Batting practice was OK but I was totally shutout. It still happens once in a while but not so often anymore. I just can’t bring myself to ask a player for a baseball. I love catching or racing up five row of bleachers to beat someone to a ball that has taken a bounce.
The best batting practices are during the week when the pavilion is less crowded. My friend Emily an MLBlogger who writes the Rockies blog “I live for this” was at batting practice with her friend.
Hunter managed to snag two baseballs today. The first one was a toss up from Manny Corpas.
I’ve yet to get an All-Star ball.
Manny tossed one to Hunter on Friday too. Hunter had another opportunity when the Rockies finished batting practice.
Manny tossed the last ball to Hunter and Hunter didn’t expect it and it hit him just below his neck in his chest.
The ball rolled to the right and some lady kept it for her kid.
Personally any kid that gets hit with a ball like Hunter did should have been given that ball. But like you’ve heard me say here before “Some people don’t get it”.
She doesn’t get it and neither did my boy. No worries, Hunter was ok and already had a ball. After the Marlins BP we went around to the Rockies dugout to see what was up.
When Brad Hawpe finished warming up he headed back to the dugout and on his way tossed Hunter his second ball of the day.
Jorge De La Rosa copping a squat before the game.
Jim Tracy and Alana
Helton taking a stretch.
Ian Stewart doing the same.
There was a moment of silence for two members of Event Services Staff that had passed away. That was a nice way to pay respect I thought.
BBCHICK asked if I would get some pictures of the High School band performing the national anthem as she some friends who are in the band. I actually shot video of it
Bob, Yorvit and Jorge doing the walk.
Clint Hurdle was out signing autographs today. A few others did but not many. Spilborghs was out there for a good ten minutes signing today.
Jorge De La Rosa is pitching decent I’d say despite his lack of wins. Jorge pitched for 8 innings and had 12 strikeouts. Jorge is (0-3) for the season.
Garrett Atkins went 0-3 and is really struggling only batting .218. It will be nice when he finds his groove cause Atkins can hit. Tulowitzki homered in the first inning and went two of four for the day. Troy was replaced in the ninth inning because of a slight strain on his quadricep. The same one he injured last season…I don’t even want to think about Tulo going on the DL right now.
Take it easy Tulo..Heal up that quad brotha
Torrealba broken bat.
I believe if I had to I could kill dinner for my family with that weapon.
I call this picture “Floating Bat Boy Broken Bat” 🙂
Jorge at bat.
Jorge and Tulo Jorge on display
Torrealba and Baylor
Tulowitzki about to throw
Dexter Fowler at bat
Dexter Fowler swingin.
Hawpe and Atkins
I call this picture “Tulo’s invisible bat”
Jason Grilli was up on the mound after De La Rosa.
Jason keeping a close eye on first base
A quick chat
Hawpe letting one go by.
Barmes and Hill
1 point- Showing up for the game.
1 point –Staying until the end of the game and getting a picture of the final score.
1 point- Snagging four season ticket stubs from the game.
Total = 3 points
1 point- Showing up
4 points- Two tossed up baseballs worth 2 points each.
1 point– Staying until the end of the game.
1/2 point- Snagging two season tickets after the game.
Hunter has been kicking my butt.
When are YOU going to start Hagg’n? I have prizes 🙂 …D
4/27/09 Padres vs Rockies
Ranter’s dictionary: Tagg’n = Getting baseballs autographed.
Monday’s game was straight up cold. I was hoping for batting practice but the field was empty other than a few Padres playing catch and doing sprints.
While I was standing there thinking about what I should do next I ran into Joy aka LUVMYROXX and her husband Jim.
Really nice folks and it was an honor to meet you both.
Thanks Joy for reading the Rant and being a regular commentor.
I have to say anyone brave enough to attend Monday’s game is a hardcore Rockies fan because it was quite nipply.
It was seriously overcast, the temperature was in the 40’s and a cold gusty wind was hitting us at times.
Great snowbarding weather but it can make watching a baseball game live a bit uncomfortable, especially when those wind gusts hit…brrrr
So after saying hey to some of the fellas in the first row I grabbed my backpack and headed over to the Rockies dugout to see what I could see.
When I arrived I saw Huston Street walking back to the dugout and before I could even ask he walked over to sign for a small group of fans. I quickly dug out a baseball and slipped into the group.
