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Another exciting night at Coors as Helton goes for 2500!

8-30-2013

Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies

My 60th game at Coors this year! 73rd including the Springs and Road trip.

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It was raining so the tarp was on the field so it was a trip to the Sports Colum to pass the time with the incognito Rockpile Ranter!

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Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this night. The first batter he faced Shin-Soo Choo flew out to Charlie Culberson in left field.

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Brandon Phillips put one over Charlie Blackmon’s head in right field.

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Brandon Philips sliding into second base. He would be left on base as the next 2 batters would both get out.

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Bronson Arroyo was the starting pitcher for the Reds. Corey Dickerson got things started well for the Rockies against him by leading off the inning with a triple. IMG_4470

Dickerson would score on a D.J. LeMahieu double. D.J. would get caught stealing third base. Troy Tulowitzki walked and Wilin Rosario hit into a double play to third getting Tulo at second and himself at first to end the inning.

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The Reds answered back with a run in the second inning, Todd Frazier scored on a Ryan Hanigan single to left field. tied 1-1

The Reds would take the lead in the 4th inning after a Frazier lead of double. He would score on a Hanigan single to center this time. (2-1) Reds

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Todd Helton came to bat in the 4th with Tulo and Rosario on base and hit a 3 run home run to put the Rockies up 4-2. This was his 2498 hit of his career, 364th home run and 1390th RBI.

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Todd high-five Charlie Blackmon as he, Rosario and Tulo head back to the dugout! One of my favorite photos from this weekend.

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Charlie Culberson hit a double to score Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon.

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6-2 Rockies.

After the Reds score 1 run in the 5th on a Ryan Ludwig home run not much happened till the 7th inning when…..

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…Todd Helton did it again. Hit # 2499 was his second home run of the night another 3 run home run, the Rockies now had a 8-3 lead. He was now just 1 hit away from 2500 lifetime hits.

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Here he is with the crowd on their feet as he rounds 1st. Once again he scored Tulo and Rosario.

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The score board after the home run.

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In the 7th inning Adam Ottavino came to bat with and hit his second MLB hit career! It was a single to right field.

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The Reds scored 2 runs in the 9th off of Jeff Francis. Seems like he comes in with  a big lead just to make the game a little more interesting. (9-5) Rockies. Jay Bruce made the final out of the game a ground out to LeMahieu at second.

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Wilin celebrates the Rockies win over the Reds!

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the Rest of the team celebrates this game against the Reds.

This was a very exciting night at Coors. In the Bottom of the 8th Helton had his first attempt at his 2500 hit but struck out. It has been an interesting week between Chacin’s almost no-hitter and following Todd’s quest for 2500! Todd went 2 for 5 tonight with 6 RBI’s and the 2 home runs. Jorge pitched 6 innings giving up 8 hits, 3 runs, walking 2 and striking out 3. Adam Ottavino pitched 2 innings facing 6 batters and striking out 1. Jay Bruce in the 7th. So that is it for this one.

Got another from this series!

See You at Coors.

Watch out for that ……nevermind. Poor wall!

8-26-2013

San Fransisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies

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Today was the first gae of what seemed to be the never-ending road trip. It was 3 series on the east coast which means I missed a lot or most of the games played with the earlier start time. It was 12 days that they were away but it seemed like an eternity, So I was more than glad to be back at Coors. As I headed into batting practice a ball immediately flew out to the pavilions landed a few rows behind me and took a big bounce to the concourse. I ran up the stairs and grabbed it as someone was running down the concourse to also get it. I grabbed it and the dude was like really you are going to take it? As many of you guys know I hate when people think that the ball is theirs because they were within 10 feet of getting the ball and did not. So I tossed him the ball, I am kinda over arguing with these people about a ball so I figured I would give it up. Just don’t expect this to become a habit! So that was my first one, within a few minutes another headed my way and landed a few rows from me and I was able to snag it for my second ball of the game. This day was turning out to be a great batting practice. I was in the stadium not even 10 minutes and had already snagged 2. The Rockies were than done and I thought I may get a ball or 2 from the Giants their first group was right heavy and it included Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. They did hit a few out and I did not snag any more this batting practice. In the process of running around trying to get a ball from the Giants I ended up losing the ball I kept. Later on someone told me how they found a ball in the first row and gave it to a kid. So well I got a few to add to my numbers but not to my collection!

After Bp like any other day I headed over to the wall to see if I could get any autographs and i ended up getting a Todd Helton photo I recently printed up signed.

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Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies, his first pitch to the Giants Gregor Blanco was a ball. Juan did strike him out for the first out of the inning. The next batter Marco Scutaro hit a double.

