Tagged: Todd Helton

Not yet…But Soon You Can Bet

8/27/10         Dodgers vs Rockies Game One

Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:19.
Att: 41,964.


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Dodgers


(66-62)


 


Rockies


(66-60)


 


 


It’s been a while since I’ve been to a game or at least if feels that way. I had tickets but had to miss Tuesday and Wednesday’s games due to an injury. I really hate that. 


I discovered something called sciatica. Not fun stuff especially if you enjoy having feeling in your legs. 


Because of this, I’ll have to change my snagg’n game plan, at least until I’m back to 100%.  Instead of being able to run and chase baseballs, I’ll have to use my superior tracking skills to be a little more choosy on the batting practice snags I attempt.


                      Such is life I guess…Gett’n old sucks. 


Today I got lucky and snagged the first one of BP within a minute of entering the pavilion. It was a fairly easy catch, the only hiccup was manuevering between the seats to get to the rail in time.


I gave that ball to a young Rockies fan who was nearby. I can always use karma points :). 


Shortly after my handoff, Rant Regular Ken snagged a Tulowitzki BP homer.


                                                Here’s video of it shot by Dan


                              I believe Ken’s total for the day was two, nice job.


Mike is back from his big East Coast baseball trip.

He mentioned he took a thousand pictures including some of “interesting fans” along the way..


                                     Here’s a few of Mike’s pictures…PNC Park


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                                           Thanks for sharing Mike!


Starting pitcher today is Ubaldo Jiminez aka known as“Nasty Fasty” here on the Rant...


                     Here’s Nasty Fasty doing the Pre-Game Walk of Shame


                   (If you listen closely, you’ll hear me tell Ubaldo he has nothing to be ashamed about)

        
 


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I couldn’t tell if Franklin was staring me down or posing?


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                                                 Rant favorite Eric Young Jr. 


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      Here’s Tulowitzki playing his “I have a ball and you don’t game” with the fans.

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                      Today’s game had a movie theme. I really got a kick out of these.


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                                         Here are a few random game pictures.


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Nice to see Helton can still Belt’em.


               Todd hits his 5th homerun of the season in the second inning with two out.
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                                                        Good Job Ubaldo !


             

Blake’s grand slam in the 8th really killed the whole mood.


                     The Dodgers have owned the Rockies the last couple of years.


 

I was really hoping the Rockies would pull this one off for Ubaldo. I wanted to be able to say I was at the game where Ubaldo achieved his 18th win

                                                 

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                                                       But not this time.Dodgers score 2 8-27-10.jpg                Rockies lose to the Dodgers at Coors field with a final score of 6-2.

 
                 The hunt for Ubaldo’s 18th win continues…Where will it happen?
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I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter, 
and I wanna see Nasty do it here at Coors.

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Afternooon Game Ends Pretty Lame

4/28/10                         ROCKIES vs D-BACKS Game 3

                    This was an afternoon game and the final game of a tied series.

I didn’t pre-purchase tickets to this game. I’m off on Wednesdays and when I woke up I opened the curtains, looked outside and the sky was solid blue.  

You get what you get with April baseball in Colorado. Evenings are cold and afternoons can be snowy, windy and raining all in one day. Today was warm, I didn’t have a whole lot on my list of things to do so Krista said “go for it”.

Going to a baseball game unplanned is a new concept to me. I usually know way in advance what games I’m going to and I like it that way. Today I left a half hour before the game started, parked for free, walked up to the empty Rockies ticket window, purchased a Rockpile ticket for four bucks and proceeded to enter Coors Field..

                           No backpack today, just my camera and my glove.

Inside I discovered the first pitch had just been tossed and it was game-on. I settled on the third base side two sections to the left of the netting behind home plate. Great place to take pictures.

No waiting in line, no standing for two full hours during batting practice.  Just park, ticket, seat.

              Don’t get me wrong, I love my batting practice, this was a nice change.

                                            Here’s my Picture Show

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Thumbnail image for Olivo scrores 4-29-10.jpg                        First time I’ve personally seen Banner Jack this season.

