7/18/09 Grizzlies vs Sky Sox Game 3
Krista and I don’t get to Colorado Springs nearly enough so it doesn’t take a whole lot to convince us to take the 2 1/2 hour drive. The reason for today’s trek south was the the used car giveaway at Security Service Field where the Colorado Springs Sky Sox call home.
I noticed a Jeep Cherokee, a Mercedes, an older Nissan 280 Z which was in nice shape and some other “Repos” not worth mentioning but worth keeping if you happen to win one of them.
We showed up early enough for batting practice but you’re not allowed inside the stadum until one hour before the game starts. So snagging baseballs consists of standing outside the stadium in the outfield and trying to snag them as they fly over the fence.
It’s harder than it sounds because although you can hear the crack of a ball being hit you don’t know where the hell the ball is going to land. If you want to catch a ball you have to stand within twenty feet of the outfield wall.
While doing so you can only see directly above you and you wind up standing there playing the odds. If by chance a ball does clear the fence right where you’re standing you only have a fraction of a second to react.
Possible, but probably not going to happen today. Besides, I was saving my luck for the cars.
I opted to stand back about a hundred feet so I could see in advance when a ball was going clear the fence and so I could have some space to react to the ball’s bounce. It worked, I managed to snag one of maybe five baseballs I saw just sneak over the outfield wall.
I later took my Pacific Coast League baseball up to Sox the Fox and asked him to autograph it for me.
The line to get inside Security Service Field was at least two-hundred people deep when we walked up to the gate. I couldn’t believe it. As we went through the gates we were given a piece of paper to fill out with our personal information.
The personal information was for the used car drawing or so they told us (I hate junk mail).
Krista and I filled out our entries, turned them in and headed off the grass berm to snag a spot and unload our stuff so I could head over to try and get my Big Stick bat signed.
Of all the autographs I was able to get today I did not get Sal’s.
Next person out to warm-up was Eric Young Jr. He’s always attentive to his fans and signs for everyone.
He was the first autograph on my bat today.
I congratulated EY Jr. on making the Futures team.
Next to sign was David Ortmeier.
If you remember I caught David’s first home run ball as a Rockie during spring training this year.
David hasn’t really said much the few times I’ve been around him. He’s signed when I’ve asked, but he seems uncomfortable doing it.
I could be wrong, in any case David is a helluva first baseman and I appreciate that he took the time to sign for me.
Chris Frey was happy to sign for the group and added his mark to my bat.
Here are the rest of the Sky Sox who signed the “Big Stick”.
Infielder Mike McCoy
You might remember catcher Paul Phillips, a really nice guy.
Infielder/Outfielder Christian Colonel. He signed for me and played third base today.
Sky Sox Manager Stu Cole took some time to sign for the group.
Here is pitcher Esmil Rogers.
Guess you never know who you’ll see in Colorado Springs. Here’s Matt Herges. He’s so fresh he’s not even on the Sky Sox roster yet.
Here are some game pictures:
Chris Frey after a base hit.
Matt Miller doing the same.
David Ortmeier gets a hit.
Makes it to first base.
and scores Miller.
Here’s Christian Colonel at bat.
and a swing
Sox the Fox showing off.
A shot of the bullpen.
Big Sal at bat.
Short stop today Jonathan Herrera.
Here is one of the cars they were giving away.
A shot of the sky.
Sal’s so damn photogenic.
Here’s a shot of the Hot tub area as we were leaving after the Sky Sox fell to the Fresno Grizzlies 6-4.
Posing with Erik Young Jr. Hummer
I love Colorado Springs. I’ve spent a lot of my years here and I always enjoyed this special city. A good chunk of my friends still habitate there. Security Service Field is a great place to watch a baseball game and you never know who you might see play.
Next year for my birthday I want to rent the Sky Sox hot tub. I’ll be holding interviews for the seven other ladies that get to join me in the tub. What, you don’t think I’m going to soak in there with a bunch of dudes do you?
Remember ladies…less is more…I’m kidding, seriously I am 🙂
One of my goals in life it to catch a ball while soaking my bones in that hot tub. There’s probably as much chance of that happening as me taking batting practice with the Rockies.
The Rockies are back in Denver playing the D-Backs tomorrow. I’ll be at the game on Tuesday and look for me on TV during the Wednesday afternoon game. I’ll be in the outfield with Hunter and my friend from work who hooked Hunter up with the prize package to meet Carmelo Anthony earlier this year.
Go Rockies, them Giants ain’t so big and the pot of gold is in sight…D
I breeze through life not trying to upset any more people than I make happy.
My point is this: Things are good with me right now, really good. This blog “The Rockpile Rant”, came in at number five. For months now I have managed to stay in the top ten. Thank you regular readers, Rockies fans and other bloggers.
I put a lot of work into my blog, (because I’m NOT a writer). If I was a writer this stuff would come a lot easier to me.
I’ll keep reading yours, you keep reading mine. Together we’ll all get smarter.
I’m friendly competitive sort of guy, but competitive nonetheless. I’m sure you’ve gathered that by now.
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HOWEVER, you can be the best writer in the world, but how will anyone know it if they don’t get to witness your amazing writing skills?
My ideas will be fresh and not a repeat of the same thing…because I’m cool like that.
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That means that everytime you check-in with the Rant there will be something new there to see and read..all of it,… free to you.
I’m glad the Rockies avoided an arbitration hearing and locked in Garrett Atkins for another year. Congrats Garrett on snagging 7.05 million.
Just don’t forget to keep those RBI’s flowing.
It looks like the Rockies have added another outfielder to the mile high mix.
Say goodbye to Cory Wimberly (a Minor League infielder) and say hello to Matt Murton.
The Rockies acquired Matt from the Oakland A’s, before the A’s he was a Cub
Now we’ve got a whole bunch of outfielders and only three positions. Spring training is going to be everything I expect and then some.
Battle it out dudes,… that’s what it’s all about.