formally met.
He also gave the Rockpile Rant a few plugs. You can’t see it, but Dan’s nametag says “Emily’s Dad”.
Thanks brotha..Have a good trip.
Here’s a video of Emily and the whole group singing “Take me out to the Ballgame”.
Below is a shot of Tom and Earth.
Last April, Dan gave Hunter and I tickets for seats in first row of the Pavilion. The seats were right next to Tom. He was fun to watch the game with, and was really cool to Hunter and I. Nice guy and familiar sight at Coors Field.
Here’s Hunter dreaming about baseball.
Here’s Mylee not dreaming about baseball.
Here’s the back of Robert’s Harmon’s jersey with a personalized autograph from Ryan Spilborghs.
In case you hadn’t heard, Ryan Spilborghs got married a few weeks back.
Now you know what I know.
It seemed like a good time was had by all. I’m the newbie to this group, so I plan to put forth some effort next season to get to know this crew better.
This really is a great bunch of Rockies fans.
Hanging around these fans last night gave me a great idea.
For each game that I attend, I’d like to do a season ticket holder fan profile. It would be a picture of them, seat location, their favorite Rockies player, favorite all- time player, how long they’ve been a season ticket holder, etc.
You know, give them some props for being loyal and supporting the Rockies.
I think that would be cool, and you heard it here first.
Cool Note: About six months ago I sent out six 3×5 cards in the mail to various Colorado Rockies Players. I received one back from Omar Quintinilla within five days of mailing them. That was it, until today. As I rifled through my mail, I was staring at the envelope I had addressed to Matt Herges six months ago sitting in my hand.
I opened it up and this is what I found.
Thank you Matt.
I was talking with Dan Sauvageau about a month ago at a Rockies game and I asked him if I could do a blog entry about his baseball collection.
He said he’s not really an autograph hound, only had a few bats and that his baseball collection wasn’t really too much to speak of. I know that he and Emily give away most of the balls they snag now. A few days later he sent me these pictures of Emilys room.
This is Emily who just turned five and has been to 225 Rockies home games. Welcome to her room..
There are a lot of baseballs inside there. I counted 42 balls on the bottom row alone. Dan exactly how many balls are in there?
All the MLB murals you see in Emily’s room were hand painted by Dan.
The attention to detail is amazing. This is what a true Rockies fans bedroom should look like. Note the baseball video game playing on the TV. Nice touch.