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Banner Jack 2-4-29-10.jpg                                                  Melvin Mora scores

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              There’s one in every stadium I’m sure. I call this “Dancing Finger Guy”

                                                 Helton hits a double.

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The game was tied in the 9th. In the 10th inning Kelly Johnson homered to center field to lead the D-Backs to a 12-11 win.

The only thing I hate worse than losing to the D-Backs at home is losing 2 out of 3 to the D-Backs at home.

                                       On a much more pleasing note:

                        Here are pictures of my grandson Mason playing T-Ball.

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Mason Hitt'n.jpg               He likes the Rockies but his local team is the Sacramento Rivercats.

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We Left our Mark at Isotopes Park

4/2/10

I have to say Albuquerque is a fun city with nice people. I also really enjoyed Isotopes Park. I can say this because after this weekend I officially own this Park.

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The whole drive down from Nederland Colorado to Albuquerque I had a good feeling. Good things tend to happen when I have that good feeling .

Isotopes Park is a cool little AAA stadium which is home to the Albuquerque Isotopes. If you’re a Simpsons fan you probably know the Simpsons live in Springfield and they have a baseball team named the Isotopes.

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The first game against the Mariners was on Friday at 5pm. I gave the Isotopes front office a jingle to find out what time they open the gates and I was told the park would open 2 1/2 hours early.

Opening that early would allow me to catch most of the Rockies and all of the Mariners batting practice and I like those odds. The extra BP time would end up being a good thing as I tied my own personal record for snagging baseballs in one game.

My total for the day was six baseballs. Of the six three were caught and three were snagged on the roll. The number of balls today wasn’t really important. What was important was who hit the balls.

BP homer number one was hit by Ian Stewart and snagged as it rolling down the berm and was given away to a little boy. 

 Ball number two was also snagged on a roll and was smoothly handed off to another lucky little boy. That ball was hit by Todd Helton and was the first of Helton’s BP homers I’ve ever been able to snag because I usually stand in left field.

Ball number three was caught on the bounce right by the outfield fence. Ryan Spilborghs hit this ball. Here’s the video.

Ball number four was a monster hit from Jason Giambi and I caught it straight up. That ball landed in my glove a bit off the mesh and believe me my hand felt it. 

Ball number five was a Ken Griffey Jr home run that I caught and Krista managed to get on video. Griffey wasn’t out hitting for long and I didn’t get his autograph.

                 Catching Griffey’s BP homer was as cool as it gets for a ballhawk. 

                   Here’s the Ken Griffey Jr ball. It’s perfect except for one bat mark.Thumbnail image for Ken Griffey Jr BP Homer baseball.jpg I have no idea who hit BP homer number six but it was snagged on the roll and given away to another lucky kid.

Here’s video of a ball I caught and the dude in the white Rockies jersey(not me) knocked it out of my hand. He did that to several people throughout BP.

Some inexperienced ballhawks have no class. No worries, I have no problem letting them know just that πŸ™‚

Robert got to experience the end result of a careless ballhawk himself. Although this guy made a pretty good catch, he was holding a bat and when he caught the ball he turned and the bat clocked Robert in the head. 

                                         Let’s just say Robert wasn’t happy.                    

                                Here’s Robert and I as batting practice ended.

                  The Isotopes have their own beer and I thought it tasted pretty good.

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                   Good size crowd on the berm, all of them trying to snag a baseball.

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 Props go out to my wife Krista for the great pictures and video. The weather today reached a high of 50 degrees and by the sixth inning it was down right chilly.

I was with a group of four people and the group concencious was it was too damn cold to finish watching this game so we left in the sixth inning and at that point the Rockies were losing.

After the game Robert called me and told me I f’ked up by not staying. The final score wound up being an 11-11 tie.

   Yeah..I was a bit upset, but that cold weather was giving me post-season flashbacks.

I can tell you that Isotopes Park of Albuquerque has never seen anyone the likes of me.

