8/27/10 Dodgers vs Rockies Game One
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a game or at least if feels that way. I had tickets but had to miss Tuesday and Wednesday’s games due to an injury. I really hate that.
I discovered something called sciatica. Not fun stuff especially if you enjoy having feeling in your legs.
Because of this, I’ll have to change my snagg’n game plan, at least until I’m back to 100%. Instead of being able to run and chase baseballs, I’ll have to use my superior tracking skills to be a little more choosy on the batting practice snags I attempt.
Such is life I guess…Gett’n old sucks.
Today I got lucky and snagged the first one of BP within a minute of entering the pavilion. It was a fairly easy catch, the only hiccup was manuevering between the seats to get to the rail in time.
I gave that ball to a young Rockies fan who was nearby. I can always use karma points :).
Shortly after my handoff, Rant Regular Ken snagged a Tulowitzki BP homer.
Here’s video of it shot by Dan
I believe Ken’s total for the day was two, nice job.
Mike is back from his big East Coast baseball trip.
He mentioned he took a thousand pictures including some of “interesting fans” along the way..
Here’s a few of Mike’s pictures…PNC Park
Thanks for sharing Mike!
Starting pitcher today is Ubaldo Jiminez aka known as“Nasty Fasty” here on the Rant...
Here’s Nasty Fasty doing the Pre-Game Walk of Shame
(If you listen closely, you’ll hear me tell Ubaldo he has nothing to be ashamed about)
Todd hits his 5th homerun of the season in the second inning with two out.
Blake’s grand slam in the 8th really killed the whole mood.
The Dodgers have owned the Rockies the last couple of years.
I was really hoping the Rockies would pull this one off for Ubaldo. I wanted to be able to say I was at the game where Ubaldo achieved his 18th win.
But not this time. Rockies lose to the Dodgers at Coors field with a final score of 6-2.
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
Ok, I made it to batting practice on Saturday. I spent half of my day at the yard sale and the other half in the hospital with Hunter. Krista and I got up really early on Saturday and started hauling our stuff outside. About 8 am Hunter wandered downstairs and when I saw him I had to do a double-take. My poor guy looked like somebody clocked him in the jaw hard. It was all swollen and his face was all puffy.
We’re waiting on the tests to come back to be 100% sure, but most likely it’s the mumps. Can you believe this,… the mumps? I guess I thought that stuff was wiped out along with scurvy a long time ago. Not so is the case, mumps has been making a resurgence in the mid-west.
So looks like Hunter will miss nine days of school as per state law.
I don’t have mumps but yesterday at BP felt like I got hit by a train. I had one good opportunity to snag a ball. The ball landed right on my hand inside the glove and bounced out. All I can say is I was pitiful.
After that missed snag, I started feeling really sick and by the end of BP I could hardly stand up. My back, legs and neck were killing me. I headed home and listened to this game on the radio.
Saturdays game was the first Rockies game that I’ve been to in which I actually had my camera and didn’t take a picture.
I feel bad too because a friend that I work with wanted me to mention the Fatima Choir and take a few pictures of first grader Myles Krick. She is the little girl who threw out the first pitch on Saturday’s game and the Fatima Choir sang the National Anthem.
To my friend at work, I apologize this doesn’t happen often.
Friday Hagg’n points.
1 point for buying a foot-long brat.
1 point for snagging a Spilborghs toss-up which I gave away to a young boy.
2 points for snagging a BP homer caught on the fly which was given to Emily from “I live for this”.
Friday Hagg’n total = 5 points
Saturday Hagg’n points
1 point for showing up.
It’s Sunday morning right now, my lower back still hurts but hell or high water I’ll be there.
I haven’t snagged a single autograph since the regular season started and I just can’t have that.
Go Rockies kick lets kick this dude right in his big Manny Ash, cause he’s sure been kicking ours…D
Its 5am and I’m getting stuff ready for my yard sale. As I type it is sprinkling out. As much as is sucks losing to the Dodgers at home (I hate losing to the Dodgers) I had fun and met a couple of fellow bloggers.
