Phillies vs. Rockies
My 38th game of the year at Coors. 40th with the Springs.
Today I reached a milestone and accomplished my all time high for baseballs in a MLB stadium batting practice. It started quickly after entering the pavilions, I got one of the first balls hit out by Michael Cuddyer. A roller that fell a few rows behind me. Not long after I got a second from Wilin Rosario for #2 of the day. The Phillies started hitting and It took a while to get the first from them and it was a catch for the third ball of the day. That was also my 100 batting practice ball ever. The Phillies continued to hit well and I felt the elusive 4th ball was a very good possibility, a few went long and flew over my head another I ran up 3 rows jumped and it tipped off my glove and landed in someone’s lap behind me. Another hit a row or 2 behind me and slightly to my left facing the seats it than rolled down the Isle and I had it in my hand. Grabbed it bare handed and someone than grabbed my hand. So I said let go of me it is in my hand and the guy proceeded to keep the hold. So he let go and I had it and hit my milestone 4th ball in one BP. I have never done that before, I have got 3 a few times but was never able to get the 4th. So as I started walking away he and someone he was with started piping there mouths about how it was theirs and I should give it to the guy and it is wrong to take the ball away from someone. The whole bunch of B.S. someone spouts out of their mouths when they feel they deserve a ball because they were sitting where it rolled past them and how they deserve it not the person who gets it. Then there mouths continued the banter as I was walking away. I turn and tossed it at them try to basically knock there teeth out instead of give them the ball. It hit a row behind them and they picked it up like they just got the walk of home run in game 7 of the World Series. Enjoy the ball bitch! I do normally keep the baseballs I get I am a collector, I feel each ball is very distinct and different. Do to how I got it, markings and many other things that can distinguish each ball in my collection or the significance of it as a ball hawk. So yes I am mad that I was unable to keep such a memorial ball but whatever sometimes you have to give in to people that feel they deserve something they could not achieve on there own. Now I feel we all have the same chance of getting a ball who ever gets the ball in there glove or hand first is the out right owner of the ball and can choose what they want to do with it. Just because it bounces past you, off you or out of your glove it is not yours until you have the position of the ball. If that was the case I would of had 4 baseballs in 1 BP years ago and would of hit 100 probably the end of last year instead of the middle of this one. I do feel privileged that I have got as many baseballs that I have and some people have never gotten any, but I have honed skills the last few years to obtain BP baseballs on my own catching them, picking them up getting them on a bounce, However every one who wants a ball can get one in BP you just have to put in time and have patience and realize you may not always get one because you are there. That is it on my ball hawking rants. I will give a last piece of advice you want a ball bring a glove and be ready when it is hit by you, It is not the regulars job to give you a ball.
After BP someone who was in the section said that I was right about the ball and it was nice that I did give it up but should not have.
Now I think there was a baseball game played!!!
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this game. He had a very good 1st. inning Ben Revere grounded out and than he struck out the next 2 batters Michael Young and Domonic Brown.
Kyle Kendrick was the starting pitcher for the Phillies After getting Josh Rutledge and Jonny Herrera out Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.
Cargo after crossing home plate.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 2nd inning to give them a 3-0 lead.
Josh Rutledge gave the Rockies sixth run of the game. The Rockies scored one run before his home run on a Yorvit Torrealba double that scored Tyler Colvin. The Phillies did 2 runs in the top of the 4th. (6-2) Rox
Domonic Brown flying out in the 5th inning.
The Rockies scored a run in the 5th to get Tacos and a 7-2 lead.
In the 6th inning it was time to head to the upper deck for the Coors Field sunset when I was down low it looked like it was going to be really good, but it was just an OK sunset which well is still pretty good! One of the best views during a MLB game.
While I was up there things started heating up for the Phillies as the sun was going down. Nicasio started get giving up some hits which resulted in runs, 3 in the inning. Josh Outman came into finish the inning for the Rockies. (7-5) Rox
Wilton Lopez came in to pitch in the he let up 2 runs to give the Phillies the 8-7 lead. The first run came off of Outman before he was taken out of the game. Not the best performance by either of them.
Dexter Fowler came into pinch run for Wilin Rosario who pinch hit in the pitchers spot in the 8th. Dexter diving back to first with his still wrapped index finger.
He did go on and steal second. To put the tying run in scoring position, unfortunately that is where he remained as Josh Rutledge flew out to end the inning. Jonathan Papelbon came into pitch in the 9th inning for the Phillies to pretty much finish off the Rockies and get the save. The Phillies used 7 pitchers in this game. All 7 Rockies runs did come from Kendrick early in the game. Once again this shows there is no safe lead at Coors field.
Freddy Gavis throws out Jonny Herrera after Jonny’s hit to him at short for the first out of the 9th. Carlos Gonzalez hit a single, Michael Cuddyer struck out and Todd Helton also grounded out to short to end the game.
Todd Helton hitting the ball for the last out of the game.
This was another game that just got a way from the Rockies after a very good start to the game. Lopez who has been improving lately went back to his shaky inconsistent pitching that he has become known for in his career.
That is it for this one thanks for dealing with the earlier rant! I just am very courteous during BP and hate that people don’t have a clue how things work out there. I have had many baseballs pass me, hit off my glove and hit me and well I lost them and that is how the ball rolls sometimes! O.K. really I will stop now!
There is 2 more against the Phillies left in this series. They turned out slightly better, check back to see the posts for those games.
Also this week I will start my 2013 road trip more details will follow. Got a few stadiums and game planned out just waiting to set a schedule. I will also be in Colorado Springs on Tuesday of next week.
See You at Coors and at a stadium near you!