 I was running up and down that grassy berm chasing baseballs making the local ballhawks look like chumps.

I went in there my first day and owned that ballpark.
Stay tuned for game two…Believe it or not it folks it gets better.

                                                          Go Rockies

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I Aint Joking..Lets Stop this Choking

9/24/09                                     Padres vs Rockies Game 3

IMG_4032.JPGI guess I’m not much of a Ballhawk. My stats this year are pathetic. I’m averaging less than a ball a game and that’s barely noteworthy.

I don’t think I’m slipping. I still catch ’em as good as I ever have. Actually I’m much better this year at maneuvering the pavilion bleachers and I’ve managed to keep myself injury free. 

Everybody has an excuse so here’s what I’m going to attribute this lackluster snaggin season to:

The Rain…. If I attend a game and there’s no batting practice or batting practice is cancelled due to weather that still counts as a game attended and no baseballs caught,…yep it’s sad but true.

I’ve lost count of the number of BP’s that have been cancelled or cut seriously short due to rain or lightning.

Here’s another disturbing trend….Lately the Rockies have been cutting their BP short. Coors Field opens two hours early but by the time fans get inside the Rockies have already been out practicing for a while.

Normally fans who show up early get a half hour with the Rockies on the field.

This picture is of the Rockies leaving the field early. For the last several games the Rockies have been ending their BP shortly after I get myself situated.  

I hope the Rockies don’t think I show up two hours early to watch the opposing team hit? IMG_3933.JPGCheck this out, finally I get a rain free afternoon and for the most part batting practice is deserted (remember it’s the Padres). My team leaves BP early (for the umpteenth time) and lets the uninspiring Padres take over the field.

No offense to Padre fans but in my opinion there is not a stingier group of MLB players in all of baseball. It wouldn’t matter so much if they were littering the pavilion with home run balls, but for a team who has had the Rockies number of late these group of guys couldn’t seem to hit a ball anywhere close to the fence.

Whatever Padres, be that way. Credit where credit is due…I will congratulate the Padres for their recent hot streak. Too bad it doesn’t mean anything now. We’re done with you, see you next year.

(I hate losing to the Padres at Coors).

  A ballhawk’s worst nightmare… A whole section to myself and not one single ball hit there.

        Normally I don’t take pictures during BP, but this one was a bust so here’s a few.
IMG_3919.JPG                                  For some reason Jorge De La Rosa was all smiles.

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                      See what I mean. I don’t think I have any other pictures of Jorge smiling.
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                                            Still smiling, must have been a good joke.  
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                               Or maybe Jorge was laughing at Ubaldo’s sunglasses.

IMG_3923.JPG If you played professional baseball you could afford the cooler things in life like these special sunglasses. They actually snap into your ears and are guaranteed to never to fall off    πŸ™‚

After BP or the lack thereof, I walked over to the Rockies side to take a few more pictures and maybe snag Garrett Atkins or Brad Hawpe’s autograph.

Today I saw Chris Iannetta run past the fans and not sign. He (so I thought) has a pre-game ritual and always signs for a few minutes before he heads off to warm-up. Sup with that Chris, why are you breaking routine?

First to walk over and start signing was pitching coach Bob Apodaca…Very nice guy, signs his whole name and takes his time while doing it.
IMG_3952.JPG   Next up is one of the coolest and easiest to talk to Rockies players….Clint Barmes.
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IMG_4009.JPG A group Coors field employees were being recognized for something. Erik Young Jr was given the assignment of congratulaing each one of them.

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                              A shot of the 850 KOA helicopter hovering above Coors Field.IMG_3930.JPG

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Tulo and Seth Smith…Each a superstar this season. No time to be resting on our accomplishments though, this season isn’t over yet.IMG_3978.JPG


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    If you’ve ever wondered how they make those rectangles so perfect…now you know.


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 EY Jr taking on first pitch duties. I wonder where Jeff Francis is? Normally that’s his job.

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Chris seemed out of it. Maybe it’s because Yorvit’s having a great season? 

