I absolutely love September baseball. If you’re a Rockies fan you have good reason to. I swear next season I’m going to skip a few games in July and August just so I can purchase tickets for all of the September games. September is when the Rockies come alive.
The Rockies train of thought must be to rest up as much as they can in the hot summer months. I figure they do this by hiding 5-8 games back staying low profile sneaking up just under the radar. All the while secretly healing up and saving their big energy for the September run.
That may not be exactly true but it makes for a hell of a good story.
I’ve always been a BelieveR but I did catch myself with a mild case of disbelief twice this season. Both times were after abysmal road trips. I questioned the heart of the Rockies. I was upset at some of the lackluster games that I had witnessed. I wanted to see more out of Aaron Cook and Jeff Francis. I thought this might be the year Franklin Morales gets control of his fastball. I was discouraged that Yorvit Torealba let money be the guiding factor in where played. (In the end Yorvit signed with the Padres for much less money than the Rockies offered him). I was also bummed that Brad Hawpe was traded.
But instead of dwelling on that stuff, I’ve spent this season watching Carlos Gonzalez mature and become a monster hitter and top notch fielder and since Miguel Olivo took over catching duties I’ve forgotten Yorvit even existed.
The face of this team may have changed a bit but its heart is still pumping purple baby.
Jim Tracy is in my opinion a genius. I could straight up listen to the guy talk for hours. Jim Tracy spews baseball wisdom in every sentence and his hungry team gobbles it up. It’s no fluke Tracy was voted the NL Manager of the Year.
Jim Tracy has a plan and I’m enjoying watching him get all his ducks in a row.
Quiet men who are in charge tend to be quiet because they’ve got an ace up their sleeve. Baylor knows what exactly what he’s doing. He fixed Tulowitzki and now Tulo’s as confident as I’ve ever seen him at the plate and his September batting average shows it.
Enjoy this Rockies fans, it hasn’t always been a given that the Rockies will be right in there till the end. I must say I like that fact that the Rockies demand and get respect now.
I’m proud and honored to be the Number One Fan MLBlogger for the Rockies for the last two seasons .
GO ROCKIES !!!
R-Luv was at the game today with her family and they were next to us while we were on the field getting autographs. I had planned to give her the prize for winning the “Pitch Your Team” Video contest and take advantage of the photo opportunity at Coors Field.
The problem was we spent the night in Broomfield and the prizes were up at the cabin in Nederland….My Bad.
So to not make her wait any longer I will be mailing the prizes along with something cool for her son. R-Luv send me a picture when it arrives please?…Thanks a bunch.
Gary X was at the game today with his daughter Alannah X. That’s Mike on the right. Gary X and Alannah X are Rant Regulars and Gary X has become quite the autograph hound of late. Gary said he needs only four more autographs to have every Rockies player.
Gary X told me I was his inspiration to start attending games and snagg’n autographs. I thought that was really cool thing to say…Thanks Brotha!
Gary shares his love of baseball with his daughter and I can relate.
Today was Autograph Sunday at Coors field and we were fortunate to be hang’n out behind home plate. There were four Rockies signing today.
Hunter and I managed to acquire all four of those players autographs.
Here’s Chris Nelson signing a little Rockies fan’s glove.
Here’s Edgmer Escalona. Jay Payton signing for Hunter
G and A talking with Alanna Rizzo.
In full force here’s “Banner Jack” I dig this guy! Bottom of the ninth, score tied 2-2; Jason Giambi steps up to the plate. I and every Rockies fan breathing knew what was going to happen next.
I told Hunter “Giambi’s gonna hit a homerun just you watch.”
Giambi blasts a homerun into the same row that Hunter and I are sitting in. Unfortunately for me the slugger smacked it to the other side of the pavilion. It didn’t matter, that homerun gave the Rockies their 10th win in a row, boosted a somewhat fragile Giambi ego, moved the Rockies to within a game and a half of their Division and proved AGAIN to the baseball world that this club owns f’kn Rocktember.
Look at these folks Rock’n the Ranter hat.
After all I live in Colorado and we don’t buy into that East Coast baseball hype because we’re BelieveRs…D
On a fun note..Here’s video of Dan nail’n the Frontier Flyball Frenzy and catching the last one behind his back. I’ve never seen anyone do that before.
