Tagged: Media Pass

In Your Face and All Over the Place


           I’ve had this media pass thing on my mind and I’ve come to a conclusion.

press_pass rpr.jpg                                I know I look good on there but it’s not real.

I didn’t get this far with the use of a media pass so I’ll continue to chug on without one. If it happens it happens and I won’t put another thought into it except this.

Rockies let me just say…The Rockpile Ranter with a Media pass…Look out, I’d be breaking so much new ground you’d think Coors Field was under construction…Think about that.

                        The Rockpile Rant is and will always be pro-Rockies.

I challenge any paid writer for the Rockies to convey the feeling/atmosphere of a Rockies game in words or pictures better than me.

                                      They can’t do it and I’ll tell you why.

You’d have to show up really early all the time. Not many people show up early for work.

Sitting up in that booth behind home plate takes you away from the finer points of the game. Not in a vision sense, but in a physical sense. The press box is basically a crowd buffer.  

                                      It’s just better hanging with the crowd.

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Kids n me by dugout.jpg In the booth you don’t get to experience the vibe in the concourse when Chris Iannetta blasts a walk off homerun. You forget how fun it is waiting in line ten minutes to take a whiz or killing an inning waiting on a burger.

When you’re out of the mix you miss the sharp but loving insults provided in abundance by Captain Earthman. The remnants of shelled peanuts crunching under your feet. Rockies fans heckling the visiting outfielders. Drunk college kids who can’t dance getting their groove on.

I feel sports writers who take shelter in the press box or who watch the game on TV are cheating themselves and the fans who read their half-hearted works. It’s all about being there in the mix and that’s why I don’t write about road games. I can’t share if I’m not there.   

You’ll find me at Coors Field in the middle of it all because that’s what I do and that’s what my readers expect. Think about this, how long would the Rockpile Rant be the number one Rockies fan MLBlog if I ignored the kind folk who come up and introduce themselves to me?

It would tank because I’ve met a whole lot of Rant readers and they are the ones who support the Rockpile Rant. Without them this blog would be nothing.

With an excellent platform like MLBlogs to blog on you can’t continue to ignore online bloggers. Soon we will be the norm…Then look out. 

Tell me what to make of this interaction?

Remember when Robert and I went to Kansas City? Game two we were in the parking lot of Royals stadium doing a little pre-game tailgating.
Robert n Me Kauffman.jpg As we were standing there enjoying a local brew Thomas Harding (beat writer for the Rockies) drove by and was turning around by where Robert and I were standing.

                  I recognized him immediately and said “Hey Thomas”.

Thomas looked at me (I know he knows who I am), had a strange look on his face and sort of nodded at me then sped off. He didn’t say “Hi”. He didn’t give me the chance to shake his hand and formally introduce myself. He just sped off like I was going to jack his car or something.

Thomas..If what I’ve said above is untrue, please comment and tell me what really was going on…Because in my eyes dude you just blew us off? You know, the only two Rockies fans standing out there amongst the small crowd of loyal Royals fans.

Anyways I still think Thomas Harding is a good beat writer I’d love to know what was up that day?

I’m feeling like it’s just time to step my game up again. Videos are going to be a bigger part of the Rockpile Rant. I love creating them and if you get the right song it really conveys the atmosphere of the game.

This past east coast road trip was abysmal. There’s something about going on the road after the All-Star break really puts a kink in the Rockies win groove. I also figured if anyone could break the dreaded All-Star curse it would be Ubaldo Jiminez.

No such luck because as it looks right now post-All Star Game Ubaldo doesn’t resemble pre-All-Star game Ubaldo whatsoever, that needs to change quickly.

I think the Rockies need to take me and my energy on the road with them. Seems like they could use a little taste of home on those long road trips.

 Game One vs the Pirates this evening, I’m there with “B” and I’m not leaving without a win. After the win look for me on TV postgame. I’d love it if someone could get video of me and “B” cheering during the postgame show. 

     I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter, I always call ’em as I see ’em and I haven’t given up.

                                                      I’m just wondering??

                                                  GO ROCKIES…PLEASE!!! 