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Nicasio then struck out Brandon Belt for the second out and really seemed to have his stuff. He then did walk Buster Posey but came back to strike out Pablo Sandoval to end the inning. He worked out of the 2 runners on and struck out 3 great first inning performance by Juan.

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Barry Zito was the starting pitcher for the Giants. Dexter Fowler started with a lead off single and was then out at second after trying to steal. It was close but he was called out.

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He was removed from the game in the second because of something wrong with his knee which happened during the steal attempt.

Michael Cuddyer than hit a hard-line drive to right field which Hunter Pence had a run on till the wall got in his way, no it was not a homer it stayed in and Hunter hit the wall pretty hard and did not make the catch.

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This is a photo from immediately after hitting the wall.

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The Giants trainer and manager came running out to see if he was OK, he was down a while. He did stay in the game. I think it was the magic trainers towel that cured him of what ever injury he had. We  always joke about how the trainers run out with the towel but what is it really for if there is not a cut or something.

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With Cuddy on third Wilin Rosario came to bat and he grounded to Sandoval at third for the third out of the inning.

Nicasio then had another good inning in the second. He struck out Brandon Crawford, followed by a pop out by Francisco Peguro and struck out Zito for the third out. 5 strike outs in the first 2 innings.

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Helton would get the Rockies on the board in the second with a 2 run home run for his 2497 hit of his career. Arenado lead the inning off with a single. Todd is now 3 hits away from #2500.

Nicasio faced 4 Giants batters in the 3rd walking Scutaro and giving up a hit to Brandon Belt. Posey hit into a double play to end the inning.

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Charles Blackmon who replaced Dexter Fowler in the second inning started the third inning off with his 4th home run of the year. To give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

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Another one of those great Coors sunsets.

Nicasio had another 1,2,3 inning in the 4th and struck out 2 more Giants batters.

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In the 4th inning with Arenado on third, Helton on second (reached base on a walk) and Charlie Culbertson on first Jonny Hererra hit a line drive over Brandon Crawfords head that caught Helton off guard looked like it was going to left for a single. Crawford grabbed it and threw back to second where Scutaro was covering the bag.

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Helton made it back safe on the high throw.

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Juan Nicasio added to his cause in the inning with one out and base’s loaded he hit a single to score Arenado from third to give he and the Rockies a 4-0 lead.

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Arenado crossing home for the Rockies 4th run.

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Zito pitching with Todd on third and Nicasio on first. Culbertson was also on second, but not in photo. Helton went on and scored in the inning. To give a 5-0 lead.

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Wilin Rosario hit a double with 1 out in the 5th. He was picked of at second for the second out and Arenado flew out to left to end the inning.

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Wilton Lopez came in and pitched in the 7th inning for the Rockies.

Nicasio pitched 6 complete striking out 9, walking 2, hitting 2 batters on 5 hits giving up no runs!

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Lopez struck out Scutaro to end the 7th facing only 3 batters and recording 2 strike outs in the inning.

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Jeff Francis cam into pitch for the Rockies in the 9th to make things interesting!

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Sandoval lead off the inning with a fly out to right.

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Looks like Cuddy misplayed it slightly but came up with the catch! After getting the 1st 2 batters out he had a tough time with out #27 of the game.

 Peguero got a single and advanced to second on an offense indifference (stole the base without anyone caring)!

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 Joaquin Arias hit a pinch hit double to score the run.

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Peguero scoring the Giants first run in the 9th inning 6-1 Rox

Then the 27th out came Finally came when Blanco flew out to Blackmon in center to end the game.

The Rockies 6th run came in the 7th, just incase you were wondering how the score was 6-1!!!

So that is it for this first game back at Coors for this home stand.

Well See you at Coors.

Rough Day at the Ballpark!

6-13-2013

Nationals vs. Rockies

Game 3

My 37th game at Coors this year.

 

 

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This was a day game so there was no batting practice but usually an opportunity to get a few autographs. To start EB and I decided to get to the stadium early to try to get Davey Johnson’s autograph I wanted it because he was the Manager of the 1986 Mets and EB wanted it because he has a collection of manager signed baseballs. Shortly after we arrived Davey Johnson arrived and there were only 3 of use there and he stopped to sign. I had him sign his book “The Bats” then asked him if he would also sign a ball for me and he did. It was awesome that he was cool and di the 2 for me. Jason Werth also signed and I had him sign a card for me. He was really cool while he signed and talked about various thing we were talking to him about one the really cool ring he was wearing which looked like a finger on a knight’s armor. Other Nationals also stopped that I either did not have anything for or did not know who he was. after being out there for 2 1/2 hours we headed into Coors. We waited by the Rockies wall to see if any pitchers would sign and a few did. Including catcher Yorvit Torrealba who just grabbed a  chair from the photo pit and started signing. IMG_4239

Before he signed he di a little work with catching coach Jerry Weinstein.

