This is how it showed up.
I have had the worst luck with lettering. I loved the T-Shirt but if you step back a few feet the Rockpile Ranter becomes difficult to read.
Rule # 1 with a Ranter shirt: The lettering has to be large enough to be visible on television.
I wrote the business owner and told him that I wasn’t unhappy, I just wondered why he had spaced the letters so close together.
The gentleman wrote me back and said that he would have needed to use two transfer sheets to do that and the auction clearly stated that only one sheet was used for the lettering. He also informed me about how he was tired of people using their feedback on him as hostage.
I wrote back again and informed him that retaliation wasn’t my intent. I was just asking in case I ever wanted purchase another one of these T-Shirts. I gave the man positive feedback and left it at that.
About a week later I received a package in the mail. I opened it up and look what I found inside:
Not only did he make me another shirt just the way I wanted, he made me two of them. NO CHARGE. That was cool. See how well you can read this lettering?
Thank you Mr T-Shirt dude? You sir have a loyal customer.
Anybody want the first shirt? I’ll give it to you, but you have to hand out my Ranter cards when people say “What the hell is a Rockpile Ranter? Believe me…it happens.
In case your wondering on the status of the letter “P” from a previous entry? I have returned all of the letters for a refund. They couldn’t get it right after three times and Dan convinced me that the quality of the lettering was crap and that I could do better elsewhere.
Great Superbowl yesterday (at least the 4th quarter). I had predicted Cardinals over Steelers 24-21.
Had they ended the game a few minutes early I’d have been damn close at 23-20, oh well.
Thank you for your kind comments on the John Breaux entry.
The public outpouring of support for this man has been unbelievable. John literally touched thousands of people. I haven’t had anything “hit me” like this particular tragedy has in a long time.
Apparently I’m not the only one, not by a longshot. The cities of Louisville and Lafayette are still grieving.
Twenty days till the MBU makes it’s rolling blogging debut. New additions to the MBU will be a meat smoker (for smoking ribs and chicken), and Andy will be bringing his RockBand for the Wii.
Jealous yet? Remember,…. we still have an opening, but much like E Harmony, we have a 100 question compatibility test. gauging you on all different levels.
Most importantly can you sing? If I’m on drums and Andy is on guitar…we’ll need a singer.
Relax,…if you’re not up for a “Road Trip” dont fret, You know my coverage of “Rockies Spring Training 2009” is going to be Bullitzer worthy.
MLB Network eat your heart out on this one. You may have your makeup, cameras and writers, but what you don’t have is a fan’s perspective.
There is only one “Mobile Blog Unit”.
(<——–This is not the MBU)
I invented it, I’ll be piloting it, and you my loyal reader will be reaping the rewards of it.
I can’t wait, less than three weeks.
I’m thinking Rockies Dog, sunblock and margaritas…D
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
Wow how time flies, I was looking at the old blog entry count and noticed that this entry is number 199 for the Rockpile Rant.
Notice: It looks like one of my buddies who was going to Tucson with us has to cancel. If your interested in this trip contact me. As I’ve said before there would be an interview process (to guage your coolness), but we’re not too picky.
The travel dates are from Feb 23-March 4.
Chapter 1: A Ranter is born.
I’m going to tell you how the Rockpile Ranter was born. My alter ego is a combination of several things. I’ll start with the Ranter bit. For most of my life I have had to be subordinate to someone who at some point took their power to far or was just a complete jackass with their authority.
I always felt compelled to bottle up what I wanted to say or how I felt, either out of respect or position. It’s not that I was afraid to say what was on my mind, I kept my mouth shut because it was usually the smart thing to do at the time.
Then when I reached the point when I was ready to “speak my mind”, I didn’t because I didn’t want to hurt anyone. Truth be told, the one who was hurting was myself.
Every person and situation is unique and before I became a blogger, I would vent on friends and family. Not the full out explode in your face vents, but smaller more manageable vents. What I would call ” a short little rant”.
They would often start out like: “Does this piss you off too?”. Then I’d go on from there, but only ranting on one topic and making it quick. Usually people would agree with me. Whether they did or didn’t, a conversation of some sort would usually ensue.
This his how I viewed it, I was being friendly to another human by striking up a conversation, and at the same time I was able vent off something that had been bothering me.
I don’t vent much on people directly anymore, I don’t need to.
I have “The Rant” now and I have the ability to immediately write about something that bothers me or moves me, impresses me or depresses, stimulates my brain or leaves me writhing in pain, touches my soul or leaves me down in a hole.