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Behind The Scenes…A Blogger’s Dream


I guess when you stumble across a can of worms and it relates to you the only thing you can do is open it. Wouldn’t you? can of worms.jpg

The other day I was reading the Rockies blog of a guy named Daniel “Redhawk” Dayton called Blake Street Baseball. Daniel is the writer of several Rockies blogs and recently contacted the Rockies requesting a Rockies Media pass.

This intrigued me as his only published work thus far was online in blog form, something I’m quite familiar with. Daniel wrote a spicy article entitled “Is Major League Baseball Stuck in the 1950’s?  

          Please take the time to read it so you understand where I’m going with this.

   Is Major League Baseball Stuck in the 1950′s?…By Daniel Dayton

FcyXqQoB I’ve been writing about the Rockies on several sites, including My Team Rivals, My own site, the Rockies Reporter, as well as the Bleacher Report.

At the Bleacher Report, I’m already moving up the list of top writers and eventually hope to be a featured columnist in the future.

I’ve also been contacted to cover the Rockies at several sites all ready in my short time doing this.

I’ve actually enjoyed writing about the Colorado Rockies so far, but I really want to do more, and have better stories.

One of my personal goals as a Rockies writer is to get press credentials. It would give so much legitimacy to what I’m doing. It would also allow me to get better access to better stories. Stories that would help the Rockies connect to you the fans. Stories that would give you the fan and reader a better understanding of what is going on with the Colorado Rockies.

SO….I called the Rockies today, and got Irma Castañeda Assistant to the Vice President, Communications/PR (whose information I got….ONLINE!) I asked her about the steps of getting press credentials.

She was very rude. She was short when she said, “WELL….who are you with?” I said, I write for 3 online sites covering the Rockies. She said, that the Rockies do not and will not credential anyone that writes online. The only press credentials they will even consider, is through established main stream media such as print or radio.

I said, “well, I understand you don’t really know how to handle all the online writers asking for credentials, but….” She cut me off, and said very bluntly, “WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT?!?!?! OH WE KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT……we don’t credential online writers……PERIOD!”

I was very pleasant, and asked, “Were you aware that the Washington Nationals credentialed several online writers?” She said, “No, I was not aware of that, but the Rockies do not, and that’s what the Rockies have decided. I have to get ready for a game. Good-bye”

It wasn’t the denial that bothered me. It wasn’t even the tone and attitude, though that did put me off a lot.

What I expected to hear, was, something like, “where do you write? Let me get your information. We currently don’t give out press credentials for online writers, but we might, as it’s something we’ve talked about. I’ll let you know if your site is one we’d consider if we change our stance in the future. Thanks for calling.”

What I got was a complete denial that anyone that writes online doesn’t even exist and certainly adds nothing to the value of the Colorado Rockies. That anyone writing online, was beneath the notice of the Colorado Rockies. That there was no value to anything anyone wrote if they did it online only.

I fully understand that handling online writers is an issue. If everyone that wrote online were to get a press pass, literally every fan could throw up a site, and PRESTO…they would get a free press pass. I understand that teams will have a hard time figuring out which writer is legit and trying to be a serious journalist from those that are not.

But has Major League Baseball missed the boat on the changing media world?

The world and the media is changing fast. Newspapers and magazines in print form are dieing out left and right. Locally the Rocky Mountain News went under just last year.

What has stepped up to take the place has been the internet, and bloggers.

The Democratic Committee at their National Convention here in Denver in 2008 allowed unprecedented access to online writers and bloggers giving credentials to over 200 “bloggers”.

The NFL just this year invited bloggers to their draft in New York, and many NFL teams have allowed online writers to receive press credentials and access just like their newspaper brethren.

But Major League Baseball has been slow to adapt. Only the Washington Nationals, a team that is in need of exposure has allowed press credentials to online sites. The Nationals granted press passes to five sites, just this year. The Nationals are the only one that I’m aware of that has given press credentials.

Today’s media is not print. I’d argue today’s media is NOT radio even though Denver has three sports talk radio stations. Today’s media certainly is not local TV stations whose local sports is 5 minutes in length, and they give no more than a score and one highlighted play.

Today’s media IS online, and will continue to only grow in importance. But media relations for MLB and the Colorado Rockies are stuck in 1950′s. MLB, you need to join the NFL, and get behind the new media. You need to give out credentials to those actually covering the your teams. You need to support the writers that are actually writing about you.

