Tagged: Ubaldo Jimenez

Embree breaks a bone at home

7/10/09                                Braves vs Rockies Game 2

Today Hunter and I went to the game with Andy (from spring training) and his son Hazen. This was Hazen’s first batting practice and we were all excited for him.

           The line for BP was huge as they were giving away Brad Hawpe T-Shirts.
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                                  They usually fit me until the third wash or so.

When we hit the pavilion I headed to my usual spot and within a few minutes Chris Iannetta hit the first BP homer and I tracked it perfectly and made a beautiful catch.

It felt good to catch that ball. I then focused my attention over to Andy, Hazen and Hunter.
IMG_0019.JPGI was watching a ball that was hit over by Robert’s area and he snagged it off the bounce. Robert turned around and gave that ball to Hazen. 

                                                    Here is the poor video of it:

That would be one of two baseballs Robert gave to Hazen. Robert…. Andy told me to say thanks for doing that for his boy.

Andy and Hunter were shutout for BP. Hunter told me it was because he was helping Hazen get his 🙂

Me, I had one more opportunity for a toss up.

Spilly and Seth Smith had been goofing around in left field and were tossing up a bunch of baseballs to random people.
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Normally I don’t raise my glove for toss-ups but they were having fun so I figured what the hell.

                                  Here is video of Seth Smith tossing up a ball:

When Spilly finally tossed one to my area I took a few steps to my right and was positioned perfect for the catch.

I looked behind me real quick (something I do now thanks to BP blockers), and noticed I was positioned in front of a dad and his son who were in the row behind me.

I had a flash of guilt, and backed off leaving the catch for the dad so he could be a hero in front of his son. He bobbled it and somebody else snapped it up.

           In hindsight I should have just caught the damn thing and gave it to his kid.

             Here’s Dexter Fowler at batting practice with Baylor checking things out.

Fowler BP 7-10-09.JPG                  After BP we walked around and watched Ubaldo Jimenez warming up.
Ubaldo 7-10-09.JPG                                                 MULLET OF THE GAME
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                  Here is Todd Helton hang outside of the dugout watching the game.

Helton hangout dugout 7-10-09.JPG                           I was hoping to get a few pictures of Chipper Jones.

Chipper Jones 7-10-09.JPG                                                                 So I did.

Chipper Jones 7-10-09-1.JPG                                                   Here is a shot of Prado.
Helton and Prado 7-10-09.JPG Prado is the dude responsible for ending Alan Embree’s season with one lucky swing.

That sucks, I hope Embree heals and can continue next season. He was doing pretty good for the Rockies lately and that’s a sheety way for a players season to end. 

                                            Here are some random pictures.

Hawpe swing 7-10-09.JPG                        The Rockies fans argued this call but McLouth was safe.

Helton safe 7-10-09.JPG I think it’s cool that this dude can still do this job. These guys are tough. I got thirsty and my back hurt just watching him lug that thing around.

Older Coors Field Vendor 7-10-09.JPGThe elusive Jeff Francis, hang’n with Spilly. He looks ready, when will we see him on the mound?

Thumbnail image for spilly dugout 7-10-09.JPG                                                      Carlos Gonzalez

IMG_0142.JPG                                                           Barmes at bat.
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IMG_0093.JPG                                                       Dexter Fowler 
IMG_0098.JPG                                                          Todd Helton
IMG_0107.JPG We debated waiting around after the the rain delay was called but Andy and I had worked that day and I was exhausted. So we bailed and in the end didn’t miss much other than Embree taking a line drive to the leg and ending his season.

                                     Rockies lose this one to the Braves 4-1.

                                     I hate losing to the Braves at home…D

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Could it be…The Ranter on TV?

4/26/09

After it all happened I figured I might be on TV. Props to Robert for snaggin Spilborgh’s home run ball in the third inning. Spilborghs is his favorite Rockies player.

 Robert was sporting Spilly’s Jersey and immediatly after he snagged that home run ball Spilly’s dad called Robert on his cell phone.

                                   Don’t believe me,… look how happy this old man is. 

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Robert asked me later how close I was to him when he snagged that ball and I told him if he had stopped any shorter we’d have known each other too well.

          Good job Robert, the dude is quick. Next time I’ll sit on the other side of him.

