Tagged: Matt Holliday

Holliday makes the Reds pay on Saturday

8/23/08

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Wow, all kinds of crazy stuff happened during game two vs the Reds

Did you see Barmes catch?

 He catches it, takes like three steps with it in his glove, slams into the wall, flips into the crowd then loses the ball.

The referee says it’s not an out..HUH?

 He clearly had posession.

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                          Beware of this Referee——->

Then the other referee with the call at third. Clearly safe and he calls an out. Sometimes I wonder if these Refs work p/t for the NBA????

I can recommend a good Lasic surgeon.

Torealba hit 8-23.JPGFirst pitch of the game Torealba gets hit with the ball and seriously gets his bells rung .                     Toreala 8-23-1.JPG

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We showed up an hour early to get in line for batting practice. We knew it would be crazy because today was Todd Helton Bobblehead day.

 

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There was a decent size crowd at BP.  I was busy doing what I usually do  lately which is trying to snag baseballs with a glove in one hand and a camera in my other.

 I’m starting to think I shouldn’t try to take pictures during batting practice.

First off, it throws off my timing and I need all the help I can get. Crowd left of me 8-23.JPG

 

 

Secondly, I could possibly break my camera during a ball chase.

Lastly, the pictures I take while I’m trying to snag look like crap and are all blurry. 

Too much adreneline running through me.

 

 

 

Hunters first 8-23.JPG Hunter was on his game and managed to snag two. He would have gottten a third ball tossed to him by Ubaldo Jimenez, but Hunter broke one of the golden rule of snagging.  Hunters two 8-23.JPG

 

 

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 He let Ubaldo see that he already had a ball and Ubaldo tossed it to another kid..

Lesson learned !

Ubaldo had tossed Hunter a ball the day before so all was good.

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 We didn’t try for autographs today because the line around the Rockies dugout and along first base was huge.

 So Hunter and I got some lunch and I took lots of pictures.Willy Stretch 8-23.JPG Hawpe and Baker 8-23.JPG Hawpe 8-23.JPG Baker 8-23.JPG Hawpe signing 8-23.JPG Dinger 8-23.JPG                 Question..Is Dinger male or female?..Serious, I don’t know. 

The Rockies had a special promotion today, If you were male and wore a skirt , you got to walk on Coors Field. Unfortunatly I forgot to get mine out of the cleaners. Maybe next time.Skirts 8-23.JPG                                                    Garrett Atkins Garrett Atkins 8-23-1.JPG                                                    Cook and Stewart Cook and Stewart 8-23.JPG                                      A couple of Cookie on the mound Cook 8-23.JPG   Cookie cool pic 8-23.JPG                                                 Stewart taking a swing

Stewart at Bat 8-23.JPGMatt Holliday essentially won the game with a double that missed being a grand slam by a few feet. He drove in three runs with that timely hit.

Willy Taveras, who was on first base when Holliday came up to bat, crossed home plate about a half a second behind Barmes who was on second. Willy seriously can run fast. He leads all of baseball in stolen bases…Nice job  Willy T. Holliday 8-23.JPG Rock Pile 8-23.JPG

 

 

 

Rockies win this game 7-6 over the Reds and tie up this set. Game three is tomorrow and the wife and kids will all be with me.  

We’ll be enjoying the lovely Rock Pile seating tomorrow.

 

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 Rockies need to keep their flow going. Hunter Posing 8-23.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 Wonder who the four Rockies players signing autographs  tomorrow?

Will there be a batting practice?

Will the Rockies win this set and continue to move forward? Me 8-23.JPG

 

 

 

Stop by here tomorrow and I’ll let you know all about it.

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Tonight we’ll forget but we still get the set

8/21/08

Despite taking the first two games of this set vs the Dodgers, the Rockies came up short today in LA. Joe Torre’s team of Hall of Famers spoil the sweep and take the Rockies 3-1 ending a five game winning streak.

Rockies took the lead early in the first with Matt Holliday scoring Barmes on a sacrifice fly. I kept hoping for more, but not today.

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 I kept waiting for Ian Stewart to do something outrageous as of late.

But not today.

The Rockies dugout was pretty much silenced.