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Here they are talking about throwing.

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Rafael Betancourt was out throwing and when I asked him how his leg was he said good and seemed to be throwing well.

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After being at the stadium almost 5 hours it was time for the game. Jeff Francis was the starter for the Rockies. After his last start he really needed a good start and the first inning was about as good as you could get, Denard Span the lead off batter for the Nationals grounded out and then Francis struck out Jeff Kobernus and Ryan Zimmerman.

The Rockies Dexter Fowler got things going quickly in the bottom of the inning, hitting a double to right.

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Jason Werth playing it off the wall.

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Dex heading to second.

Right after the double the injuries started. With Dex on second and Jordan Pacheco batting Carlos Gonzalez was struck by a foul ball in the foot.

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Here he is being attended to by the training staff. He was taken out of the game and replaced by Tyler Colvin. Pacheco grounded out and Tyler hit a single scoring Dex.

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Tulo struck out.

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Here he is walking away from home as the umpire gives the out. Michael Cuddyer would line out to second to end the inning.

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With 2 out in the 2nd Ian Desmond got the Nationals first hit of the game. He or Anthony Rendon who also hit a single would score. The Nationals would score 2 in the 3rd on a Zimmerman 2 run home run with Ross Detwiler on base. (2-1) Nats.

In the 3rd the injury bug struck again when Dex got hit in the hand on a bunt attempt on a ball thrown inside.

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Here is a photo of his wrapped finger after the game at Jackson’s. Photo is from Gary X. Dex is listed as day-to-day. After this happened he did take the field for the 4th but came out of the game after that.

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D.J. LeMahieu slides into second after a 4th inning double. The Rockies scored 2 runs before this hit. (3-2) Rox

The first was scored on a Michael Cuddyer triple scoring troy Tulowitzki. Cuddy scored on a Wilin Rosario ground out to short.

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Wilin Rosario at the plate with Davey Johnson and other members of the Nationals coaching staff in the background in the 6th inning.

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Nationals pitching coach comes out to talk to Greg Stamen who replaced Detwiler in the 6th inning.

Things got really interesting in the 7th when Wilton Lopez can]me into pitch for the Rockies in the 7th. After Ian Desmond started the inning with a single he would move to second on a balk. He would than score on a second balk to Steve Lombardozzi scoring Desmond to tie the game at 3. Wilton than argued the call and was ejected and then Jim Wright was also ejected while still in the dugout for arguing the balk calls. It also looked like Dante Bichette also had words with the umpire but was not ejected from the game. I tried to get photos of this happening down the wall towards the dugout but some dumbass sitting a section over felt the need to turn towards my camera and make faces for me to take a photo of him and his friend, yes while this was going on. He got mad when I told him to get out-of-the-way and I was not taking his photo. Some people have no F’n clue sometimes.

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The National would take a lead in the 8th inning Roger Bernadina hit a double and would score on a Zimmerman double.

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The safe call at second on the Bernadina double.

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Ryan Zimmerman at the plate in the 8th inning.

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Jason Werth running to first in the 8th he did ground out to short but thought this was a good shot of him.

In the 8th Troy Tulowitzki suffered the third Rockies injury in the 8th after diving for a Ian Desmond hit ball to him. The Nats scored 2 to take a 5-3 lead.

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Add a U to this scoring symbol and it explains most of this game for the Rockies!

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Kurt Suzuki grounded to second to end the 8th inning.

The Rockies did a lot of juggling in the field in the 9th inning.

Here are the changes in positions from the Rockies game day! it is easier than trying to explain it!

Defensive switch from left field to shortstop for Jonathan Herrera.

  • Defensive switch from first base to left field for Jordan Pacheco. 
  • Yorvit Torrealba remains in the game as the first baseman. 
  • Pitching Change: Rex Brothers replaces Matt Belisle, batting 9th.
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    The Rockies would score a run in the 9th on a Todd Helton pinch hit single scoring Nolan Arenado for the Rockies 4th run of the game. That was their final run and the game would end in the Nationals favor. It was a crazy and bizarre game for the Rockies losing 3 players to injury and a few really weird balk calls that resulted in the tying run giving the Nationals a better opportunity to set up a win. Dex and Cargo are listed day-to-day and Tulo will be out 6 weeks or so with a broken rip. Just would not be a season with out Tulo being out for an extended amount of time!
    In the mix of injury and stupid things happening to relief pitchers Jeff Francis did have a good start pitching 6 innings, striking out 8 and giving up only 2 runs on 5 hits. 1 hit and the 2 runs were on the Ryan Zimmerman 2nd inning home run. 
     
