Things that make me happy.
Of course my wife and kids, I don’t need to say that. They’re my world.
Truth be told, Zack Hample is part of the reason I’m the Ranter. I’ve been to my share of Rockies games since 1993, but I never arrived early enough for batting practice until this past season. Now I’ll never miss it.
I had been reading his blog “The Baseball Collector” for several years, and I had been snagging baseballs vicariously though him.
Reading Zack’s blog is one of those things that makes me happy.
To me, Zack is MLblogosphere, he was one of the original bloggers here, and I’ll read his blog until he stops blogging or snaggin.
I can tell you it won’t be the latter.
Thank you “Professor of Snag”, I bet you’ve inspired a hell of a lot more people than you could ever know.
He was the runt of the litter, and was born completely cross-eyed.
His back legs that didn’t work well either.
As he got to be a few months older, his legs continued to get worse. We figured it was hip displacia, because we rescued his mother from an “evil breeder”.
We took “Elly Belly” in for an X-Ray, and discovered his spine was curved like a “L” just below his shoulders.
I guess that abnormality was pinching his spine and causing his back legs to get worse.
Faced with a tough decision, we opted for the expensive wheelchair. Elway took to it rather quickly, and by using it daily for a few months, it fixed his spine.
Seeing Elway, Bronco and Nugget when I get home makes me happy. Unconditional love, it’s a cool thing.
I’m pretty good snowboarder.
The first time I picked up a snowboarded was opening day in Loveland, Colorado 1990, with my buddy Greg.
There was enough snow for one run to be open. We strapped on our boards and rode the lift to the top.
By the time we reached the bottom, we were boarding.
My kids and wife are still learning. There is no bad day on the mountains snowbarding.
A good breakfast makes me happy. The best meal of the day, two biscuts and gravy, two pancakes, three bacon, hasbrowns, toast and a big cup of coffee.
That not only makes me happy, it makes me ready to take on the world, or at least my job.
A good piece of Cheesecake makes me happy.
Good cheesecake is like sex on a plate.
Fishing with my kids makes me happy.
Just like snowboarding, there are no bad days fishing.
Just living in Colorado makes me happy.
What makes you happy?
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There’s lots more things that make me happy, but I got the ball rolling here,
Let’s see what you got.
<——This is not the Mobile Blogging Unit.
Here’s something someone might be interested in.
The Mobile Blogging unit heads out of Denver on Feb 27,2009, and returns on March 8th.
There is a chance that we may have an extra spot in the RV. It has four seperate beds, and as I mentioned, there could possibly be an extra spot. No freebies here, there would be an interview (to guage your coolness), we all split gas, and expenses, but it’s really is a chance of a lifetime.
Good times, good company, good baseball, making memories.
I’ll probably do a formal blog entry about this at some point soon. I just wanted to throw that out there and see if there are any potential bites.
I have a few maybes at this point, but no “for sures”. Women are welcome, as long as you are aware of the living arrangments.
Don’t say I’m not an equal opportunity snagger. It’s all good.
Ranter’s Joke of the day
Question: What is 30 feet long and smells like pee?
Here is shot of all the baseballs Hunter has snagged and managed to get autographed this past Rockies season.All of his autographs are on batting practice balls that he personally snagged one way or another.
Hunter has 1 autographed helmet, 21 player autographed balls, one ball that says fastball on it and one ball autographed and personalized to him by Zack Hample, The Baseball Collector.
It’s the top baseball in the picture.
Here’s a little bit closer shot
Here we have Mylee, she didn’t go to near as many games as Hunter (her choice), but she did pretty good.
All of Mylee’s autographs were on baseballs that she snagged except two.
The two unautographed baseballs she is holding in the picture are from a batting practice in which she snagged them both.
She didn’t want to get those signed.
Mylee has 7 player autographed balls (one ball signed twice), a Zack Hample ball and one ticket stub. I believe she has a duplicate there of Jorge De La Rosa.
Below is a closeup of her collecton
Here’s Zack Hample autographing the kid’s baseballs.
Here is link to that day:
We arrived about 45 minutes early today for the game one against the NY Mets.
We wound up second and third in line as there was a fan who got there before us.
He was an avid autograph collector and we taked baseball and about getting autographs with him while we waited for the gates to open.
The Rockies were out on the field practicing when we got to the Pavilion bleachers so I took off to the left field bleachers.
This ball would prove to be my only snag of the game.
I did almost catch another BP homer, but it hit the tip of my glove and I lost it.
Hunters final tally. Six balls a new personal record for him.
Ryan Speier was kind enough to toss a ball up to Hunter.
Pitcher number 33 John Maine.
He walked over to pick up a ball by the rail and Hunter asked politely fpr the ball and he tossed it right to him.
Funny, shortly after that happened one of the older Mets batting coaches (I think…I can’t seem to find his name) was picking up a few balls and Hunter hit him up for one.
He straight up told Hunter that he had the wrong shirt on.
I understood but I’m not sure Hunter did.
Credit where credit is due. That older coach came back later and asked if Hunter was gonna cheer for the Mets. Hunter said “sure”.
