Tagged: Jim Tracy

Afternooon Game Ends Pretty Lame

4/28/10                         ROCKIES vs D-BACKS Game 3

                    This was an afternoon game and the final game of a tied series.

I didn’t pre-purchase tickets to this game. I’m off on Wednesdays and when I woke up I opened the curtains, looked outside and the sky was solid blue.  

You get what you get with April baseball in Colorado. Evenings are cold and afternoons can be snowy, windy and raining all in one day. Today was warm, I didn’t have a whole lot on my list of things to do so Krista said “go for it”.

Going to a baseball game unplanned is a new concept to me. I usually know way in advance what games I’m going to and I like it that way. Today I left a half hour before the game started, parked for free, walked up to the empty Rockies ticket window, purchased a Rockpile ticket for four bucks and proceeded to enter Coors Field..

                           No backpack today, just my camera and my glove.

Inside I discovered the first pitch had just been tossed and it was game-on. I settled on the third base side two sections to the left of the netting behind home plate. Great place to take pictures.

No waiting in line, no standing for two full hours during batting practice.  Just park, ticket, seat.

              Don’t get me wrong, I love my batting practice, this was a nice change.

                                            Here’s my Picture Show

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Thumbnail image for Olivo scrores 4-29-10.jpg                        First time I’ve personally seen Banner Jack this season.

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Banner Jack 2-4-29-10.jpg                                                  Melvin Mora scores

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Troy Tulowitzki-1 4-29-10.jpg               Here’s video of Tulo in the third inning with the bases loaded down 6-1.

              There’s one in every stadium I’m sure. I call this “Dancing Finger Guy”

                                                 Helton hits a double.

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Helton gets a double 4-29-10.jpg                                         Then Helton slides into third..Yeah!

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The game was tied in the 9th. In the 10th inning Kelly Johnson homered to center field to lead the D-Backs to a 12-11 win.

The only thing I hate worse than losing to the D-Backs at home is losing 2 out of 3 to the D-Backs at home.

                                       On a much more pleasing note:

                        Here are pictures of my grandson Mason playing T-Ball.

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Mason Hitt'n.jpg               He likes the Rockies but his local team is the Sacramento Rivercats.

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I Aint Joking..Lets Stop this Choking

9/24/09                                     Padres vs Rockies Game 3

IMG_4032.JPGI guess I’m not much of a Ballhawk. My stats this year are pathetic. I’m averaging less than a ball a game and that’s barely noteworthy.

I don’t think I’m slipping. I still catch ’em as good as I ever have. Actually I’m much better this year at maneuvering the pavilion bleachers and I’ve managed to keep myself injury free. 

Everybody has an excuse so here’s what I’m going to attribute this lackluster snaggin season to:

The Rain…. If I attend a game and there’s no batting practice or batting practice is cancelled due to weather that still counts as a game attended and no baseballs caught,…yep it’s sad but true.

I’ve lost count of the number of BP’s that have been cancelled or cut seriously short due to rain or lightning.

Here’s another disturbing trend….Lately the Rockies have been cutting their BP short. Coors Field opens two hours early but by the time fans get inside the Rockies have already been out practicing for a while.

Normally fans who show up early get a half hour with the Rockies on the field.

This picture is of the Rockies leaving the field early. For the last several games the Rockies have been ending their BP shortly after I get myself situated.  

I hope the Rockies don’t think I show up two hours early to watch the opposing team hit? IMG_3933.JPGCheck this out, finally I get a rain free afternoon and for the most part batting practice is deserted (remember it’s the Padres). My team leaves BP early (for the umpteenth time) and lets the uninspiring Padres take over the field.

No offense to Padre fans but in my opinion there is not a stingier group of MLB players in all of baseball. It wouldn’t matter so much if they were littering the pavilion with home run balls, but for a team who has had the Rockies number of late these group of guys couldn’t seem to hit a ball anywhere close to the fence.

Whatever Padres, be that way. Credit where credit is due…I will congratulate the Padres for their recent hot streak. Too bad it doesn’t mean anything now. We’re done with you, see you next year.