    Since I am behind a few days I do know Cargo was back in the line up the next day and Dex was used to pinch run. So that is it for this series that the nationals won 2 of 3 and next is the Phillies this weekend.
    See You At Coors. 

Francis is just a shadow of former self.

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6-8-2013

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.

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Jordan Pacheco

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Troy Tulowitzki

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.

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As you can see he is the only one still standing as everyone else gets ready for the game.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Adam Ottavino came into pitch the 5th and 6th inning. He pitched well giving up 3 hits but no runs.

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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.

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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.

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D.J. sliding into 3rd.

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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.

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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.

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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.

See You at Coors.

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No title, we sat in the rain a while!

5-9-2013

Yankees vs. Rockies

Game 3

My 18th game of the season.

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This was a day game and the last game of the series the Rockies have won 1 and the Yankees have won one.

I got to Coors  about 9 A.M. to see if I could have any luck getting any autographs by the players entrance. A few Yankees did stop to sign I only had cards for Hiroki Kuroda so he signed 2 cards for me. It was than time for the gates to open and I headed back to my truck to drop off some stuff and get my umbrella because once again it was threatening to rain. After heading into the stadium I immediately headed to the Yankees side of the field as I was walking over Mariano Rivera came out and started signing, he had an usher get a kid and bring him to the field and he signed for him signing on the warning track. He than began signing and he did another marathon signing for 20 minutes to a half and hour.

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This is the ball. It was great getting his auto and was one of the Yankees that were on this trip I really wanted. I also wanted Joe Girardi on my 1993 Rockies team photo but he was elusive this whole series. Kevin, Eric and I were waiting by the Yankees dugout before the game but it started pouring and we gave up on trying to get it.

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After a few hours of trying for autographs it was time for the game Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. The Yankees did score a run in the 1st. Jayson Nix who was the second batter of the inning walked and later score the run on a Vernon Wells 2 out single.

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C.C. Sabathia started for the Yankees. He walked Eric Young Jr. to start the game. Dexter Fowler hit to Yankees short stop Jayson Nix and EYJ was out at second and Dex got on base. He scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly to left field, Dex did advance to third on a Troy Tulowitzki hit.

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Dex sliding into home.

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Yankees catcher Chris Stewart missed the tag and Dex got his hand on the plate before being tagged on the back.

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Nolan Arenado fields a ball an throws to second base to get Chris Nelson out at second. Nelly walked to led off the inning.

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Nelly sliding into second.

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Chris Stewart is safe at first on the hit.

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Nolan Arenado taking a big swing sending the ball deep to left center in his 2nd inning at bat.

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The ball was caught by center fielder Brett Gardner.

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Nelly making a big turn at second after hitting the ball to start off the 4th inning. He did stop at second and did go on to score the second run of the game for the Yankees. (2-1) Yanks

After the Rockies at bats in the 4th the rain got real heavy.

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The tarp came out and we headed into a 1 hour and 58 minute rain delay. Two very heavy rain cells came through and for the second time this series they evacuated the rockpile and upper deck.

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When the game continued Adam Ottavino came out to pitch for the Rockies. Adam Warren pitched for the Yankees.

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Robison Cano can only watch as Ottavino’s slider sails into the bullpen in right field for his 9th home run of the season and a 3-1 Yankees lead. Cano also hit a single in the 3rd inning which was his 1500th career hit.

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That awkward moment when a pitcher gets to the mound before the manager gets to the mound to remove the previous pitcher,Boone Logan heading to the mound while Warren still had the ball. The delay was because Girardi was meeting with the Umpires because of a double switch that would put Ichiro in center field. this switch was in the 6th inning.

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With the Yankees up 3-1 the Rockies would put Wilton Lopez on the mound amongst the cringe of the Coors Field crowd. This was actually a good outing for Lopez. He started the inning striking out Jayson Nix and got Cano and wells both to ground out to second to get out of the inning only facing the 3 batters. Lopez has been known to get himself in trouble and let up a few runs. He also pitched well in the 9th inning. Facing 4 batters. the only base runner was Lyle Overbay who hit a single. This was one of his best performances I have seen him pitch this year he has had single good inning but to pitch well for 2 is nice to see after a bunch of really bad outing for him.

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Eric Young Jr. walked in the Rockies 8th and would get into David Robison’s head! Robinson threw to first a few times.

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With the Rockies coming up in the 9th inning the Yankees released the Sandman from the bullpen for the second game in a row.

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Mariano Rivera came into pitch to the Rockies he got the first 2 batters out. As much as it sucks to see him come in against your team it is truly amazing to watch this guy pitch. As much as it his great to see him pitch I would have been O.K. only seeing him pitch once this series.

