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Rockies are Still In There..Like Swimwear


swimwear 1.jpgI really thought “Pitch Your Team” would be huge(it will be). Personally I love every aspect of making videos.

                           Props go out to R-Luv’s team for taking first place.

Below is R-Luv’s son showing you the “Pitch Your Team Video Contest” prizes for first place.

 A Huston Street autographed mini-bat and baseball, Eric Young Jr autographed mini-bat(Dan and Emily donated their second place prize to R-Luv).

PYT prizes1.JPGAnd some misc Rockies inaugural stuff and a pack of 1990 unopened Topps cards that Todd The Giants Fan had given me.

                   Go ahead and open the pack…Just don’t eat the gum :)….Seriously

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 I like the sponsoring the Rockpile Rant’s Pitch Your Team Video contest. I’m not a guy that gives up easy. If you don’t believe me go back and look at my first six months of blog entries…Not even one comment…Yet I kept chugg’n.

           So on that inspirational note..Get ready for…“Pitch Your Team 2”

There are a lot of talanted baseball fans with a lot of creative ideas. For Pitch Your Team 2 I’m going to give you plenty of time to ponder, plan out and create your video.

 I’ll start taking video submissions for “Pitch Your Team 2” when the World Series is over.

                                                      GO ROCKIES  !!
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The video judging will take place on Opening Day 2011.

Official rules, prizes and judges will be announced at the end of the World Series.

                                              Thanks and Good Luck! 

I couldn’t have been prouder of the Rockies taking the series against the Dodgers in LA, but I can’t help but think how cool it would be right now to have swept the Blue and been one game closer.

Rockies…We need to sweep the D-Backs and then bring it back home to Coors and unleash some of that Rocky Mountain magic on the (not so big) Giants come this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday’s game is the Fireworks game and I’ll be there with my entire crew chill’n on the field.

                                                         I can’t wait.

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The Videos Were Fun..Here the Number One

and the winner is.gifAs much hype as I tried to put into the “Pitch Your Team” video contest other than two video entries it was kind of a bust.

As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t given up and I will promote and hold this video contest next year. If for nothing else it motivates me to create my own Rockies video.

A while back when Dan and Emily submitted their video and Dan told me it wasn’t really an entry but more of an example of what to do. To get the ball rolling so to speak. 

So Marianne’s video takes first place and Dan and Emily take second. I really want to thank you both for taking the time to do this for the Rockpile Rant.  

I really do appreciate your Rockies loyalty. I guess in a perfect world I was hoping for an entry from each team.

                                           First Place goes to R-Luv’s Video.

 Second Place Video. It’s from Dan Sauvageau and his daughter Emily.

For fun I made a video too, mine is called “I Got a Feel’n”


                                    Here is what R-Luv and Emily have won. 

                                                            First Prize

                             Huston Street Autographed Baseball and Mini Bat

PYT Huston Street Ball.jpg PYT Huston Street Mini Bat.jpg                                                             Second Place

                                          Autographed Eric Young Jr. Mini Bat

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Better start thinking about next year. I’ll have bigger and better prizes. Thanks for playing and showing your team support…

Go Rockies…”D” The Rockpile Ranter

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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

Ain’t no Jive…Gonna try it Live


               It’s time for an update about …….“Pitch Your Team”

In the couple of months since I came up with what I thought was a crazy cool idea I’ve had only one video sent to me. It was from Dan and Emily and I just wanted to thank them for jumping on the idea. They did a good job too.

                                    Here’s Emily show’n her Rockies luv:


It seems to me (by lack of video submissions) that Dan, Emily and I luv the Rockies more than any other reader, writer or fan of baseball who owns a video camera.

                                         Don’t you hate me for saying that?

no hate logo.jpg              Prove me wrong and send me your “Pitch Your Team” video 

 The planned cutoff for video submissions is the All-Star game. If in the next week people express interest and tell me they have a video in the works I’ll extend the cutoff to Aug 7th. If not, then Super Rockies fans Dan and Emily are the winners.

                 Despite the lack of interest I’m still working on my own video.

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So, if I’m going to be known as a trendsetting blogger, I guess I need to be bust’n out some more trends.

Here’s my new thing…..I believe I have the capability now to blog live from the games. Thursday’s game will be a test run for me. Internet connection is the biggest question right now. If that’s a go, then I believe all is a go.

       Here’s how I want this to work:

If you visit the Rockpile Rant at various times before and during the game I’ll have fresh content up.

You might get to see a video or picture of something cool that happened during batting practice or pictures of the Rockies before the game starts.

Maybe during the game I’ll get lucky and snag a picture of a controversial play or a “Coors Field crack of the game”? 

       For sheets and giggles I’m tossing around the idea of a segment called:

                                    “Where is Captain Earthman now?”
Cpt Earthman 11.jpg                           For some reason I laugh every time I think of that.

The only thing I won’t be able to do while I’m at the game is write the ending and upload the bulk of the pictures.

What do you think? Obviously I won’t be blogging during batting practice as catching baseballs is my thing. But there’s a nice break in between BP and the start of the game.
Am I breaking new ground here or is this already being done from a fans perspective? I have no idea; it just feels like the next step for me.

