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Kiss My Ass…Why Can’t I Play on the Grass?

3-7-13

My first and last trip to Hohokam Stadium.

Hoho sign

 (Rox Addict and his famous Running Man pose out front).

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This joint is the spring training/winter home of the Chicago Cubs. The main reason I won’t be back is because this is Hohukum’s last year housing the Cubs. The Cubs move into a brand new facility next year. This stadium is a lot like other stadiums in the Phoenix area only older and for some strange reason..More expensive?

The Cubs suck because they stick it to their fans during spring training as well as the regular season. The going price here is 20 bucks for a berm ticket…OUCH!

Here’s the other reason I won’t be back.

Mike and I did our usual thing and showed up early for BP. I was stoked because I found out BP would be taking place inside the stadium and this place has a beautiful berm. Well I was stoked until I went inside and actually tried to access the berm. I was told it was off-limits during batting practice. The Usher was kind enough to let me know that as soon as the players were done I could walk anywhere on the berm. Thanks buddy.

WTF?? So I asked the Usher why? He informed me that the cleaning crew were still cleaning the berm. I found this totally unacceptable and walked away pissed that I wasted my time and showed up early. I paid 25 bucks for a crappy grandstand seat and then to be denied access to the berm during BP.

That’s retarded.

So as I was standing along the first base line hoping for a foul ball I observed this.

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Lined up like ballhawking soldiers are the employees who are supposed to be cleaning the berm. The spent the entire batting practice chasing home run balls. I was jealous and pissed at the same time. Getting paid to snag baseballs that’s my f’kn dream job.

In reality all I can do is let you know how jacked up I think that is.

So now you know.

Today, the plan was to meet up with my folks at the stadium and take in a game.

rpr and parents

We did just that. Beautiful day too. Mom and Pops thanks for coming up :).

Cool looking old stadium.

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A few game shots.

sox at bat  hoho

play on second hoho

Fans scrambling for a home run ball.

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A packed left field berm.

hoho packed berm

A packed right field berm.

packed right field berm

crazy vendor hoho

Some aerial entertainment.

aerial entertainment hoho

I didn’t kill it with pictures today. It was fun just hang’n with my folks and watching the game feeling lucky to be warm.

Final Score.

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White Sox cream the cheap ass Cubbies 8-3.

You can tell rain is a coming.

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No worries, next game is a WBC game and it’s indoors 🙂

I’m “D” the Ranter and I will ballhawk for cash.

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Cactus, Burgers and Ball…And That Aint All

2-26-13

Spring training is more than just pre-season baseball for me.

Natures plus fresh start

It’s a fresh start each year with new strategies, new people and new attitudes.

Living in the mountains makes the baseball off-season seriously drag. Don’t get me wrong I love my snow (and my Broncos). Truthfully, for me winter is just the space between the end of one baseball season and the start of another one.

I crave variety. The Cactus League is full just that.

cactus

Each little Spring Training facility is a small taste of another team. I love the Rockies, but baseball is history and I’m a sponge when I’m down in Cactus League Country. Only true baseball fans make the yearly trek to Spring Training each year to watch and support their team.

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Yes the games are meaningless, but these are fans that need this little dose of baseball to get them through till Opening Day. I for one am guilty as charged. I feel if I didn’t have my yearly trip to Phoenix to bask in the sun, chase baseballs, harass players, eat a years worth of In n Out burgers in a week, act like a fool and bump into Rantics I’d implode.

As sure as the brown hairs in my beard are being replaced by white ones, the Rox Addict and I will be wandering the Phoenix area in search of baseball history, memories and souvenirs one short week from now.

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Next entry for me will be Wednesday March 6th when the Rox Addict and I land in Phoenix.

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I’m “D” the Ranter…It’s almost time to shine.

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Emily’s Rhymes Flow Bout the Rockies Pitching Woes

2/23/13

If you read the Rant on any kind of regular basis you know who Dan and Emily are.

Dan is a regular in the front row of the Pavilion and usually by his side is his daughter Emily and the last couple of years his son Ryan.

Emily is 9 years old has been to 455 Rockies games in her lifetime. With that number of games under her belt she’s allowed to talk(or sing) a little Rockies smack.

