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:
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.
BRING TOM HELMER BACK NOW!!
You meet a lot of people in life. Most leave no impression but every now and then you meet someone who leave a lasting impression. For me that was Tom Helmer.
I can’t say exactly when I first met Tom but my first really good memory of meeting him was at the Top of the Rockies show towards the end of 2010. When I wrote the blog entry about the show I mentioned how cool I thought it would be interview one of the ROOT SPORTS (FSN Rocky Mtn back then) folks.
Not long after Tom emailed me and told me he enjoyed reading the Rant and said he’d be happy to let me interview him. That blew me away and I was stoked because I figured Tom would be a smooth first interview for me because he’s so laid back.
Tom kept his word and on a cold snowy day in January the Rantics and I met Tom and his wife at Champps. The Rantics all hung out and Alanna X and I interviewed Tom.
He was easy to talk and the two of them were a total class act.
After that Tom was an official “Rantic” and he solidified his place in the Rant as a stand-up guy.
Five years I’ve been blogging about the Rockies and Tom was the first one in Colorado Media to give me any props at all, thank you Tom.
Helmer “IS” the Rockies pre and post game.
Plus his “Tom on the Town” series is always fun to watch.
The kids and I won’t be celebrating any Rockies wins post-game at the ROOT SPORTS desk this season, the only reason we’ll be there is to shout “Bring back Helmer” and you better believe the Rantics will be there in full force.
I can tell you that I was extremely pro ROOT SPORTS at the beginning of last season. I bought in and plugged their new theme …”The Fan”.
Ok ROOT SPORTS time to put your money where you mouth is. “The Fans” you reference want Tom Helmer back…NOW!. He’s the heart and soul of your broadcast team and Rockies fans WILL suffer in his absence.
ROOT SPORTS you have totally misjudged the impact Helmer has on the Rockies fan base.
I’m not sure What direction ROOT SPORTS is headed but if it doesn’t include Tom Helmer I don’t need a map to tell you they’re going the wrong way.
Helmer was so cool he even had his own T-Shirts made and distributed them to fans for a good part of last season. Me being the original homeboy I got the first one.
I have nothing against the rest of the crew at ROOT SPORTS I like them, but none of them have close to the personality and charisma that Helmer has. Plus who the hell wants to see the Cowboy up on the desk after a Rockies win. Not me, that’s just scary.
Stand up Rockies fans, help our “Homeboy”. Do the right thing and let ROOT SPORTS know how you feel about this mess.
Here’s a link to their Facebook page: ROOT SPORTS..Rocky Mountain
Or you can email directly by clicking here: ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain email.
Please show your support for Tom by Liking the Facebook page Dan Created: Bring Helmer Back NOW
And Don’t miss the Save Helmer Fan Rally on Sunday at 2pm at the Blake Street Tavern. Then we march to Coors Field is support of “The Homeboy”.
I’m “D” The Ranter and ROOT SPORTS seems more like BOOT SPORTS to me right now.
Here’s Tom, one of the nicest Rockies fans you’ll ever meet.
Gary and Alannah to the power of X
Hosers a hosing.
Here’s The Duece’s home run pictures series.
It looks good.
Giant’s Sanchez hits one foul.
Older fella realizes this is his ball.
He makes the dive for it.
Just like a baseball snagg’n stud he’s victorious, get that dude a beer or maybe a stretcher.
Here’s Hawaii Bob busting another fan smuggling booze inside of Coors Field. When will they learn?
Cargo has one sweet swing.
Wiggy gett’n jiggy on first base.
The best part of this game was the eighth inning. Rockies come from behind to take this game two.
Looks like I’m going to have to pay to blog from here forward. As you can tell from the compressed and reduced quality pictures in this entry, MLBlogs has switched to a WordPress blog format. It’s cool in some aspects but I’m not digg’n the part where I have to pay. I put a lot of money and time into my blog already and coughing up more dough for a fan blog doesn’t sit well with me. Also the fact that MLBlogs neglected to mention that we would have to pay until after the fact was a total cop out.
MLBlogs, I brought you over 600000 hits in just 2.5 years, thanks for nothing.
I guess their reasoning was that the picture limit would only be a problem for a few select blogs. The Rockpile Rant just happen to be one of them. Also somewhere in the blogosphere are about 70-80 of my missing blog entries.
I’ll figure this out. I’m still the Rockies #1 and I’m still having fun.