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                                                     Tulo and Don Baylor.

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These ladies need to practice this maneuver because they damn sure haven’t mastered it yet.

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What’s up with Glenallen Hill’s hair? Did he lose a bet? I know the 80’s are coming back but damn Gumby.

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                   One of many pitching changes during this game.

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This game sucked. Padres win this one 5-4 and take the series 2-1.

 It pains me to watch this team drop the ball like this so late in the season when everything is on the line.

 Look out for the Braves, they’re creeping up on us and have a lot of home games left. At this point we don’t have to panic but lets not continue lose games to teams that we should be spanking.

Rockies it’s time to kick it into high gear.

I know your tired, at times it’s quite visible. The last couple weeks of the season is what separates the men from the boys and I don’t go to Coors field to watch boys play baseball.

Step it up fellas, I’m starting to see a smugness in some of the Rockies players and I don’t like that. Remember, the only reason you get to play this sport for a living is because we the fans pay to see you.  

Note to the higher salaried Rockies players….Lose the fu*king attitudes. I know the difference between confident and smug and unless you’re Todd Helton you haven’t been playing long enough to have one.

Stop this recent half-steppin, respect your fans and give them some love back, focus, play hard and win some games and we might not look like chumps in the post-season this time.

      Go Rockies, I still believe and I’m here to keep your azzes grounded…DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG

I’d like to say thank you to Jim from Utah who offered me his code to buy tickets for the NLDS series. Unfortunately, you had to purchase for all three games at once and the only seats left were the expensive ones. This Ranter doesn’t make that kind of money…But that was a mighty kind thing to do.
 

The streak is broke, now I’m stoked

9/1/09                          Mets vs Rockies Game 1

 If you’ve never smoked before and you live in the front range of Colorado you were a smoker yesterday. The smoke from the California fires was thick and for once there wasn’t any rain to wash it away.

Hunter was with me today and we were ready for some batting practice. The weather has been cruel to us this season as far as batting practice goes.

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Hunter was the first to enter the Pavilion and I headed over to “my area”. By the time I reached “my area” there were a couple of younger dudes inhabiting it. I quickly found another spot. 

I looked over and saw Hunter running up to me all excited. He had just found his first Coors Field Easter egg.

Easter Egg = A ball just lying there when you get inside.


The ball was lying at the base of the pavilion and he was the first to stumble across it.
I’ve yet to find an easter egg.
I’m sure the Rockies knock several baseballs into the pavilion before they open the gates for Coors Field. I wonder what happens to those baseballs?

Do the Ushers keep them?

I’d be ok with that. Ushers stand for hours and get paid minimally.


Or do they just toss them back onto the field?


 
Maybe, if I ever discover the answer I’ll let you know. Another one of baseball’s mysteries.

As for me…”The Pavilion Poacher, “The Sultan of Snatch” I got diddly squat. I had play on several homers but the dude who initially adopted my spot ended up with my two.

I’ve noticed that none of you have commented on my hair πŸ™‚ I’m growing it for several reasons.

1. The economy. Haircuts are expensive.

2. I live in Nederland, it’s ok here.

3. Helton hasn’t cut his so I’m following his trend.

Thanks for not asking. I’ll be sure and keep you posted,…frequently πŸ™‚

Mile High welcome to Jason Giambi. Giambi had no hits tonight but was walked on his first and only at-bat.

                          I’ll keep the picture show short today.
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                                                                 The stretch.

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The DEA is on to me so I’ve been having trouble finding quality crack for the “Coors Field Crack of the Game”. So I’ll have fill-in awards until more “Crack” is discovered.

                     The award for today’s game is for “The Best Use of Purple.
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The next award is for the “Best Costume of the Game“. This dude was in the pavilion with a suit on. I can’t tell you how wrong that is.

    Next thing you know you’ll have the likes of me sitting in Club Level..ewwww!