The coach tossed him the ball. When the coach was out of hearing distance Hunter looked at me and said ..” Yea Right”.
Pitcher Pedro Martinez was close to where Hunter was standing and was kind enough to toss him a ball.
Thank you Pedro!!
Sanchez ran to the rail chasing a hard hit grounder which landed in front of Hunter.
Hunter didn’t even have a chance to ask he just tossed it to him.
Thats what its all about.
It’s not a team thing so much as it’s a baseball thing.
Thank you Sanchez !!
Zack Hample was attending todays game. Todays game being the final game of his Colorado trip. He was wearing his where’s Waldo shirt and he busted out the big glove.
After I took this picture Zack asked a fan to take a picture of the three of us with his camera.
While Hunter and I were talking to Zack a man and his wife holding their one-month old asked if they could use the glove to take a picture with thieir baby inside it.
Just too cute.
Welcome back Troy Tulowitzki, unfortunately the Rockies lost to the Mets 7-2.
On a bright note, Jeff Baker homered and has hit a home run in his last four games. Todd Helton (The King) went 0-3 today with a walk, and Tulo went 0-4.
There were some interesting clouds in the sky last night. I thought we might see some rain but I only felt one drop the whole evening.
This guy started in with mother f this and mother f that. After the second “slip” I looked back and his buddy saw me and saw my son and he told his buddy to stop.
He did stop swearing finally, but that was replaced with constant heckling. Willy Tavares made an error early on in the game and from that point on it didn’t stop.
He would heckle the Rockies players then he would heckle the Mets. He also kept saying to his cronies…Hey man…lets leave and go downtown and get drunk…c’mon man..I still don’t know what team he was going for.
What I am sure of is that it was his first time to a baseball game and probably the first time out in public in a while. Rude, no manners and no consideration for others.
Bald Obnoxioius Fan,….You have been Ranted !
I have to mention another fan who was upset about the amount of batting practice baseballs Zack and Hunter were getting at BP. This guy was a Mets fan and so completely out of line I had to move away from him (thus no picture) for fear of me teaching him a lesson that would have gotten me removed from Coors Field and probably arrested.
To add insult to injury this guy was acting this way in front of his son who probably looks up to him.
Hey buddy, it’s the luck of the draw and you were just too slow. Think about it, sometimes we all leave empty handed and we don’t act like little babies.
Grow up and be a man and try to set the right example for your offspring…I’m done with you.
Hunter tried to offer his son a baseball and the father wouldn’t let him take it.
Zack Hample. Thank You ! It was an honor to meet you. Good Luck on your snagging adventures and we’ll catch you next time your in Denver.
Next game….June 22, 2008 Autograph Sunday…Go Rockies…D
I have to say after being shutout at batting practice on Wednesday we really couldn’t do any worse.
So the only expectations of today were to snag one of those promotional Rockies floppy hats .
We were first at the Rockpile gate. When they let us in we found out they were only giving out the hats to adults.
Something to do with being sponsored by Isle of Capri Casino or something.
Hey now, that was why we went to this game in particular. It all worked out though, I gave mine to Mylee and an Indians fan gave his hat to Hunter…Thank you Indians fan guy.
You made my little guy happy.
You’ve got to have your glove for batting practice.
Mylee snagged two balls today.
One was tossed to her by Manny Corpas. The other was caught by a fan and he gave it to her.
I thanked him because that was a cool thing to do and really got her excited. These were her first two BP balls. A few entrys ago I slammed Manny Corpas for not autographing Hunter’s ball when it was just Hunter and me standing right by him.
I slammed him because it was the third time he had refused to sign for Hunter and I this year. So, Manny I take it back and I thank you for tossing that BP ball to my girl. I realize it’s hard to please everyone..
The kids staking out their spot.
It was a good spot.
Here is Zack with his big *** glove.
I had read about this glove in his Blog, it was pretty cool to see it in person.
Hunter actually snagged three balls but one of them was tossed to the boy beside him and he dropped it. Hunter picked up and was gonna keep it but I convinced him to share with the other kid.
Hunter already had two balls and I explained to him how happy that little boy would be that he got a BP ball to take home and brag about.
I managed to snag three balls myself. The first ball hit the bleachers and it was just me there so it was mine.
The second I straight up caught with Zack Hample as my witness. Oh yea!
The third ball was deflected off a a glove and came straight to me. Some days it’s just like that. Yesterday a shutout and today seven balls between us.
After BP the kids and I went over to visit with Zack.
The kids wanted Zack to autograph their baseballs.
He took the time to sign and talk to them.
It is amazing how just a few minutes can really make a kids day.
Thank you again Zack !!
Hunter, Mylee and Dan’s daugher Emily got to go onto Coors field today.
They played kickball with Dinger.
It was Hunter’s second time with Dinger and Mylee’s first.
Check out Hunter in the purple shirt in the picture below jumping.
Rockies swept the Indians last night, Final score 6-3. This was our first sweep this year. Things are starting to get interesting for the Rockies. I think were all having visions of last years run.
Lets hope so…I’ll be there tonight…