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Josh Rutledge would make the last out of the game grounding out to short and getting out at first. The Yankees won this one and did not need a bad call to do it this game. Overall the Rockies pitched well in this series and had a few good offensive moments. This was Rivera’s 621st save in his career. It was cool they way he treated the fanes this whole series and took a lot of time to sign for fans.

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Well the Yankees would shake hands at the end of this one and take the series.

This was a rough home stand with the Rockies only winning 2 out of the s 6 games against the Rays and Yankees. After the weekend away series in St. Louis they are 2 and a half games behind the Giants with a 20 and 17 record. I did not see the Sunday game they won, but I heard that Jorge pitched a great game good to see him getting back to the way he use to pitch. Well the Rockies have one more series with the Cubs before returning home next weekend and playing the Giants and then the Diamondbacks.

That’s it for this one. May be heading down to my first game of the year in the Springs.

2 to 2 and 1 for the men in blue!

5-8-2013

Yankees vs. Rockies Game 2

My 17th Game at Coors this season.

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Today started earlier than normal, I usually head to Coors at about 3 O’clock or so if I am not going early for autographs. Instead I headed down at about 12:30 for the Dexter Fowler Radio Show on 104.3 ESPN Radio. It is pretty cool it is at Jackson’s Lodo across from Coors. Dex basically answers questions and talks about himself and the team, during the hour-long radio show. It is hosted by different host depending on when the show is scheduled during the day. You can listen on the radio, but it is fun to be there. Dex is a really good guy and takes photos and signs autos for fans.

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Today since it was early in the day not as many people were there but it was a good crowd. There were 4 of us from group today.

I than headed home for a little while and then headed back to Coors for the early gates that open at 4:30 I got there about 4 and the line for the   was pretty long. When we entered the stadium the tarp was on the field and there was no batting practice so we waited in the area where they put up the chains so you can’t access the rest of the stadium and waited for it to open. We than headed down to the wall on the third base side to see if we can have any luck getting any Yankee autographs. Today it was raining for the most part while we were waiting and we all configured our umbrellas so our stuff and we would not get wet for the most part it work, but we did learn Amy did not know how to hold an umbrella still and kept getting us wet, mainly me but I think she did get everyone we were standing with at one point or another! So during warm ups no one came over and including Chris Nelson who we saw the night before an said he would come over to take photos with use in his new uniform. After the game we saw him again and he said he forgot. I did get a few photos over there.

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In the photo above he is standing watching the video that the Rockies put together of him.

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It was than game time and we headed to our seats an I sat in my usual section. Amy sat out in right above the auxiliary score board in the front row. Kevin sat in his normal section. Mariano later Met up with me in the section I sit in.

The starting pitcher for the Rockies this game was Juan Nicasio. Above he is throwing out the first pitch to Brett Gardiner who hit a single to start the game I guess there goes that chance for a no-hitter early! Two batter later Vernon Wells hit a home run that Scored Gardiner and himself that put a quick end to a chance for a second shutout in a row! Those were the only 2 hits in the inning Nicasio did face the first 5 batter in the Yankees line up.

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David Phelps was the starting pitcher for the Yankees did slightly better in the first than Nicasio getting all 3 batters he face to ground out.

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In the second inning Nelly made another attempt to get a hit as a Yankee and once again was unsuccessful, this time grounding out to the shortstop Reid Brignac. Yes once again Troy Tulowitzki was not in the line up, I am not sure of the reason to cold, to wet, a sore this or a strained that. Who can keep up or care enough to listen to the reason anymore.

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Rockies responded quickly in the first inning Wilin Rosario hit a single with one out and Todd Helton hit his 2nd home run of the season and ties the game at 2.

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Here is Helton’s home run going into the crowd above the auxiliary scoreboard.

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Ichiro watches as it bounces back onto the field.

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Todd high fives Nolan Arenado after running the base’s.

Both starting pitchers pitched well Nicasio pitched five innings and Romaine pitched 6. Beside the 2 runs each of them let up in the first no other runs were scored off them.

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Josh Outman came into pitch for the Rockies in the 6th. He pitched the 6th and 7th for the Rockies. Now the next photo is something I have to explain before I post it, it is something that was brought to my attention going through search topics for this blog and it is “Josh Outman Adjusting Cup”. So this was the first time I have seen him pitch since I have seen that topic and well here it is!

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“Josh Outman Adjusting Cup” It is very 4-year-old needing to pee. After I noticed and took this shot I realized that he did this before every pitch. One of those thing I wish I never noticed.

IMG_9652Nelly’s 5th inning attempt at his first hit as a Yankee. This time he grounded out to second.