One thing I have noticed is that if you just hand a player a baseball they will usually not sign on the sweet spot. For me this is true 9 out of 10 times. Robert has been giving me sheet about not asking them to sign on the sweet spot.
He told me “just ask them to sign it on the sweet spot, they will”. So today I tried it.
<——He looked at me with this look and said, “No, I’m not going to do that, you get it where you get it.
I about crapped my pants. You see the first time I ask I get slammed hard.
Naa I’m totally kidding, Huston Street is a great guy and will sign for anyone.
Here’s why it’s hard for me a to ask a player to sign on the sweet spot. I feel fortunate to just be getting a players autograph, so to be specific on what I want seems a tad rude.
But in reality unless it’s a World Series ball it needs to be signed on the sweet spot.
With luck like this in the first few minutes I figured I’d stay put there and see what unfolds.
So from a Hagger’s point of view the cold dreary day was getting better 🙂
Robert came over and was demonstrating to me the fine art of removing the word “PRACTICE” from a baseball.
I knew the next player to come out would be Chris Iannetta.
I hopped in line and he signed the baseball Robert was fixing up for me.
I used a batting practice ball because Chris was signing in sharpie and I decided to work on a Team signed baseball mostly because I had only brought one new baseball and one used one.
The next guy out of the dugout was Bob Apodaca.
Bob looked like he was on a mission but when the older fella standing beside me called out his name Bob turned and walked over and started chatting and signing.
No batting practice today but I’ve snagged three autographs. Not bad eh !. It gets better my friends.
When Todd finished warming up he walked almost all the way to the dugout then he turned turned and walked over to my group.
I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never been able to get Todd’s autograph at Coors Field before and here he was two feet from me.
It was at that point I really wished I had a new baseball for him to sign. Oh well my team baseball was starting to look pretty good now especially with this this guys autograph on it 🙂
Look at the menacing sky in the background. My team ball is getting some character now.
As Clint Barmes was walking off the field he stopped and spent a few minutes signing for everyone.
When he looked up at me I said, “Clint you tossed me the first batting practice ball of spring training this year”. He looked up at me and said “Yeah I remember you”.
Clint brotha, you don’t know how cool it was to hear you say that.
I’ve always liked Clint Barmes but now not only will the Rant be extra pro-Helton but it will be extra pro-Barmes. I take special notice when someone takes notice/remembers me.
Thanks for the autograph Clint. Good luck this season, the Rant has got your back.
I managed to get one more autograph but not a picture. Ryan Spilborghs signed the team baseball underneath Clint Barmes.
Spilly was working his way down the line signing with this head down and just before he got to me the guy beside me mentioned something about Robert catching his home run ball the night before.
I then asked Spilly if he had watched the video of it. Spilly said “Yeah I looked at it”. Then I said that I was the guy right behind Robert chasing it. He still didn’t look up. When he got to me he took my baseball, signed it, handed it back to me, stopped slowly, raised his head enough to see my face and acknowledge it, then he moved on down the line.
It wasn’t scary, but it wasn’t a “Cool man, better luck next time” kind of glance either. No worries Spilly, I’m a big fan and I’m glad you’re a part of this team.
We know a lot of the same people so I hope you get used to my face brotha 🙂
Tulo was benched?
Rockies get the win over the Padres 12-7.
I didn’t make it much past the fifth inning. I was cold tired, and had to get up for work at 3am. Had I stayed I’d have been in position to snag a ground rule double.
Let me just say that is not the first time that has happened to me and will surely not be the last. I think of it as the ghosts of baseball past teasing me for leaving my seat or going home early.
It will someday happen to you if you attend enough games. Eventually you’ll need to eat, drink or pee Precicly at the point that you cannot see your seat is when the baseball will land in your area.
Hagg’n totals for this game
1 Point for showing up.
12 Points for six autographs. Huston Street, Bob Apodaca, Todd Helton, Chris Iannetta, Clint Barmes, and Ryan Spilborghs. I couldn’t eat another brat this game.
Total points = 13
After it all happened I figured I might be on TV. Props to Robert for snaggin Spilborgh’s home run ball in the third inning. Spilborghs is his favorite Rockies player.
