Tagged: Tucson

I Have a Dream…It’s called…Pitch Your Team

3/12/10

Remember a few weeks back I did an entry about Robert Harmon and his girlfriend Bennie who rolled their VW Bus named “Jim Morrison” in New Mexico?

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                                                   Not a pretty sight.

Both walked away virtually unharmed. “Jim” however was wee bit f’cked up. Once the bus was turned upright Robert was able to get “Jim” running and hobbled him back to Colorado…Amazing.

I visited Robert shortly before he left for Rockies Spring Training in Tucson and was amazed at how much better “Jim” looked. Most of the dents were banged out and he had replaced the windshield.

I received an email from Robert this morning that contained a few pictures from Tucson and more importantly Hi-Corbet Field and the Rockies. 

Below is a shot of ‘Jim” looking all pretty. Well..Ok here’s a shot of “Jim” in front of Hi-Corbett Field. A testament to a well built automobile and a cheap thrifty VW bus lover.

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Props to Robert for making it out there and representing..And for sending these pictures for us to check out. With a little luck, I’ll have my VW bus ready to roll, by Spring Training 2011.

 
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Here’s a shot of the scoreboard at the beginning of Game 2. Temperature 56 degreesthe start of game two.jpg

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              Game 2 Final Score 4-1 Rockies win. Temperature 45 degrees…Brrrthe end of game two.jpg

So as far as Spring Training goes if you’re a baseball fan it’s not how you get there it’s just that you get there.

If I was there yesterday I would have had to watch that painful 9-2 loss to the Giants who seem to have everybodys number lately…Go figure…The Giants…WTF?

I have an idea…Sort of a “Pitch Your Team” mini-commercial.

I mentioned in a blog entry a while back how I thought it would be a cool idea to let MLBloggers do little promotional spots on MLB TV to promote their team. You know what I mean…Those little 5-10 second clips where they say “I’m so and so and your watching such and such”.

MLBloggers could do the same thing..Like…Mine might be something like..”I’m D the Rockpile Ranter and this is Rockies Country“..I would never use something quite that dorky but you get what I’m saying.

Participants could do this clip however they wanted…and it would be judged here on the Rant by a voting poll inserted into an entry.

Or…Maybe someone from MLBlogs.com would be interested in judging the entries?

Time to let your team loyalty and personal creativity shine. There is absolutely no promises that MLB will/would ever use these video clips but you never know right?

Show the world and your Team what you’ve got. I’m gonna let this contest run for a while..At least until the All-Star Break. That way everyone will have time to get their ideas together and maybe shoot some footage from their favorite ballpark to include in the video clips.

 
I think it would be cool to have two contests.

One for MLBloggers and one for readers of the Rockpile Rant. The winners will each win an autographed ball and mini-bat from various Colorado Rockies.
Remember folks these do not have to be Rockies video clips.

                        YOUR VIDEO SHOULD SUPPORT YOUR TEAM.

                     Let me know if you’re interested in participating in Pitch Your Team.

                                   I think this could be fun.
D..The Rockpile Ranter

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Before you see, send me your best RV

2/20/09

As I look out my window it’s about 20 degrees outside and it’s snowing. In my mind it’s 78 degrees with a few small clouds in the sky and I’m rubbing aloe vera on yesterday’s sunburn.

Hey, help me out here. You know how I’ve been doing the “This is not the Mobile Blog Unit” thing for the last six months. I’ve officially exhausted my source of wacky RV pictures.

So for fun, if you have a few spare minutes see if you can find an RV picture that I haven’t used yet, make it a good one and e-mail it to therockpileranter@yahoo.com.

I want to do a blog entry of everyone’s RV choices. Then at the end of it I’ll show you the REAL Mobile Blog Unit. If you send me a RV picture I’ve already used I’ll let you know.

If you read this blog and you’ve never commented before, here’s your chance to shine. This is a creative group here don’t let me down. Hit me with your best RV picture.

If you’d like, you can name your RV picture.

I ready y’all, fresh haircut and a beard trim. The final walk through of the MBU is complete all systems are go. I feel like I’m on the verge of something really special.

Despite being smart and incredibly good looking, I’m not a wealthy man. It’s taken me all year to save for this spring training blogging extravaganza and it has been on my mind since my drive back from spring training in Tucson last season.

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How often does a guy get ten days off with no wife, kids or responsibilities to go watch baseball. I’ve spent my whole life living vicariously through other people.

For ten days you can live vicariously through me. Unlike television and water I’m still free.

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Making RockpileRant.com the bomb

2/18/09

I haven’t written anything in a couple of days and it feels like an eternity. 

Rockies spring training15.jpgSpring Fever has officially got me along with a little bit of a bug.
 
fever1.jpgIt’s hard to talk or write about baseball right now, I feel like sheet and mentally I’m in Tucson right now.

Let me tell you the weather is beautiful and I’m working on a good tan.

A friend of mine Betsy has been working on www.rockpilerant.com. Right now It’s just a cover page that links back to this blog, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally up and accessible.

