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A Look Ahead…In My Head

 1-28-11                          Blogging in the Year 2015

The Year is 2015. Mark the father of MLBlogs has just taken a position as an assistant to Bud Selig. The powers that be decided that my ideas for the Blogosphere were so cutting edge that I should succeed Mark.

I accepted the job as Top Dog of MLBlogs.com under the condition that I be allowed to stay in Colorado and work from home as often as possible.

They agreed and I devoted myself full-time to changing the way the MLBlogosphere operates.

              Some of my new ideas for the MLBlogosphere include:


MLB press pass 1.gifMLB Media passes for MLBlogs who have reached a certain pre-established level. I believe once you’ve earned it you should be able to step up your game. A MLB Media pass would certainly give a blogger the ability to do that. Promote from within just like the Rockies.

I believe the front page of MLBlogs.com should change frequently. In 2015 a new blogger is featured daily. I remember seeing myself as the “Featured Blog” for the first time and it blew me away. I swear I told everyone on the planet I knew and had them check it out.

Little inspirational stuff like that can spark interest in your blog and really gets your creative juices flowing when you realize you have new readers. 

I would change the “Latest Leaders List” and split it into two categories, American and National League.

Every January there would be an online MLBlogs awards ceremony in which winners for the previous year awards would be announced.

                                       There would be awards for:


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Blog of the Year“… One for the National League and one for the American League as voted on by MLBloggers.

 Best Creative use of a Blog

Most improved blogger.

Best Pictures

Best Writing

Best Family Blog

Best Blogger under Eighteen

 I believe in rewarding hard work and I believe supporting the blogging community. Giving MLBloggers some recognition and inspiration is an investment in the future of sports writing/blogging.

                Since we’re visiting the year 2015, here are some highlights.


zack Hample baseballs.JPGZack Hample has become the first person to construct a home built entirely of baseballs. When asked about retiring Zack laughed and said “Are you kidding I still need a garage”.

The Happy Youngster had to switch careers because he was recruited by Major League Baseball as an official Baseball Authenticator.

The Ray Renegade moves from Florida to Cooperstown and fulfills his lifelong dream to be the “Director of Storytelling” at the Baseball Hall of Fame. He couldn’t be happier.
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Anyone caught trying to incite “The Wave” is arrested, removed from the stadium and fined $1000.00 .


dinger the dinasaur.jpg          Rockies mascot Dinger’s suit is destroyed in an “accidental” fire.

 Shortly thereafter “REX” the new Rockies mascot is born. Yep he’s a dinosaur like Dinger…only cool.


Rex the new Rockies Mascot.JPGCoors Field becomes home to the first medical marijuana dispensary in Major League Baseball.
baseball marijuana.jpgThe “Purple Row Mile High Seats” inside Coors are now more popular than ever 🙂

There are lots more changes in 2015.

 I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…Just giving you a peek inside my crystal balls.
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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 🙂 

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 🙂 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 🙂Captain 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.


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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.

Good times, feeling fine, killing time, waiting in  line

2/8/09

I love going to Coors Field. I think the staff there is the best in the business. We arrived at Coors Field about 8:40 am to get in line to purchase Rockies tickets. After we arrived we found out that getting there early didn’t really matter because the lottery was in effect.

Wristband table.jpg Feeling lucky I reached into a box full of numbered wristbands and pulled out my number for line placment. I pulled line one # 37.

At the time a was a little bummed because I pulled #37 and there were maybe 15 people there waiting with me. No worries though it all worked out good. While we were standing in line a Rockies representative who I later found out is named “Steve”, walked up to me and asked if my daughter would be willing to help him with the lottery. 

Mylee said sure, she was thrilled to do it. Here’s how it worked, there were five lines of people. There were five baseballs in the bucket labeled from 1-5. Mylee’s job was to draw the order in which each row was able to get in line for tickets…simple.

 The way the Rockies set up it seemed like a system that was designed for a large group of ticket buyers. By the time Mylee started to pick baseballs out of the bucket there were maybe 70 people total in all five rows.

It was cool though, the Rockies were prepared in case of a large turnout and everything went smoothly.

At the end of the second video I you can hear me mention to Mylee to ask for a baseball (hey we’re baseball snaggers..that’s what we do), I was really just kidding and didn’t expect anything but Steve said that he’d hook her up.

Mylee picked line 1 (my line), second. She loved that she was picked to do this over Hunter because Hunter has more baseball stories than her, and this is a good one. 

I walked up to Steve and thanked him, then slipped him a Ranter card and told him I’d have blog entry up by Monday.

So in one big long line they marched the whole group of us from the Rockpile Gates over to the main ticket window. As we walked around the building we could see Dinger over by the ticket window waiting for us.