Emily is entering a video contest sponsored by Woody Paige. Here’s a link to the contest:

Woody Paige’s Video Contributor Contest

Woody’s Facebook page.

Here is Emily’s parody video about the Rockies pitching. It’s so good it’s worth sharing 🙂

Call Me Maybe

Rockies fans…Let Emily and Woody know what you think of her video by sharing it or leaving a comment.

Good Luck Emily!!

I’m “D” the Ranter and 11 days left till the Rox Addict and I report for Spring Training.

Spring is my Thing

1-27-2013

Spring Training in Arizona.

palm tree rainbow

For some of us, there is no regular season without a trip south just to check things out.

Knowing that sometime in March I’ll be traipsing through the backfield at some team’s facility scouring for baseballs or innocently(wink wink) wandering into a restricted area fill my winter time thoughts.

I know it will be warm and I’ll be wearing shorts, sunglasses and sport’n my trademark Ranter hat.

Plus Arizona has In and Out Burger joints :)…Yeah!

Daydreaming about spring training is what gets me through the Colorado winter. I know for a fact I’m not the only one who daydreams about the southwest sun and  cacti.

Rantics, I see your FACEBOOK posts 🙂

Spring Training for the players is intense at times but for me it’s how I decompress from life. I’ve stopped setting goals for myself and I plan to focus on having a good time. Setting goals creates pressure and as I just mentioned that’s not what I’m shooting for. The goal if any is to relax, have fun, hang with baseball friends, make some new friends, catch some baseballs, watch 3 World Baseball Classic games, wander the back fields of random spring training facilities, and take LOTS of pictures.

Then tell you all about it because that’s what the Number #1 Rockies MLBlogger for the last 6 years does 🙂

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As far as autographs go I plan to bring some of my pictures along and hopefully get a few of my favorites signed. I have no idea of what to get autographed at the WBC??

Maybe a WBC bat or jersey?

I feel like I crank out some of my best blogs  during Spring Training. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m relaxed or because I’m more focused by not being distracted by my normal routine?

I guess stuff is just more fun to write about when you had a blast doing it.

Same as last year I’ll be hang’n with my partner in crime the Rox Addict and there’s usually never a dull moment with us two exploring a ballpark or a restricted area 🙂

We’re sort of a Dynamic Rockies Blogging Duo of sorts.

 This year will be my 6th year attending Spring Training in Arizona. So in tribute to that here are some  links and a few pictures from my Spring Training adventures in years past.

The Mobile Blogging Unit and Hi Corbett Field. I loved that place.(2009).

Snagg’n Behind Enemy Lines for the First Time. (2009)

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Snagged my Holy Grail at Maryvale (2009)

A Geezer and A Canadian Open the New Stadium (2011)

Rockies win that first game in the new stadium 8-7.

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I End up with One…But Damn it was Fun (2011)

Two Dudes from Ned in a Stadium of Red (2012)

Next Time Put Up a Sign (2012)

Mike the Rox Addicts first game ball: (2012)…He Snagged the ball Green hat and all

Mike and the hat

Baseball memories.

I figured out why I chase baseballs.

As a kid some of my fondest memories were going to hockey games with my pops. We had a local farm team and my thing was I liked to try and snag a puck or two when I was there. This was way before they used nets and pucks would often fly into the stands and kids would scramble for them. I guess chasing baseballs takes me back to a happy place in my childhood.

We all need something like that.

I’m “D” the Ranter

Spring Training brings out the kid in me. Six weeks till I get to play.

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 See you kids down there 🙂

Bronco Cheers Turn Into Frozen Tears

1-12-13

 Alternative title was:

Whadaya Know…Joe Can Throw

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Layers food and adrenaline are how you deal with extended periods of cold when tail-gat’n.

Some might say booze helps. We all know it doesn’t really, but it does make being out in the cold a whole lot more tolerable. Plus if ever there was a right time and right place..Today qualified.

COLD..I like my cold with snow. No snow today. I heard a rumor this was the coldest Broncos home game since 1972. I believe it, I’ve never been cold at any sporting event like I was cold at this game. During the game unless you had club level seats there was nowhere to go to warm up.

By halftime my Coke was frozen in my cup…No joke!