Rantics feel free to vent your feelings. I’d love to hear them.
Normally I don’t get too excited when opening my email. That wasn’t the case today. After finishing my physical therapy in Boulder (props to my Physical Therapist Erin), I headed home to Nederland, logged in and checked my Yahoo account. Sitting there in my inbox was an email from Tom Helmer of FSN Rocky Mountain/Root Sports with a header that said “Want to be on TV?”
That email header not only made me smile but it got my full attention. Here’s what’s going on. During the Rockies Fest FSN/Root Sports will be shooting a Rockies promotional commericial.
Tom asked that I round up the Rantics that will be attending Rockies Fest and we all head over to the FSN/Root Sports booth. What will happen then is you will read a few lines and then you’ll be asked you to comment on some of your favorite Rockies moments and what it’s like to be a Rockies fan.
Simple right? Maybe but…
You can bet they’re only going to use the best ones so I suggest really putting some thought into this. How cool would it be to be in a commercial plugging the Rockies?
I don’t know about you but I’ve yet to tire seeing myself on TV. To date that consists of a couple of quick flashes on TV while I was chasing a home run balls, the FSN Top of the Rockies Fan Choice show and hanging out at Coors Field for the post game show so I can make sure the Rockpile Ranter jersey gets some TV luv.
The Rantics are the most loyal, hardcore and supportive group of baseball fans out there. I anticipate we’re going to do a great job on Saturday for FSN/Root Sports.
Rantics… Be ready and have fun with this I know the kids and I will.
Get your best Rockies gear together and I’ll see you at Rockies Fest on Saturday morning.
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…Just doing more of that cool stuff with the Rantics I keep telling you about…
Photo from MLB.com
Wow, when you’re not working you have a LOT of time to think. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s counterproductive. Despite back surgery and the fact that I’m still not back to work I’m in good spirits. Baseball it seems isn’t just during the season it’s year round when you’re a Rantic.
I’ve been thinking about what drives me to keep the Rant going. I think I know what it is. The thing I miss most from my days in the Army are the friendships and camaraderie that you build in a short time. I’m still in touch with several of my Army buds.
The Rockpile Rant has evolved. Over the last three seasons what was only to be a picture diary of the games the kids and I attend has transformed into a tight community of Rockies fans that is growing steadily. I’ve found out by blogging that I’m not alone.
The Rantics are a group of super-Rockies fans and as I said earlier baseball is year round for these folks.
For most of the Rantics it starts with batting practice. I personally won’t go to a game unless I have time to attend batting practice. For me it’s part of the game and I know I’m always going to see a familiar face hang’n in the pavilion.
What other sport can you show up early for and actually participate in their warm-up? I don’t care who you are you haven’t lived until you’ve shown up for your team’s batting practice with your glove. Yeah it may take you a couple of games but eventually someone will hit a ball to you or one will bounce your way.
As soon as you snag that ball, you’re adrenaline is pumping, folks cheer and clap for you. You look quick to see if you can figure out who hit you the homerun ball. Right then the seed is planted and the addiction begins to grow.
Each catch is different. Each one is special. I know if I catch a ball I’ll be able to make a Rockies fans day by handing them that ball. Two memories created from one little baseball.
I hang out at Coors Field because it’s comfortable. I’m surrounded by people who love and support the Rockies more than I do. There’s a camaraderie there that fills the void left from the military. I know if something happens the Rantics have my back and they know I’ve got theirs.
Some folks don’t understand and that’s ok. I don’t blog for them, I blog for the ones who do.
I can’t mention everyone but I have to mention these Rockies Fans/Rantics who have been there from the beginning.
Dan-Thanks for teaching me the ropes and for always being there with support and a good idea. I always appreciate your input and have the greatest respect for what you do for so many Rockies fans. You sir are a selfless Rockies fan who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
R-LUV and LUVMYROX-Thanks for always being there. Both of your comments throughout the years have inspired me to keep blogging. Even when I wasn’t getting a lot of page hits I always felt like I was blogging for you both. Thank you both for being so supportive of the Rant and for being my friends.
Robert-Robert is my road trip buddy. We’re a lot alike except I have more hair and he has a better camera. I just hope I can do what he does at his age. Robert and I talk Rockies baseball all year long and I’m getting his seat when he retires.
There are many more Rantics but I have to start somewhere.
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter..One of many Super Rockies fans.
See you at Rockies Fest…D