The Rockpile part of the blog name is simpler. I usually purchase Rockpile tickets, see that’s pretty simple.
Here’s how this all ties in together:
It was the third week in September 2007 and the Rockies were “HOT”, and still not getting any National love or attention. This really frustrated me and some other fans that I know.
It was at that point I knew I had to do something. I didn’t know exactly what or how, but I felt somehow I had to get The Rockies some National love.
Fast forward to Rockies Spring Training 2008.
When I was in Tucson for spring training last year I only had five days off. Two of those days were spent driving there and back. When I arrived in Tucson I managed to catch one practice, but it was only the AAA players. I saw two games in two days both of them at Hi Corbett Field. Rockies won one and lost one.
Remember now, this was the spring training after the Rockies had made it to the World Series.
I guess I thought that right after a World Series appearance spring training games would be sold out. This was not the case at all, both games had more empty seats than not.
I sat there in my nearly empty row and couldn’t believe the Rockies had done so much, and went so far and still were getting minimal fan love and National exposure.
As I pondered what to do on that sunny afternoon in March wearing my newly purchased big green floppy hat (it was recommended to me by a local for sun block), and my previously purchased Todd Helton World Series jersey an idea popped into my head.
I had previously been interested in starting a blog about my own daily rants, so I thought to myself, why not write a blog about the Rockies and incorporate my “attitude” into it.
I needed a name. A name that represented me and my team. I tossed around blogs name for the entire drive back to Denver with no luck.
For a few years I had been a regular reader of Zack Hample’s blog “The Baseball Collector” (still am). This dudes obsessed with snagging baseballs at batting practice and catching live game baseballs.
Anyways I was tired of reading about his success and I had decided after we lost the World Series that I would try to arrive early for batting practice. I snagged a baseball at my first batting practice and now I NEVER miss it. To me it’s as much a part of the game as eating peanuts, the seventh inning stretch, or standing in line to take a whiz.
I experimented with a couple of blogging formats before I came across MLBlogs.com. I was sitting in front of my computer stuck at the point where I had to come up with a blog name for this blog. I started to think of the Rockies Rockpile and knew that word had to be part of it’s name.
A few of the blog names I tossed around were:
Rockpile Style, Rockpile Ralph, D’s Rockpile Report, DR-ockpile, Rock-n-Roll Pile, and A Rock-n-Pile. All of those names are winners in their own right, but didn’t quite convey the message I was trying to get out there.
Then I thought,”The Rockpile Rambler”, I dismissed that one because I’m more of a Ranter than a Rambler. Yeah, Rockpile Rant, I typed it in and have owned it and a few variations of it since.
Chapter 2: It’s up to you.
I can’t figure out what the big freggin deal is. Are you celebrating the man, or the color of the mans’ skin.
Besides what’s the big deal, Clinton was black right?
I’ve been reading a lot about all this subject and it seems to me people are writing what they think should be written and not how they really feel about the subject matter.
Big F’n deal, we now have a black President. It could just as easily have been a female president. I’m ok with that too.
What matters to me is how he goes about beginning to fix the damage in this country. You should care too.
The whole system needs to be revamped.
People are saying and writing, “I’m just so overcome with emotion”, or “I cant explain these feelings”, I don’t buy any of it. Tell me, are you really overcome with emotion or does that sound good when you read it back to yourself?
Watch “Nine Innings from Ground Zero ” on the MLB Channel, that’ll get your emotional juices flowing. If not, you’re a freggin alien.
Tell me, do you really feel safer, more secure and have a more optimistic outlook on life, or are you saying that because that’s what you think I want to hear? Or possibly, did the sensation of the moment sweep you in?
It’s ok it happens, just recognize it as being that.
It might make for some good reading fluff, but this young president is not the messiah. Get over being starstruck, I have faith that your smarter than that. Remember if you write what you think people what to hear and not how you really feel, then it’s just fiction.
Fiction posing as non-fiction has no place in the blogosphere.
I’m not here to tell you that Obama is no good or that he’ll be a bad president. In fact, I hope that’s not the case at all. I’m here to tell you to get over the immediate novelty of this and lets see what the man can do.
People didn’t immediately follow Jesus, he had to build his fellowship (that was a rare Ranter biblical quote).
They both lacked substance. Honestly I’m scared Obama might be too inexperienced to handle this job, I’m scared some redneck might try to assassinate him, I’m scared of the Unions who will be soon working their way into my state, I’m scared because I don’t know and neither do you.