Click on the link below and check out the video of it all:  

                     Rockpile Ranter on TV/ Roberts snag of Spilly’s home run

   I  know I didn’t get the ball but at least I didn’t look like a chump my first time on TV 🙂Me first in line 4-26-09.jpg

 

Today I was the first in line at the Rockpile gate and things were as they should be in Rockie land.

 

 

First in line at the gate puts me first into the Pavilion.

Empty Pavilion.JPG When the batting cages are out it gives me an extra few minutes before the place starts to crawl with people.

                As you can tell from this picture, first didn’t mean much today.
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Here is a shot of Dan and Robert politely discussing one of yesterday’s batting practice snags 🙂

Dan and Robert 4-26-09.JPG      Something about somebody stepping on somebody’s foot if I remember correctly? 🙂

I was lucky again today and Dan hooked me up with a Row 1 ticket. This enabled me to go onto the field during the autograph session. I’ve never done this before and let me tell you it was beyond cool.

Check out the video of me entering the field:

I love this picture of the field this is from the roped off dirt area we were in behind home plate.
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RPR on Coors Field -1.jpg                                       I managed to get four autographs today.

                         On the left is Jason Hammel and on the right is Ryan Speier.
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 Manny Corpas came out and signed for a few people then split.

Ubaldo Jimenez also came out and signed for the whole group.

I skipped Ubaldo because I have him already. I was able to give him a knuckle bump and wish him good luck this year. Nice guy.

   The other two autographs I snagged were Franklin Morales and Jason Grilli.
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Jason Grilli Auto 4-26-09.jpg I got to see Todd Helton and Tulo, they popped out to say hi to a few kids and take some pictures.Helton and Tulo 4-26-09-1.jpg

                      
 Ubaldo took a few pictures before he signed autographs.Ubaldo posing with kid 4-26-09.jpg

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Here is  Jason Hammel coming up to sign for us.

Looks like Jason will get his first start for the Rockies on Monday’s game against the Padres.

                  Good luck Jason!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             Here’s what the Rockpile looks like essentially from where the batter stands.
the Rockpile 4-26-09.jpg       Here is Jason Grilli signing my baseball, check out the lady in the background 🙂
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                                  Todd Helton making one lucky kids year.
Todd being cool 4-26-09.jpg                      Manual Corpas signing the baseball of the little boy next to me
Manny signing 4-26-09.jpg            Here is the video of me leaving the field and walking back inside of Coors Field.

In the video below Robert and I were almost to the Pavilion when I heard someone call out “Rockpile Ranter”. That someone was Missy from “View from the Rockpile”.

Missy is an Usher at Coors Field and was on her way to Gate E when we ran into her. This was the first time her and I have met and it was really cool to finally run into her at a game.                         

        Back in the Pavilion. Here was the view to the right of my seat. Thank you Dan!
My view to my left 4-26-09.JPG                                            A shot of the field from my seats
view from my seat 4-26-09.jpg                                Dan’s daughter Emily playing kickball with Dinger
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                                            A little Rockie history for you.
Rockie History.jpg                                   Here are a few of the Rockies warming-up
Rockies Warming up 4-26-09.jpgChris Iannetta signs before every game. Rumor has it he does it because he’s superstitious. Superstitious or not he’s a good guy and I believe he’d sign anyway.
Iannatta signing 4-26-09.jpg               He signs for about 5 minutes then goes over to stretch and work out.
Iannetta leaving 4-20-09.jpg                                                     Spilly and Hawpe
Spilly and Hawpe4-26-09.jpg                                              Jeff Baker and Brad Hawpe
Baker and Hawpe 4-26-09.jpgKrista made me put in this picture. She said it summed up the Dodgers lack of excitement in this game. I just don’t get it??
Dodgers 4-26-09.jpg                    Captain Earthman, business as usual entertaining the masses
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TulowitzkiTulowitzki 4-26-09.jpg                                   I call this picture…”Brat with a view”
Brat with a view 4-20-09.JPG               I really like our new pitcher Marquis, the guy has been a superstar for us.
Marquis on the mound 4-26-09.jpg                          This game was just what I and all Rockies fans needed.

An in your face, blue bashing, get out of town, you got lucky on the last one, Rockies win.