 

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Jorge De La Rosa now 6-7,  had three strikeouts, two walks and allowed two runs (one earned), on six hits.

 In the end a loss is a loss, but I’ll give Jorge some props, he held it together and got out of LA without too bad of a beating.Yorvit.jpg

 

 

 Remember Yorvit earlier this year–> 

 

 
three by five.jpgA while back I mailed some 3×5 cards to Coors Field in hopes of getting a few Rockies autographs.

 

I chose six Rockies players and sent them letters with the cards and a return envelope with postage.

The six I chose were:

Brad Hawpe, Willy Taveras, Omar Quintanilla, Jeff Bakery, Matt Herges and Manny Corpas.

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I mailed all the letters on June 28, 2008 and on July 2, 2008,  less than a week after I  mailed them, Omar Quintanilla returned my letter and had autographed my card as you see here on the right. 

SAD.jpgSad part of this story is Omar’s is the only card I have received back.

Wait, I haven’t checked the mail today??  Maybe just maybe…nope not today. Glad I didn’t mail a World Series jersey !

 

For the record , that was not an official Rant. Just a disappointing observation.

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 Next up, a three game homestand against the Reds.

 Josh Fogg and Jeremy Affeldt will finally be presented with their 2007 National League Championship rings during some sort of home plate ceremony. 

 The kids and I will be at all three games.

Rockies are 59-70 for the season. D-Backs are 65-60. There are 33 regular season games left. 

 Six of those games are against Arizona. The first three are at Coors, and the last three in Arizona to end the Rockies regular season…Take a second and ponder it all. 

You have the numbers, now do the math and you can see that things could really get interesting. As it stands, the Rockies are by no means out of this race. Unfortunately, the D-Backs hold all the cards right now. Don’t count out the Dodgers either.

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 Usually I’m a glass is half empty type of guy, but today was a scorcher and I’m just glad I’ve got something to drink. 

It’s time for some ninth inning, two out magic..I know you feel me.

Hawpe, Stewart, Tulo, Holliday, Taveras, Atkins, it’s time fellas to step it up a notch.

Do it now, or the season fades into oblivion much like my hairline. 

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We could have stayed until the end of the game.

But not today.

I was sunburnt and my butt was tired.

 No special snaggin seats tomorrow.  

 Look out though, were ready..

Just hope the Rockies are too..D

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Holliday has a Helladay, but it isn’t enough

8/2/08 

Right now the Rockies are 5-4 on this road trip and 11-5 since the All Star break.

Six and four would be much better. Game four is in  Florida and the Rockies need this win to break even in this set with the Marlins. Besides, I hate losing to the Marlins.

Valerio De Los Santos, I like this guy and wanted to see him succeed, but in the end he didn’t bring it when he needed to. In Saturdays game   Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for JeffFrancis_2007_008.jpgDe Los Santos allowed three runs, walked five and gave up four hits in only four-innings. Clint Hurdle let him go after the game. Good Luck Valerio!

Welcome back Jeff Francis. Jeff has been on the DL for a while now with a shoulder injury.

Before Jeff was injured he was  3-7 with a 5.67 ERA in seventeen starts.

Jeff fits in nicely with the Rockies.

 I hope his shoulder holds up and he can get back to last seasons level of performance.

 Good Luck starting on Wednesday. Show’em what Canada is all aboot…eh!

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 Matt Holliday is flippin amazing. I can’t remember the last game in which he didn’t hit a homer. This is the second game against the Marlins this year that Matt has had hit two homers.  Even with his valient effort last night, the Rockies couldn’t get the win over the Marlins. 

They lost it 5-3. 

The Rockies return home to Coors Field on Monday and begin the start of a ten game home stretch against the Nationals, Padres and D-Backs.

Right now the Rockies are twelve games back from .500 and this next home stretch could possibly, maybe slightly, without a doubt, take it to the bank, you bet your bippie, if all goes well, so they tell me, wheres the beef, straight up, ultimately make or break the Rockies.

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  Aaron Cook is the starting pitcher on Monday and that makes me feel good. He’s solid and hard to shake. Plus he has a cool nickname…Cookie

This year while pitching at Coors Field, Cook is  6-3 with a 3.43 ERA.

I’ll be at the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (my birthday) games..See you there.