(I hate losing to the Padres at Coors).

  A ballhawk’s worst nightmare… A whole section to myself and not one single ball hit there.

        Normally I don’t take pictures during BP, but this one was a bust so here’s a few.
IMG_3919.JPG                                  For some reason Jorge De La Rosa was all smiles.

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                      See what I mean. I don’t think I have any other pictures of Jorge smiling.
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                                            Still smiling, must have been a good joke.  
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                               Or maybe Jorge was laughing at Ubaldo’s sunglasses.

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After BP or the lack thereof, I walked over to the Rockies side to take a few more pictures and maybe snag Garrett Atkins or Brad Hawpe’s autograph.

Today I saw Chris Iannetta run past the fans and not sign. He (so I thought) has a pre-game ritual and always signs for a few minutes before he heads off to warm-up. Sup with that Chris, why are you breaking routine?

First to walk over and start signing was pitching coach Bob Apodaca…Very nice guy, signs his whole name and takes his time while doing it.
IMG_3952.JPG   Next up is one of the coolest and easiest to talk to Rockies players….Clint Barmes.
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IMG_4009.JPG A group Coors field employees were being recognized for something. Erik Young Jr was given the assignment of congratulaing each one of them.

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                              A shot of the 850 KOA helicopter hovering above Coors Field.IMG_3930.JPG

                                 Miss Colorado’s were in the house.IMG_4018.JPG

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Tulo and Seth Smith…Each a superstar this season. No time to be resting on our accomplishments though, this season isn’t over yet.IMG_3978.JPG


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    If you’ve ever wondered how they make those rectangles so perfect…now you know.


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 EY Jr taking on first pitch duties. I wonder where Jeff Francis is? Normally that’s his job.

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                    Told you that goatee would be back soon.IMG_4038.JPG                                  
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Chris seemed out of it. Maybe it’s because Yorvit’s having a great season? 

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                                                     Tulo and Don Baylor.

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These ladies need to practice this maneuver because they damn sure haven’t mastered it yet.

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What’s up with Glenallen Hill’s hair? Did he lose a bet? I know the 80’s are coming back but damn Gumby.

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                   One of many pitching changes during this game.

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This game sucked. Padres win this one 5-4 and take the series 2-1.

 It pains me to watch this team drop the ball like this so late in the season when everything is on the line.

 Look out for the Braves, they’re creeping up on us and have a lot of home games left. At this point we don’t have to panic but lets not continue lose games to teams that we should be spanking.

Rockies it’s time to kick it into high gear.

I know your tired, at times it’s quite visible. The last couple weeks of the season is what separates the men from the boys and I don’t go to Coors field to watch boys play baseball.

Step it up fellas, I’m starting to see a smugness in some of the Rockies players and I don’t like that. Remember, the only reason you get to play this sport for a living is because we the fans pay to see you.  

Note to the higher salaried Rockies players….Lose the fu*king attitudes. I know the difference between confident and smug and unless you’re Todd Helton you haven’t been playing long enough to have one.

Stop this recent half-steppin, respect your fans and give them some love back, focus, play hard and win some games and we might not look like chumps in the post-season this time.

      Go Rockies, I still believe and I’m here to keep your azzes grounded…DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG

I’d like to say thank you to Jim from Utah who offered me his code to buy tickets for the NLDS series. Unfortunately, you had to purchase for all three games at once and the only seats left were the expensive ones. This Ranter doesn’t make that kind of money…But that was a mighty kind thing to do.
 

Forget the D-backs lets stay on track

7/5/09                              Happy B-day to my brother Dean

We had a blast on Fridays Game 1 against the D-Backs. The Rockies made it look easy at Coors and sent the Snakes slithering back to their pit with a final score of 5-0.

Unfortunately I had to watch Saturday and Sunday’s game on TV and it was shockingly painful. Home games are not the place for the Rockord to be slipp’n up.

                                         Maybe it’s all this wet weather of late.

ThumbSlipperyWhen1.jpg Anyways I can’t quietly stand/sit by and watch all that the Rockies have gained in the last month just wash away with the rain.