                                      I especially love beating the Dodgers. 

Days like today are special. How often does a person get to go underneath Coors Field, then stand on the field and get autographs? I’m glad I could share some of it with you. 

I’ll be at Coors tomorrow for batting practice (weather permitting).

                                 Who knows what whill happen? Stay tuned…D


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Showing up for the game = 1 point

4 autographed baseballs = 8 points

Eating a foot long brat = 1 point.

Video of me and an Usher (Missy) = 1 point

                                                Grand Total = 11 points. 

                                     

Twenty five, until my little drive

1/29/09

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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. 

JFFG.jpgWho knows if Jeff Francis will be starting in April. He’s still having issues with that pesky shoulder of his.

 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?”

UJ.jpgMy moneys on Ubaldo, but I still have high hopes of Francis returning to his past glory. Cook is a powerful weapon but tends to wear thin with too much usage.

MannyRamirez u neverknow.jpgGuess we’ll begin to see in a couple of weeks.

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.

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 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.

IS1-29-09.jpgIan Stewart, here’s another guy bursting at the seams with talent and waiting for everything to click.

 

  

 Thumbnail image for spilborghs1-29-09.jpgRyan 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.

Andy 9-15-08.JPGMan I love talking/writing baseball.

I need some warm weather and a break from the stresses of life.

cactus_baseball_1-29-09.jpg I’ve earned this little baseball vacation. I still have a spot on the MBU available. No worries here if it doesn’t get filled. Right now it’s Andy, Robert and yours truely.

(<——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.

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Holliday missed cause people are pissed

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Man, is there a whole lot of smack talking going on about this Matt Holliday trade. I’m finding the ratio to be about 50/50, pleased vs **********.

 Me, I’m cool with it. Enjoy the weather Matt. Oakland’s a beautiful city,….psyche.


Most of the fans who are upset about the trade are the ones who have a severe dislike for the Monfort brothers (Rockies majority owners),

 Word is the Rockies are going to deal Huston Street (that’s a cool name), but Carlos Gonzalez could work out nicely. He’s another option for center field if the Rockies wind up dealing Taveras?

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  Gonzalez is twenty three-years old and hails from Venezuela. In his rookie season he hit .242 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 85 games.

In AAA Sacramento he hit .283 with four homers and 28 RBIs.

Sounds great right. Could be, but Carlos has been known to strike out a lot.

I’ll reserve any judgment until I see this guy in uniform on the field.

Here’s a quote from Gonzalez while riding on a bus to Caracas in Venezuela where he is playing winter ball. 

“A lot of people are trying to call me, I’m hearing I got traded. This is baseball; you can’t do anything about it. You just have to get ready to play. Holliday is a very attractive player and he’ll be great for the Oakland A’s. It will be great for me, too. I can make my name in a new organization, but I’ll always thank the A’s for giving me the opportunity, for bringing me up.”Greg Smith.jpg 

Good Luck in Colorado Carlos !   

The other dude included in the deal is lefty pitcher Greg Smith. Smith is 24 years old  and attended  Louisiana State University.

The D’backs in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft selected him in the sixth round.

In December of 2007 he was traded to the Oakland A’s.

Smith’s first major league start was on April 9 2008. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs earning him a no decision.

He record with the A’s is 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA.

 In 2008 he led the majors with sixteen pickoffs which tied the record.

They have only been keeping track of pickoffs since 1987.

 

ticket-booth-2.jpgSo the question is, How do you best spend the saved $ from unloading Matt Holliday’s contract and keep fans coming back?

 The Monforts have said many times that the amount of money they have to spend on player salaries is dependent on ticket sales.

Losing Holliday, Fuentes or Atkins isn’t going to increase ticket sales. In my opinion there is only one thing that will increase ticket sales.

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  Cheerleaders…no I’m just kidding. We need a big name in Denver.

We need a Superstar.  

Not like a Molly Shannon superstar, we need like a Cole Hamels superstar.

 

 

 

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 Pitching, it’s the Rockies Achilles heel or athletes foot.

The beginning of this past season was the only time that I can remember feeling somewhat confident in our bullpen.

Why wouldn’t I be, we had made it to the World Series.

That feeling was short lived. Remember Franklin Morales and Kip Wells, not much materialized there.

