Giants vs. Rockies
Game 2 of Series
After a beer at Jackson with the incognito Rockpile Ranter it was time to head in and see how batting practice would pan out. It was another day of almost immediately baseballs heading out into the pavilion. one landed a section in front of me as I was heading in and someone else just edged me out of picking it up. After putting down my bag I did get one pretty soon afterwards. It was a bouncer that I was able to pick up in the first row. With the Rockies still batting I got a second bouncer. After I got that one I said to someone:” that I have been getting baseball but have not caught one in a while”. Within about 2 minutes I got my 3rd ball of the day a catch! It was my first catch in over a month. The Rockies then ended their batting practice and the Giants started, with a small crowd and knowing how the first Giants group did the day before I thought I was going to have a record day. I have gotten 4 baseball once before and was looking to tie that or break it. Unfortunately this day it was not going to happen beside a few close calls I did not get any more baseballs.
Chad Bettis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this was his 6th start at the major league level. He came into this game with 0-2 record. Before coming up he was 3-4 in Tulsa this year. This game he started with 2 quick outs getting both Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro to ground out. Brandon Belt was then got on base with a single and then the runs started coming in first Hunter Pence hit one of the longest home runs I have seen hit at Coors for 2 runs. Pablo Sandoval continued scoring with a solo home run to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.
Yusmeiro Petit was the starter for the Giants This was his second start for them. As others have said it was a strong start he allowed 1 base runner in the first 2 innings. D.J. LeMahieu in the first but Troy Tulowitzki hit into a double ply to end the inning. He did also get Corey Dickerson to strike out in the first and Wilin Rosario to end the second inning.
Todd Helton hitting a ball in the 2nd inning trying to get 1 hit closer to the 2500 career hits. This one was actually a fly out to Hunter Pence in right field. I have been trying to photo graph all of Todd’s at bats this week so I can get his 2500 hit I just hope if I do get it looks like the above photo with the ball still in frame! He is just 3 hits away.
The Rockies did get some hits and a run off of Petit in the 3rd inning. Nolan Arenado started it off with a single and scored on a Charlie Blackmon double. (3-1) Giants
Tulowitzki started the 4th inning off by hitting a single and after scoring it brought the Rockies with in 1 of the Giants (3-2)
the Giants added a run in the 6th Brandon Belt scored on a Hector Sanchez single (4-2) Giants
Helton trying to once again get a little closer to 2500! This one was a fly out to right field in the 6th inning. He also had a chance in the 4th but was walked.
With 1 out in the 6th Wilin Rosario tried to get things going with a single, here he is clapping at first. He did not score after Arenado grounded out and Charlie Blackmon popped out to end the inning. Wilin was 3 for 4 with a double this game and 1 RBI.
Ex- Rockies Javier Lopez came into pitch for the Giants in the 8th inning. He struck out Helton and was than taken out of the game and replaced by Santiago Casilla. Yusmeiro Petit pitch 6 complete innings. Giving up 6 hits 2 runs walking 3 and striking out 6. A very good outing for only a second start in the Majors. The Rockies did seem to waste a bunch of opportunities to score only scoring 1 in the 4th leaving 3, a Rosario double in the 8th that was with 1 out and he did not score and a few other innings that could have amounted to a run or 2 more throughout the game. They did score a 3rd run in the 7th and so did the Giants. (5-3) Giants
Sergio Romo pitched the 9th for the Giants and put the Rockies down in order to end the game with the 5-3 final.
That was it for this game got 1 more left in this series and will be at Coors all week-end for the Reds Series.
After the game I took a photo of the banner that Alise had signed before the game by Todd Helton. It is a large banner he gave a great autograph on it.
So once again see you at Coors and thanks for reading.
Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies.
OK gonna do something a little different this time. Since I a about 6 games behind this week and we all know this was a horrible series, But I was there and got photos so I feel like I still have to put something together so for these games I am just going to do a brief narrative and post the photos.
So got a ball in BP very clean looked fresh out of the box and well I lost it.
Drew Pomeranz was the starting pitcher for the Rockies need I say more! He started out well and then it all went to hell!!!