 I would like a permanant page within that website that contains all of the “Rockies Fan Profiles”, maybe a page with videos and a baseball collection page which will get updated weekly as new items are acquired.

                                     Got any ideas, I’d love to hear them?
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I’m more than ready and the Rant holds steady

2/15/09 

 Rockile Rant stands it’s ground as the number 5 fan blog on MLBLogs.com

So does that make the Rockpile Rant the Number 1 Rockies Blog in the World??

                                                OH HELL YEAH !

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Julia’s Rants
3. Red State Blue State
4. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
5. Rockpile Rant

Thanks to my regular readers for your support for this past year. Remember the Rant during spring training. 

As I prepare for this upcoming trip and season I will post a link to some of my favorite snagging entries from last season… One of my Fav’s 
 

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 I took a trip to Colorado Springs yesterday to visit an old Army buddy.

Meet Joe Smith..aka Miles Long.

He developed the Miles Long alter-ego after years of people not believing his real name when he told it to them.

There are a lot of Joe Smiths out there but this one is the real deal.

 Joe and I were in the Army together and worked together at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs after we finished our tours.

 I wanted “Miles Long” to come to Tucson with us but he has schedule conflicts and can’t make it this year.

QUESTION: If you had the most popular name in America like Joe does, what “secondary name/alter ego” would you come up with for yourself?

  I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into over at  Mets Main Man. But I can tell you I’ve finished my first assignment. I love a good adventure and at this point I have no idea whatsoever what this dude is up to but I’m going to roll with in anyway.

The Real MBU-Not.jpgToday I’m working on my final Banner for the Moblie Blog Unit.

(The moment you’ve all been waiting for…This is NOT the MBU)

Meanwhile,… Andy my co-pilot for the spring training/MBU adventure sliced open his finger open right by his knuckle while attempting to sharpen a knife. 

He received eight stitches in this glove hand.

The way the healing process works it looks like the stitches will need to be removed around game two at Hi Corbett. A real man removes his own stitches, it’s cheaper.

It’s time for another edition of:     

                                         “Which Rockie Am I”

Which Rockie Am I.jpg                     Today’s Rockies Player was born west of Colorado in the 70’s.

                                      He’s exactly the same size as me.

                           He was paid less than a million dollars for last season.

                                He’s in one of last year’s Rockies commericals.

                                                     That’s it…Good Luck

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Again I just want to thank the folks who frequent the Rant. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing Rockies blogs in the Top 50. Props to all MLBLoggers for what you do. 

My mission is to promote my team and get them some respect and it’s working thanks to you.

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Living the dream as I blog for my team

2/12/09


Hunters first Rockies game1.jpgYou can tell it’s getting close, everyone is eager to talk baseball and share their autograph and collection stories. The idea in my last blog entry was “You pick the topic” and I’ll write about it. Most of you chose to ask questions of me. I guess I didn’t take that into consideration.

(<—-Hunter and his Grandpa at his first Rockies game in 1999).

You could have picked any topic besides me, but I’ll roll with this. I’ll answer them all in time. I still have ten days before I’m blogging at the high speed of 65 MPH

                                  

This one is from Jere80 (he responded first):

 “I’m always interested in how people become fans of teams that didn’t exist when they were young, and therefore what team they grew up rooting for before their current team existed. So maybe you could tell us that about yourself?

Jere, my story is different from most. I was a Yankee fan until my parents moved us up to Canada at age 11 (1978). There was really no organized baseball in my High School and I would have to say most of our Schools budget was spent on indoor sports (mostly hockey), because of the sub-zero (at times) temperatures.

So my exposure to baseball of any sort was severely limited. Remember there was no internet back in the late 70’s early 80’s.

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Oilers logo.gifSo I grew up with no affiliation to any baseball team.

As a kid I followed the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL, and it was cool living in the same Province as Wayne Gretzky back when he was an Edmonton Oiler and in his prime.

I don’t really follow hockey anymore but in my opinion it’s still the best sport to see live .

army cook apron.jpgWhen I finished my Military service I decided to stay in Colorado. It was a that point I knew I was going to be a Bronco and later on down the road, a Rockies fan.

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I fell in love with Colorado and it would be hard for me to support a team that I couldn’t see play at least every now and then.

Plus, what a nickname..”The Blake Street Bombers” as a former military guy I love that name. 

The Broncos, Rockies and later the Nuggets worked out perfect for me at the time, and all within an hours drive. 

So as you can see I became a Rockies fan well into my adulthood. Going to a Rockies game to me is like reliving a part of my childhood that I missed due to geographical location. I’m a kid again from the second I walk through those gates. I don’t get that from anything else in the world. 

The Rockpile Ranter was born because of the lack of respect the Rockies received during their amazing World Series run. I attended my first game as the Rockpile Ranter March of last year in Tucson. I’ve been on a Rant ever since…

JERE-I’ve come up with another segment of the Rant that I’m going to call:

                                              WHICH ROCKIE AM I ?

