Tagged: Eric Young Jr

EY’s are Good Guys

4-21-13

D-Backs vs Rockies Game 3

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The first bobble head game of the season and it’s a good one. You’d be hard pressed to find a Rockies fan who doesn’t love Eric Young.

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EY has a place in Rockies franchise history that will last forever. Young hit the first Rockies home run at Mile High Stadium back in 1993.

What’s cool about that is EY wasn’t exactly known as a home run hitter.

Today was autograph Sunday as well. I was on the field and the only player to stop by my little area was Adam Ottavino. I didn’t have any pictures of Adam as of yet so he autographed a baseball for me.

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Nice guy!

This is my friend Marianne aka R-Luv. She’s an original Rantic and it’s been a while since I’ve run into her at game. Good to see you R-Luv!!

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The weather today was not too bad. Definitely not warm, but a long sleeve shirt or light jacket was plenty.

Eric Young was present on his bobble head day. His youngest son threw out the first pitch to his older brother Eric Young Jr. I think the world of both EY’s and for me this reunion was just fun to watch. Eric Young and Eric Young Jr. are both fan friendly and about as humble as they come.

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Nice pitch from the lil guy known as “The Mayor”.

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This was Game 3 of a series in which the Rockies won the first two.

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Juan Nicasio starting pitcher.

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I love following foul and home runs baseballs into the crowd. Peoples expressions are priceless.

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Didn’t run into the Rox Addict all game, but did find him doing his thing when I was cropping a picture.

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Ever wonder who the Jackass is who starts “The Wave” when the Rockies are batting? It’s this guy below, if you see him you have my permission to smack him in the head.

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My favorite alien!

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This is Dan’s friend Brian catching Tulo’s homer on the bounce.

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Congrats brotha, you’ve just experienced what I’ve yet to.

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D-Backs come from behind in the 9th, score two runs and the Rockies lose this one 5-4 but take the Series.

I’m “D” the Ranter…8 more bobble heads to go.

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Being Last is No Blast

8-3-12

Giants vs Rockies Game 1

Ahh, baseball at Coors Field.

There used to be time when I looked forward to a good baseball game. Now I just hope for a killer sunset so I’ll  have some cool pictures to share the next morning.

Rockies batting practice was weird. The players in the outfield were quiet, and seemed unenthusiastic. Their demeanor reflected more of what you would expect had the Rockies lost the previous night.

The Duece was on the field out taking BP and decorated the pavilion with about a half a dozen baseballs.

Speaking of the ole’ 1 + 1…If you enjoy a good laugh at the Duece’s expense…You’ll dig this.

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Need more…Click here:

Dan and Dick Monfart

I managed to snag a pretty cool ground rule double during BP. The Giants #99 bobbled a catch close to the outfield wall, The ball tipped off his glove, bounced and I quickly scooped it up. I then found a young Rockies fan and shared the wealth cause that’s how Rantics roll.

I looked at the Giants Roster but couldn’t figure out who # 99 is?

The Rockies suck with or without uncharismatic “Duece”. I must admit, it’s kinda nice not hearing that annoying Tulo chant 4 or 5 times a game. Plus now we don’t have to watch the Duece blow another clutch opportunity, at least for the rest of this season.

Pitching…Can’t even go there…Just f’kn abysmal.

Dex is the man!!

Below is one of the many reasons I habitate in Colorado.

Mike the Rox Addict and Scott…Cool hang’n with ya tonight.

Rockies lose to the Giants 16-4. That’s six of the last seven games lost.

I’m “D” the Ranter

I love me some baseball, but lately three words keep ringing in my head.

Peyton F’kn Manning :)…Go Broncos!

Two Triples and a Slam….Damn!

4/27/12

Rockies vs the Mets Game 1

I mentioned a while back about my theory and how I thought a good batting practice  results in a high scoring game. Today was the worst batting practice I’ve been to in years.

Between both teams only a handful of balls were hit out and only two landed in the pavilion, that’s straight up pitiful. Game four of the season for me and only one toss-up to date.

The Rockies shot my BP theory to shit last night with one helluva performance from everyone despite the crappy BP.

Here are the game pictures I took:

The fastest player in MLB…Eric Young Jr. 

This is where it all started in the fifth inning when EY Jr pinch hit. Eric scored two runs and got the Rockies back into this game with his enthusiasm.

Quote from EY Jr: “Every time I hit the ball, I run hard,” Young said. “Have you ever seen me not once run hard? It’s the right way to play the game.”

Damn right EY…That’s why we love ya brotha!!

 

Was nice to see Dex hit a three run homer especially on his T-Shirt day.

Props to Hernandez for his Grand Slam…Beautiful shot.

Rockies win this one with a final score of 18-9.

I’m “D” The Ranter… I’m just hoping the Rockies save a few hits for tonight. It’s Hunter’s first game of the season 🙂

 

 

He’s Been Around a While…That Makes Me Smile

4/17/12

Rockies vs Padres Game 2

Older than me and making history.

