2-26-09 8:33 AM
Andy and I showed up early (6:30 AM) and were the first ones here. Yesterday we were the only ones here all morning and we didn’t go after the morning autographs. Today at around 7 am a group of autograph hunters showed up. Things were really slow at first and I had a few players turn me down.
Then Chris Frey showed up and was kind enough to sign for the group.
Next was # 23 pitcher Greg Smith.
Taylor Buchholz signed and was real friendly.
Here’s # 48 Jason Hirsh, he signed for me yesterday too, nice guy.I didnt get pictures of all the players who signed my bat. Sometimes taking pictures and chasing down players doesn’t work so well together. I can tell you I was hoping to get a few autographs on the bat today and I ended up with 16 signatures.
Garrett Atkins, Troy Tulowitzki, Omar Quintinilla, Carlos Gonzalez, Ian Stewart, Taylor Buchholz, Franklin Morales, Matt Murton, Greg Smith, Glendon Rusch, Ryan Spilborghs, Michael McKenry, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Miller and Steven Register. One I’m still trying to figure out.
Best two hours of autograph collecting in my life, un freggin believable. The Rockies are awesome for taking care of their fans.
I saw Todd Helton going in, I couldn’t catch him and he wasn’t signing this morning. Tomorrow morning I’m making a sign that says “Mr Helton I’ve been trying for 8 years to get your autograph, will you please sign my bat” I hope it works.
12:27 I’m back.
Look who I ran into.
You’ll never guess what he did for me.
I also obtained autographs from Brad Hawpe (whom I’ve never managed to get before) and Chris Iannetta, both on World Series balls. I’ll post all that later. Time to go watch game two agains the White Sox.
Oh, I got some video of Helton at batting practice and he was killing it. He hit farther than all the other players. He looks healthy and strong to me. Todd was cool to me when he signed my baseball. All I had time to say was “It’s an honor and thank you very much”.
What a day, and it’s not over. Finall, I snagged my favorite players autograph and watched him take BP ten feet away from me. I’m so glad I made this trip this year.
2/25/09 7:35 AM
We’re here parked in front of Hi-Corbett Field. We were told we could have the MBU parked here till 9 AM then we have to move onto the street. No worries, our parking spot on the street was only 20 feet behind where we’re parked now.
We’ve been watching the players pull up. I saw Garrett Atkins and Tulo pull up but I wasn’t ready and only had time to snap a quick picture. Tomorrow I’ll be ready for the early morning meet and greet.
Here’s Glendon Rusch
The MBU looking all pretty.
9:47 AM. Moved the MBU out to the street in front of the stadium. Beautiful spot, right now were just waiting for batting practice to start. Gates open at 11 AM.
That’s live blogging baby, I’m in my zone…D
Andy and I were one of the first five people in the stadium when they opened the gates at 11. We proceeded to head over to our seats which were to the right of the Rockies dugout.
I wasn’t standing there a minute when a ball was hit over by me and Clint Barmes scooped it up and tossed it to me.
My side of the story was it was a little short, but after I missed it he walked over and tossed it to me.
Thank you Clint you made this snaggers day.
Ian Stewart signed my second ball. Thanks Ian !
Tulowitzki, he walked up to where I was standing and started signing, I realized I had grabbed the wrong ball. By the time I had grabbed the right one, he was already moving down the line. Andy didn’t get his autograph either.
Andy’s goal is to get Tulo’s autograph on a visor for his wife.
Clint Barmes is always cool and signs for the fans.
The crowd for Spring training home opener, a little over three thousand. Must have been because Tiger is in town, I hope.
A shot of Aaron Cook warming up about four feet in front of my seat.
Taylor Buchholz My favorite player under six foot, Omar “Q” Quintinilla
In case you’re wondering, I didn’t even see Todd Helton today. I did hear rumors of his presence. Several fans mentioned that they had run into Todd walking back from the practice fields and he signed for them.
Here’s Rockies catcher and fellow MLBlogger Michael McKenry
Take a look at the temperature. We were expecting highs of 80’s. Today was freggin hot.
I haven’t done this one in a while but this lady is deserving.
Here it is: The most annoying fan of the game.
Sad to say she was a Rockies fan.Her seats were behind us but she and her four children felt they had the right to run around and block our view more times than I cared to count. She was loud, rude and inconsiderate.
Bask in it lady, next time bring leashes.
Jason Grilli signed a World Series baseball for me.
Ahh, the first game. It is what it is. The Rockies lost this scorcher to the D-Backs 5-3. Here’s a picture of everything we got today. Sorry to say two of the autographs I’m still trying to figure out who they are.
Here is what I ended up with at the end of the day. Ian Stewart, Ryan Spilborghs, Manual Corpas, James Hirsh, Jason Grilli, Carlos Gonzalez and two more I’m embarassed to say I’m not sure of. One is a coach and one is a minor league pitcher.
We’ll be at Hi-Corbett around 6 AM tomorrow and I’ll have my bat with me a welcoming the players at the gate 🙂
One more night’s sleep, one quick day of work and it’s time.
Also not the Mobile Blog Unit, nice color though.
This is not the Mobile Blog Unit, too flowery.
This Mercedes is not the MBU
This converted bus is not the MBU
This is not the MBU but it’s very cool.
This is not the MBU, but we’re getting closer.
This is not the MBU, but it’s a really good idea.