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             Garrett Atkins,…. it wasn’t his fault the throw was way to late.IMG_3166.JPG

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                                            Superstar Seth Smith
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                                             Captain Earthman

The tag on his shirt says “Tip me or die of thirst”. To quote
Earth’s own words…”Aint no sissy sippin here”  πŸ™‚
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 The moon and stars were aligned tonight and the Rockies get the win over Mets at Coors in front of 26,190.
The majority of the crowd here tonight were glad to see this win. 

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      Oh here’s one more…I call this video the “Coors Field Sprinkler Guy“.

                                                             You’re welcome πŸ™‚ 

                      It’s my job to keep you aware of the freaks of society…I love my job.

  My name is D The Rockpile Ranter. Coors Field is my 2nd home and nobody is safe.

                                             I’ll be at the Game 2 in a few hours..DGreen Floppy Hat.JPG  

 

 

Rockies save face and rock the place.

8/22/09                               

                                    Giants vs Rockies Game 2IMG_2017.JPG Ever heard of the Long Haul Bombers?..I hadn’t, these dudes play softball and are on a nation wide Stadium tour knocking the covers off softballs.

 The Bombers use aluminum bats and the softballs had no problem reaching the concourse. I think there were six batters and they each were allowed to hit 15 softballs.

                                   I’m telling you if felt like the Home Run Derby(in my mind).  

The damn softballs were crashing all around me yet I remained empty-handed. I watched Robert snag one of the first softballs hit out to left field. His spot of choice was the last row of the pavilion…Good choice.IMG_2181.JPG No worries, I managed to snag a ball today during BP. I should have been sporting several more but two I misjudged and one landed right in my glove and bounced out…totally my bad. 

I watched Tulo crush a ball about ten feet to my right and I was stuck because there was a family of four right blocking my access to it. As the ball neared I realized it was zeroing in for the father of the family standing beside me.

He was totally clueless so I screamed “Heads up dude”, it scared the sh*t out of him and at the last second he raised his glove up to his head and protected his face. He was stunned and stood there for a few minutes repeating out loud “That almost hit me”.

 In all honesty I was waiting for a “thank you” from either him or his wife but it didn’t happen.

    Your welcome anyway dude. Enjoy your life with an undamaged face courtesy of the Ranter.IMG_2183.JPG

    
              Jorge started for the day, here’s Bob Apodaca giving him a little pep talk.
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IMG_2245.JPG                                                               Jorge at bat.
IMG_2247.JPG                                          Fowler hitting a fouler.(that’s good huh?)
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IMG_2260.JPG           Floral print mishap of the game. Somebody really should tell him πŸ™‚ 
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IMG_2271.JPG                                                                          Ouch 
IMG_2273.JPG                                               Jorge posing as a first baseman. 
IMG_2285.JPG                                                   Timmy looking much too chill.
IMG_2293.JPG                                                              A perfect evening. 
IMG_2279.JPGIMG_2202.JPG                                            Carlos was 1-3 with two runs scored. 
IMG_2334.JPG                                                  Tulo went 2-3 with one RBI.
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IMG_2361.JPG                                           Some Giants confusion late in the game.                 IMG_2357.JPG                 This dad disappeared and came back with a purple head. His kid lost it.
IMG_2372.JPG                                                  He ain’t getting by Todd Helton, not tonight. 
IMG_2379.JPGNot my best shot of the evening but here’s Ian Stewart hitting a three run rocket in the sixth tying the game and spuring a seven-run inning. That single play totally shifted the momentum of the game in our favor.

IMG_2385.JPG                                                            Rounding first base.
IMG_2386.JPGIn the sixth inning with two out, Todd Helton blasted a two out homer to right field about twenty feet from where I was sitting. Man that was fun. So much fun I must have misplaced my voice.IMG_2258.JPG     When I woke up this morning it was gone along with my fear of getting swept.  

                                                                           Ha..Ha.  

The Rockies punish the Giants tonight 14-11 in front of 47,178 and I was able to laugh back hard at my friend Todd (the guy I have the season long Giants bet with), because this win was a come from behind win and those just mean more when you’re bragging up your team. 

