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Feel the Rain…Taste the Pain.

8-19-11

Dodgers vs Rockies Game One

Ran into this “flash from the past” struggling to take a hard right while parking  today close to Coors Field. Cool horses, terrible beer.

I know the dude pushing the shopping cart is wondering if all those cases if beer are full?

Colorado  is a microbrew state..Coors beer isn’t much better but at least it’s a Banquet beer whatever that is? Life is short people. I don’t always drink beer,… but when I do I prefer good beer 🙂

No big entry for this game. Batting practice started off slow and was uneventful for the Rockies portion of it. The Dodgers gave some luv to right field and the extreme left side of left field. By the end of BP I had managed to snag two. The first was a ground rule double which I gave to a little boy who was there with his dad.

The second was a toss up that was not thrown hard enough to reach it’s intended recipient and it ended up in my glove.  Shortly thereafter it was nestled into the glove of a young Rockies fan. 

It was really cool to see Joy and Jim again at Coors and for the first time this season I ran into Queen Geri. Great to see you all. Nice hang’n with Douglas, Amy and her pops in line.

I’d like to get a group picture of as many Rantics as possible one game before the end of this season.Maybe the fireworks game in September??

Oh yeah..They gave away a Giambi T-Shirt today.

 Here are a few pictures I thought were worth sharing from this Rockies loss.

First pitch of the game.

Mark Ellis airborne

Duck

Long time Rockies Usher “Beard” giving the all clear.

These couple pictures are from when Kemp got tagged in the helmet with the ball. It deflects off the glove then hits his helmet and he drops like a rock.

Seemed like Kemp was ok after a bit.

Helton gets a double.

Jim and Joy feeling about like I was during this game.

The Rockies couldn’t seem to put anything together this evening. When it started to rain I was tired and done and I headed for my truck.

The Rockies lose this one to the Blue 8-2. A big thank you to Jersey Geoff for the ticket to this game. I’m glad I didn’t pay for an expensive seat to watch this snoozer.

Don’t forget to send in your picture for the “Ranter’s Photo Contest” to win that ultra cool Carlos Gonzalez figurine.

I’m the Ranter, tomorrow is “The Duece’s” bobblehead day. I’ll be there standing in line along with half of Colorado.

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RANTER’S PHOTO CONTEST 2011

8/15/11

”Why Baseball is Still the Greatest Sport of all Time”

The first entry in the RANTER’S PHOTO CONTEST is from Michael Sacs.

Props to Michael for getting the ball rolling with a great picture.

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The next photo entry is from “Pretty in Purple” attached with this note…

Hey D.
 This photo was taken August 1, 2011 vs the Phillies featuring, you guessed it, a loss.
I’ve titled it “The Promise of Next Spring”.

This is just one of the reasons I think baseball is the greatest sport of all time. No matter how awful and disappointing today is, there’s always tomorrow, or next Spring. It is a game that makes us optimists and dreamers with each new scoreboard or calendar change.
I snapped this pic walking up to the park. It reminded me of that promise. Then after watching the game, I realized I would indeed have to wait for the promise of Spring.

I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks,
Katerina a.k.a. “prettyinpurple”

Thanks Katerina, that’s an amazing shot…WOW

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The third photo entry is the first Blogger to enter. It’s Matthew Jackson and he writes the MLBlog http://bloggingboutbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Here’s what Matt had to say:

Hey, Ranter!

This photo is one I took at Angel Stadium… I just love the sunset and being able to see the whole stadium.
I hope you like it!

Beautuful shot Matt thanks for sharing and Good Luck!

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The next entry is from Jim. Here’s what Jim had to say about his picture.

Here’s my pic for your contest.  It’s from the 2008 World Series parade.  I got there 5 hours early for the parade (7am for a noon parade).  One of the best days of my life. 🙂
 
Jim

Thanks for sharing your picture Jim.

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The next picture is from Amy in Colorado.

Here’s Amy’s quote for the picture..

Vegas baby! Sky Sox Vs. Las Vegas 51’s…. It’s not a purse, it’s a satchel…. Indiana Jones wears one!”

Nice pic Amy, looks like a good time. I’d ask you what happened but it’s Vegas and you probably wouldn’t tell me. Thanks for entering.

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The next picture entry is from Andrew. Here’s Andrew’s quote for this picture..

“Even Dealin’ Doug knows a great team when he sees one”

Andrew sent another picture that is not entered in the contest but was worth sharing.