The Marlins scored 2 in the first!
Dex lined out in the first.
Tom Koehler started for the Marlins.
Tulo lead off the 4th with a solo shot! it was 3-0 Miami when he it after it was 3-1
Look a shiny object!
Nice sunset this night.
Another of the sunset.
Pomeranz pitched into the 5th. After walking 2 in the inning. Manny Corpas pitched he pitched well holding the Marlins and Wilton Lopez came in to pitch in the 8th.
After Todd Helton struck out in the 9th so did Wilin Rosario.
Nolan Arenado made contact in the 9th.
Was thrown out at first.
The game was over the Marlins win 3-1.
Marc Stout interviews D.J. LeMahieu after the game. LeMahieu had a great night he went 3-4 and stood on base a lot was stranded all 3 times. He has been hitting very well at this time that no one else is. I have seen him get left on base this home stand including in the 9th against the Cubs when he hit a lead off double and Cargo, Tulo and Cuddy could not get him in for a run.
Well that is it for this short and not so sweet addition of the Rox Addict blog. Bunch more left from this home series to follow.
Also I have not forgot about the Contest still getting stuff together for the prize and been getting a bunch of participation.
See you at Coors.
Padres vs. Rockies Game 3
My according to posts this is my 33rd game of the year. Still need to really figure this out!
This game was a nationally televised game on Fox. It was also Military Appreciation day. so the Rockies worn special Camo caps. Here are a few of the guys in the special hats.
So I have noticed that some players don’t leave the field until The Colors are taken off the field or are pretty close to leaving the field Michael Cuddyer is known for doing this. This is Matt Belise waiting after the National Anthem.
As you can see he is the only one still standing as everyone else gets ready for the game.
Jim Wright along with Wilin Rosario and Jeff Francis head in from the bullpen. Jerry Weinstein was also with them but off to the right. As he went by he tossed out a few baseballs and he threw one to Jared who missed it I was able to retrieve the ball from the warning track with my camera lens by knocking it back to the wall and grabbing it! I did give the ball to Tanya who was with use at the wall.
Here is Jeff Francis throwing the first pitch to the Padres Chris Denorfia. The Padres got a run in the inning on a Chase Headley base hit to right scoring Evereth Cabrera from second. Cabrera walked to get on base and stole 2nd for his 27th stolen base of the year.
The Rockies did not score in the 1st and the Padres and Rockies did not score in the 2nd. The Rockies tied the game in the 3rd. Dexter Fowler single and moved over to third on a Eric Young Jr. single. he scored the run in the inning on a throwing error by the catcher Yasmani Grandal to second on the play Carlos Gonzalez struck out and EYJ stole second and Dex went home on the error.
Cameron Maybin dives back to 1st after walking to get on base in the 4th. Kyle Blanks started the inning for the Padres with a home run to take a 2-1 lead.
Maybin stole second during Grandal’s at bat. He would score on a Evereth Cabrera double scoring Maybin and Denorfia. (4-2) Padres
Francis did not pitch terribly in the game but he created a lot of traffic and ran a high pitch count. Throwing 93 pitches in just 4 inning. That is over 23 pitches and inning averaged out. The 4th inning he pitched I believe over 30 pitches.
Adam Ottavino came into pitch the 5th and 6th inning. He pitched well giving up 3 hits but no runs.
Manny Corpas pitched the 7th and 8th for the Rockies he struck out 3 and gave up 1 hit and 0 runs. Once again the bullpen kept the Rockies in the game after the starter gave up runs.
Tyler Colvin came into in a double switch in the 7th inning. Batting 9th for the pitches spot. in his first at bat since being called up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox he grounded out but did score the Rockies 2nd run of the game. D.J. LeMahieu scored from third he hit a triple to get on base.
D.J. sliding into 3rd.
During the 9th inning there was an awesome sunset happening over the mountains here is the photo I got of it I would normally head to the upper deck for sunset photos but since it was the bottom of the 9th in a close game I did not want to take my attention away from the field.
As the sun was setting and the Rockies Jonny Herrera tried to get things going with a lead off single and Nolan Arenado walked.