Sitt’n here writing this blog entry a day later, I’m in shock, my head hurts, my bones are still cold from 7 hours in the elements and I can’t for the life of me wrap my head around this season being over.

WTF happened?

Where was my man Champ Baily? I figured he’d be money this game.

Why did the Broncos take a knee with time on the clock?

Why did Moore let Jacoby Jones get in front of him? (Worst Play Ever)

Was it something I did or didn’t do. Was it my new Jersey?

What happened to this being Peyton’s house? Denver Defense?

I felt like I did my part.

It just didn’t seem like the same team I watched win 11 straight games before today. For sure the Broncos didn’t look like a SuperBowl bound team.

I’m totally kerfuffled.

I start to wonder does Manning have a post-season jinx?(He’s now 9-11) Was it the combination of the pressure and the weather? Was his neck bugg’n him? I know when it’s cold out my back just plain hurts.

Begrudgingly…Props to the Baltimore Ravens! What a game plan on both sides. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. Best of luck to ya Ray Lewis(Snitch).

K and I showed up about 3 hours early each with about 5 layers of clothes and multiple hand and foot warmers. Underneath everything I was wearing my new Broncos jersey.

New B jersey

It’s the one I won for the winning the Bud Light Bottle Race back in December of 2011. Long story short they it took them 11 months to send the first jersey and it was a size 56 XXXL. I had requested a 52 XXL.

It was returned back to the Broncos and just in time for this game I received my customized size 52 XXL Players Jersey. Thank you Broncos!!

I was extremely pleased with my Nikon camera for holding up in the single digit temps.

Here’s the game from a fans point of view sitting there freezing his ass off.

5th level front row.

Here’s Lee stepp’n on Champs hand to start the game off.1 B PO Stepp'n on champs hand

Holliday starts to work his way down field.3 Holliday1 B PO

4 b po Holliday 2

5 b po Holliday 3

6 b po Holliday 4

Quick look…No worries.

7 b po Holliday 5Damn he caught up quick…No worries I got this.

8 b po Holliday 6

That’s how you start a game!

9 b po Holliday 7

Feeling invincible.

10 b po Holliday 8

A fired up Champ Baily..Before the cold set in.

11 b po fired up champ

12 b po kick is good

Champ about to get beat bad.

13 b po champ beat 1

14 b po champ beat 2

I feel ya Champ…Gett’n old sucks.

15 b po champ beat 3

16 b po champ beat 5

What’s up with the Broncos fan wearing a Manning jersey cheering the Ravens extra point?

17 b po kick is good ravens

Tight end Joel Dreesson, starting to turn a nice pink color.

18 b po Joel Dreesson

19 b po head down

This gets ugly.

20 b po Manning throw under pressure1

Decker gett’n manhandled.

21 b po Decker looks like he got it

Hit hard and the ball is loose.

22 b po ball loose from decker

Graham eyes it.

23 b po Graham gets ball

It’s his.

24 b po Graham run

At this point in the game my stomach started to feel a lil queezy.

25 b po Graham all clear

The Ravens kept changing the momentum of this game. As much as Broncos fans were cheering and making noise, it was in vain. This bird soared into the end zone.

26 b po graham TD

Stomach still queezy now my toes were gett’n cold.

27 b po Graham show off

28 b po just missed it

Manning with a sweet pass to Stokley.

29 b po Manning to Stokley

30 b po Stokely looks up

Stokley with a sweet catch for a TD!

31 b po Stokely TD

32 b po td good

33 b po ravens catch

34 Broncos defense Flacco to Rice…Waaaay to much of that during this game.

36 b po Flacco handoff to Rice

Ray Lewis giving Stokley some luv.

37 b po Ray lewis tackle

38 b po dickson catch

Manning to Moreno.

39 b po manning puts it up

40 Moreno catch TD

41 B Po Moreno tD 1

51  b po Holliday 2 nd touchdown

52 b po HOrse TD

Flacco Sacco.

53 b po Flacco Sacco1

54 b po Flacco Sacco2

55 b po Flacco Sacco3

56 b po Flacco Sacco 4

57 b po Rice run

58 b po manning in charge

Von pressuring Flacco. I wanted to see more of this.