For the record, I can understand turning ME down as I’m fairly new at writing online. However, there are several legitimate sites, that do a great job covering the Rockies on a regular basis that deserve to have media credentials. They deserve it more than the Woody Paiges, and the Mark Kizla’s of the world.

I’m not as big of a fan of the Rockies as I was before. access denied.gif So my initial thought was Daniel needs a few more years under his belt. But then I started to think..What exactly does it take for an online sports blogger to get a Media Pass.

What are the requirements? It’s not like the Rockies organization is unfamiliar with MLBlogs.

Thomas Harding (Rockies beat writer) maintains an MLBlog called: Hardball in the Rockies.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thomas Harding Rockies.jpg                     Huston Street writes an MLBlogs called: Huston Street’s Blog 
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 Here’s a related article about this by written Courtney Gross of GothamGazette.com

March 2nd, 2010

For all those “new media” journalists out there, the city revealed new press credential rules today — rules that are “for the online age,” officials say.

For years, the Police Department has pretty much denied a press pass to any working journalist that works online only — including reporters here at Gotham Gazette. Not having a press pass for us has restricted our access to important events integral to our coverage of city government — like the last mayoral debate. Meanwhile, reporters from more traditional newsgathering outlets — regardless of beat — were given unfettered access simply because they had press credential cards hanging around their necks.

These new rules would for the first time explicitly include online journalists as part of the city’s working press. If these rules are enacted, a reporter will now have to show six stories he or she covered within the last two years where the city restricted access.

The public comment period on the new rules starts today and continues through April 7, 2010, when the rules will have a public hearing at police headquarters in Lower Manhattan.

The full release is after the jump. The rules were published in the City Record today.

Here is the release:

New York, March 2, 2010 – The City Law Department today announced the publication of proposed new rules for issuing press passes to members of the media in New York City. The rules proposed to be adopted by the Police Department modernize the City’s credentialing system to reflect changes to the media industry and, for the first time, expressly incorporate online-only media such as blogs. The new rules, which were published today in the City Record, also address the major contention in a lawsuit filed in November of 2008 that challenged the existing credentialing system.

“This is a press credentialing system for the online age that can serve as a model for governments around the country,” said Administrative Law Division Chief Gabriel Taussig. “The rules were drafted in a collaborative process with input from numerous interested participants, together with extensive research and a public listening session with members from all segments of the media.”

“We have streamlined and improved New York City’s Rules for Press Credentials,” said Norman Siegel, one of the attorneys in the lawsuit. “The new rules will enable journalists to gather and report news in a more successful manner than before. Online journalists will now be considered as 21st century journalists and be treated equally to print, television and radio journalists.”

Under the proposed new rules published today, to obtain a press credential, an applicant must show that he or she has covered, in person, six news events where the City has restricted access, within the two-year period preceding the application. In addition to employees of traditional news gathering organizations, the new rules cover self-employed newspersons and other individuals who gather and report the news. The new press card will be issued every two years.

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                                                           Well…Sort of…

Did you notice that it says you have in order to get the Media pass you have to have covered in person six news events where the City has restricted access within a two year period preceding the application?

How can you accomplish that without a Media pass to cover those news events? See my point, there’s a lot of grey area out there.

Most people realize that the future of sports writing is blogging. Why don’t most baseball teams? It’s faster and more creative than news print. Don’t get me wrong, I realize that anyone can maintain a sports blog. 

                     But… not everyone can maintain a multi-year top ten blog.

                       Times change, people change, media platforms change.

          Case and Point…When I started blogging I wasn’t in it to get a Media pass.

MLB.com media pass.gifAll I wanted was a video diary of my family’s baseball adventures. To tell the truth I wasn’t exactly a “people person” back then and I remember after my first couple of blog entries how freaked out I was about entering Coors Field as the Ranter.

I was sure I was going to bump into a Rockies fan who would then tell me what a horrible writer I was and how I shouldn’t insult the Rockies by blogging about them.

That never happened. My first contact with anyone who read the Rockpile Rant was Dan. He asked me straight up if I was the “Rockpile Ranter”. At that moment I figured it was do or die. I was waiting for Dan to ask “What the hell I thought I was doing”…Again that never happened, the next thing Dan asked me was..”Where’s Hunter”.