D.J. LeMahieu set down a sacrifice bunt to advance them both. Now with runners in scoring position and only one out things were looking good for the Rockies a base hit would tie the game. Tyler Colvin would come up for his second at bat since being called up and he would line out to second base and was not able to advance the runners.
With 2 outs and the runners still at 2nd and third Dexter Fowler came to the plate. This is a roll he is usually very good in runners on and the game on the line. He also could tie the game with a single. Now over the years I have seen him tie the game and hit many walk off hits. Unfortunately that did not happen this night he would strike out swinging and the game would be over. This wasn’t that bad of a game as far as pitching Francis could have pitched better and reduced a lot of traffic and pitched more efficiently. He did get him out of situations and the score could have been a lot worse. On the offensive side there were many missed opportunities the last inning was a prime example of that but in the game the Rockies were 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position(RISP). They left 8 runners on base. The Padres starter came in the game with almost a 4 ERA and we only scored 2 against him and he stayed in the game for 7 innings. The bullpen held this game together for 5 innings and have really kept the Rockies in many games this year excluding the game on Friday. This will only last so long because you can’t over use them to carry the game for more innings than your starter. I would be great to see Francis and all our starters go 7 inning like Stultz did and so many other pitchers that the Rockies face. Even when they are pitching well they get removed in the 6th.
Well that is it for this one. Got another from the weekend to get done before the Nationals are in town Tues. Wens. and Thurs.
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This is the last game I attended at Spring training it was at Salt River Fields. Indians Vs. Diamondbacks. This was an off day for the Rockies and I had a 7:30 Flight. Which left me time for 1 more game before i left.
Cleveland Indians Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 22, 2011
This day their was a Diamondbacks Batting Practice in Side the stadium. During batting practice I caught 1 Ball with the Salt River Field inaugural season logo.
Before each game the Diamondbacks have 2 players signing autographs on the concourse. This day Juan Miranda & Willie Bloomquist had signed. I had each of them sign a D’backs pocket schedule.
This is a view from behind home plate before the game. After BP I headed over to the Indians dugout , out of habit because it is the same dugout the Rockies use for their home dugout when they play their games at SRF.
Former Rockies and now former Indians player Jason Nix, who was traded to the Blue Jays yesterday. Also in photo Orlando Cabrera.
Hey look hosers!!!
And here is the BNW to show off my mad photo skillz. Ok this is a photo of Indians top prospect catcher Carlos Santana ( not to be confused with the Guitar player with the same name)
Indians outfielder , 3 time all-star, 2 time gold glove winner and way to good to sign an autograph for any body over the age of 10, Grady Sizemore. He refused to sign autographs on anything but a baseball and it had to be handed to him by a kid. One day some of these players will realize that it is the older people are the fans also and we are the ones that pay for the tickets and are not there to make money off their autograph. We are true fans and are honored to meet players. especially All Stars that we very rarely seen in our National League Stadiums.
Signing autographs for the young fans at Salt River Fields. He did sign an autograph for an adult and the autograph looked like a Pollack painting. It did not even resemble the auto he signed for the kids.
The Indians Logo on the left sleeve. on the right sleeve they had a patch in memory of Bob Feller. Who passed away at the age of 92 this last December.
The umpires for today’s game at home plate.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Aaron Heilman throwing the first pitch to Indians Grady Sizemore who flew out in this at bat and later struck out. Its called Karma!!! His replacement and invitee Travis Buck hit 2 home runs and a single in his 3 at bats.
D’backs Justin Upton fouls off a pitch in the 1st inning.
Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona. He is throwing warm up pitchers check out the Short Stop in the background he looks like a 4-year-old that needs to pee!!!!!!
Justin Upton scores 1st. run off a Russell Braynan single.
Gerardo Parra Hi fives Upton after scoring the run.
Gerado Parra rounds first as he turns for his double.
Indians Catcher Carlos Santana at bat in the 2nd inning.
Ex Rockie and Arizona’s 1st. base coach Eric Young.
Indians Carlos Santana gets a hit in the 4th inning.
Indians invitee Jack Hannahan batting in the 7th inning. He struck out this at bat and this photo has no relevance to the game but I remembered seeing him play for Tacoma against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last year.