                                              Jim Tracy, talk to this team.

Thumbnail image for Jim Tracy 1.jpg Put your foot down and let em know this is unacceptable. In past seasons even when the Rockies sucked we usually could hold our own at home.

                            Why can’t we win at home this year? I just don’t get it.
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                                          Props to Ubaldo Jimenez today. Ubaldo 5-12-09.jpg
 Rockies were up 3-0 and it looked like we had a possible no-hitter working until the sixth inning. With two out Jimenez walked the next two batters and when Mark Reynolds stepped up to the plate Ubaldo served him a perfect fastball that made it’s home in the left field pavilion.

                                             All of a sudden it’s a tie game. 

                 So much for Ubaldo’s no-hitter, missed it by that I——-I much.

 

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 IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME ! 

 Congrats go out to the newest members of the 2009 All-Star Team Brad Hawpe and Jason Marquis.

Hawpe will be starting in place of injured Mets player Carlos Beltran.

Two fine additions and I’m sure will these fellas will not disappoint.

C’mon Brad, show those dudes how it’s done Rocky Mountain style.

 

 

 

                        How about MLB’s best pinch-hitter our very own Seth Smith?
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Seth SMith 114.jpg This guy is f’kin amazing in the clutch. He’s money in the bank and someone I didn’t even factor into the Rockie equation at the beginning of the season. Seth is hitting close to .500 as a pinch-hitter.

We all know how a sucessful team works, you get three or four players who really step up their game and all of a sudden you’re a team that starts winning.

The way I figure the players listed below have really out performed what I thought capable of them. Their outstanding play this season is an unexpected bonus and a good part of why the Rockies are above .500. 

Seth Smith

Dexter Fowler

Ian Stewart

Carlos Gonzalez

Brad Hawpe

Todd Helton, we all know he’s good but we didn’t know what to expect at the beginning of the season.

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 Tomorrow is a new day and a new team. I’m going to forget these last two games and focus on this next series against the Nationals. This weekend was just a temporary setback in our quest to win this division and ultimately win the World Series.

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In with the old, looking for gold..Mystery Player #5

11/25/08

don baylor.jpgOh hell yea, Baylor is back.

I always liked Baylor. I’m not saying that when he left the Rockies it wasn’t his time, because it was.

You can say what you want about his record with the Rockies, 440-469. Don Baylor is a good dude with a great attitude.

Now I’ve got a chance at snaggin an autograph from “The Don”. I have¬†listened to several¬†radio interviews with Baylor over the last year, and he had expressed interest in returning to the Rockies in some capacity.
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“We didn’t do this as a feel-good thing,¬† we did it because [Baylor] is the right man to help out our offense. I know I learned from him as his hitting coach. His experience fits for us as a former manager, hitting coach and a player. From team accomplishments and individual accomplishments, he’s very special.

There’s a presence to Don that’s very evident, and I feel he has a sense of unfulfilled business here in Colorado.”

I personally believe it was a feel-good thing, but I also believe¬†Baylor is the right man for the job. So it’s a win/win situation for the Rockies.

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The seasoned Baylor was hired as the new batting coach, along with some other new meat.

Included in this mass hiring were, Rich Dauer (third base coach), Jim Wright (bullpen coach), and Jim Tracy (bench coach).

The new strength and conditioning coach will be Brian Jordan. Brian has spent the last nine years as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Rock

WHO THE HELL IS THIS?                                  

MYSTERY PLAYER # 5

MP 5.jpg¬†Only one clue today.¬†This¬†player’s¬†initials spell¬†out a mode of transportation. This is an easy one.

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I’ll be “back” in a little bit to¬†“see” how you’re doing…D

11/26/08 5:00 AM 

Ok, one guy figured out who the Mystery Player # 5 is. It was Jere, but he wouldn’tt say who it was so someone else could have a chance.

Nobody else got it.
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The Mystery Player was James Edwin Tracy, the Rockies new bench coach.

His initials spell JET, which is a mode of transportation.

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