This day started out way too early. Although ballons crossing the road in front of you on your drive to the ballpark is pretty damn cool.
I love the desert.
Last night I managed to get a solid 7 hours sleep and I needed it becasue I hadn’t slept at all from the previous days road trip.
Mike and I had two games on the agenda today.
The first one was the A’s vs Rangers at Surprise Stadium.
This is a cool little stadium with a really neat backfield area set up just for fans. We saw players walking all over and they were stopping and taking time to chat with the fans.
For me this is enemy territory but it was cool seeing how the other side rolls. The Rockies could take a few notes from these fellas on how to interact with fans who drive a long way to see them.
We thought we arrived early but it turns out we had already missed batting practice.
We walked the back fields a bit then headed inside to see what this place was like.
No ballpark is complete without it’s merry-go-round.
Today was much hotter than this mountain boy is used to and by the start of the game I was close to cooked. That’s not exactly how you want to start a two game day.
While cruising the outfield area I stumbled across the Budweiser Home Run Party deck.
In reality it wasn’t much of a party and no home runs were hit inside, but for a small fee I upgraded my ticked and I enjoyed the rest of the game shaded with all I could eat 🙂
That worked out perfectly beacause at this point my well cooked ass was hot and hungry.
Here’s a few game pics. You might remember this guy Rockies fans.
Here’s Seth Smith at bat with Torealba catching.
A’s win this game 11-7.
As soon as this game ended we quickly headed out to the Peoria Sports Complex, home of the Mariners and the Padres.
We met up with Rantic Amy to watch the Mariners vs the Giants.
As soon as we entered we headed over to the Giants dugout for position so we could try and score a few autographs as today was a total bust for batting practice.
I snagged nine baseballs yesterday at Salt River Fields so getting shutout today sucked.
Here’s a few game pictures.
Rox Addict and Amy on the berm.
Giants get the win over the Mariners 7-5.
By the time we got back to the campsite I was done.Peoria’s a cool stadium but it’s no Salt River Fields.
I”m “D” The Ranter and the Spring Training Road Trip continues…
He was humble and seemed quite happy to be there.
“Q” attended Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, where he led the city of El Paso in home runs, RBI, and was elected to the Texas All-State shortstop. When he finished High School he received a scholarship to the University of Texas, Austin. While there he played second base, third base, and shortstop. In addition he appeared in two national championship games, winning one.
Quintanilla wasted no time as he was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2003 Major Leage Baseball Draft. . In 2003, he played for Low-A Vancouver and High-A Modesto hitting .358 in 40 games.
He started 2004 with Modesto as the A’s 7th ranked prospect and after hitting .315 received a late-season promotion to Double-A Midland.
“Q” began 2005 with Midland as the A’s 8th ranked prospect and on July 15, he was traded along with Eric Byrnes to the Rockies for pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick.
The Rockies assigned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox and promoted him to the majors in late July.
He made his debut on July 31 and went 1-3. In each of the next five seasons, Quintanilla would begin the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and make his way to the majors.
“Q’s” highest batting average was .238 in 2008. As a Rockie he’s a career .220 hitter.
Dante Bichette, Ryan Spilborghs and Omar Quintanilla are the only players in Rockies franchise history to end a game of 12 or more innings with a home run (Bichette did it twice).
Quote from “Q” in 2009….”You never know and especially my role, the utility role, you never know when I’m going to be needed.”
On Feb 12, 2010 “Q” was invited back to attend Rockies Spring Training.
Props to you brotha and welcome back. You’ve got to admit “Q” lives a pretty good life as a Utility Man… 🙂
On a totally surprising and cool note I got a call from my pops today who informed me that he and my mom were in Tucson. I said “Whatcha doing there?” and he informed me that they were at Hi-Corbett watching the Rockies/Mariners game.
I was floored and jealous. After I hung up that got me to thinking. Robert is at that game too and he could take a picture of my parents for me. Sure enough I called Robert and asked him to do that for me and he said “Sure”.
So I may not be there representing in Tucson but you got the next best thing.
D..The Rockpile Ranter
4/2/09 Rockies beat the D-Backs today 7-4 🙂
I’m willing to bet somewhere in Tucson is a slightly upset and confused Manny Corpas. Manny lost the closer job to Huston Street today. I’m not sure I saw that move coming, I’m not sure Manny did either.
I go back and forth with how I feel about Corpas. When I form an opinion of a Rockies player it’s not just on their baseball ability.
(Manny signing Hunter’s baseball)
My son and I had a few encounters with Manny at the beginning of a few 2008 Rockies batting practices. Both times Manny had the opportunity to really shine as a baseball player/human being and he took the lesser road.
On a positive note, Corpas seemed to be more aware of his fans as the season went on.
Anyways it’s not like he’s unemployed, he just gets to go to work a little earlier.
Street suffered a hip flexor strain last season and subsequently lost his closing position.
Rockies signed Huston to a one-year contract for $4.5 million.
Corpas makes $875,000. That includes a $125,000 prorated signing bonus and buyout on option). Corpas is in the first year of four-year $9.025 million contract which has an option for 2012 and 2013.
I wish them both luck.
Check this out, on April 8th my son Hunter and I will be going to the Pepsi Center early to take a tour of the Pepsi Center and FSN Video trailer where they do all of the editing and such for the Denver Nugget home games.