A view of a pitch from behind home plate late in the game.
The Cleveland Indians celebrate their 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The final scoreboard Indians 7 D’Backs 3. attendance for today’s game was 11,794. It was a good day at the ball park for my last game of spring training. Just got to see some baseball on a perfect Scottsdale day.
Fans Leaving Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick
The Final photo I took as I exited Salt River Fields. I left out of the Rockies Gate.
Overall it was a great trip I like the new complex as a stadium. I was a bit perturbed about the lack of player access on the Rockies side but gained a new respect for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Which I hope the Rockies destroy as they are playing them @ Coors Field for opening day April 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks side of the complex was awesome had great interaction with players and fans and met many of their players and coaches. Most of my time before the games at Salt River Fields was spent on their side. I met many of their coaches that played when i was younger. I got a bunch of autographs from them more on the Diamondbacks side of the complex in a future post.
Well as I get ready for the Rockies workout for charity and Opening Day @ Coors Field I am in full swing and ready to blog to you from Coors Field this season. Hope to see you there.
“Is It April Yet?”
Hi I am Mike I have a problem I am a Baseball addict.Mainly a Colorado Rockies Addict.
The Addiction Started as a Child around 6 when I remember seeing my first World Series Game on T.V. The New York Yankees Vs. The Los Angeles Dodgers. Shortly after that I had gotten my first Yankees hat. Then I got to attend my first Baseball Game ever it was at Yankee Stadium. I am not sure when the game was or who the Yankees Played, But I do remember it was bat day and I still have the bat. Being a Yankees fan was short-lived as I found out my entire family where Mets Fans. Shortly after that I attended my first Mets game at Shea Stadium. (Wearing My Yankees Hat) I don’t think I wore the hat much after that! In the mid 1980’s it had become a tradition to leave school early and attend Opening Day at Shea Stadium. I remember attending many game in 1986 the year the Mets won the World Series. Also I remember being at the 1987 Opening Day when the Mets Got their World Series Rings and Played the Pirates and saw Barry Bond play when he was still a normal size man. Through the years I attended games with them, my grandparents, neighbors and various other friends & family members.
In those years I also remember watching many Mets games on T.V. and staying up late to watch games when they where on a West coast road trip. Then even more memorable was when the games were not on T.V. and I would listen to the games on the Radio with my grandfather. (You Know Before cable) We would listen to games in the backyard or at the park on a little hand-held transistor radio. We would go to the local park or the beach and watch local leagues (Bar leagues and such) at the local park or beach. While listening to the pros on the transistor radio.
In the Late 1980’s I had found out I had an older cousin coming up through the minors. Soon after he was brought up to play with the California Angels. It was awesome I had a family member becoming a MLB player. In the summer of 1990 I went to my first baseball game outside of New York. It was at Cominsky Park in Chicago. It was the first time I would meet my cousin the pro ball player. It was during a summer I was staying with his brother that lived in Indiana. So we headed to Chicago, it was the last season of Cominsky Park. It was awesome that night their were fireworks and we got to go down by the Angels club house. I got to meet Dave Winfield, which for a kid growing up in NY was great he was one of the nicest person I have ever met I remember I shook his hand and he shook my arm he was a giant to a young teen. I also met Jim Abbot and a bunch of other Angels players. My cousin had gotten me a baseball autographed by the entire Angels team. I also got a Jim Abbot auto on a piece of scrap paper I had in my bag. After being traded a few times I found out he was drafted and then signed with the new expansion team. The team was going to be the Colorado Rockies and they will start playing in the spring of 1993. As the season grew closer I found out that Opening Day for this new team would be in NY against the Mets. An I would be able to go to the game with my cousin’s father and brother. So then I had not given up being a Mets fan but started rooting for the Rockies. For the next few seasons I had remained a Mets fan, But when the Rox were in town it was a Rockies shirt that was worn to Shea for that series. Unlike every other game I support the Rockies instead of the Mets.