Robert was sporting Spilly’s Jersey and immediatly after he snagged that home run ball Spilly’s dad called Robert on his cell phone.
Don’t believe me,… look how happy this old man is.
Robert asked me later how close I was to him when he snagged that ball and I told him if he had stopped any shorter we’d have known each other too well.
Good job Robert, the dude is quick. Next time I’ll sit on the other side of him.
Click on the link below and check out the video of it all:
Today I was the first in line at the Rockpile gate and things were as they should be in Rockie land.
Here is a shot of Dan and Robert politely discussing one of yesterday’s batting practice snags 🙂
I was lucky again today and Dan hooked me up with a Row 1 ticket. This enabled me to go onto the field during the autograph session. I’ve never done this before and let me tell you it was beyond cool.
Check out the video of me entering the field:
Manny Corpas came out and signed for a few people then split.
Ubaldo Jimenez also came out and signed for the whole group.
I skipped Ubaldo because I have him already. I was able to give him a knuckle bump and wish him good luck this year. Nice guy.
Here is Jason Hammel coming up to sign for us.
Looks like Jason will get his first start for the Rockies on Monday’s game against the Padres.
Good luck Jason!
In the video below Robert and I were almost to the Pavilion when I heard someone call out “Rockpile Ranter”. That someone was Missy from “View from the Rockpile”.
Missy is an Usher at Coors Field and was on her way to Gate E when we ran into her. This was the first time her and I have met and it was really cool to finally run into her at a game.
A little Rockie history for you.
Here are a few of the Rockies warming-up
Chris Iannetta signs before every game. Rumor has it he does it because he’s superstitious. Superstitious or not he’s a good guy and I believe he’d sign anyway.
He signs for about 5 minutes then goes over to stretch and work out.
Spilly and Hawpe
Jeff Baker and Brad Hawpe
Krista made me put in this picture. She said it summed up the Dodgers lack of excitement in this game. I just don’t get it??
Captain Earthman, business as usual entertaining the masses
Tulowitzki I call this picture…”Brat with a view”
I really like our new pitcher Marquis, the guy has been a superstar for us.
This game was just what I and all Rockies fans needed.
An in your face, blue bashing, get out of town, you got lucky on the last one, Rockies win.
I especially love beating the Dodgers.
Days like today are special. How often does a person get to go underneath Coors Field, then stand on the field and get autographs? I’m glad I could share some of it with you.
I’ll be at Coors tomorrow for batting practice (weather permitting).
Who knows what whill happen? Stay tuned…D
Showing up for the game = 1 point
4 autographed baseballs = 8 points
Eating a foot long brat = 1 point.
Video of me and an Usher (Missy) = 1 point
Grand Total = 11 points.
Twenty-five days until the Mobile Blogging Unit reaches mobile blogability. I hope I don’t have any internet connectivity issues whilst I’m mobily blogging.
Congrats to Ubaldo Jimenez. The Rockies signed him to a four year deal worth 10 million and it’s loaded with all kinds of performance incentives.
The Rockies need Ubaldo to stay healthy this season.
Cook, Jimenez, Marquis, who’s the Top Dog if Francis is injured and can’t start off the season?
Is Francis still the Top Dog even if he’s healthy?
I wish I could be in Tucson mid-February to see the pitchers and catchers report. I keep hoping for a last minute surprise in the Rockies bullpen, but at this point I wouldn’t bet on it.
It does get me to thinking, “Who among the Rockies bullpen is ready to take it to the next level?”
I wish we had somebody new to get excited about.
I wonder how Manny Ramirez would do at this altitude? Manny in a Rockies uniform, now that would be a sight. I’d take Manny for a season. The guy has spark there is no denying that.
I have big hopes for Tulo this season which starts off with him not having any major injuries.
It’s time for this dude to make his mark with the Rockies.
You want to be leader of this team Tulo, show us what you got brotha, and do it all season.
I really believe this is going to be his breakout year.
Tulowitzki healthy and producing all season long is a good thing for the Rockies.
And a good thing for the fans.
Ryan Spilborghs, recently married. Happy wife = happy life. This dude should have the season of his life. He’s earned a starting position and I want to see him keep it all season and become a permanant fixture in the outfield.
I need some warm weather and a break from the stresses of life.