C’mon let’s be honest here, tell me exactly what are you in awe of?
OK, fast forward a year and the economy is on track, jobs are being created, unemployment is down and the general demeanor of the country is positive and bright.
From where we sit right now, doing that would be something to be in awe of. Let’s not jump the gun here folks or you might be sorry…I’m just saying.
I hate the fact that my Country is filled with so many phonies. Actions speak louder than words in my watchful eyes, and I’ll be paying close attention to his actions not his ethnicity, and so should you…nuff said on that subject.
(This is not the Mobile Blogging Unit, I’m not even sure it’s mobile)
I’d like to say thank you to some of you. every now and then I catch a little piece of someone else’s blog mentioning the Mobile Blogging Unit. I really appreciate it when I see that. Hopefully MLBlogs.com will see fit to give us some love.
I’m going to ask this question again, will anyone who reads the Rant be in Tucson on February 25th for the opening Rockies Spring Training game against the D-backs?
I’m just curious.
Two more days until Rockies Fest. I can’t tell you how excited I am about going to this event. I can’t say for sure, but I just have a feeling I’m going to get to meet Todd Helton this time.
Let me put how much I respect Helton in perspective for you.
If someone said to me, “we’re going to let you have a beer with Todd Helton but in turn you have to give up blogging forever”…
“Bartender..two drafts over here please, make it a couple of “Fat Tires”.
Now that will never happen so I can make a bold statement like that, but I meant what I said.
Dan and his daughter Emily will be there, Robert, Danny, Tom, all the first row regulars. I know for sure my favorite non-blogging reader and commenter R-Luv will be there. If my timing is good I might get to see Mark and Baby Paul.
Mark you ready to do some BP snaggin?
Missy, you ready for this, what level do you normally work on?
R-Luv, have you bought that 10 pack of tickets yet?
Emily, tickets go on sale soon, better snap up a few Rockpile tickets to the good games.
What are the rest of you doing to get ready? Have you been studying up on your team? Are you shopping for that special jersey? Have you mapped out the games that are “must see”.
Do you have a routine on game day? I do, but it changes depending on if I’m going alone or with just Hunter, or with both kids.
However, I have been known to do some serious damage to a Rockies dog, and every now and then a cold beer on a hot day is mandatory (gotta keep Captain Earthman green <——–right?).
(Photo props to Robert Harmon)
You think I’m wound up now, tune in during spring training. We’re going to have so much fun I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Rockies wandered over to the MBU just to see what’s going on.
Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you. I’ll make you feel like your sitting there right beside me,……because that’s what I do,……free of charge 🙂
Happy freggin Wednesday to you all. I’m still smoke free, but I’m at that point where I realize how bad the sh*t smells and I smell it everywhere. I don’t know why non-smokers put up with that crap. Oops, I said I wasn’t going to be one of those hypocrite quitters. I’ve got plenty to bitch about already.
Congrats go out to our new President…
My hopes are that in the future the color of our children’s eyes are more important to us than the color of the person sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. Think about that.
Sometimes I feel like I’m a cigarette butt in a world full of air fresheners…Peace to you my friends…D
I was wondering if someone might be able to help me out with this little mystery. I got a really good deal a a few 2007 World Series baseballs that I plan on getting signed either at Rockies Fest or spring training.
One of the baseballs showed up with an autograph already on it. I’ve spent a few hours researching this already. I haven’t given up, I’m just seeing if anyone out there might have a clue. I’m using my resources…Yeah that’s it.
Now common sense tells me the autograph is hopefully someone from the Rockies or the Red Sox because it’s a 2007 World Series ball. But you never know? I owe someone a drink if you figure this one out…D
That makes two Rockies who have received invitations. Brad Hawpe also has an invite but at this point he hasn’t committed.
I can’t wait to see Todd Helton back in the Rockies lineup.
Lets hope his back will back him up.
When Todd’s out on first base, everything seems right. When he’s at bat, anything can happen.
I miss that feeling, don’t you?
Speaking of Todd Helton, my friend Dan Sauvageau came over the other day and gave me a little gift.
He must know I’m a huge Helton fan because he gave me a Todd Helton Golden Glove bobble head from 2002.
The Rockies don’t have that many bobble heads compared to other teams and this one is REALLY cool. Notice the bright gold glove. Nice detail on this piece.
Thank you Dan, that was really cool man.