Easily one of the hottest and best Rockies games I’ve been to all year. Props to my friend for helping out a guy when he really needed some shade today.Green Floppy Hat.JPG

 

Sweet T Makes History in Front of Me

7/22/09                             D-Backs vs Rockies Game 3

IMG_0640.JPG                          Sweet come from behind justice today on those D-Backs.

Honestly some baseball games are boring and you’re glad when they’re over and some games you wish would would never end.

                                   This one was the later, I didn’t want to leave.

If you know anything about me or my blog Todd Helton can do no wrong here on the Rant. I like all of the Rockies but Todd is my guy.

Today was his day, he owned it and I was able to witness it. The initial words that come to mind are “F*CK YEAH”.

 Here’s a picture of Todd at bat in the third inning. You all know what happened next.

Check out the guy in the yellow shirt just to Todd’s right. Guess he “picked” the right game to be at πŸ™‚

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       So did Mylee and I, but you don’t have to wash your hand after you shake mine. 

We arrived at Coors half-an hour after the gates had opened. Not because I wanted to arrive fashionably late but because I haven’t quite mastered the Nederland to Coors Field drive time.

  I’m still trying to figure out the exact equation to use to calculate the “Tourist”(also known as gapers) factor into my scenic mountain drive.

As Mylee and I entered the first row of the pavilion batting practice was in full force and the D-backs were scattered all over the outfield. Although not a D-backs fan whatsoever, I’d like to give props to one player who tossing baseballs to all different parts of the stadium just for sh*ts and giggles.

                                     Here he is tossing a ball into the seats.

This guy probably tossed ten baseballs into random parts that have never seen a baseball before.

           Mylee and I watched him toss one into the Rockpile meant for a specific kid.

It rolled all the way down to the front and some pot-bellied goofy looking older guy picked it up and stuffed it into his pocket. The player who tossed it up yelled for the guy to give it to the kid, but the funny shaped guy just stood there with a blank look on his inconsiderate face and played dumb.

So what did the D-Backs player do? Well he tossed up another baseball and the intended recipient snagged it that time.

Extremely cool and something you don’t see all that much. The D-backs were acting really confident as if they were on top of the world

 I wasn’t digg’n on that too much. If you want to be cocky and confident be that way in your own stadium.  

The D-Backs suck at hitting batting practice homers and It looked like Mylee and I were on our way to a shutout today. On a seriously cool note, right before the D-backs left the field one of them walked up and handed Mylee a ball.

IMG_0561.JPG I would love tell you these players names but a lot of the D-backs had their names and numbers covered. Sorry D-backs, I don’t have time or enough brain cells left to memorize your entire roster or any teams entire roster for that matter. 

                                                  We both thanked him.

After he gave Mylee the ball I noticed something weird on the fence in front of me. Check it out, you might want to shield your childrens eyes.

I’m not sure but I think these two dragonflys are “doing it” and taking in a ball game at the same time. How romantic is that?

                  It’s either that or this kinky fence thing is a dragonfly’s version of a 69. 

                  What a great idea…sex and baseball…we all could learn from bugs πŸ™‚

IMG_0583.JPGThat was it, BP was over and Mylee and I went for a walk to see what was to be seen. When we noticed the huge crowd beside the Rockies dugout we decided to skip autographs and started looking  for a shady spot to sit, relax and wait for the game to start.

bacon cooking.jpgDid I mention that it was HOT today? Holy heatstroke man, I now know what bacon feels like.

 

I noticed that usually in the 8th inning when there is a pitching change they play a Rockies clip of the Rockies making catches and shots of fans from previous games. I recently found out that I’m in that clip along with Robert. It’s for a brief second but you can clearly see Robert and I. It’s a shot from when Robert caught Spilborghs homer earlier this season.

          Here’s the video, if you pause it you can see us around the 45-46 second mark.

          Seeing that brief shot of the old man and me on the big screen made my day.