Dan never knew it but that conversation was a defining moment for me personally and for the Rockpile Rant. My first interaction with a reader and it was extremely positive. Had that not happened and my first interaction with a reader been negative, I do not believe the Rockpile Rant would be what it is today.

I changed, instead of avoiding people (something I was quite skilled at doing), I was hoping that people would come up and talk to me. I craved the interaction of Rockies fans. I still do.

                                           Rockies fans are a great bunch.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Rockies Fans 21.JPG We don’t have a lot of history yet so each game we attend there is a good chance of something historic happening (at least in Rockies history). That in itself is exciting.

I’ve gotten a bit off track but my point here is that at some time in the near future the Rockies will have to “change”, re-think their position, and give a bit of credibility to online bloggers. Especially ones with a few seasons under their belt. 

    I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and this entry is my 399th blog entry. In front of the scene, behind the scene or somewhere in the middle, you can bet your a-ss I’m here to stay. 

Rockies, you’ve got to start somewhere, How about with the #1 Rockies Fan MLBlog two years running? 

By the way, I called the Rockies about a Media Pass, I got the answering machine and I left a message. Rant Regulars, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. 

                                        I’ll keep you posted. Go Rockies..D

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              My “Pitch Your Team” Video is finished…Look for it on Monday…D

Nothing great about Golden State

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Me n Hunter 12-13-08.jpgI have to apologize for the lack of Nuggets backstage pictures. In order to get backstage pictures, you have to get backstage.

Getting back there isn’t an exact science for me yet, and tonight’s experiment was a flop.


Oh well look at this picture. Not bad from the third level. Here’s your starting lineup.
Linup 12-13-08.jpg                   Here’s your starting Cheerleaders….Click to expand, I won’t tell 🙂
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It was painful to watch the Nuggets defense (or lack of it) last season, that’s how it felt this evening watching the Golden State Warriors. 

I figured the Nuggets had this game going into it, especially at home.

 I just expected a little more from a team with “Warriors” in it’s name.DSCN4844.JPG  






Ever see one of the time/shot clocks malfunction during a game?
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It was my first time.

They bust out a ladder and some poor b’sturd has to climb up and try to fix it while the whole arena is watching, and waiting.

Did I mention the that everyone is watching?




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All those eyes.

People like to stare in these situations. It’s like a car accident.

 Do you think this dude has  special non-slip shoes on for just such an occasion?

In times like this, cut the guy a  break and bring out the cheerleaders.

Only they could take the crowd’s focus off of this dude. 




With the game paused, the players and crowd start to get restless.

For a moment, the entire world is on hold. 

Talk about pressure.

 The suicide rate for these guys is scary, the NBA really should do something to help these people.

At least he can’t see the stares. He can only feel them.

This man is one of the NBA’s unsung heros.




 Carmello Anthony played just shy of 30 minutes and scored 27 points. He went 3 of 4 from the three-point range and had 9 rebounds, nice job Melo.
Melo 12-13-08.jpg JR Smith played for 24 minutes and scored 15 points.

It was nice to see Balkman developing a groove with this team. He played just shy of 17 minutes and had 12 points, going 6 of 8 from field-goal range.
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Linas Kleiza was played just over 27 minutes and scored 6 points. He went 0-4 from the three-point range. However, he did make this shot.
Kleiza shoot 12-13-08.jpgDid I mention that the Denver Nugget Cheerleaders are insane? Just check out this picture of bodies flying everywhere . Again, you can click to expand.
Crazy Cheerleaders 12-13-08.jpgJust before the half, K-Mart took an ugly spill as he was going in for a layup. C.J Watson bumped him and he fell to the floor hard, landing on his right side, I cringed. 

Kenyon looked like he was done for, and I was thinking “Oh man, not again”. 

Then all of a sudden he jumped up like nothing happened, and was back in the game. Let me tell you, the dude hit the floor hard. Props to you K-Mart, better ice that thing.

Melo, Kmart Billups.jpgChauncey Billups scored 16 points and added 11 assists to the mix, as the Nuggets dominate and beat the Golden State Warriors 123-105.

 Nene had 11 points and was 5-6 from field-goal range.

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DSCN4892.JPGInteresting fact: The Nuggets are 16-7 for the first time since 1976-77, which was their first year in the NBA. Go Nuggets!!

                                 A bad picture of Invesco Field at Mile High

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