7-18-2013 / 7-19-2013
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Yes, I am back home after the road trip!
This is 2 days in one entry because the first day Thursday the 18th was the 1st Day of Roxivus. Which was this years version of Rockies Fest which is usually held in January before the team heads to spring training. So the name Roxivus had us asking the question of what is Roxivus stand for and 4 days later we still really don’t know! So I looked up to see if Ivus means anything in other languages and well it did not. The only thing that I could find that had any resembled the IVUS was an acronym for digital imaging process Intravascular ultrasound. If you really need to know what it is here is the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IVUS. Some even thought it was a play on word from the Seinfeld’s show’s Festivus. Another look at the word it may incorporate the Roman Numeral for 4 (IV), so it would mean Rox 4 us. So draw your own conclusion to the meaning of the word Roxivus to us regulars it was a fan fest!
So what they did was brought in a bunch of former players from the past 20 years of the Rockies history a bunch from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The players were Brian Fuentes, Josh Fogg, Jason Jennings, Pedro Astacio, Kevin Ritz, Mike Lansing, Terry Shumbert, Ben Petrick and from the 1993 team Andres “The Big Cat” Gallaraga. Many that I know of since living here in Denver a few I did not know about till this weekend. So the first day was an autograph session, interview session and Rockies open batting practice. I first went onto Galarragas line and he was with Kevin Ritz I had Galarraga sign my 1993 opening day from Shea photo and ball for me. I had Kevin Ritz cards which I forgot at home. Any body I did not have stuff for I got them to sign a card that they had at the table with the 20th Anniversary logo on it. While waiting on the line for The Big Cat one of the Rockies staffers asked a trivia question about the Rockies, the question was Besides Jason Jennings there were 3 other Rockies to win 10 games before the all-star break name 2 of the 3 For answering this question I won a pint of the Rockies 20 Anniversary Ale and a T- Shirt if you answer it I will give you something from this Roxivus weekend. There is a catch if you were on-line with me you are not eligible or if I talk to you about this! Because well you heard the answer. To answer the question Email me: email@example.com (there is a underscore between the Xand A) to answer this will remain open till August 1, when a winner will be pick from the people who get the answer correct. The prize will include Autographs!!!! I will announce winner on August 2nd. I will also announce what the prize will be in a later blog entry from later this weekend.
After the autograph session they had a Q&A session with all the players. They all were introduced and said what they have been up to since leaving the Rockies and Baseball. Many just spend time with the family while others have gotten into different business and careers.
Here are some photos of then:
The Big Cat being introduced.
Jason Jennings talking while Josh Fogg and Shawn Chacon look on.
A look at all the players on top of the dugout.
While the interview session was going on and the Rockies ended batting practice Dante throw to his son Bo and to one of Walt Weiss’ kids.
Bo in the cage taking some swings. They both hit well and Bo put a few over the wall in left field.
After Dante stopped and signed for a bunch of us he signed my 1993 throwback jersey of his that the Rockies wore against the Mets back in April. Above he is signing for Smitty.
A card for Jared.
and a bobble head for EB. It was very cool of him to stop and sign for us.
So that was it for ROIVUS!
The next day Friday the Rockies started the second half of the season against the Chicago Cubs and they continued the Roxivus festivity’s which mad for a busy day.
When I first got to the stadium I headed out for batting practice for a little while and then headed over to get some autographs. I first got onto Andres Galarragas line again and got a few of my cards signed since the day before I got a ball and Card signed. Then went to the area under the Rockpile where Pedro Astacio, Terry Shumpert and Brian Fuentes were. I had a few cards for Fuentes and got the 20th Anniversary cards signed. I then headed over to the third table by the playground where Josh Fogg, Shawn Chacon, Jason Jennings and Ben Petrick. I had Petrick’s book signed for a friend and had cards for Jason Jennings.
Shawn Chacon signing for Mike.
Shawn Chacon handing a ball back to a fan with Josh Fogg, Jason Jennings and Ben Petrick signing in the background.
Ben Petrick handing a ball back to a fan after signing also.
Troy Tulowitzki stepping to the plate in the 2nd inning.
After going to Andres Galarraga table again I headed back out to right field and got those guys again. I went out there because I did not get a Ben Petrick autograph the first time through I did got the 20th Anniversary cards signed by each of the guys out there.
While I was waiting online Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run to lead off the 4th inning for the Rockies it was his 1st homer in about 6 weeks. The score at this point was 1-1 the Cubs got a run in the 4th inning also on a solo home run theirs hit by Alfonso Soriano.
I was on-line with Josh the Mohawk guy! He was a really cool guy I have seen him around this season but never had met him before. Most of the conversation was about his Mohawk and what goes into getting it to look that way. Josh Fogg seemed amazed also. Josh and his Mohawk are also featured in this months Rockies magazine on page 11 and 12.
I finally settled into a seat at the beginning of the 4th inning so in the pursuit of autographs I missed over half the game.
Tulo was on base and here he is getting tagged out at home after a ball got passed the Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo, he then throw to pitcher Jeff Samardzija. This play ended the inning for the Rockies.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.
Jeff Samardzija started for the Cubs
Nolan Arenado throws to first to get Jeff Samardzija out in the 7th inning.
Edgmer Escolona came into pitch for the Rockies in the 7th inning. Jorge pitched real well only giving up the 1 run to the Cubs in the 4th and 5 hits in his 6 innings he pitched. Not to sure what is up with the new stance by Edgmer.
Cody Ransom making the turn at third to score on a Anthony Rizzo double in the 7th inning. (2-1) Cubs
To third when Rizzo tried to stretch the double to a triple.
He was out to end the inning.
Jeff Samardzija was taking out by manager Dale Sveum and was replaced by Pedro Strob.
Cole Gilespie scores the Cubs 3rd run of the game in the 9th inning for a 3-1 lead.
D.J. LeMahieu Hit a lead off double for the Rockies in the bottom of the 9th.
Running to first after the hit.
Tulo tosses a ball up to the crowd after a Cargo foul tip.
Cargo hits the ball
He was out on a throw from Cubs short stop Starling Castro.
Michael Cuddyer would hit into a double play getting Tulo out at second and himself at first. Tulo got on base on a walk. So in the inning there was 3 all-Stars batting after D.J. hit a lead off double and they could not get him home. That about says what is happening this season. After very good pitching performances they can not get runs and after someone gets on base they can’t get the run in this inning the Rockies had a very good opportunity to at least tie the game and ended up loosing it with the 3-1 score.
That was it for this game against the Cubs and day 2 of Roxivus.
So I was at Coors for the full series and will be there all week as the Rox play the Marlins and Brewers.
See You at Coors!