After the strike season or 1994 that continued to the following season. I gave up on baseball not really paying attention to the game or really rooting for any team. In the late 1990’s I started watching a little more, But not really going to games or paying full attention to the sport. Until late in the 1998 season when McGuire and Sosa started battling for the all time Home Run record. That sparked a little interest but not with continuance. The Yankees were doing well in those years an would watch playoff games and World Series games with friends. Then after a good season for the Mets and Yankees. IT happened The Subway series The NY Mets Vs. The NY Yankees. The city, the state and the bar I was sitting in were split. I was rooting for the Mets. The Yankees won the series.4 games to 1. The Mets did hold their ground well the did score more runs in the series! Through this time I was still checking to see how my cousin and the Rockies were doing usually not that great.
So the next few seasons were kind of uneventful. Going to a game here or their. In 2002 I got to go to Yankee Stadium once a gain with a friend who had an extra ticket to a day game. That was the second time I had gone to Yankee Stadium and the last game I would attend in NY. The following year I had moved to Colorado. How convenient I already had Rockies gear. I attended my 1st game at Coors Field. Of cause it was against the Mets. I wore a Rockies shirt and my Mets hat. This time I was rooting for the Mets since i really did not know the Rockies team that well. The Mets lost to the Rockies that night 6-4. and won the Next 2 games. That was the beginning of the Rox addiction. Even though it would be years till I returned to Coors Field. I would watch a game from time to time on T.V. Still I did not commit to an allegiance for the Rox.. Learning this unfamiliar team names like Holiday, Helton, Fogg, Francis, Cook and Walker. Then it was late in the 2007 season and the Rockies Won somewhere around 8 or so games in a row. When I started to catch on to what was happening. The Rox had made it to the playoffs an incredible run to finish the season which ended a regular season game against San Diego Padres to get the in the Playoff as the 2007 NL wild card team. Then the Rox Swept the Philies in 3 games to advance them to the NLCS. They would play the D-Backs and then swept them as well. Putting them into the World Series. During this series I was in Florida taking care of some family business. I was staying up real late watching these games being on the east coast and both teams where out west. I missed the 4th game of the series as I drove from FL. to North Carolina that day to visit other relatives while I was on the east coast.I did not find out that the Rockie had won and were going to the World Series to the next morning. I was able to watch parts of game 1. An listen to game 2 as I was driving through Illinois on my way back to Colorado.( On KOA Weird how radio works) Game 3 & 4 were in Coors Field Just 12 miles from my house and you could feel the energy over the miles. After watching the 2 games on T.V. the Rockies lost to the Boston Red Sox. An their season had come to an end. That Tuesday I attended the rally at skyline park here in Denver and the addiction grew.
The 2008 season was uneventful for me and the Rox. I watched a few games her and their. Then in late April 2009 after 3 years of saying I should ride my bike to a Rockies game at Coors Field. I did. That day I got a ticket for free from somebody outside who had extras from a company outing. At first, it was just something to do on my day off during my regular rides to downtown Denver. So the ticket was for section 115 right down the 1st baseline. I was waiting for the game to start, an I saw a player signing autographs one section over. I decided to head over their and had my score card signed. I was going to keep score this game so I would remember the game. and the day I had at Coors Field. The player was Dexter Fowler and that was my first Rox autograph. As always I had a camera with me and took photos of players at bat as well as on the field. Then it accrued to me that if I print these photos and return another day there is a good chance I can get them autographed. So then the addiction grew. I had made plans to attend the next Rox home day game and brought my photos had a few signed. After that it became my thing to do for the summer. To have my day off scheduled for the Rox day games an I would ride my bike to Coors Field and get my photos autographed. Then one day while watching the Rox warm up before the game Carlos Gonzalez threw a ball to the seats an I caught it. After many game in my life I finally got a ball from a Major League field (since I had gotten an unused ball from my cousin 19 years earlier) but this one I caught. By the end of the season the addiction was in full swing and the second to last game of the season I headed to the outfield during batting practice. I got my 1st BP ball off of the Milwaukee Brewers. Not really sure who hit it but I think it was either Mike Cameron or their SS Escobar. The next day I went to the last game of the 2009 regular season and the Rox won and pretty much clinched their spot in the playoffs as the NL Wild Card team once again. They would be playing the NL east champs the Philadelphia Phillies. Now to get playoff tickets. So through another addiction at the time Ebay I was able to obtain a ticket for the NLDS. Then was able to get another ticket from a friend that was even better. Which after a 1 day delay because of extreme cold temps in Denver I got to go to my 1st playoff game after a very eventful game the Rox had lost. The game and season where over.