Dan has agreed to be my first Rockies Fan Profile of the regular season. I think that’s appropriate because Dan was the first person to ever come up to me and ask “Are you the Rockpile Ranter?”.
Dan is a good dude and I hope during that Fan Profile to be able to tell you about some of the really cool things Dan does for other Rockies fans.
There are many readers of this blog who can testify to Dan’s kindness and generosity. I
I mentioned Dan to my to my friends Gary and David, at first Gary didn’t understand and said “What you talking about Ranter”, but after he realized who were talking about, he and David agree Dan is a stand up guy.
In Nuggets news, goodbye Chucky Atkins. I really liked Chucky but the poor dude barely got any playing hardwood time.
We traded Chucky, a draft pick and cash considerations for center Johan Petro and a future draft pick from Oklahoma City, January 7th.
The Nuggets acquired center Johan Petro and a second-round-draft pick from Oklahoma City on Jan. 7, in exchange for guard Chucky Atkins, a first-round-draft pick and cash considerations.
Petro was averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 22 games for the Thunder this season.
1/4/09 Nuggets vs Hornets
The whole theme for the basketball game tonight was “The 80’s”. So the first 5000 fans received what they call “80’s sunglasses”. You know, the ones you used to wear with your OP Shorts (Ocean Pacific) back in the day. If your too young google it.
Above is a shot of Hunter and I modeling them for you. Hunter is holding the T-Shirt I caught as they were tossing them out.
It’s a T-Shirt to plug Chauncey Billups for the All-Star Team.
See, I have finally found another use for my baseball snagging skills. I can adapt them for use in other sports. I love getting free crap at a game. I religiously save everything that I get from any sporting event.
There was a pretty good size line to get inside, I’m not sure if it was the 80’s sunglasses or Vanilla Ice that was bringing in lines of this size in the snow…Probably the cheap sunglasses.
Ok, to give you some reference/history.
Below is Robbie Van Winkle’s original video of “Ice, Ice, Baby”.
Don’t cheat now, you have to watch this one first. Come on,…just play along.
It’s a blast from the past 🙂
Now that you’ve seen the real one, you’ve got to see Jim Carey’s rendition of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”. Be careful you might need a diaper for this one.
Finally, here’s a much older and mature Vanilla Ice rockin the halftime show at the Nuggets/Hornets game last night.
He started out with his version of “Play that funky music white boy” which was a flop for him back in the day, then he somewhat smoothly transitioned into his claim to fame “Ice, Ice, Baby.
I could tear this guy apart. So many things about him are just wrong. But, it’s a new year and I going to look at it like the dude is just trying to support his wife and two kids.
I’m sure to hear him tell it he’s just touring now as some sort of “healing process” that wanna be famous rappers go through,..whatever. I understand, everybody gotta make a living.
Here’s some video I shot of the Nuggets practicing before the game.
This game had a few ups and downs. The Nuggets led by as much as 26 points but they got lazy and let the Hornets make up all of that distance by the 4th period.
At one point in the 4th, the Hornets surpassed the Nuggets and were ahead by 3 points.
Had the Nuggets lost this game, they would have set a record for being the most points up on a team and then losing the game. Not a record I wanted to witness.
The previous record was 23 points. Thankfully that didnt happen.
Below is my picture show from the basketball game,…Enjoy
First is Hunter’s autographed picture of the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders. I do believe he enjoyed meeting all of them.
A shot of FSN Analyst and play-by-play guy Scott Hastings (aka Sup), and Chris Marlowe.
Hastings is an 11 year NBA veteran and was a member of the 1989 League Champion Detroit Pistons. Hastings finished his career as a Denver Nugget (1991-93). This guy is great, he signed an old skool picture that I found of him for me backstage last season after a game.
I printed two of the pictures just in case he wanted one. When I offered, he said “sure, thanks”. Here’s the picture he autographed for me last year.
Here’s a shot of Sup nailing a three-pointer. The dude still got some game.
I’m going to email him this picture and see if he remembers me from last season. I’ll enclose a link to this entry and maybe he and Big Alfred Williams (former Denver Bronco, Superbowl years and his co-host on their talk radio program “Scott and Al, its off the hook”) would be willing to check out the Rockpile Rant.
Even better, it would be cool if they could possibly give us some radio love as we head out in the Mobile Blogging Unit for Rockies spring training?
I’ll let you know if they respond back to me.
Cool Note: Scott Hastings is believed to be the only person in existance to possess two Super Bowl rings and an NBA Championship ring.
Thanks Mr. Hastings..Hope you liked the picture. Tell Al I said hey.