My buddy “B” went with me to this game. We showed up early for batting practice and I was rewarded with my first ball of the year.

A toss-up from Dexter Fowler…Thanks Dex!

I immediately gave that ball away for good luck because if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck in my life right now. I had totally spaced out that Jamie Moyer was the starting pitcher today and when I found out that made the game a lot more interesting.

I couldn’t help but smile for the first five innings. The more I learn about Jamie Moyer the more I really enjoy watching his style of pitch. Plus anytime you hear the words Rockies and winning pitcher, believe me that’s a good thing around here :).

Here are the game pictures I took today.

Rosario gets a double.

Cuddy scores off the double.

I think once you’re past 45 you should get an extra swing at least.

 

Smooth sailing to first.

Smooth sailing to second.

Strike three Dex.

Seriously…Are you kidding me? I think a tumbleweed race would be more exciting.

Racing Teeth is straight up embarrassing. I can say that because I’ve raced inside a Bud Light bottle before.

If you’ve never seen it…Here’s the blog entry:

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Huston Street.

Here’s three pictures of Helton’s slide home.

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Umpire says safe.

 

It’s always cool when my pals come up to the Rockpile and hang for a while. The best view is up here 🙂

Rafael…The slowest of the Ninja Turtles.

Slow and steady wins the race this time, here’s the last swing of the game.

Rockies kept it together this time and helped Jamie get his record-breaking win.

You Da Man Jamie!!

 

 I wish you many more wins as a Rockie…Sir!

 Click here to see Jamie talking about it all:  

Best picture I took all night.

I’m  “D” The Ranter and now I have a ticket that needs the “Oldest Winning Pitcher’s” autograph on it…”D” 🙂

 

Next Time Put Up a Sign

3-20-12

Today I was itch’n for some batting practice.

Unfortunately the design of Peoria Sports Complex (in my experience) isn’t exactly a Ballhawk’s dream.

I know nothing of the ins and outs of the Peoria Sports Complex. All I can do is tell you about what happened on “this” particular day. It started out great, Mike and I showed up early and the Rockies were out on the field taking batting practice. For about 10 minutes it was only Mike and I watching and I kept thinking “How cool is this, it’s just us”.  Seconds after that thought,  Mike and I were approached by Security and were told that this was a “private” batting practice and we were in a restricted area.

I knew it was too good to be true. What sucks is it wasn’t posted anywhere that we couldn’t be there, no signs.

What Security didn’t know is Mike and I each had snagged a ball before they showed up.

After a quick departure I kept exploring and stumbled across a row of what seemed to be deserted batting cages. They looked like they were accessible to the public as there were no signs stating otherwise. I spotted a few “easter eggs” on the ground so my happy ass wandered in there.

As I was bending over to pick up the “easter egg” I over heard some guy carrying a leaf blower say “Hey, are you supposed to be back here”.

I replied “Am I not supposed to be back here?”

Leaf blower dude says “You can’t just walk back here and pick up baseballs.”

At this point I’m embarrassed and getting irked so I said “You can wander all of the spring train facilities and pick up loose baseballs, that’s exactly what I’m doing until you just  informed me I wasn’t supposed to be here.”

Leafblower dude agreed, backed off me and I continued to wander,  just not by the batting cages. Had I not stopped and tried to pick up the baseball,  Leaf blower dude probably would have ignored me and kept blowing…My eager bad.

Peoria…If you don’t want me in there exploring…PUT UP A SIGN.

We continued our search for batting practice and all we found were locked gates.

Look at this spot. If the gate were unlocked you could snag baseballs from both fields.

 Nope big lock on there. Same with the next one. What a beautiful spot, wasted.

At this point it’s over an hour before game time and we’re forced to stand and hope for foul balls.

Sorry Peoria but that’s lame. We knew for a fact there would be no batting practice inside so the one ball I managed to snag from the Rockies “private” batting practice would be the only one of the day. I hate that 😦

On a very cool note, we ran into Huston Street and he autographed a ball and posed for a picture.

Time to head into the Stadium.

Here’s Mike the Rox Addict proving he’s a rebel.

Still bummed at the lack of batting practice Mike and I decided to take our chances at the pitching cages.

I call this set “Been caught stealing”

Still determined to take another baseball home from this place I gave this bad boy a shot.

It wouldn’t budge and I couldn’t find a crow bar.

Eventually I wandered over to the Rockies dugout. The first player out to warm-up was “The Duece”

Duece warmed up for a few minutes then exited without signing for anyone. That didn’t faze me, what fazed me was a few minutes later Duece came out and signed for everyone in the front row including me, on the sweet spot.

Thanks Tulo!

Here’s a few pictures of the Rockies pregame.

Here’s Pacheco and EY Jr flashing the Ranter sign.

Again this game I didn’t take any action shots in hopes of catching a game home run. In hindsight, I should have taken the pictures.

Check out the Rox Addict’s blog if you’d like to see some of the action shots.

Rockies lose to the Padres 10-6.

So the day was a bust. Well not totally, look what I managed to snag. I looked but I didn’t see a sign saying I couldn’t take it.

