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!
Dodgers vs. Rockies
Andres Galarraga Bobble Head day
Like usual we arrived at the stadium really early to get on line for the bobble heads and autograph. Not as much for the bobble heads but to have good positioning in line for autographs. Like always a few minutes before the gates opened they let you know who or who may be signing. I got a text from someone at the stadium saying that the Big Cat may be signing. This would of been great since none of the other players who have had bobble heads have signed on there bobble head day. After we got in we found out that he was not signing and the signers were D.J. LeMahieu,Eric Young Jr., Edgmer Escolona and rob Scahill. So that was great I needed D.J. on my team project and had a photo for Escolona so I had mom take 16×20 to D.J. and I got on Edgmers line which was also the line that was rumored to be where Andres Galarraga would be signing if he did. Which gave me the versatility I would need if it was him. So I got Edgmer to sign a print of a photo I had either taken this year or last in spring training.
As we waited for the signers to come out which is over a half hour I have been taking out the bobble heads and taking a photo of them on the wall with the field behind them. As I took it out of the box I noticed the bat was missing so I asked the usher working the line if I could go get a new one and she let me so I headed back to the gate and they immediately helped me and handed me a new one. So that is the one in the photo.
Eric Young Jr’s line
D.J. LeMahieu taking a ball to sign.
Always get a smile from EYJ when he signs for you!
After autographs were done we noticed lights set up in front of the Rockies dugout and it was for a photo that Andres Galarraga would take with on the Venezuelan players on the Rockies current roster. The players in the photo were Carlos Gonzalez, Edgmer Escolona, Jonny Herrera, Jhoulys Chacin and Rafael Betancourt.
Here is what it looked like! This photo is courtesy of the Colorado Rockies twitter @Rockies. An a very rare photo not taken by me on this blog!
Here is Jonny Herrera signing autographs. That is actually my photo he is signing, Thanks to John for running it over to him for me. It was a pretty good day for autographs I got Edgmer, Jonny and Tyler Chatwood each on an 8×10 and D.J. on my team 16×20. Tyler stopped and signed after the pitchers warmed up while we were on line for the autograph Sunday autographs.
Michael Cuddyer during the National Anthem. I have taken it before but it is always a favorite of mine with the flag his stance and attention to the color guard.
Andres Galarraga waving as he is announce to throw out the first pitch.
Here he is throwing the pitch did really well from the mound.
He throw to fellow Venezuelan Carlos Gonzalez.
Here is Jorge De La Rosa taking the mound before his start.
Jorge throwing the first pitch of the game to the Dodgers Nick Punto.
here is a look at Cargo in left field. with the Vote for CarGo sign in the background.
Jonny Herrera at Short giving the base coverage sign to D.J. LeMahieu at second base.
Dexter Fowler wasted no time to keep his momentum rolling from Saturday nights walk off. With this first pitch home run that Andre Either could only watch as it hit the second fence in the Rockies bull pen. So in 2 at bats and only 2 pitches Dexter has won a game and took the lead in a second game. Not bad Don’t forget to vote for Dex when filling out those All-Start ballots. The Rockies scored a second run also, D.J. LeMahieu walked stole second advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a Michael Cuddyer sac fly to center field. 2-0 Rockies
The Dodgers did not let the Rockies to hold the lead for long they scored 2 of there own in the 2nd. inning. Andre Either singled to get on base and so did Luis Cruz. They would both score on this Skip Shumaker double that he tried to stretch into a triple and was tagged out by Nolan Arenado. That is just a case of no one read the scouting report that said Cargo has an above average arm and running to third is stupid if the ball is in left field. I think the squirrel that was on his baseball card a few years ago know that! Well he got 2 RBI’s I guess the out is kinda irrelevant.
Todd helton showed that he still had his bat in the 4th when the next run of the game was scored on his lead off home run. Here he is crossing the plate and slapping Arenado five after the homer. This run gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Rockies went on to score an additional run in the inning Herrera scored after being walked on a LeMahieu single. (4-0) Rockies
Matt Magil pitching in the 4th inning. he remained in the game through the 6th inning which meant another Rockies run in the 5th and 6th. In the 5th it was a homerun to Michael Cuddyer with Jorge on base and in the 6th it was Dexter Fowlers second home run of the game also a lead off home run.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 8th and 9th innings for the Rockies. Jorge pitched a very good 7 innings, he let up only 2 runs, 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5. He also threw 94 pitches in 7 innings which is very good. Ottavino finished the game with out letting a Dodger on base. He said take that Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn! he struck out 4 and I think he should be called Brookkkklyn!
After Magil was taken out Matt Guerier pitched the 7th for the Dodgers and Peter Moylan pitched the 8th.
The Baby Bull and Brookkkklyn with the fist bump after the 7-2 win in this one and the 2nd win taking the series from the Dodgers.
With Dexter’s 2 home runs he was the player of the game.
remember to Vote for dex and all the Rockies for the All-Star game. Here is a link you can vote up to 25 times online a day!
The only thing that would of made this game better would have been Tom Helmer jumping on the desk for the post game show! Once again with Joel leaving roots sports we are trying to bring back Helmer if you agree let roots sports know that you want him back. Either on Facebook, twitter or there website.
Bring Back Helmer.
That is it for this series and home stand the Rockies return after a short road trip to play the Reds on Thursday.
See You at Coors!