(<——Andy snaggin at Rockies batting practice)
If all goes his way Robert will be staying in Tucson when Andy and I head back to Denver.
Someday I’ll be able to do that. When I retire it’ll be summers in Colorado and down to Arizona for Fall Ball and Spring Training.
You’ve got to stay busy.
Thank you all for the great comments on my last entry on concerts.
Thanks for stopping by the Rant and reading my filler. You know me, I’m just waiting for the real stuff…D
His ERA for last season was 4.53, with a lifetime average of 4.55.
This dude supposedly has a hell of a sinker when it’s working. I hope so, that’s a chunk of change for a pitcher. On the plus side, this guy has been on teams that have made the postseaon for the last eight years.
Experience is good. I wonder, does that mean Tim Redding is out of the question now? I was bucking for this guy.
Thanks to everyone who commented about who their favorite current player is. I never actually told you who my favorites are. If you read this blog regularly you know who my favorite Rockies player is. It’s Todd Helton.
But, right up there for me are Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta. Ryan because he carries himself exactly as I would (you’ve got to make things fun and he does), and I think he will do a lot more for the Rockies when he’s a starter.
I can’t say that about many other Rockies starters.
You know I’ll be giving it my best. It’s not often you have all of the players and fans there at once with this kind of open atmosphere.
I’m sure they will have some setup where only two players are signing at a time and the line will be crazy long. Then they’ll change out the players just before I get up to the booth.
Oh wait, I was thinking of the 2008 Broncos Fan Fair. Sorry, I’ll be attending the Rockies Fest with no preconceived notions about anything. I can always hope…D
My favorite player of all-time that I’ve actually seen is Reggie Jackson. It’s Reggie because I had a chance to see him play when I was a kid once. To be honest, the 1977 World Series is the first WS that I remember.
My Favorite player of all-time who I haven’t seen play is hands down Pete Rose. Don’t try and bash him on this blog, it’s not going to happen.
It figures. I walk around all game with my camera and just when I put it up, guess who walks by me?
Cal Flippin Ripken. I had to do a double take and when I figured out it was him, my photo opportunity was gone.
Mylee, Hunter and I were first in line at the Gate.
When they opened the gates, Mylee and Hunter both ran down to the field.
Ubaldo Jimenez was over by the fence playing catch.
Mylee asked nicely, and he tossed her a ball.
Thank you Ubaldo !
While I was assuming my usual position. I looked over and saw that Dan (pictured here in the Red hat), had let Mylee and Hunter borrow tickets for the first row during BP
Hunter and I have been in the first row before, but this was Mylee’s first time.
Anyone that has seen Hunter in action can’t deny his enthusiasm and persistance.
He worked that first row for baseballs.
He is not shy about asking a player for a ball…
Several times if need be..
Me, I came up with nothing today because in order to be a baseball snagger, baseballs have to be hit in your general direction or at least over the fence.
There was very little of that today…It figures.
Hunters total today
Mylee’s total today:
That was so cool watching them both in the first row.
This was the smallest BP crowd I have seen all year.
After batting practice was finished, we headed over to the Rockies dugout to see who might show up.
For the second day in a row, Chris Iannetta came out early to warm up.
You can see him signing Hunter’s baseball.
Mylee got his autograph too. He stopped right before me.
I shot some video of the Rockies warming up.
Welcome Dexter Fowler.
He made his Major League debut in the bottom of the tenth inning.
He hit a pop fly out.
He signed baseballs for Mylee and Hunter.
Thank you Dexter !
After a while, Joe Koshansky came out and started signing.
I have been trying to get his autograph for a while and he signed for all three of us.
It’s nice when the ballpark isn’t totally jammed with people.
Here’s what we got:
Me-Clint Hurdle and Joe Koshansky.
Mylee- Joe Koshansky and Dexter Fowler on one ball. Chris Iannetta.
Hunter-Joe Koshansky and Dexter Fowler on one ball. Chris Iannetta.
Ian Stewart One of my favorite players under 5’10”, Omar Quintinilla Spilly was also out signing autographs. He even went back through the line after the Anthem was played and signed for some people who he had missed the first time through.
Spilborghs had the game winning hit tonight to score Omar in a game that went 12 innings.
Most Annoying Fan
It seemed like every time I tried to lean out and take a picture this face kept appearing in my camera.