We left it parked at the In n Out Burger.

 Damn good burger.

I’m “D” The Ranter and maybe it’s just me but Peoria seemed kinda stingy with their baseballs.

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.

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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.

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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

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It Was Real and it Was Fun…But it’s Done

9/24/10                 Giants vs Rockies Game One


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Ok, I’m where I’m supposed to be at the time I’m supposed to be there.(Starbucks pre-game hav’n a coffee to wake up and blogg’n).

 I was rock’n to the same music I always play on my drive to Coors.

                                 You know…Mojo music.

 My routine is exactly as it should be and I expect the same from the Rockies.

By that I mean, it’s a Friday home game at Coors Field and it’s fireworks night. There’s probably a sold out crowd or damn close. 

Rockies…Do what you do best and pump us out a weekend of wins. Give us some glimmer of hope. 

I know the D-Backs put a hurt’n on all of you the last three nights. I bet that’s still fresh in your heads.

Return the favor and lets show the Giants what we do at Coors Field to visitors with a whole lot to lose.

 I wanna see some attitude. I know it’s there because I’ve seen it many times this season. That Rocky mountain swagger baby. 

 I refuse at this point to give up. Mathematically it’s possible and I believe we’ll all know the Rockies destiny tonight.

Let’s take the Giants down a few notches. Let tonight’s fireworks celebration be for a huge win instead of the beginning of the last week meaningless games. I love me some baseball but it not as much fun live when it’s for not.                            

                              Rockies don’t go out like chumps…

Never Surrender…Just become a season ender.

I’m head’n to Jackson’s Hole to meet up with a buddy. Then it’s time to go snag some baseballs and take some pictures.

I’m sitt’n at forty-fve baseballs for the season and I’ll be attending three more games. Wonder if I can hit fifty?

                                             Stay tuned…”D

4:00 PM

Today I was hang’n with my friend Dana and his girlfriend Kerri. We were third, fourth and fifth through the Rockpile gates but in reality we should have taken our time.

The batting cages were out on the field but the Rockies were not. Also at the game today was my friend Giant Todd and his family. They were doing their part and cheering on the Giants.

 The Giants had the grassy part Coors Field all to themselves and took full advantage of it.

The first people I noticed as I arrived at my spot were super Rockies fans Gary X, his wife, and Alannah X.  Also in attendance today was master photographer Mike(no relation to the X family although he and Gary X do have a slight beardy resemblance 🙂 ).

The X-Family were set on gett’n some autographs today and headed over to the Rockies dugout as soon as that part of the stadium opened up.                                       

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Missy my friend it was great to see you again and thank you for hang’n around the Rockpile Rant for as long as you have…I really appreciate it.

         I tried to catch a BP ball for her but I was shutout…So much for reaching fifty.

                                   Here’s your Colorado Rockies pre-game.

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                                  Eric Young Jr…Doing what he does best.

Props to EY..He delivered the hit that scored Seth Smith providing the Rockies only run of the evening.

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                 It’s always exciting when Giambi is at bat. Check out this video. 

 

          Folks extremely amped up on the field gett’n ready for the Fireworks show.

                                             Two-Stepp’n on Coors Field

                                More proof that white people can’t dance.

                                                      Countdown.

                                                        The finale.

             As always the Rockies put on a fantastic fireworks show..Thank you!!

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Queen Geri..Thanks for watching the fireworks with me in the grass my friend. Mike nice hang’n with you too brotha.

              Remember my nice email to the Rockies about Fantasy Camp?
Thumbnail image for sad baseball RFC.jpgI finally was able to get ahold of Jason Flemming. Jason works for the Rockies as the Director of Promotions & Special Events. Jason called me a few days ago and left a message about the email I had sent to the Rockies.

You know, my email asking the Rockies if they would consider sponsoring me at Rockies Fantasy camp so I could first hand blog about the experience.

I was politely informed that the Rockies don’t really do anything like that. That was a bit of a surprise.

     I believe the total cost for five days of Rockies Fantasy Camp is $4300.00 

The sad part is that for no cost to the Rockies whatsoever they could have offered to let me attend camp just as a blogger. I could blog about the whole experience by being there and talking to other fantasy campers not actually participating but documenting.

Shoot, I don’t even need the personalized jersey they have for made for you, I’ve got my own. 

 Allowing me to wander Hi-Corbett, take pictures and talk to people would in reality cost them nothing? 

At the time I’ve posted this entry the Rockies season is officially over. I had tickets to the last two games but I’m dealing with back and leg issues and walking and standing for long periods isn’t a good thing right for me now. Catching baseballs just isn’t happening

      It’s been fun and honor and privledge to blog for you…. “The Rant Regulars”

                                      I’m not sure about next season…???

      I guess I need to to sit back and look ponder some things aka…The Off Season

Thumbnail image for baseball thanks.jpgFrom the bottom of my heart folks thank you for reading my Rockies blog and for helping the “Rockpile Rant” become the Rockies number one fan blog for the last three seasons.

                                          I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…

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