I didn’t get to socialize with them as it was during batting practice and I don’t talk too much durring BP.
Both Rockies blogs and both excellent ones.
Batting practice was quite slow. I think maybe 10 BP homeruns were hit total. I snagged a toss up from Spilborghs which I gave to a kid behind me and I snagged another on the fly from Dodgers # 14 Juan Castro. I gave that ball to Emily.
I don’t have time to do a monster blog but I took some pretty cool pictures last night. I was lucky yesterday and Dan hooked me up with “Row 1” seats (Thanks Dan). I was about as far left in the Pavilion as you can go. Excellent home run seats.
Nothing was hit in my direction.
Rockies lose to the Dodgers 9-5 in LA.
That makes seven wins in a row for the Dodgers (9-3) and two straight losses for the Rockies (4-6),
The only thing I hate more than losing to the Dodgers on the road is losing to them at Coors Field.
Man-Ram had Cookie’s number today as he chalks up his first two homers of the season. One in the first inning and one in the third.
Wonder if that was what shook Cook?
Props to Brad Hawpe and Ian Stewart. Hawpe hit a triple to score two and Stewart had a sweet solo homer in the 8th.,
The Rockies are keeping this engine on the road and running, but until all nine cylinders are in sync it’s just gonna be a bumpy ride.
Ranter’s Bad Joke of the Day
A cowboy walks into a bar, after two steps in he realizes it’s a gay
bar. “What the heck,” he says to himself, “I really want a drink.”
When the gay waiter approaches, he says to the cowboy, “What’s the name
of your willy?”
The cowboy says, “Look, I’m not into any of that. All I want is a
The gay waiter says, “I’m sorry but I can’t serve you until you tell me
the name of your willy. Mine for instance is called NIKE, for the slogan,
“Just Do It.” That guy down at the end of the bar calls his SNICKERS, because
‘It really satisfies.”
The cowboy looks dumbfounded, so the bartender tells him he will give
him a second to think it over. So the cowboy asks the man sitting to his left
who is sipping on a beer, “Hey bud, what’s the name of yours?”
The man looks back and says with a smile, “TIMEX.”
The thirsty cowboy asks, “Why Timex?”
The fella proudly replies, “‘Cause it takes a lickin’ and keeps on
A little shaken, the cowboy turns to two fella’s on his right, who
happen to be sharing a fruity Margarita and says, “So, what do you guys call
The first man turns to him and proudly exclaims, “FORD, because
“Quality is Job One.” Then he adds, “Have you driven a Ford lately?” The guy next
to him then says, “I call mine CHEVY…’Like a Rock!'” And gives a wink!
Even more shaken, the Cowboy has to think for a moment before he comes
up with a name for his manhood. Finally, he turns to the bartender and
exclaims, “The name of my willy is SECRET. Now give me a beer.”
The bartender begins to pour the cowboy a beer, but with a puzzled look
asks, “Why Secret?”
The cowboy says, “Because it’s ‘STRONG ENOUGH FOR A MAN, BUT MADE FOR A
Game three is tomorrow afternoon, it would be nice to leave LA on a high note.
The Rockies are in Phoenix today and I’ll be heading up there tomorrow after my last home game at Hi-Corbett Field. Today I plan to check out TEP (Tucson Electric Park).
I’m going to go watch the Arizona vs Oakland game today and see what batting practice for another team is like.
Other than obtaining Clint Hurdle and Don Baylor’s autograph on my magazines, my hunting is complete.
<—–Andy still needs to get Tulo’s autograph on his wife’s visor or he’s in big trouble.
By the way, it’s not cold here, Andy has the hoodie on because of his sunburn 🙂
Here are pictures from yesterday’s game against the Dodgers.
Here’s Manny Corpas warming-up.
Next is one of my favorite Rockies pitchers of all time. Josh Fogg, aka “The Dragon Slayer”. The smoke this guy can throw is amazing. Plus myself being the Ranter I’m all about cool nicknames and “The Dragon Slayer” is a helluva cool nickname.
Here’s Jason Grilli.