Check out Deal’n Doug’s Bling

Wow…Glad he’s on our side….Andrew’s caption for this picture was.

“Would you like some fingers with that gold?”
 
Thanks for the pictures Andrew and Good Luck to you.
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This picture is from Ken..
It’s he, his daughter and Rosie the Red at the Great American Ballpark
 
Ken also sent in a second picture that is not entered but is very cool. This is a picture of the homerun he caught off the bat of Jimmy Rollins at PNC Park. To quote Ken: “Road trips are awesome”.
Thanks for sharing Ken.

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Next is Joy aka LUVMYROX’s entry…This is a photo of Hunter and Mylee at Batting Practice a while back.

 Thanks for your entry Joy and Good Luck.

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This next picture is from Nicolle and it’s a sweet picture. Here’s what Nicolle had to say about her picture.

Hello Rockpile Ranter, I took this photo last year at the home regular series finale. It brings a smile to my face everytime I see it. I’ve titled it “It’s My Duty: The Pink Backpack“. 
Hope you enjoy and I love reading your blog.

Thank you Nicolle and good luck to you!

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The final entry is from Dominic. Here’s what Dominic had to say about his picture.

D,
I’ve attached my photo for the contest. Being a die-hard Rockies fan, I believe there is no better picture that says that baseball is the greatest sport in the world than a Todd Helton home run (which is what my picture is of). Also, I have attached a short video from the pregame before the Fireworks game last Friday. It makes me proud to be a Rockies fan. It’s Kevin Kouzmanoff playing catch with a young fan. I think everyone would enjoy seeing it if you want to put it on the blog. Also, I just wanted to thank you for being so generous with your contests with Rockies fans. I was one of the people that submitted an essay for the Fan Fest tickets and plan on doing so again this winter if you do that contest again. I’m a regular reader of your blog and will continue to read. Thanks for the shot….Dominic
 
 
Here’s Dominic’s video of Kevin playing catch with a fan. Thanks for sharing Dominic.
 
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 Think you can do better? Let’s see what you got.  Gary X being the the autograph genious he is donated a signed Giambi Card for second place and a signed and Cargo card for the third place prize..Thanks G :

Hurry up…Send your photo to THEROCKPILERANTER@YAHOO.COM

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Five to Zero…Look’n for a Hero

8-2-11

PHILLIES VS ROCKIES GAME TWO

 Notice the temperature? July was a record breaking month in Colorado as far as the heat goes but today was overcast and drizzling at times. The cooler weather was a nice change.

Here are your Starting Lineups

Even with the drizzle the cages were up and BP was roll’n. I kind of felt like a ball magnet today as I had a lot of play during BP. I was hoping that would work to my advantage during the game as I had a front row pavilion seat today.

(I’m Still buck’n for that first Game Homer)…Thanks Mister Ticket Mister :).

I’ll spare you the suspense…It didn’t happen.

The first two BP balls I snagged were toss-ups from Phillies players that were bobbled by Phillies fans. I made sure those two balls found homes with Rockies fans. My next snag was a ground rule double that hit fast and bounced off of my glove.  A few quick steps later and I scooped up my own bobble.

I didn’t want BP to end without actually catching one. There was a break in the clouds and the baseball gods shined briefly enough for me to catch one on the fly from an unknown Phillies player shortly before the players left the field. Props to Mike the Rox Addict for snagging a ground rule double ball that tipped off my glove while surrounded by Phillies fans eager for that ball.

I believe Amy snagged four balls and Jersey Geoff , Dan and Ken had a few nice snags too.

    Here are your Rockies warming up.

Chris Iannetta flashing me the Ranter sign.

The only Rockies player that I saw walk up to the wall and sign was Mark Ellis.

Props to you Mark, shame on the rest of you.

Guess “The Duece”  has been teaching classes on how to avoid signing autographs.

Other than catching baseballs my second favorite thing to do at the ballpark is take action pictures. However there was a severe lack of action from the Rockies so here are a few Phillies pictures. 

I feel ya EY.

I don’t get the Rockies. If I didn’t have so much fun hang’n with my friends at Coors Field I doubt I attend many more games this season.

The Coors Field late innings two out magic is all but dead. This game was uneventful, unexciting, unfulfilling and unfun.

WTF happened?

Keep ignoring your fans Rockies and nothing good will come of it.