                               Go Rockies…D
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Pirates pay on Rockies family picture day

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   <——Matt Holliday before the game today against the Pirates. He was awesome today as usual. Check out the glare on his head.

You can see yourself.

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 Rockies robbed  the Pirates today 11-3, nabbing the sweep.

 

 

Today we had no idea what we were in for.

As my life has been to date, with the good there has to be some bad, so first let me start off with the good stuff. Thumbnail image for me gate 7-20.JPG

 

 

 

 

 The kids and I were first to the Rockpile gate.

We knew it was Autograph Sunday, but didn’t know if there would be a batting practice.

 It was hot as hell today reaching the mid 90’s.

Way to hot for a guy who grew  up in Canada.  kids 7-20.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

While we were standing around waiting for heatstroke to set in, our friend Alice showed up right on schedule.  Alice 7-20.JPG

 

 Alice is a nice lady we chat with outside before the games. 

I believe she has been a season ticket holder since 1995.

 We save a spot for her in line every game we attend.

Today she asked if I was a season ticket holder.

 I said “no, I usually buy them at the gate or online”.

She reached into her purse and gave us three coupons redeemable for tickets to a Rockies value game.

Guess what?

There just so happened to be a value game tomorrow night. Free ticket coupons from Alice.JPG

 How cool is that!!

Alice watched the kids real quick as I walked over to the ticket window and exchanged those free coupons for tickets to tomorrows game against the Dodgers.

 Pavilion seats baby. Gotta love random acts of kindness.

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 That was mighty kind of you Alice, thanks for hooking us up. 

Alice, you are true Rockies fan.  Empty field for BP 7-22.JPG 

 We hurried inside and this is what we were greeted with.

 No batting cages out and an empty field.

Oh well, sometimes it just beez that way. 

A little bummed, we walked over and got in the line to wait to run to get in line again. I swear !In Line for a line 7-22.JPG

 Most autograph Sundays the line gets huge. 

When they drop this yellow chain everyone runs like hell over to the first base side so they can pick which one of the four players lines they want to stand in. 

 I’ve mentioned before about how crazy it can get when they let this yellow chain down.

Today I shot some crappy video of it. But I think you can feel what I’m talking about when you watch these two clips. Today actually was kind of a slow day.

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      Below are the pictures of the two players we chose to get autographs from 

They are Ian Stewart and pitcher Juan Morillo. Both players were on time and really nice. The lines were shorter than usual  today thats why we were able to get two players to sign.

 

  Juan Morillo signing Mylee’s Ball and Ian Stewart signing Hunter’s ball. Thank you !Thumbnail image for Ian Stewart 1 7-20.JPGThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Juan Morillo 7-20-1.JPG

 

 

 

 

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 The kids and I used the batting practice balls that we snagged earlier this  season to get autographed.

Each of us scored two autographs today. My Autographs 7-20.JPG

 

So that was it for autograph day. We nailed it.

 But wait,  if you look closely in the background of one of the autograph pictures you can see that the field was set up like a camera studio.

Wonder what that is all about? We were about to find out.

It must have been bring your family to work day because the players were out on the field taking pictures with their wives and kids.

I felt privledged to be able to witness this event in person. I love photo journalism and this was such a great opportunity. I just wish I had a better camera.

Any Camera Companies interested in sponsoring the Rockpile Ranter? I’ll make you rich. Just throwing that out there.

            Here we go, check out these pictures … this will be long but worth it.

                                         First we have the Grilli Family

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Grilli and Son.jpg                                  Next up we have a couple of the Hurdle family
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Clint and daughter 7-22-08.jpg                                        Followed by all of the Holliday family

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         Now we have the Barmes Family, their little guy is cute Barmes Family 7-22.JPG                                    A picture of Barmes and Helton hanging out 
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                                 Mark Strittmeyer and family (Timing is everything) 
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Mark S and son.jpg                                           Todd Helton and I’m not sure who 

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                                                       Seth Smith
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Man that was cool. First time I have ever had an opportunity to take special pictures like that.

Ok, now to the game,  

Aaron Cook was a little shakey in the first inning allowing three runs and four hits. Whatever was mentioned to him at the end of the first inning worked because he came out and pitched six more scoreless innings.