59 b po Von Miller chasing Flacco

60 b po Manning chased

61 b po loose ball Ravens recover

62 b po Manning on ground

63 b po Manning almost sacked

64 b po Broncos catch1

65 b po DT touchdown

Bronco Luv!

66 b po Dt Touchdown2

Yeah Von!

67 b po miller sack Flacco 2

Unfortunately that pissed Flacco off.

This is seconds before Broncos fans Superbowl dreams get crushed. Flacco worms his way into position.

68 b po Flacco under pressure

Winds up.

69 b po Flacco about to throw

Throws a Hail-Mary.

70 b po Flacco Hail mary

Why Moore is where he is…Is beyond me?

71 b po Moore in wrong spot

72 b po Moore misses

One helluva catch.

73 b po Moore looking

The rest explains itself.

74 b po Ravens run

75 b po Moore watching

77 b po Ravens td 2

The extra point was good and so were K and I.

78 b po Ravens extra point good

I hadn’t felt my toes in about an hour and my fingers couldn’t work my camera anymore. K and I decided it was time to go.

We missed nothing.

There will be NO Superbowl for Denver this year.

If Manning is gonna make (sometimes extremely cold)Denver his home for the next couple of years, the folks that can may wanna consider putt’n a retractable lid on ‘ole Mile High.

This way we can keep Manning’s hands warm and his head in the game.

Manning’s play was obviously affected by the weather. I get that, but how do you fix that? 78,000 of us witnessed first hand Manning rapidly degrade as the temperature went from damn cold to nut shriveling.

pair of walnuts

This is a sad day for Broncos fans.

Let me just say…You gotta be hardcore to be a Colorado Sports fan.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Still in Shocko from Flacco.

Broncos Do the Deed… Secure the # 1 Seed

Chiefs vs Broncos…Game 16

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The last regular season game of the year. There were only two things Krista and I wanted to see happen today. A Broncos win, and news of the #1 seed in the AFC.

DONE

I love this feeling. Being a hardcore Rockies fan winning is a strange concept to me. Winning 11 in a row is way more than anyone anticipated at the beginning of this season.

lolipop factory

After almost 15 years of the Broncos owning a lollipop factory, finally they don’t suck anymore.

Folks..Hold your head high…Being a Broncos fan carries some weight again. Even the Rockies Rally Squirrel jumped ship and now lives near Sports Authority Field.

rally squirrel 12-30-12

I figure since Rockies fans don’t tail-gate the scraps here must be plentiful. Krista and I did a little Hill-Gating with Mike the Rox Addict before the game. We shared a few of Colorado’s finest and started making plans for our Spring Training trip in 2 months 🙂

Hill-Gating is partying on a hill next to where other folks are Tail-Gating. Admittedly not a great word but it’s my word. How many words do you have?

Broncos 1

Von Miller

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Von MIller 2

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Leslie with his own brand of Chop.

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This Superbowl run is for you Champ.

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PFM pre-game.

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Flyover

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Love the broncos Toque that Champ is wearing.

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Don’t know what a toque is? Let me help you.

Broncos toque

(pron.: /ˈtk/),

In Canada, toque, or tuque (pron.: /’tu:k/), is the common name for a knitted winter hat, or beanie. The Canadian English term was assimilated from Canadian French tuque. Toque first appeared in writing around 1870.

The fashion is said to have originated with the coureurs de bois, French and Métis fur traders, who kept their woollen nightcaps on for warmth during cold winter days. Such hats are known in other English-speaking countries by a variety of names, including beanie (American), watch cap or stocking cap; the terms tuque and toque are unique to Canada and northern areas of the United States, close to the Canadian border.

Now you know.

Game on 12-30-12

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First play Quinn hands off to Charles.

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Quinn gets a taste of some Mile High grass 🙂

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1Manning throws 12-30-12

2 Stokely catches 12-30-12

3 next pass Decker 12-30-12

4 Moreno coming in 12-30-12

5 Moreno almost TD 12-30-12

Touchdown Moreno!