IMG_9653He did end up getting it in the 7th inning when he hit it to Dexter Fowler who over ran the ball and Nelly ended up getting to 3rd base. It was a single and an error for the advancement to 3rd. It was nice to see him get his first hit with his new team. Wish him the best of luck and hope all goes well with him with the Yankees. He has been a really cool guy to the fans and always had time to sign, take photo’s or just hang with us for a few minutes after a game.

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Nelly stepping on third.

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Rex Brothers pitched in the 8th for the Rockies sitting all 3 Yankees batters down in the inning.

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The last out of the inning was Robinson Cano striking out.

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In the 8th and was hit by a pitch, Eric Young Jr. came into pinch hit for him. so it must be something to do with Tulo’s leg that is why he was not in the starting line up. Young stole second.

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Jonny Herrera goes for the deep throw to first.

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It was a little of the mark and Vernon Wells got on base. Rafael Betancourt would than walk Lyle Overbay so runners would than be on first and second. Ichiro than sac bunted and advanced the runners wells and Overbay to second and third. He than intentionally walked Jyson Nix to load the base’s to hopefully get a forced out or double play. Travis Hafner pinch hit for Nelly and struck out so the rockies had 2 outs and base’s loaded Brennan Boesch pinch hit for the pitch David Robinson. Boesch hit a ball to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado who threw it to first and it was called safe which scored the runner Wells from 3rd. According to people who saw the replay and a photo I have seen he was out at first so I am giving that RBI to the umpire who blew the call. So this games final score was the Rockies 2, Yankees 2 and the umps 1.

That was the final score of this game.

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Walt Weiss came out to argue the call.

Here is a quote I took from a News paper article from Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.

“Felt like he was out,” Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said. “I don’t know what the replay showed. It was close. Yeah, it’s a tough call. It’s a shame the game had to be decided on a call like that. But got to give them credit for being in that situation in the first place.”

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Mariano Rivera came in to pitch for the Yankees in the 9th which pretty much sealed the win for the Yankees. this was his 620 career save. So we got to see Rivera pitch the most saves in MLB history. If that counts for much!

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Rosario also made contact but he flew out to Brett Gardner in centerfield to end the game.

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Chris Stewart who came in to catch in the 9th shakes hands with Mariano after the save and the Yankees win this broke a 5 game losing streak at Coors for the Yankees going back over 6 years. So that was it for this one the Yankees won 3-2. It stinks that a blown call decided this game but unfortunately the Rockies were in a bad situation that a blown call should have not of decided the outcome.

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After the game I got to meet up with Nelly and congratulated him on his first Yankees hit and wished him good luck with his new team. Here he is signing autographs for a few fans.

So that is it for this game. There is one more from this series as I am writing this the Rockies are not doing so well in St. Louis. Friday night they had 1 hit against the Cardinals Shelby Miller in a very impressive pitching performance. The real crazy thing is the only hit was a lead off hit by Eric Young Jr. and then the next 27 batters got out. It is only the 4th time this has happened in almost 40 years.

A home debut and the Rockies did not come through!

5-3-2013

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Colorado Rockies

My 13th Game at Coors this year.

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This was the first inter-league game for the Rockies this season. It was also the first game that Nolan Arenado was in the line up at Coors Field after making his MLB debut in Arizona last week and playing in the series against the Dodgers in L.A.

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Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he pitched the first 2 innings really well. The only base runner he allowed was a when he hit Kelly Johnson in the second inning.

 

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Nolan Arenado made his Coors debut which I mentioned earlier. His first Coors at bat was not his best of the night. He grounded out to third for the last out of the 2nd inning.

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Out at first in his first at bat.

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Here he is throwing a Evan Longoria hit to first.

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It was a little high of a throw but Jordan Pacheco took flight to grab the ball.

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Landing on the bag.

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For the out. Nice save by Pacheco at first.

The Rockies did take the early lead in the first inning on a Michael Cuddyer Home run and scored a third run in the 2nd on a Josh Rutledge solo shot. (3-0) Rox

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Josh Rutledge after hitting his 2nd inning home run.

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Arenado hit a double for his 2nd at bat in the 3rd inning and also in the 5th inning. He finished the night hitting 3 for 5 not a bad Coors debut!

Francis pitched 5 innings. He let up 5 runs including a 2 run home run to Desmond Jennings in the 5th. Which gave the Rays a 4-3 lead. The Rockies did score a run to tie the game at 4 in the 5th. and that was on Arenado’s second double in the 5th.

Francis pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. Not to bad of an outing but not quite his best start. Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 6th and 7th. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th and Rex Brothers the 9th.

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Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and started the inning walking Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez hit a single. Wilin Rosario stops Longoria from scoring on a Kelly Johnson hit back to Lopez.

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Longoria out at home.

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Arenado strikes out in the 8th inning for the first out of the inning. 