I can’t for the life of me figure out what she was looking for.
All the action was the other direction.
Anyways, I have like fifteen pictures with her mug in it.
Glad I dont use film.
Rockies take game two over the Giants 6-5. Five back from the D-Backs. Thats the closest we have been since April.
I just want to go out and talk smack to every Rockies hater I know and say “see, I freggin told you, don’t give up on this team, they can do it, just watch”.
But I won’t. I don’t want to jinx anything. So I stay reserved, waiting/hoping for “my time” to unleash…Go Rockies..I’m liking what I’m seeing…except I wont be able to see it tomorrow. For some reason the game isn’t televised…D
Omar Quintanilla, your a Rock Star. I expected him to hit the game winning home run tonight about as much as I expected Ubaldo to knock one into the Pavilion.
Heres a quote from Clint Hurdle:
“It’s so appropriate, for him to come in and barrel that thing like he did and pick everybody else up makes you feel good and gives you a sense of value being on the team.”
Isn’t it cool how baseball can take you from almost bored out of your gourd, to up and out of your seat, screaming and yelling, jumping up and down. Whether it’s a bad call or a game winning home run. Gotta love it.
Hats off to you Omar. Helluva shot and perfect timing brotha. You sir, make me a believer.
Hunter is missing from this picture because he was the one taking it.
We were first and only in line and it stayed that way for a while.
We had a backpack full of baseballs to get signed. At this point were hoping there would be a batting practice.
Perfect day for snagging. The only thing was we only had a half hour before we had to get in line for player autographs.
Hunter got his first ball tossed to him by a player we couldn’t recognize.
We took off to get in line and split up into teams.
Hunter and I, and Krista and Mylee.
Hunter and I got in line for Manny Corpas. He even asked me if I wanted it signed in pen or sharpie.
Krista and Mylee wound up in Jorge De La Rosa’s line. They said he was quiet but nice.
When they finished with Jorge they headed over and got in Aaron Cooks line.
Moments later he came running up to me all excited with this ball. It has the word fastball written on it. A Reds player had tossed it to him.
I was having my usual luck until finally one was hit my way. At first it looked like I didn’t even have to move. Then at the last second I saw I was situated too far up the stairs and I ran down about eight feet and was right on the money.
I had my arm in the air, and felt the ball land perfectly in my glove.
Then my glove got smacked from behind and the ball flew into the first row. See, that’s my luck.
But wait…..as a few of the guys around me were discussing how all of this went down (you know, smack talk), I said “I caught it and it got knocked out of my glove”. I heard a guy say “was it you that caught it?” and I said back to him “well it bounced out of my glove” he looked up, saw it was me and threw it up to me.
Thank you Dave for doing that. Normally I wouldn’t accept charity, but straight up it’s been a while since I’ve gotten a ball and I was glad to have it.
Sometimes you just have to stop and check out the pigeons.
We got through the gate with our Rock Pile tickets, but as you can see we didn’t sit there.
This guy’s shirt said it was his birthday.
So whoever you are dude,
Coors Field was filled with characters today. I figure this guy is probably college buddies with Birthday boy.
After the game these guys are gonna have a few too many and probably hit up a strip club.
Remember the Dragonslayer?
He was in town to collect his overdue ring.
Here is what we managed to leave with today.
Four water bottles, two Manny Corpas autographs, two Jorge De La Rosa autographs and two Aaron Cook autographs.
Not too shabby.
Rockies were trailing most of the game, but Holliday managed to score on an error in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Then unexpectedly in the bottom of the twelth inning, Omar Quintanilla, who before walking up to the plate was 0-16 and had only one MLB career home run ever, won the game with a serious home run blast. When he crossed home plate all the Rockies came out of the dugout and mobbed him. Nobody was more surprised than Omar.
Here’s what Omar had to say about it all:
“It’s an unbelievable feeling, there’s nothing else that can beat that.”
Well said and well deserved Omar. Good things happen to good people.
Rockies beat the Reds 4-3 and win their third straight series. Now they head off for a six game road trip that starts in San Francisco and ends in Houston. Rockies are still eight games behind the D-Backs.
Today was a very long day. Who knew a guy could get so tired on his day off.
Next home game is Sept 1st, Memorial Day against the SF Giants.