Here is Chauncey Billups. He has my vote for the All-Star team.
K-Mart, Melo and Chucky Atkins Nene and Melo
Kleiza holding his balls
Some dunking skills
Kleiza and Chauncey with Miss America in the Background..No really it is.
She sang our National Anthem. She did pretty good, she only F’ed up in one spot.
Here she is with her own Police Officer and George Karl
A shot of coach Karl as she’s walking away.
The game was about to start so we headed back to our “real seats” and this was our view.
The score at the beginning of the 4th.
As I mentioned earlier the Nuggets had a huge lead for most of the night, but Hornet’s Chris Paul scored 30 points and had 11 assist. David West also helped out with his 21 points. Both these dudes came up huge for the Hornets and by the last few minutes of the 4th things were getting way too interesting for a game we had in the bag.
In the end Carmello Anthony nailed the deciding shot. He did the same thing on Friday night with a three-pointer against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets zap the Hornets and win this one 105-100 bringing an end to the Hornets four-game winning streak.
Thanks for all of your input in the comments section of this blog.
I’m glad that you guys/gals feel comfortable enough with me to share your thoughts and feelings here at the Rant. I reall dig being able to discuss with people what I’ve written.
To quote the late great Mitch Hedberg,
“Alcoholism is a disease but it’s the only the disease you can get yelled at for having. Damnit Otto you’re an alcoholic. Damnit Otto you have lupus. One of these doesn’t sound right”.
Here’s a video clip of the late Mitch Hedberg’s stand up Comedy. He reminds me of my late High School friend Brian (RIP buddy) ….D
Hope everyone had an awesome New Years Eve, I went to bed early but we let the kids stay up as late as they wanted. Neither of them made it midnight.
I woke up and stretched really good this morning, ate a banana and a yogurt for breakfast.
You have to start somewhere, and this is as good a starting point as any. I’m 6’1 195 and I plan to use my excess energy from not smoking to drop 10 lbs before spring training.
I’m still in decent shape at 195, but I have this sexy image I have to uphold and I don’t want to let anyone down. My entire family has the pot belly gene and there are things down there want to always be able to see.
I couldn’t have been more ecstatic about watching the startup of the MLB Network. As luck would have it, Comcast made sure that didn’t happen.
I guess I figured the MLB channel would be free with what we pay Comcast for cable each month. Well 4:00 pm rolled around and I was faced with the realization that it wasn’t.
So I jumped on the phone to Comcast and was informed that I would have to purchase the Encore package which was $5.00 more a month. No problem, she said is should come on shortly and I hung up. I
waited, and waited and nothing happened.
Now it’s close to 5:00 pm and I’m getting pissed, so I call Comcast back and I’m told by another customer service rep that it’s not the Encore package that I need upgrade to it’s a different sports package.
So another 45 minutes drifts by while I’m waiting on the phone to get this all set up. Eventually the dude and I part ways with me in front of my TV waiting for the MLB channel to pop on.
The MLB Network finally did come on about 6:30pm. In the end I had to upgrade my cable plan, but it only costs me $3.00 more a month. I missed the first 2.5 hours, that blows.
I let/made my kids watch some of it. I told them someday in the future people would be watching video of the games that we attended in color and wondering why they’re not three dimensional.
I don’t watch a hell of a lot of TV unless it’s baseball, basketball, or football. Even then it’s only Colorado teams.
But it’s nice to know the MLB Network is there when “I” need it, kind of like a spare tire or that Powerbar I keep in my glove box.
Here are some of my Suggestions for the MLB Network.
1. During the Hot Stove segments, take 30 seconds and highlight a different MLBlogger. Increased traffic to our blogs from the exposure is essentially more hits to MLB’s website right? It’s a win/win situation. Or how about using random blogs for the background of Hot Stove?
2. Have random contests here on MLBlogs.com with prizes such as being in a MLB Network TV commercial or 5 second shout out for the winners home team. This group of bloggers loves competition. I’d love to win a contest and get 5 seconds on MLB TV, get to stand there in full Ranter uniform and scream “Rockies are number one baby” whether they are or not. That’s the standard line right?
3. I like the spring training thing they’re doing, 30 teams in 30 days. It’s a great idea, sounds familiar? I’m sure there will be MLBloggers all over the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues in Feb/March. The MLB Network could give us some love down there.
I’ve got lots of great ideas, but it’s only the first day and I don’t want to seem like I’m being overly critical or demanding 🙂