 Jeff Francis didn’t help matters by continuing to pitch sub-par and not informing anyone his shoulder had been hurting him.  

Our bullpen struggled right from the start and barely improved through rest of the season. We all know a below .500 season is unacceptable for this Division. Yet it seems to be a benchmark we struggle to reach yearly.

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 DO IT Monforts, both of you, make that move, do it for the fans.

 If it doesn’t work you can sell the Rockies and devote your efforts into developing a tastier hotdog…D
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It must be over I can hear her singing

9/28/08

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singobese1.JPG                  It’s over.

   A pitchers duel you might say.

I’m glad the game ended like it did. If it would have been a slugfest, it would have just made it harder to let go.

The next time I’ll be face to face with a Rockies player will be March 2, 2009 in Tucson…Spring Training

 

 

                                        Rockies Vs Diamondbacks Game 3 

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Ubaldo was on his game tonight. He had his issues early on this season, but he has been solid and dependable this last couple months. He pitched seven scoreless innings tonight with ten strikeouts. He finishes his season 12-12, with 172 strikeouts and a respectable 3.99 ERA.  Ubaldo pitched 198 2/3 innings, second only to Aaron Cook.

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                        Manny and his mom———>

Manny Corpas allowed Chris Young to homer in the eighth and then in the ninth, Luis Vizcaino loaded up the bases and proceeded to walk home the winning run.

Ok D-backs, you got us back for making you look like chumps last year.

Johnson was incredible to watch allowing only  two hits and one unearned run. He threw 105 pitches and struck out nine.

35,908 people watched the Rockies fall to the D-Backs 2-1 in the Rockies final game of 2008..there I said it

What a  season this has been. One I’ll never forget. So many highs and lows. No different than life I guess.   

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 I decided I will blog for the MLB playoffs.  

Right now, I’m looking for a  place to host my basketball blog.

I’ll be blogging for the Denver Nuggets and I will be known the Nugg Thug.

Milly Vanilli.jpg                   Keep it real all…I do…D

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I made a bet I hope I don’t regret

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Giants Jersey.jpgI made a bet about a week ago with a guy I work with. He’s a Giants fan. The bet was on whichever one of our teams wins more games from that point forward till the end of the season.  The loser would have to wear the winners jersey one full day at work.

Today is the start of a three game set with the Giants. As of pre-game today, I’m one game up…I’ll keep you posted.

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I see that Matt Holliday is in contention for the MLB Hank Aaron Award for offensive excellence.

He deserves it. He has always been among the elite in the NL as far as batting average, home runs and RBI are concerned.

So far this season Matt is 27-29 for bases stolen. Matt is also the first Rockies player to get more than twenty steals and twenty home runs in a season since this guy…
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Larry Walker.

Larry did it in 1997. He had 49  home runs and 33 steals. That was good enough to win him the NL League MVP award.Ubaldo J9-7-08.jpg

 

 
On the mound today vs the Giants is Ubaldo Jimenez (11-12) with a 4.12 ERA.

Tim Lincecum (17-4) who has a 2.46 ERA will be pitching for theTim Lincecum.jpg Giants. Thats scary. The kid is straight up smokin now and only going to get better as he matures.

I have faith that the Rockies still have something to prove and are not quitters. Everyone at work knows how much I support the Rockies and I DON’T want to have to wear that Giants jersey.

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Rockies make a run but don’t get it done.

9/21/08     8:54 AM

Brian Fuentes.

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I guess if I had to see the Super Southpaw aka Tito totally fall apart, it’s best that it was a game that didn’t mean anything.

Rockies fought hard to tie things up.

But then….

Fuentes gave up a two run homer to to Stephen Drew with two out in the ninth.

That was it. Rockies lost 5-3. Great crowd last night.

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Mylee was the only one of the three of us to snag a ball. 

In fact, she snagged two. First time she outsnagged Hunter this year.

Here she is with the ball that Ubaldo Jimenez tossed her.

Thank you Ubaldo !

Here is a video of the Rockies tribute to the fans —->Tribute video

I’ll have a super size blog about the previous two games  Up by this evening.   

Right now Hunter and I are heading out to the last Rockies home game. It’s starting to hit me.

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