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Troy Tulowitzki pinch hit in the batters spot in the 8th and was walked with Herrera and Rutledge on base.  Tyler Chatwood would come in to pinch run for Tulo. The Rockies did leave the base’s loaded to end the inning.

The Game went to extra innings and the Rays scored 3 in the 10th off of Matt Belise. Who has been pitching very well from the bull-pen this year and this ended a 30 something inning scoreless streak by the Rockies bull-pen. The rays 10th inning runs were scored on a Longoria single which score Ben Zobrist who lead the inning off with a double and then Kelly Johnson hit a 2 run home run scoring Longoria and himself. That gave the Rays a 7-4 lead.

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Fernando Rodney pitched for the Rays in the 10th inning.

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Eric Young Jr. struck out to end the game on a questionable strike call to end the game.

This is a game that defiantly got away from them and there were plenty of opportunities to get runs in this game the Rockies stranded many runners on base and 12 on base in the game and were 0 for 9 in at bats with runners in scoring position.

With the Giants and Diamondbacks both winning this night the Rockies are now tied with the Giants for first place with the Giants and the Diamondbacks are just one game back. This game was a game the Rockies really needed they would have remained 1 game over the Giants and 2 over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies are now 17 and 12 this season and 10 and 4 at home this season.

That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the Rays series and all 3 against the Yankees next week.

See You at Coors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow shovels, delays and a walk off.

April 16, 2013

New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 4 and 5 of the Year at Coors.

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Today they had a double-header because of the snow that cancelled the game on Monday April 15th.

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As most baseball fans know April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day. So all players in baseball wear the #42 which is retired in MLB. Except for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera who still gets to wear it because it was his number before MLB retired it and he will be the last once he leaves the game.

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So I arrived at Coors around 11:30 the time that it was announced that all gates would open. After I arrived at the gate they said they were waiting for word if or if not would the games be played. There was about 8 to 10 inches on the field that needed to be removed and nobody really knew how long this task would take. As I did get to enter the stadium I took this photo from the right field line most of the snow was removed from the field, but remained in piles along the out field and first baseline from just about home plate to the right field foul pole. Worker’s were working on the pile in center field when we entered. Now it was not just grounds crew members removing the snow it was promotions people, office workers,The Rockies owner Dick Monfort, Dan O’Dowd, Bill Gievett, T.V Broadcasters and coaches. I do believe that the Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.

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Bill Geivett with shovel in hand and he also had a throwback theme going rocking a Montreal Expos long parker. The second game of this double-header is a throwback game the Mets and Rockies will be wearing uniforms from 1993.

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This is some of the progress about an hour and a half after the gates were opened. Here are the workers bringing snow from the large piles to the bullpen where they were tossing it over the wall into a walk way between the bull pens.

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Here is a look into the bullpen.

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Here is Marc Stout helping in the effort. He is part of the Rockies Broadcast crew. Also in the background is one of the Rockies promo people Harper in the purple jacket and snazzy boots!

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First base coach Rene Lacheman helps out.

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Catching coach Jerry Weinstein also flung some snow. As well as tossing the snow into the bull pen they were filling the grounds crew trucks and bring that out behind the stadium.

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After almost 2 and a half hours being in the stadium and 8 hours of removing snow, they finished removing the it and it was time for some baseball. Here is Juan Nicasio, Jim Wright, Wilin Rosario and Jerry Weinstein heading in from the bull pen.

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Here is Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the Mets Jordany Valdespin. Valdespin grounded out to Josh Rutledge at second. At first pitch the temperature at Coors field was 39 degrees. The 39 degrees tied for the 10th coldest game at Coors Field. Nicasio than walked Daniel Murphy and David Wright does what David Wright seems to do a lot when he is at Coors and that is hit a Home Run! His power is not just limited to Coors but seems like he always hits one here. I have also seen him hit a Grand Slam Home Run in Chase Fields during the USA’s win over Italy.

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John Buck at bat in the 1st. he hit a single in the inning.

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The Mets scored 2 runs in the 1st and the Rockies first 2 batters got out Carlos Gonzalez hit a triple. With Carlos on third troy Tulowitzki came to the plate and does what he does best and that was pop up to the Mets third baseman David Wright. I know he hits Home Runs and gets RBI’s but just seems like not in the clutch. IMG_6956

In the second inning Nicasio saw 4 Mets batters and struck out 2. This is Michael Cuddyer sliding into home in the second inning after getting on base with a double.

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The throw was on time but Cuddyer snuck by the tag.

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He was safe and scored the Rockies first run of the game. (2-1) Mets

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Chris Nelson would also hit a single in the inning.

Nicasio only face 3 batters in the 3rd inning. Sending Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Ike Davis down in order. Pretty good inning by Nicasio!