6 Moreno TD 12-30-12

7 TD celebration 12-30-12 8 Decker and Moreno 12-30-12

9 Thunder 12-30-12

10 fight for ball 12-30-12

11 Grab let 12-30-12

12 Ball gettn knocked loose 12-30-12

13 Ball loose 12-30-12

14 Manning block 12-30-12

15 Manning block 2 12-30-12

16  Manning block 3 12-30-12

16 Manning block 4 12-30-12

17 Manning hand off to Moreno 12-30-12

18 Manning throws 12-30-12

19 Decker appears 12-30-12

20 Decker td catch 12-30-12

21 Decker after td 12-30-12

22 Decker td in crowd 12-30-12

23 Kick is good 12-30-12

24 Manning throw 12-30-12

25 Crazy leap 12-30-12

26 crazy catch holy 12-30-12

26 pass interference 12-30-12

28 Manning standing 12-30-12

29 ball touchdown 12-30-12

30 its good 12-30-12

31 Brock O 12-31-12

32 Brock O 1 12-30-12

eating chiefs shittn raiders

With Manning at the Helm…

Kansas City Chiefs v Denver Broncos

Broncos straight up kick the Chiefs ass 38-3..Total Domination!

On a final Broncos note..Six years ago on Jan 1 2007 cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed on New Years Day, at 24 years of age…Sad

Here’s a video tribute to Darrent.

It’s been a year folks. Lots of ups and down in our Colorado Sports world. Blogging gained absolutely no credibility in 2012 and as such a lot of sporting events are trying to restrict what type of cameras can be brought into a Stadium or Arena. They are shying away from anything with a detachable lens.

Anyone that knows me knows I don’t sell my pictures. They are online for all to view and enjoy. There’s not a lot of people out there that do what I do quite like I do it. If you know me you know….I’m not “in it” for the money.

Shit… Being “in it” costs me money.

I rarely watch sports on TV because I love being there. That feeling of being a small part of something bigger, camera in hand waiting to catch that “perfect picture” whatever it may be that day.

Props to Coors Field and the Rockies and Sports Authority Field and the Broncos for not restricting my camera usage. I’m glad they realize I’m on their side. The Nuggets and the Pepsi Center are a different story.

Spring Training Road Trip will be early March 2013 for the Rox Addict and I.

My Spring training trip is shorter this year because we purchased a mountain ranch a month ago..

You’d think the perfect name for the ranch would be the Rockpile Ranch right? For some reason my wife doesn’t share my enthusiasm for that name. Since we’re at 9200 feet elevation the wife decided we’re gonna call it the…

“HIGH C RANCH”.

I’m “D” the Ranter.

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Press Pass for the Ranter in 2013

From Krista, Hunter, Mylee , Elway, Nugget, Bronco, Karma Kitty and I…

Happy New Year and a prosperous 2013 to you…”D

Here’s the Thing…These Hornets don’t Sting

11-25-12

Nuggets vs Hornets 

Pepsi Center 6pm

Our first Nuggets game of the season. Wasn’t sure what to expect.

Jersey Geoff and his family must have been think’n the same thing as my family because we ran into him up in the thin-air section (300 section). This was their first Nuggets game of the season as well.

Gold Medalist Missy Franklin was at the game. (Denver resident but not Colorado native).

Check out her shoes??

Pre-Game the Nuggets recognized Andre Iguodala for helping Team USA win the Olympic gold medal. Andre scored 23 points, 6 assists and had 2 rebounds tonight!

Nuggets also recognized center Timofey Mozgov for winning a bronze medal while playing for his native Russia.

The face of the Nuggets have changed so I’ll hit you with some player names.

Danilo Gallinari.

Andre Miller

Kosta Koufos.

Kenneth Faried..14 points and 12 rebounds tonight.

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Coach Karl.

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Cory Brewer.

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Ty Lawson nailed 17 points tonight.

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McGee hook shot 11-25-12

Hand in face 11-25-12

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Front Row Seat…Texting Fan of the Game.

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Click here for a Video Recap of the game

Final Score

Nuggets 102..Hornets 84

.Nugget’s are now 8-6 on the season and the win tonight was their 4th in a row. I must say at first I didn’t like the new uniforms, but they’re starting to grow on me.

Love that Old Skool logo.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Doing my best to be a well-rounded sports blogger 🙂