PS..Nice chatt,n with you Queen Geri…Which player shall I start taking pictures of for you now that Bradley is a Tampa Bay Rays?
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…..Rockies fan and man with a plan
8/27/10 Dodgers vs Rockies Game One
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
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
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)
Todd hits his 5th homerun of the season in the second inning with two out.
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.
But not this time. Rockies lose to the Dodgers at Coors field with a final score of 6-2.
RANT REGULARS: First let me apologize for taking so long to get this entry posted. I’ve had it half done for a week now but with school starting and a super busy schedule real life takes over and sometimes you just have to get other stuff done.
So without further ado I present…
8/15/10 Rockies vs Brewers Game Three
It’s been a while since my two little ones and I attended a game together. Today was an afternoon Sunday game, a bit hot but no chance of rain. We were ready for a day of family fun at Coors Field.
Here’s two more kids, but I don’t have to feed these two. First thing I noticed was his bike, but the hair thing he’s got going on is interesting too.
Here’s Hunter and Mylee going through the tunnel onto the field. Soon I’ll get bored of shooting video of this but until then sorry… 🙂
Guess who was at today’s game?..Both R-LUV and LUVMYROX..It was nice to see them.
This series is tied. The Rockies opted not to take batting practice on the field today so after a short wait the Brewers started taking hits. The kids and I wanted to get autographs today but with BP going on we changed our minds and stayed in the pavilion. I managed to snag two balls today.
Neither of them were caught so the first ball I gave to Mylee. The second ball was hit into the tunnel so after I snagged it I handed it to a little girl who was leaning over the railing.
As batting practice was ending I noticed Trevor Hoffman standing over in the corner of the outfield about to sign for someone so I suggested Mylee take her ball and go over there.
Hunter worked his way down to the front and was able to get Jeff Francis’s autograph.
With the game tied in bottom of the ninth and Dexter Fowler on second base Troy Tulowitzki steps up to to the plate.
With perfect Tulowitzki timing he hits a line drive over Rickie Weeks head (good cause Rickie’s had the Rockies number the last two games), scoring Dexter Fowler and winning the game and the series.
Here’s the video…Tulo’s Walk-Off Single
Props to Ubaldo for ten strikeouts in eight innings. Nice Job brotha!
Here’s the video..Ubaldo Strikes Out Ten
I love exiting Coors Field after a win. Tough series, perfect win on a perfect evening.
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter…Next up…Rush at Red Rocks.
8/13/10 Brewers vs Rockies Game One
I was shutout but Brad had a good day. He managed to straight up catch one (gave it away to a kid), then wrestled Robert for his second snag.
Here are your Rockies warming-up.
Seth Smith was awarded the Heart Hustle thing.
Looks like he’s trying to tag Tulo.
Smile, you get paid to watch baseball.
This game was starting to seem like another one of those Rockies losses where the Rockies just seem uninterested.
That was until the bottom of the 8th inning .
Tulo steps up to the plate and launches his 11th homerun of the season into left field scoring three. Ryan Braun came damn close to catching that ball at the wall.
Huston Street is money in the ninth and the
Rockies take game one of this three game series.
Rockies 5….Brewers 4
Welcome Back Tulo, we need you bad brotha.
My next entry is will be tomorrow when I’ll present to you the winner of the….
Rockpile Rant’s Pitch Your Team Video Contest…D
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
There’s one in every stadium I’m sure. I call this “Dancing Finger Guy”
Helton hits a double.
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.
Here are the next batch of pictures Robert sent me from Tucson.
Jorge throws a strike.
Iannetta at bat.
I’ve had enough cold, I’ve had enough snow, I’ve just had enough. Jack Frost can kiss my a-ss and take a long walk off a short plank.
I can’t tell you how much it sucks to have sweet dreams of baseball then waking up at 2:15 AM and driving the icy snowy mountain roads an hour to work.
Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live. I’m just extremely ready for some sunshine.
Ok, I’m gonna go a little deep here….
