Rockies vs White Sox..Camelback Ranch
Last day in Arizona.
This was my first time visiting the Ranch(home to the Dodgers and White Sox). As far as spring training facilities go this one is a real gem. It’s beautifully laid out with little ponds and walkways everywhere.
We were there on a Monday and the back fields were almost deserted.
I wandered around, enjoying the early morning sun, reflecting on the past few days and thinking about life in general. How many spring training facilities can you get enough peace and quiet to actually relax and ponder shit?
While I was “Zone’n” I noticed some players gathering in the outfield of one of the practice fields. I watched as one of the coaches started hitting pop-flys right up against the outfield wall and players were jumping trying to catch them and keep ’em from going over the fence. I hurried over to where the balls were going over the fence and I noticed it was just me there. For a few short minutes it was yours truely catching the baseballs that the minor league players couldn’t snag. Eventually folks saw me having the time of my life and decided to join.
All in all probably 25 baseballs were hit out.
As soon as that drill was finished the minor leaguers started their batting practice. Sitt’n with seven baseballs already I was having a great day. BP was a bit more crowded but I manged to catch one on the bounce and one on the fly preventing a bystander from getting hit in the face with a home run ball.
Dude didn’t even say thank you….Dick
Folks, this place is special even if it is enemy territory.
Today wound up being not only a good day for baseballs but it was a great day for autographs.
I managed to get Todd Helton to sign my baseball, Eric Young Jr to sign a picture, and Skipper Walt Weiss signed my 1993 photo ball of him.
Plus, Dante signed a baseball card the Rox Addict hooked me up with.
Check out this motley autograph Crue..Left to Right, James, Eric, and Mike the Rox Addict.
James is the guy who made the “Helmer is my Homeboy” T-Shirts. Maybe it’s time for some Ranter shirts?
I don’t have many of these…Here’s Tulo smiling.
The Rockies lose this one to the White Sox. Matter of fact, the Rockies lost every game we saw them play the week we were in Arizona except for when they played the USA WBC team.
I have no idea what we’re in for this season as far as the Rockies go.
I’m “D” the Ranter…I’d like to thank the Rox Addict for splitt’n the costs and being good company.
It was fun, but this year’s trip is done. 20 days till the first home game at Coors Field!
See you there…“D”
My first and last trip to Hohokam Stadium.
(Rox Addict and his famous Running Man pose out front).
This joint is the spring training/winter home of the Chicago Cubs. The main reason I won’t be back is because this is Hohukum’s last year housing the Cubs. The Cubs move into a brand new facility next year. This stadium is a lot like other stadiums in the Phoenix area only older and for some strange reason..More expensive?
The Cubs suck because they stick it to their fans during spring training as well as the regular season. The going price here is 20 bucks for a berm ticket…OUCH!
Here’s the other reason I won’t be back.
Mike and I did our usual thing and showed up early for BP. I was stoked because I found out BP would be taking place inside the stadium and this place has a beautiful berm. Well I was stoked until I went inside and actually tried to access the berm. I was told it was off-limits during batting practice. The Usher was kind enough to let me know that as soon as the players were done I could walk anywhere on the berm. Thanks buddy.
WTF?? So I asked the Usher why? He informed me that the cleaning crew were still cleaning the berm. I found this totally unacceptable and walked away pissed that I wasted my time and showed up early. I paid 25 bucks for a crappy grandstand seat and then to be denied access to the berm during BP.
So as I was standing along the first base line hoping for a foul ball I observed this.
Lined up like ballhawking soldiers are the employees who are supposed to be cleaning the berm. The spent the entire batting practice chasing home run balls. I was jealous and pissed at the same time. Getting paid to snag baseballs that’s my f’kn dream job.
In reality all I can do is let you know how jacked up I think that is.
So now you know.
Today, the plan was to meet up with my folks at the stadium and take in a game.
We did just that. Beautiful day too. Mom and Pops thanks for coming up :).
Cool looking old stadium.
A few game shots.
Fans scrambling for a home run ball.
A packed left field berm.
A packed right field berm.
Some aerial entertainment.
I didn’t kill it with pictures today. It was fun just hang’n with my folks and watching the game feeling lucky to be warm.
White Sox cream the cheap ass Cubbies 8-3.
You can tell rain is a coming.
No worries, next game is a WBC game and it’s indoors 🙂
I’m “D” the Ranter and I will ballhawk for cash.
Rockies fans know the name, It’s imbedded in their short history.
Eric Young’s son “Jr” is one of six dudes up for the fifth annual Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.
EY Jr, has been spending his time learning center field, which is a change up for him as he almost always plays second base.
Eric has a .424 average, three homers (two of which are grand slams), and has been caught only once out of nineteen attempted steals.
This award is in the memory of the late Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Dernell Stenson, who was murdered during a carjacking.
This award has been given out annually since 2004, and is given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.
EY Jr is a shoe-in, even thought he missed a week due to a sore hamstring.
Just for the hell of it try this out:
WARNING If you do this remember what you will see on the wall is just an illusion.
1. Relax and then really concentrate on the four little dots in the center of this picture. Serious, stare at them for a good 40 seconds.
2. Then, turn your head and stare at any smooth wall. You will start to see a circle of light developing.
3. Blink your eyes a few times and you will see a figure start to emerge.
Did it work for you??
If it did, let me know what you saw. It freaked me out.
Ok, one more and then I’m done.
If you can’t read this one then I can’t help you.
If you’re into big bugs and your cruising through Colorado Springs, stop in and see the World’s Largest Hercules Beetle.
This big bug was built in 1958 and is constructed of fiberglass and steel.
It’s 9 feet high, 17 feet long, and 6 feet wide.
This monster weighs 400 pounds.
I’m all for that, just don’t do it this February. That would be all jacked up.
You’ve heard of Pistol Pete, here’s pistol pipe?
I can think of a million things to say, but I’m going to let this picture speak for itself.
Thanks for checking out the Rant.
The Nuggets play the Bucks in Denver tonight at 7:30.