Main Ticket Window 2-7-09.JPGRockies,….that was a nice touch. Let me explain something about my last blog entry about Dinger. I don’t want the dude who’s inside Dinger to lose his job. (I’m sure he has little Dingett’s somewhere), I just wanted to see (or not see), inside of a tougher looking mascot for the Rockies.

DSCN5842.JPGI bet if you asked Dinger’s inyards…He’d agree.

Dude inside of Dinger, your cool brotha, thanks for giving my kids lots of attention. They love that…D.

Dinger grabed the control stick of this nice ladies wheelchair and was messing with her. She loved it.

DSCN5846.JPG Below is a video of Dinger messing around with a few other people.

  

 While we were killing time waiting to get our tickets, Steve from the lottery walked up to Mylee and presented her with a Rockies backpack. She opened it up and inside was a 2007 League Championship collectible trophy, a MLB baseball, a Rockies hat and a Rockies rally towel.

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 I couldn’t believe it. Steve, thank you again. You didn’t have to do all that. In fact you didn’t have to do anything.

We’re always at the games early for batting practice so we can snag baseballs.

Mylee would have been thrilled if you had just tossed her one of the baseballs in the bucket.

That gift was “above and beyond” and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since 🙂

 Seeing that “random act of kindness” from a Rockies employee made me smile and think about how proud I am to spend my time supporting “my team” the Rockies,..on multiple levels.

DSCN5849.JPGSteve can you hook it up so I won’t get in trouble parking the MBU at Hi Corbett field during the daytime March 24-Feb 3rd?

 It’s worth a shot. I think I’m ok parking there (we’ll be there bright and early), but you never know.

Once they opened the ticket windows the line moved at a pretty good pace. People were purchasing large numbers of tickets, but every ticket window was open so that helped with the flow. 

I wasn’t there to clean house on tickets. Remember I have a trip to Tucson coming up so that requires a wee bit of cash in itself. I picked up a few extra Rockpile tickets for opening day and the fireworks game pm July 3rd. Then I redeemed a few free game coupons that I had received last season for the kids and I.

End of my story. Sorry if you thought you might hear mention of Tulo or Helton. This story does however have a happy ending. That would be my daughter Mylee’s smile. 

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Only two weeks left the Mobile Blog Unit is officially mobile.

(This rather interesting camper is not the Mobile Blog Unit—–>) 

On Dan’s recomendation I have taken my Jersey to Denver Atheletic to have “REAL” lettering stitched on professionally.

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I’ve had enough, I need a mascot who’s tough

2/7/09

I’ve been tossing around a few ideas about improving the “Fan experience at Coors”.  You know me, it’s all about having a good time and making memories.

    RANTER’S IDEAS FOR A BETTER COOR’S FIELD FAN EXPERIENCE..PART 1

1. The Sky Sox in Colorado Springs have a hot tub for their fans in their stadium. The Rockies should copy this amazing idea. It could be built over by the bullpens in the grassy waterfall area. If you catch a home run all while soaking in the hot tub you would win a season pass.

 If you manage to stay in the hot tub for the entire game, you would receive a Rockies water bottle and beach towel. 
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2.  I’m always hungry at a baseball game. It doesn’t matter if I eat something just before I go inside. A ballpark makes you hungry. They’re designed that way.

 I want a really freggin good taco bar as long as it has some sort of state of the art sneeze guard. You know it and I know it, sometimes a big fat taco hits the spot like nothing else. If your a vegetarian/plant killer, just omit the taco meat. If your a vegan,.. your F’ked. 

 A good deal to me would be all you can eat tacos for ten bucks. You’d get a wristband and then later when your hungry you could go back again for seconds.
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90 shilling beer.JPG3. I think there should be a master craftsman on hand making actual baseball bats. How cool would it
be to have your own bat created right before your very eyes? You could then run down to the field and try and get a few autographs on it?

The “Bat Man” could demonstrate his craft for all while on display in a protected glass room. Sort of like “The boy in the plastic bubble” except at the end of the day this man can go home and have a nice clean cold crisp “Colorado microbrew” after a hard days labor of love. 
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4. I think ballplayers should meet and greet the fans as they enter the Stadium. There’s always one or two players who are injured and can’t play. There’s not a damn thing they can do for the team while they’re hurt.

Why not let them perform some “Public Relations work” by saying “Hello” to the fans who help pay their salaries and frequent the ballpark?