For some folks baseball is a nice way to spend an afternoon in the sunshine. Those people are easy to spot as they are the ones with seats behind home plate and spend the entire game texting their friends. No worries somebody has to buy the expensive seats right?
For others they follow baseball so they have something to talk about around the water cooler. That’s ok too, I like good baseball talk.
For some baseball is their life. For 6+ months a year most of the spring and summer is spent preparing for and attending games. Their baseball stadium becomes their second home. When their team is out of town their extra time is spent making signs, watching the games, checking stats, hitting the team forums, you know trying to stay in the loop.
These people are baseball lifers. These fans are what holds baseball together and enables the sport to continue to exist through all it’s ups, downs and player controversies.
Lifers are the reason baseball WILL flourish in the post-steroids era.
Baseball owners take note: Take care of your lifers. Throw them a bone whenever you can. You should consider lifers as “Messengers of the future of Baseball”.
Give them something good to say and they will spread the word. Case and point is my pops. Until last year he and my mom had never been to a professional baseball game. This year they attended a Rockies spring training game.
So that makes me think that maybe my passion for baseball rubbed off on them and that’s why they went to the game…You see, spreading the WORD.
Who knows, maybe I’m wrong and they were bored and wanted to kill a nice afternoon?
Coors field in the spring and summer definately feels like a second home to me. I can tell you that it bothers (just a little) when I’m not the first one inside the stadium.
I love that feeling of being the first one to enter the Pavilion. Completly empty ‘cept for one solitary Usher.
The first few minutes of an empty stadium are surreal. It’s exciting working my way over to my favorite spot in the bleachers. Knowing that any ball hit into the pavilion in the next few minutes will most likely end up in my glove, and then in some lucky kids hand.
When you are the first one into a stadium there is that moment when you see the players and they look over at you.
Thats when you smile and think to yourself ” Yep they know me and they know I’m here to support them” That’s a cool feeling. Acceptance and appreciation from your team all wrapped into one short moment.
Then again it could all be in my head….Either way it feels real so I’ll roll with it.
I’ll tell you a secret. There’s a reason I prefer my sports live. I don’t watch a lot of TV and I really have trouble watching baseball on TV. At times it’s way to boring and I feel like I’m wasting the day watching TV.
I prefer baseball on the radio when the Rockies are out of town or if I’m not at a game. I will however go online and watch the hi-light clips if I hear a play on the radio that sounded cool.
I still for the life of me can’t figure why the Rockpile Rant continues to hold onto a top ten spot. I mean look who holds the top spots. You’ve got an accomplished professional writer in Jane who writes “Confessions of a She-Fan” and has a couple of books. Red State Blue State has two writers and both are top-notch and feed off of each other.
Then there’s my fellow Ranter Julia. She’s a baseball lifer and she works MLBlogs like pro. She’s witty, funny, creative and the Red Sox biggest fan bar none.
In case you didn’t know it (I’m a fiddle player too, kidd’n), “The Happy Youngster” is my favorite MLBlogger. I’ll tell you why….As passionate as I am about blogg’n, snagg’n and tagg’n, Happy is me times two with a list of accomplishments to back it up. He’s a family man, a baseball lifer and has rised above a bunch of bull-sheet that happened to him last year and is a better person for it.
I enjoy reading Happy’s take on things as they are quite often similar to mine and he always “Tells it like it is”. I respect the hell out of that.
I can tell you which MLBlog will slide into the top ten if we ever have another “Latest Leaders List”. That would be another lifer known as the Rays Renegade. His blog is top notch and is filled with baseball history and written by guy who knows this sport inside and out. He’s an avid reader of other blogs and always has a bit of trivia or a kind comment to leave when he visits someone’s blog.
Guess what I’m saying is it is an honor to blog on this platform with such talent and fellow lifers. Each of us brings a different take on baseball to the masses and it’s fun to see who is willing to push the limits on what an MLBlogger can do.
Write On baseball freaks…Spread the Word
D..The Rockpile Ranter
3/17/10 HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY
FYI…As good as this video is… This is not my entry 🙂
Time for the Canadian to get back to work.
Thanks to Robert for the pix and thanks to “B” for the Tix.
Here’s a shot of a young fox we saw close to the house chill’n in the sun.