After that we get to meet Carmelo Anthony and Hunter is allowed to ask a few questions.
They suggested Hunter practice the questions beforehand as most kids get nervous and clam up when they actually meet Melo.
Then we’ll get to meet one of the FSN announcers. After all that Hunter and I get to watch the Nuggets warm-up from court-side. How cool is that? This is a prize package sponsored by Power-Aid/King Soopers and it’s pretty sweet.
The Nuggets play the Thunder, game is at 7pm. Just in case you’re wondering, no we don’t get to sit court-side for the game.
Those tickets are $675.00 a piece.
Expect a picture show of epic proportions after that game.
It will be good practice for me.
A little Nuggets basketball two days before the Rockies home opener.
Now that’s a lot better than sitting at home,…waiting… Go Rockies…D
3-1-09 Purple Row..Thanks for all the recent props…D
Ranter’s Review of Tucson Electric Park
I was looking forward to checking out Tucson Electric Park today because from what I’ve heard it’s a snaggers dream.
We arrived at 10:50 and had to pay to park. Granted it was only $5.00, but at Hi-Corbett it was free and we had a beautiful shaded area.
Once we parked we exited the RV and proceeded to walk towards the ballpark. About halfway there a parking attendant told us we were parked where the bigwigs park and we would have to move.
Wonderful, so Andy and I wonder,…why couldn’t the guy who took the parking money have told us that? No problem and I move the RV.
We finally walk back up to the stadium and the line is 20 people back. You know how I like to be first. I’ve managed to turn being first in line into an art form.
No worries, so we wait about 15 minutes to get inside because instead of opening two hours early like Hi-Corbett and Coors Field, they only open an hour-and a half early and rob their fans the chance of actually seeing the D-Backs hit during batting practice.
To me that’s dumb move. You need to let the fans see their stars hit. Sheet man it’s spring training !!
As I’m going through the gate the Usher searches my bag and tells me that I can only bring in two baseballs and one mini-bat.
Excuse me? Why? The Usher informs us that it’s a state law. Really, a state law? What state is Hi-Corbett field in? There were no restrictions there about how many baseballs you could bring in.
So I’m told that I either have to give the balls away or take them back to my vehicle. I worked for those baseballs I walked my butt back to the RV and left them there.
Now I’m late for batting practice and I’m not thrilled about it.
The ballpark itself is actually really cool, possibly even a bit much for spring training (Maybe that’s because I’ve been over at ancient Hi-Corbett the last week?)
It has a pavilion area in both the left field and the right field and its all open and grassy.
There is a small space in the center where the batters eye is but the rest is totally open other than the D-backs bullpen in left field.
I really like this park for snagging baseballs.
D-Backs were long gone by the time we walked over to the outfield. The A’s were just beginning hit a few. It took me probably fifteen minutes and I saw a ball coming for me. It was short but I managed to reach over and catch it on a bounce.
No laughing at my white legs, remember this is my first warm sunshine in a while.
I had at least four other opportunities to snag homerun BP balls but D-Back fans seem to take their snagging a little more serious than I do and I was crowded out on all of my other opportunities.
It’s obvious they didn’t want to look inferior to a professional Rockies snagger on their home turf. What ever the case was one guy was such a “get in your personal space” type of snagger he deserves to be pointed out.
MOST ANNOYING FAN/SNAGGER OF THE GAME
Big Red, watch out for this guy, the ballhog even stepped on my foot.
I could have solved the problem 🙂 but since I was in D-Back territory I figured I should hold back and tread lightly. I snagged my one baseball with the only skilled catch of the day and I had accomplished my personal goal of snagging at least one ball at TEP.
You know how in a retirement home there is always a few of the grumpy older people who never get visitors. Well those individuals are hand selected for the Usher staff at TEC.
Pissy and for no good reason. Let’s think about this, these people are getting paid to watch baseball right?
I do believe I have found the source of the Ushers discontent.
Let me say this, when I get back to Hi-Corbett Field and Coors Field I want to personally thank each Usher for the excellent job they do. Now that I’ve seen another stadium and it’s quirky strange ways, I appreciate our quality of the Rockies Ushers even more.
D-Backs beat the A’s 9-7, Oakland looked sloppy, lots of errors.
It’s just not the same if I’m not watching the Rockies. I was able to take some cool pictures, that part I enjoyed.
A couple of D-Back players, funny their names escape me.
Credit where credit is due, almost every D-Backs player that came out of this tunnel stopped to sign for the fans. I like to see that.
Me, I didn’t go for any D-Back or A’s autographs. Why the hell would I want those? I bleed purple baby you know that.
I do like seeing an entire team into the game.
I liked the angle of this shot.
I love this picture.
Valdez in mid-toss.
A view of the field.
Andy’s red neck and a view of the grassy outfield. The grass out there was a nice touch.
Andy wasn’t particularily fond of this TEC either, his biggest complaint was that he paid $5.50 for a drink and it wasn’t a souvenir cup. I’d have to agree, everyone brings the plastic cup home the first time they’re at a new stadium right??
Your welcome Purple Row.
Tomorrow is back to Hi-Corbett for my last game there. I think Baby Paul is going to be there…D