Nice job Cookie. He is now 12-6 for the season.

Heres a quote from Cookie “We’re at a position where these next two weeks are going to make or break our season”, that about sums it up don’t you think?

Jeff Baker and Matt Holliday hit back to back homers in the fifth. Ian Stewart (who signed our baseballs today) had a double double and drove in three runs.

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Rockies  have won their last nine out of ten games at Coors Field.

 Congrats Rockies, this was an impressive run of four games at home.

 It will be interesting to see how things keep rolling with the Dodgers tomorrow.

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 Now for the bad like I was telling you.

My key broke off in my trunk and my car is still (as I am writing this blog), parked in lower downtown Denver.

I’m not real cool with that. 

I won’t be able to get a duplicate key made until tomorrow.

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  So my free parking on Sunday wasn’t exactly  free. I have no idea what this is going to cost.

I’ll probably be at the game tomorrow as we have those free tickets from Alice.

Hopefully I can take care of this car situation.

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Happy Fathers Day, Call your dad

6/15/08

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 My Fathers day present from Mylee  <————

 

 

Rockies win the series against the White Sox.

 Fuentes loads the bases in the ninth with two out.

 Holliday avoids a collision to make an awesome catch to win this 5-3.

Thats four straight series we’ve won !!

Ubaldo Jimenez will be the starting pitcher for tomorrow’s game. At 1-6 he needs this win. We need this win. Time for a serious win streak going into the All-Star Break.

 I’ve see this team starting to solidify in the last couple of weeks. Even the pitching. 

                                 Ubaldo..it’s all up to you..lead the way, amigo.

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                           Thanks for always being there to give me a second chance.

                           To those of you who are Fathers …Enjoy your special Day

                                                        You deserve it !!

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Out of the Storm..The Ranter is Born

March 25, 2008

Hi, my name is Don and I go by “D”. I’ve been a Rockies fan since 1993 and up until now attend about 4 or 5 games a year.

I plan to increase that substancially, funds and time permitting.wslogo1.jpg

I started this blog because I felt there was a serious lack of recognition and respect for the Rockies and their incredible World Series run last year.

That pissed me off. Something needed to be done.

I figured blogging would the best way that I could bring attention to the Rockies and their great fan base. I’ll do that by taking a lot of pictures and detailing different aspects of the games I attend in my own special way.

Believe me folks, I’m not like other bloggers. I  have no set  boundaries. Blogging is uncharted territory and I plan to make a path for myself.

I’m not the guy who’s gonna overwhelm you with stats. I’m all about detailing the baseball experience. Nobody’s paying me to blog here so you can bet I’ll always give it to you straight.

So in order start this MLBLog off right I attended my first Rockies spring training in Tucson this year. I went down there to support the Rockies and see what all the fuss was about.

It was a short three day trip and I went by myself because the group of guys I was heading down to Tucson with all backed out for one reason or another.

HI C 1.jpgI spent two days wandering around Hi-Corbett talking to Ushers and minor league players. I was trying to learn all that I could so next spring training I would know exactly how the system works.

Here’s a shot of Franklin Morales in the practice fields behind the stadium.

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IMG_0007.JPGI attended two games while in Tucson both Rockies home games.

I love it down here. Baseball is in the air and that air is nice and warm. It’s a nice break from the Colorado cold.

Today I was shooting some video of Matt Holliday when he hit a foul ball off of the first base line and I had no idea that it was headed right for me.

                                          The ball missed me by a few feet.

                What’s worse is I totally missed snagg’n that ball….Not a good start.

            
My very first autograph ever was Omar Quintanilla in 2006. Today was Autograph day at Hi Corbett field and I was able to get Ryan Speier and Micah Bowie to autograph my baseball.
                                                               Nice guys

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                                                   Here’s my autographed baseball.


Speier and Bowie BallHere’s a picture of Todd Helton with Tulo in the background.
Ok the picture sucks but it shows you how close I was. The top of the Rockies dugout was just below this fence.


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                              Here’s video of my favorite Rockie Todd Helton.

                   I can’t wait to come back here next year, I’ll be much better prepared.

                           Thanks for stopping by the Rant and reading my first entry.

                 I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and you may not know me…But you will.

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