Now what to do? It became a habit to go to games on my days off and the season was over. The playoff had come to an end the Yankees had won the World Series. So I booked my trip to spring training the 1st week of November for March. I was going to Hi Corbett field in Tucson. That was still 4 months away.
In early January friend had told me they had an extra ticket to the Rockies Fan Fest in Jan. which was just what I needed. a quick baseball fix in the middle of winter at the end of January. I wasn’t even there 5 min when Tulo walked passed us on the club level of Coors Field. Then the interview session and autographs sessions started. It was great by the end of the day. I met 10 Rockies players and coaches.
March 19, 2010 was a cold snowy day in Denver an I was on my way to Tucson. That morning I woke up in Denver an it was 18 degrees and snowing the ride to the airport was horrible. Within a few hours I was in Tucson 68 degrees and sunny. An their I was at the much-anticipated trip to spring training. 2 days in the sun in warm southern Arizona. I saw 2 games down there 1 against the Oakland A’s and the other Against the Angels. the second day was great. I had a pass to be on field during BP and it was photo day I got to meet most of the team that day. I also got to watch an inters quad game that Ubaldo Jimenez pitched on one of the back fields. Got awesome photos and met great people. All with the same addiction I had!!!!
A few weeks later I was once again at an opening day this time at Coors Field instead of Shea like when I was a Kid. During BP I caught my first BP ball. It was actually my second BP ball but this one I caught direct from bat to my glove the same glove my grandfather had bought me for my 10th birthday. The addiction had grown. I was at 7 of the first 8 games at Coors field. 3 being against the NY Mets. Once again wearing a Rockies Jersey and Mets Hat. I kept attending BP and Kept catching balls. Then I decided to plan a trip back to NY to visit friends an figured what would be a better time then when the Rox were in NY. So that’s what I did. After a Aug. day game against the Giants. I hopped in my truck the next day and headed to NY. I stopped in Pittsburgh for a game against the Pirates at PNC Park. During BP at PNC I caught a BP ball that had bounced off a PNC Bank Atm machine. After the Rox lost that game I headed to NY.So I could catch a Brooklyn Cyclone game. The Cyclones are a short season “A” team for the NY Mets. The next night I went to a Long Island Ducks game. They are part of an independent league. At that game I got to meet former Mets Player and coach Bud Harrelson which was great being a Mets fan growing up. An then the 3rd night my first game in NY since 2002 and my first game at the new Mets Stadium Citifield. It was weird. I knew I was in NY but it wasn’t Shea stadium it felt like I was about a city block off and I was! took the train to Citifield that night and met friends at the game. This Time I was wearing My Rockies Jersey and hat to the game. During BP Spili threw me a ball in centerfield. First he said I was wearing a fake Rockies Jersey so I told him that I was at Wens game at Coors against the Giants and drove for 2 days 1800 miles to be at this series and he threw it to me. So after 3 games in NY I headed back to Colorado stopping in Indianapolis to visit relative and went to a Indianapolis Indians game. The Indians are the Pirate Triple A affiliate.
As the 2010 season ended the Rox did not make the playoffs. I had attended 40 Rockies regular season games 36 at Coors Field. 1@ PNC and 3 @ Citifield in NY. I caught a total of 25 BP baseballs in 3 different stadiums. Attended 7 Minor League games in NY, Indy and Colorado Springs
Well that’s how the addiction started and has been fed for almost 30 years. Now as I sit here on a cold November day I get another baseball fix by starting this blog.See you next Spring and check in as the story continues or I find a 12 step program. The 2011 trips to The New Spring training facility in Scottsdale are being planed and the 2011 East coast road trip are also being planed I am sure I will have plenty to write about till then enjoy the off-season.