I’ll give you some interesting facts about a player (should you choose to accept this challenge), and you will have to figure out who it is.

As always, whoever wins send me your picture and I’ll make you famous…D

MB 11.jpgThis Rockie is well over six feet tall.

 He played basketball in High School.

<—-This guy has something to do with the naming of his this player’s High School.

 He’s a switch hitter….This one’s easy..Good Luck ! 
 

                                   JERE, thanks for “Deciding the Ride” today. 

In celebration of pitchers and catchers officially getting back to work, I’ve included in this entry:

              My first blog entry ever. It’s from Rockies spring training last year.

Just looking at it makes me think of all that has happened in the last year. WOW…Thanks for being a part of it…D

Matt Holliday almost tags me with a ball

March 25, 2008 

I was shooting a video at Spring Training of Matt Holliday when he hit the ball foul off of the first base line and I had no idea that it was coming right at me.

 It just missed me.

I didn’t even get the baseball. I hope my snagging improves.

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Here’s a picture of Todd Helton with Tulo in the background.

Ok the picture sucks but it shows you how close I was. The top of the Rockies dugout was just below this fence.

 

 

 

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See what I was saying about the fence.

Gorgeous day, it was 85 and the first warm weather I had seen in months.

 

 

 

 

Man I dig Tucson..I can’t wait to go back next year. I’ll be better prepared. Here was my video for my wife as I was driving home from Tucson.

It’s amazing what a guy with a love of baseball and a need to vent can do in just one year. Just you wait, the best is yet to come.                                                  

                                           Go Rockies…I’m almost there…D

 

Despite the Shock it’s Time to Rock

2/11/09
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tucson sky.jpgIf you’ve been following this blog you know, I’m already in Tucson. I’ve been there for two weeks now (in my mind). Nothing can stop this trip.
The best part is the guys that I’m going with are as excited as I am.
rspeier1121.jpgRyan Speier accepted me as a friend on Facebook today. Ryan was my third Rockies autograph ever and he signed for me on autograph day last spring training.
Ryan gave Zack Hample his glove a few years back and I remember Zack mentioning in his blog that the glove was this most prized gift from a player.
I want all the Rockies pitchers to have a good season but I’m really pulling for Speier and toe_dipping.jpgMorales.
 
Both of these guys have dipped their toes in the big league and I’d like to see both of them “take the plunge” so to speak.
 
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Only four more and I run the store

2/4/09

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I try to live my life on an even keel. I shy away from extreme highs or Thumbnail image for balanced-life111.jpglows. I prefer a middle of the road type of existance.

 I breeze through life not trying to upset any more people than I make happy.

It’s my version of balance.
 

My point is this: Things are good with me right now, really good. This blog “The Rockpile Rant”, came in at number five. For months now I have managed to stay in the top ten. Thank you regular readers, Rockies fans and other bloggers.

I can’t explain it. I love the fact that a simple, mildly opinionated, good looking guy like me can rival some of the best bloggers out there.

I put a lot of work into my blog, (because I’m NOT a writer). If I was a writer this stuff would come a lot easier to me.

Happy to see you 1.jpgThis is what I am,…I’m a reality blogger with a passion for baseball. With your help I’ve carved a niche here at MLBlogs that I plan to keep strong hold of.

I’ll keep reading yours, you keep reading mine. Together we’ll all get smarter.

I’m friendly competitive sort of guy, but competitive nonetheless. I’m sure you’ve gathered that by now.

There are numerous ways to plug your blog and get page hits. Mark Newman has his J-Blog School up and running which is a wonderful thing..

HOWEVER, you can be the best writer in the world, but how will anyone know it if they don’t get to witness your amazing writing skills?

blog cartoon.jpgOnce the Rant hits number one and decends, I’ll give a class on “How to drive traffic to your blog.”

My ideas will be fresh and not a repeat of the same thing…because I’m cool like that.

Have I mentioned that I will have constantly updated material each day when the MBU is in Tucson?

That means that everytime you check-in with the Rant there will be something new there to see and read..all of it,… free to you.

atkins mets.jpgI’ll be keeping you juiced up with a big fat syringe of steady pictures and storyline. I hope you’ll visit
the Rant often during my ten days down there.  

I’m glad the Rockies avoided an arbitration hearing and locked in Garrett Atkins for another year. Congrats Garrett on snagging 7.05  million.

 Just don’t forget to keep those RBI’s flowing.

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 It looks like the Rockies have added another outfielder to the mile high mix.

Say goodbye to Cory Wimberly (a Minor League infielder) and say hello to Matt Murton. 

The Rockies acquired Matt from the Oakland A’s, before the A’s he was a Cub

Now we’ve got a whole bunch of outfielders and only three positions. Spring training is going to be everything I expect and then some.

Battle it out dudes,… that’s what it’s all about.  

 The Rockies Major League roster is now full. Let the games begin y’all…D
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