Ok enough is enough, here it is, finally the Mobile Blog Unit:
I’m just kidding. I bet you were like WTF?? Moving on,.. this is not the MBU.
Here’s an old Woody for you but it’s not the MBU.
Nope, extremely cool but not the MBU.
More wood but not the MBU.
Very cool, but not the MBU. Not this one. Too hippy to be the MBU.
Not this one.
This is not the MBU…dammit
This Caddy is not the MBU.
Had enough? Ok here’s the deal. There really is no Mobile Blog Unit. It has been a six month sham to get you to read this blog.
Ok I’m kidding again. There really is a Mobile Blog Unit. Here it is and I appreciate all of you playing along with me on this. It’s been fun.
I haven’t written anything in a couple of days and it feels like an eternity.
Let me tell you the weather is beautiful and I’m working on a good tan.
A friend of mine Betsy has been working on www.rockpilerant.com. Right now It’s just a cover page that links back to this blog, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally up and accessible.
I would like a permanant page within that website that contains all of the “Rockies Fan Profiles”, maybe a page with videos and a baseball collection page which will get updated weekly as new items are acquired.
Rockies spring training tickets officially went on sale this morning at 9:00 am.
I was one of the first 10 people in line and by far the youngest one.
Andy and I got tickets for the first three home games, 25th, 26th, and 28th.
The seats we snagged are incredible, cheap too considering I could set my beer on the top of the Rockies dugout :).
I finally received my new “P” in the mail yesterday.
I’ve discovered something just as bad as losing your “P” or being overcharged for a “P”.
Receiving the incorrect “P”.
The “P” that was mailed to me after waiting patiently for three weeks was the wrong color. I received a black “P”. In addition, the black “P” was bigger and had a different shape than normal purple “P”.
Right now I’m just hoping to have it ready by spring training.
This will be my third stab at trying to get my “P” to finish off my “Rock_ile”.
Who knew trying to find the right “P” would wind up being such a pain?
(This is not the Mobile Blogging Unit —>)
So as it stands right now, you’ll be able to find the Mobile Blogging Unit parked outside of Hi Corbett Field on Feb 25th, 26, and 28th before and after the game (It will be parked there other days too, we just haven’t figured what away games we’ll be driving to see).
On the roadtrip back, March 3rd we will be parked in the Maryvale Parking lot before the Brewers/Rockies game at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.
As I may have mentioned before This trip will be the ulitmate baseball lovers vacation. The goal is to spend ten days and not spend over $400.00. Barring any mechanic issues, it should be a piece of cake. We split all of the expenses.
We plan to grill out every day, watch an incredible amount of live baseball, snag a sheetload of baseballs, hopefully get lot of autographs, visit some other ballparks, talk lots of baseball to all the fans we meet, and best of all document as much of it as we can so you reading this can share in the spring training experience.
Whaddya think?? 🙂
Rockies fans know the name, It’s imbedded in their short history.
Eric Young’s son “Jr” is one of six dudes up for the fifth annual Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.
EY Jr, has been spending his time learning center field, which is a change up for him as he almost always plays second base.
Eric has a .424 average, three homers (two of which are grand slams), and has been caught only once out of nineteen attempted steals.
This award is in the memory of the late Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Dernell Stenson, who was murdered during a carjacking.
This award has been given out annually since 2004, and is given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.
EY Jr is a shoe-in, even thought he missed a week due to a sore hamstring.
Just for the hell of it try this out:
WARNING If you do this remember what you will see on the wall is just an illusion.
1. Relax and then really concentrate on the four little dots in the center of this picture. Serious, stare at them for a good 40 seconds.
2. Then, turn your head and stare at any smooth wall. You will start to see a circle of light developing.
3. Blink your eyes a few times and you will see a figure start to emerge.
Did it work for you??
If it did, let me know what you saw. It freaked me out.
Ok, one more and then I’m done.
If you can’t read this one then I can’t help you.
If you’re into big bugs and your cruising through Colorado Springs, stop in and see the World’s Largest Hercules Beetle.
This big bug was built in 1958 and is constructed of fiberglass and steel.
It’s 9 feet high, 17 feet long, and 6 feet wide.
This monster weighs 400 pounds.
I’m all for that, just don’t do it this February. That would be all jacked up.
You’ve heard of Pistol Pete, here’s pistol pipe?
I can think of a million things to say, but I’m going to let this picture speak for itself.
Thanks for checking out the Rant.
The Nuggets play the Bucks in Denver tonight at 7:30.
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Too cool. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shooting for number one (I’ve got time). It’s a personal challenge. I’m not asking you to switch from your blog to mine. I’m just throwing it out there that you tack me on as a daily pitstop.
You might learn something, you might not. What you will click away with (get it, instead of using walk away with, clever I know) is a feeling of, “that Ranter guy is allright. At least thats what I’m shooting for.
I’m team loyal, I may smack talk a little, but it’s all in fun and harmless…Red Sox suck.
So anyway, It’s pretty easy to add an RSS feed to your Favorites folder. If you need help I can tell you how. I’m cool like that.
I can tell you that the things I have planned for Spring training are going to be over the top as far as baseball blogging goes.
That way if something cool happens during practice or after a game, we can pop on and talk about it before I blog about it.
A week of fun in the sun. Hanging with friends, snagging baseballs, spending some time watching the Colorado Rockies or whomever else we feel like.