I also want to wish Ubaldo Jiminez the best of luck with the Indians. Nasty Fasty was a class act and was the nicest most approachable Rockies player I have ever met. I’m not happy with the decision to Trade Ubaldo or the manner in which it was executed, but we all knew the Rockies were do to make a pitching blunder of some sort.

At least he can’t come back and haunt us in the American League? unless…Nah

I’m the Ranter…I’m thinking I picked the right season to back off the baseball games a bit and work hard on my Mobile Blogging Unit…AKA

VANNY CASTILLA

I need to get him ready for Broncos Tailgating and Spring Training 2012. ranter hat.jpg 

Iannetta Knew It…The Kid Blew It

7-16-11                                                                       

Brewers vs Rockies Game 3

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Our first Rockies Photo Day..For some reason we always seem to have something going when this day rolls around.

Our little roped off section of Coors field was filled with Rantics. The Rockies who were posing for pictures were all friendly and approachable other than “The Duece”,  who once again lived up to his number. I made a comment that out of the group of eight of us who were doing this round robin with the picture and camera switch during the photo session,   I bet that Tulo would diss four of us.

I was wrong, Tulo dissed six of us and left Hunter standing there just waiting for his picture as he moved past us as quick as he could.

Tulo, c’mon man…Most folks in this state look up to you…Hunter used to. I respect your athletic abilities brotha, but you need lessons on how to treat your loyal fans.

Believe me I’m not ripp’n Tulo for this just this “ONE” time. You don’t earn the nickname “The Duece” overnight :).

Anyways….

Way too many pictures today of players and Rantics to post em all but I’ll share a few.

 Skipper Jim Tracy 

Jim and I

Rox Addict and his famous “Running Man” Pose

Must be contagious, here’s Dan striking a pose.

Me, I’m not really a running man, I’m more of a glider.

Tom Helmer sport’n a mustache?…Guess I have been gone a while 🙂

Gary and Alanna X and the Coaches

Mike and Chris Iannetta “aka Spongebob” holding Spongebob…Perfect!!

Me n Wiggy

Hunter and Ian Stewart 

Ryan Spilborghs

Aaron Cook and the Rantic Red Beards

Cha-Ching on the mound, first pitch of the game after a brief  rain delay was a strike.

Best hat of the game.

 

I was a little late to the action but I got some pretty good pics.

 

 

 It was different watching Chris Iannetta getting gett’n all fired up as he’s usually quiet and reserved. I guess watching  Chris pop his cork got Jim Tracy all fired up.

Usually stuff like this jump starts a team… But this was not the case today.

I’m the “Ranter” and despite the loss I had a great time hang’n with the Crew.

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Tony Takes the Abuse…Then Lets Loose

6-11-11                  

Dodgers vs Rockies Game 3

Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:34.
Att: 34,290

Hunter and I were the first in Line at Gate E. We let our out-of-town guest Zack Hample go in front of us because that’s the right thing to do. We figured we’d beat him to the pavilion anyway because of his ankle boot but he made it there first.

I snagged two balls on the fly today and was first to touch a toss-up that I handed to the intended recipient. Hunter managed to snag one toss-up.

Zack snagged his 400th ball of the season within just a few minutes.

Here’s a few game shots.

Crazy Scoreboard.

Tulo gett’n his rub on.

Nettie, Zack and Danny.

Remember folks, when at a baseball game “Just Say No” to the Wave.

Marianne, Hunter and I watched from the front row of the pavilion and listened to two drunk Rockies fans heckle Tony Gwynn for most of the game. Tony didn’t respond at all until the 9th inning. Here’s video of Tony finally acknowledging the hecklers.

 Shortly after Tony made a stellar flying leap to catch a bases loaded hit from Charlie Blackmon to the left field to end the game. Tony stood up, looked at the hecklers, smiled an “In your face” smile and headed off the field…Classy.

 Below is a link to video of Tony’s catch:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=&topic_id=&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_&v=3

Rockies lose Game 3 to the Dodgers with a final score of 11-7. 

In the end Tony got his and I gained some respect for a Dodger despite a Rockies loss…“D”

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Boo Hoo Blue…That’s Two

 6-10-11                                                                 

DODGERS VS ROCKIES GAME 2

Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:51.
Att: 32,116.

 When you wake up and you’re still amped from the previous night’s game I consider that a call to action.

 Lots of things going on today. Rockies are up in this four game series by one game, I’m hang’n with the kids, and Zack Hample(The Professor of Snag) is in town for the four game Dodgers series.