Mylee and I had great seats today (Thanks R-Luv) in the pavilion. Dan was kind and hooked Mylee up with a booster seat so she could see over the railing, thanks Dan.
IMG_0577.JPGI called my buddy Chuck to verify he would be at the house warming this weekend and also because I had a strange feeling he was at this game.

 He answered and said “Hey I was just thinking about you”. I said “Funny, I was just thinking about you”.

 I mentioned in a bragging sort of way about the great seats Mylee and I were sitting in for this game. Chuck informed us he was acting as the host for a group of people today who had rented a suite.

         Here’s a shot of Chuck looking at me from his fancy suite from behind home plate.
IMG_0596.JPG                         Chuck came down and visited us in the front row for a while.
IMG_0611.JPGAnd in the 8th inning he called me and invited us up to visit the air-conditioned suite. Here’s a shot of us after the game.
IMG_0655.JPG The best thing about the suite other than the shade is the free peanuts, you can’t beat that. Other than that, I’d rather be in the pavilion trying to catch a home run ball.  
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 Ok the view is pretty sweet too. When the game was over we watched the stadium empty out. Let me just say this, the atmosphere at Coors was electric and I was thrilled to be part of it.

                                                 Lets go backwards a bit.

Ok, it’s the third inning and Todd Helton walks up to the plate. I’m thinking, should I bust out my camera? Reality hits me and I realize that any of Todd’s future at bats could be the big one and if I’m not ready, I’ll miss the historic moment.

I whipped my camera out just as Todd took his stance at the plate. Here is a shot just after he hit the baseball. Look at the dude in the blue shirt to Heltons right shoulder in this picture. The baseball looks like it’s stuck to his glasses.Thumbnail image for IMG_0572.JPG

 At first it looked like he hit a home run but it wasn’t long before I realized this was gonna be it. This was going to be his 500th double and I scrambled to get a shot of Todd reaching second base.

I managed to get the picture just as Todd is touching the bag, it was perfect. I remember looking over at Dan and mumbling something about he did it.

                                     Here’s the picture I’ve been bragging about.IMG_0589.JPG

                                  Here is the video of the Coors Field aftermath.

    

In my opinion Helton is one of the most humble baseball players out there. It wasn’t hard to tell by his stance that all he wanted to do was keep the game going. I heard he didn’t even want second base after they removed it and kept it for him.

                      Todd said he didn’t have a place to put it…That is humble. 

Sorry Todd, you deserve this buddy. This city respects the hell out of you and whether you wanted it or not, you got your well deserved props on “your” day.

This game had the perfect baseball ending. In the 8th inning with the game tied 3-3 Helton hits a walk off home run and wins the game for the home crowd. It’s like it was meant to be. 

                     Here are some of the pictures I took of this game, please enjoy.

     Rockies All-Star Brad Hawpe. It looks like he’s hitting Tulo in the face with his bat. 
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                                              Clint Barmes really reaching.IMG_0570.JPG 
                              
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                                Mylee and one of the Rockies biggest fans Randy.IMG_0562.JPG

 In this picture it looks like he’s throwing the baseball through his head. I took this picture at Tuesday’s game.IMG_0539.JPG

                              Seth Smith trying to snag a ball off of the bounce.IMG_0581.JPG

                                            Another shot of Helton on second.IMG_0593.JPG

                                                           Ubaldo at bat.IMG_0600.JPG
                                 Another shot, look at Ubaldo’s face in this one.IMG_0602.JPG

                                                           Clint BarmesIMG_0607.JPG

                                              Tulo sliding back to first base.IMG_0613.JPG

                                                Tulo with a clear runway.
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                                       Tulo rounding second while looking at me.IMG_0615.JPG

This is Todd and Ruth, I work with them. Ruth is a huge Rockies fan and Todd is the Giants fan that I have the bet with.IMG_0616.JPG

                     Houston Street doing what he does best, closing and winning.
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                                                    One happy group of guys.
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Rockies take this series two games to one.IMG_0645.JPG                                                        Next up…The Giants

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  I’m not worried, I already told you they ain’t that damn big…I’ll be at Sunday’s game

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