            I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter , I’m in it for the snags and the brags.

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See what I mean about “Pitch Your Team”

3/17/10                                HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY

ROCKIES HAT GREEN.jpgI’ve had a few people ask questions about the “Pitch Your Team” video contest. So I did a quick one to give you an example. I’m going to enter a video but I can’t win this contest.

                       FYI…As good as this video is… This is not my entry 🙂

Robert sent me a new batch of pictures from Hi-Corbett in Tucson. Here’s a shot of Tulo homering in the Rockies/Cubs game. 

tulo sends it outta here!!!.jpg                                   Time for the Canadian to get back to work.

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Rockies cubs final score.jpgLast night I helped out at the Nuggets game. I was hoping for a chance to sit under the basket and take pictures but unfortunately my pass wouldn’t quite get me that close. Chauncey and Old Referee.jpg

                       So I took an empty isle seat in the 4th row. It had a nice view. 
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                                                   Random crowd shot. 
Guys in Green.jpg                                  K-Mart..who knows how long he’ll be out?

Kmart-1.jpg                                                 NeNe Slam dunk.

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Denver Nugget Dancers.jpg                       5′ 5″ former Denver Nugget Earl Boykins scored 5 points.

           DID YOU KNOW…Boykins weighs 133 lbs and can benchpress 350 lbs.
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Coach Karl.jpg                                              Rocky looking for a little help.

 Rocky Praying.jpg                   worked, the Nuggets came from behind to zap the Wizzards 97-87

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                         Thanks to Robert for the pix and thanks to “B” for the Tix.

             Here’s a shot of a young fox we saw close to the house chill’n in the sun.

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I Have a Dream…It’s called…Pitch Your Team


Remember a few weeks back I did an entry about Robert Harmon and his girlfriend Bennie who rolled their VW Bus named “Jim Morrison” in New Mexico?

                         Here are a few pictures in case you missed it or forgot. DSC_8363a.jpg



                                                   Not a pretty sight.

Both walked away virtually unharmed. “Jim” however was wee bit f’cked up. Once the bus was turned upright Robert was able to get “Jim” running and hobbled him back to Colorado…Amazing.

I visited Robert shortly before he left for Rockies Spring Training in Tucson and was amazed at how much better “Jim” looked. Most of the dents were banged out and he had replaced the windshield.

I received an email from Robert this morning that contained a few pictures from Tucson and more importantly Hi-Corbet Field and the Rockies. 

Below is a shot of ‘Jim” looking all pretty. Well..Ok here’s a shot of “Jim” in front of Hi-Corbett Field. A testament to a well built automobile and a cheap thrifty VW bus lover.

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Props to Robert for making it out there and representing..And for sending these pictures for us to check out. With a little luck, I’ll have my VW bus ready to roll, by Spring Training 2011.

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dexter.jpg                                                     Spilly with a hit.
ryan.jpg                            There’s always stuff flying over head in Tucson. 
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Here’s a shot of the scoreboard at the beginning of Game 2. Temperature 56 degreesthe start of game two.jpg

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              Game 2 Final Score 4-1 Rockies win. Temperature 45 degrees…Brrrthe end of game two.jpg

So as far as Spring Training goes if you’re a baseball fan it’s not how you get there it’s just that you get there.

If I was there yesterday I would have had to watch that painful 9-2 loss to the Giants who seem to have everybodys number lately…Go figure…The Giants…WTF?

I have an idea…Sort of a “Pitch Your Team” mini-commercial.

I mentioned in a blog entry a while back how I thought it would be a cool idea to let MLBloggers do little promotional spots on MLB TV to promote their team. You know what I mean…Those little 5-10 second clips where they say “I’m so and so and your watching such and such”.

MLBloggers could do the same thing..Like…Mine might be something like..”I’m D the Rockpile Ranter and this is Rockies Country“..I would never use something quite that dorky but you get what I’m saying.

Participants could do this clip however they wanted…and it would be judged here on the Rant by a voting poll inserted into an entry.

Or…Maybe someone from MLBlogs.com would be interested in judging the entries?

Time to let your team loyalty and personal creativity shine. There is absolutely no promises that MLB will/would ever use these video clips but you never know right?

Show the world and your Team what you’ve got. I’m gonna let this contest run for a while..At least until the All-Star Break. That way everyone will have time to get their ideas together and maybe shoot some footage from their favorite ballpark to include in the video clips.

I think it would be cool to have two contests.

One for MLBloggers and one for readers of the Rockpile Rant. The winners will each win an autographed ball and mini-bat from various Colorado Rockies.
Remember folks these do not have to be Rockies video clips.

                        YOUR VIDEO SHOULD SUPPORT YOUR TEAM.

                     Let me know if you’re interested in participating in Pitch Your Team.

                                   I think this could be fun.
D..The Rockpile Ranter

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                                               Here’s my example:


                 Here’s the first entry from Rockies fans Dan and Emily.



2.                Entry number two is from R-Luv aka Marianne.

   3. Even though I can’t win I had to submit an entry.

                                 Keep ’em coming…”D” The Rockpile Ranter