 The kids and I were third to get in line at the gate and as we were waiting in the hot sun I noticed Zack hobbling up to our gate sport’n crutches and a huge ankle boot. Immediately I felt sorry for him as I myself had spent a good 10 days getting to know the boot and I’m still wearing an ankle brace.

 We chatted a bit, and I offered him a place in line but Zack had pre-arranged to have someone hold him a spot. Smart, I had no idea? Anyways I’ll spare you the story of the Coors Field regular who cut in front of us then tried to play like he didn’t. After a brief exchange of words it’s my guess is he wont ever cut in front of the kids and I again :). I’ll spare you a picture of him as he’s an ugly SOB.

 Zack signed a few books before we entered the gates and he and I arranged to meet up after BP so he could sign my book too. Here’s my copy of Zack’s new book. Fantastic read, with two Coors Field Rantics actually in-between the covers.

Dan and Robert

 Here’s Zack’s inscription along with his current ball count at the time of the inscription.

Batting practice today was a good time for the kids and I. Each of  them snagged two baseballs which is a good thing because then there’s no argument over who has more :)..Photo by LUVMYROX.

 Me, I really only had play on one ball. It was hit directly to me and I realized it was going to land slightly short of the outfield wall. I leaned over and down as far as I could and as the ball landed perfectly in my glove, until…. Ramon Troncoso slapped his glove down and knocked it out of my hand.

In past experiences most players at this point will pick up the ball and toss it back to the bucket cause there’s no luv for the guy who loses a ball  right?

Not this time, guess he felt sorry for me and he tossed it up to me, that kind gesture from a Dodger made my day.

 Ramon Troncoso,  nice guy.

Here’s my picture show from this game starting with the first pitch of the game.

All pictures were taken from the Rockpile. This one of the kids and I and my buddy Scott was taken by LUVMYROX.

Rockies newbie Charlie Blackmon.

Here’s Dan giving away two pavilion tickets to a couple of random folks in the Rockpile. Pretty Cool!!

Not only is this guy wearing a pink shirt but he was trying to start the wave. Did he not see the commercial?

The one, the only… Drugless Douglas.

Missy showing off her freshly autographed Don Mattingly jersey.

Cool reflection of the scoreboard along the first baseline.

The Tulo home run picture series.

Getting ready to land.

The ball bounces off the dude in the pink shirt. What is it with pink shirts this game?

He looks for it.

But this dude retrieves “The Duece’s”  circular souvenir.

The Professor of Snag…Zack Hample.

Tom Helmer giving the Rantic kids some post-game Luv along with…..

some of the bigger Rantics, Gary X and Mike the Rox Addict.

Just as the game was ending it started to rain. Dodgers gave it a good run in the 9th but Rockies get their second win of this four game series with a final score of 6-5.

I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.

  I may not be… “King of the Blogosphere”.

But I’m King here:)…D

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From First to Third…Sloppy is the Word

5-27-11

D-Backs vs Rockies Game 4

Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:57.
Att: 31,285

Rockies fans look at the month of May as a test. Instead of starting the season off from behind and playing catch up the Rockies changed things up this season. We started off with a bang, and now it seems were out of ammo and just chuck’n water balloons.

Rantics in attendance today were, Robert, Dan, Emily, Amy, Jersey Geoff and Mike The Rox Addict.

Those of us who really like Ubaldo can feel his pain. I need to see the old “Nasty Fasty” back in action.

A few game shots for you.

We did get to see Bruce Billings Major League Debut. 

Here’s his first pitch. He threw for two innings. His ERA is now 4.5

For me the highlight of this game was seeing Eric Young Jr back.

Here’s another familiar face. Holliday didn’t even get to take a swing.

Robert showed up for the game today. Was good to see him. Robert has reduced the number of games he’s attending. He’s not happy with the Rockies organization at the moment. If you’ve got some time ask him he’ll tell you about it.

Mike the Rox Addict and I hung out beside the ROOT SPORTS desk post-game to show our support despite this third  loss at home to the D-Backs of all teams. You can see the final embarassing final score in the background.

Something’s wrong. The Rockies don’t feel like the Rockies to me. I’ll blame part of it on the lack of fan love they’ve been showing.

Remember fellas the same fans you diss pre-game are the same ones showing up supporting this half-as-sed team as we painfully watch you try and get it together.

Respect your fans and they’ll always support you and always remember where you came from.

Colorado Springs is only an  hour away 🙂

I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter.

Rockies fan but not standing nearly as tall as I used to.

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