UPDATE 1/8/09: I was talking with Dan and apparently the Rockies attempted this a few times last season. I’m not sure how I missed that but I did..Credit where credit is due..Thank you Rockies…D

Willie Mays.jpg I believe that would be a win/win situation for a couple of reasons. It lets the injured player feel useful while he’s injured and it gives the fan a more “personal” experience. Imagine entering Coors and having Jeff Francis standing there saying “Welcome to Coors Field” or “Thanks for supporting us”.

If Willie Mays wasn’t too proud to do it, neither should any other player be. It’s the little things that make your experience. I think that would be a nice touch.

5. I’m sorry, Dinger’s sweet and all (kids dig him), but to be honest the Rockies need a mascot that makes a statement when other teams have to play here.    

A team’s image starts with it’s mascot. Our mascot’s name rhymes with Winger. I can’t tell you how wrong that is.  
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If you had to choose a different species of dinosaur and a new name for the Rockies Mascot, what would you choose?

It may really be time for this folks…Imagine seeing brand new badazz dinosaur mascot on opening day at Coors Field. The place would go nuts. I’m picturing a black purple and silver dinosaur with big mean boney spikes with one hell of an attitude. 

               I know, I’m thinking so far out of the box I’m driving the UPS truck.

                                    Can you tell I’m ready for some baseball?

 One more thing, MLBlogs.com is officially full of Blog names that contain the word Rant. I’m just saying…D 

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Putting the Rockies Fest to the Test

1/13/09

rockies_fest_logo_2009.jpgI suggest you better get up early if you plan on getting there before Hunter and I.

Only 11 more days. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a countdown kind of guy. 

Countdowns are really just foreplay with numbers.

When: Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Coors Field – Suite Level, Club Level and Lower Level; all activities will take place indoors. Public Parking ($5) is available in Lot A. Enter at Gate A or Gate C.

Who: Players scheduled to appear include Garrett Atkins, Jeff Baker, Clint Barmes, Aaron Cook, Manuel Corpas, Jorge De La Rosa, Alan Embree, Jeff Francis, Brad Hawpe, Todd Helton, Jason Hirsh, Chris Iannetta, Omar Quintanilla, Glendon Rusch, Seth Smith, Greg Smith, Ryan Spilborghs, Ian Stewart, Huston Street and Troy Tulowitzki. Manager Clint Hurdle will be joined by coaches Bob Apodaca, Don Baylor, Rich Dauer, Glenallen Hill, Brian Jordan, Mark Strittmatter, Jim Tracy and Jim Wright. Twenty additional Rockies Minor League players will also be in attendance. (subject to change)

What:
     • Major League Player Autograph Sessions – ticketed events
     • Minor League Player Autograph Sessions – open to all guests
     • Live Stage Events featuring Player/Coach Interviews – ticketed events
     • Rockies Museum – open to all guests and featuring an array of Rockies memorabilia, including nearly 100 items never before displayed
     • Interactive Area – the left field Club Level concourse will be filled with games and interactives for all ages
     • Video Game Area – enter to win a chance to play against a Rockies player
     • Dinger Autographs – open to all fans
     • Kids Story Telling hosted by various Major League Players – open to kids
     • Carnival Games – kids will be entertained by face painters, balloon artists, games and craft tables
     • Anthem Tryouts – give your best on-camera performance and you might sing the anthem on the field this summer
     • Fantasy Radio and Television Booths – call the game and walk away with your work
     • Tour the Ballpark – Home and Visiting Clubhouses, Press Box and more to see.

 

What exactly does an autograph session consist of? Is it one player, three players, or the whole team? Your Rockies Fest ticket gets you one autograph session and one player interview. How long is the interview? Can I get it on video or record it? Can I ask the player I’m interviewing for an autograph?

Helton Jersey.jpgDid you notice one of the list of attendees is none other than Mr. Todd Helton.

That’s the player interview that I want. If I wind up getting him, I’ll probably freeze up and be speechless.

Seriously, I’m not sure I could interview Todd. I can’t tell you what might happen. 

Todd and I have a lot in common, if you add up the numbers on his jersey, that’s exactly how many letters that are in my last name.

 I used to sport a goatee,  and I play first base too. See, he and I could be BFF’s. 

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 Will there be snacks be served?

 Can we sneak down and take pictures of the humidor?

 Is there a special Dinger dinosaur bathroom?

If there is can I take a whiz in it for schits and giggles? 

 

Details, I like lots of details.

Good details can eliminate the need for questions. Eliminating the need for questions gives me time and peace of mind. Having peace of mind lets me relax and have a good time. Having a good time enourages me to spend more money. Me happy and spending money gives the Rockies more money. The Rockies with more money from their happy fans allows them to purchase more talent. More talent can pave the way to a World Series.

So now can you see how just giving good details to begin with can do wonders? It’s always the little things that make the difference…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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