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Cargo would send one for a ride in the 3rd for the Rockies tying run with a home run to the second deck. (2-2)

The Mets would once again take the lead getting a run in 4th. (3-2)Mets

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David Wright once again haunts us with his long ball and hit his second home run of the game in the 5th inning. This a solo shot to center. His first was hit to the Rockies bullpen. (4-2) Mets

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After Eric Young Jr. Got on base and Cargo walked Tulo was hit in the left elbow with a pitch. It look like it hurt. Here is Walt Weiss and Kieth Dugger checking it out after he took his base. He, Cargo and EYJ would all score in the inning. (5-4) Rockies

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Cuddy came to the plate took this pitch for a strike. He as Cargo did would be walked.

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Carlos Gonzalez crosses home for the 2nd run of the inning.

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Tulo also scored.

The Rockies scored an additional run in the 6th inning. Chris Nelson lead off the inning with a double and scored on a EYJ single. (6-4) Rockies

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EYJ would hit a triple in the 8th inning scoring Jordan Pacheco from 1st. (7-4) Rox

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here is EYJ’s triple going over Valdespin in right field.

At that point they were still removing snow in the upper decks and in the Rockpile.

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Crew shoveling the Rockpile late in-game 1.

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Jonny Herrera throws to first for the last out of the first game the Rockies would win this one 8-4 Cargo also scored in the 8th inning.

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Rockies celebrate their win in the first game.

So it was announced that this would not be a split doubleheader during the first game so we did not have to leave the stadium. They were going to start the second game a half hour. So we headed to the game used booth to pick up a Name Plate Amy wanted from Opening Day.

We than headed back to our seats and it was time for game 2.

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It being a throwback game to 1993 the Mets wore the Uniforms they wore at home in 1993 and the Rockies wore their Grey Away uniforms that each team had worn on April 5, 1993. The first Rockies game ever. They also used the old graphics on the LED boards around the stadium.

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Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies in-game two. Collin Cowhill started the game with a single, he would be thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice play hit by Daniel Murphy. David Wright hit into a double play to end the inning.

Eric Young Jr. lead the 1st inning with a single.

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He would advance to third on a Josh Rutledge single.

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Cargo would hit a sac fly to center and Eric Young Jr. would scored the first run of the Throwback game which was an interesting case of history repeating it self, since his Dad Eric Young Sr. scored the first Rockies run at home in 1993.

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EYJ scoring the first run of the game. Not quite an Opening Day home Run but still the first run in the Throwback uniform. I think it would have been cool if he wore the #21 for the game his dads number in 1993. That would be the Rockies only run of the inning. The Mets would respond with a run in the 2nd inning.

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Jeff Francis throwing to the Mets Rueben Tejada. Tejada would hit to Cuddyer in right field which scored Lucas Duda to tie the game at 1.

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Tejada would try to stretch the hit into a double and was tagged out at second.

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Tejada at second with Tulo covering.

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The Mets would take a lead in the 3rd scoring 2 runs. David Wright would walk in the inning here he is on first while Jeff Francis pitches in the inning.

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Jordan Pacheco at bat in the 3rd inning with the throwback graphics on the board along the third base line.

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Michael Cuddyer who got on base with a single was caught stealing for the second out of the inning.

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Mets starting pitcher Aaron Laffey in the 4th inning.

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Yorvit Torealba hits a foul during his at bat in the 4th inning. He would walk in the inning.

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Jordan Pacheco with his bare hand in his pocket before the pitch. He was looking really cold. It was cold this game also first pitch was 36 degrees which is in the top 5 of coldest games played at Coors. Thanks Stout for the Stoutistics! about these cold games. It was even colder at this point in the game.

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Tejada gets brushed back with a high fastball.

The 5th inning was a rough inning for the Rockies the Mets scored 5 runs in the inning.

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Daniel Murphy crossing the plate for the first Mets run of the inning. It was a long inning with the Rockies out in the field for over a half hour.

Walt Weiss would take Jeff Francis in the inning after facing 7 batters in the inning with only 1 out. the Mets hit 4 base hits, he walked 1 and hit Lucas Duda.

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Francis walking off the field.

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Tejada on first after his single in the 5th inning. Francis pitched 4.1 innings letting up 9 hits, 8 runs, walking 4 and striking out 4. He has a 8.25 ERA. He did not pitch terrible but his bad innings were really bad most of the hits and walks were from the 5th inning.

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Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino  came in to pitch. He pitched the remainder of the 5th inning and all of the 6th.

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Cargo hitting his double in the Rockies half of the 5th. Cuddy and Pacheco both walked, Rutledge who was on third scored on Pacheco’s walk. Chris Nelson sac fly to Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd, scoring Cargo from 3rd. The Rockies would score 4 runs in the inning. (8-6) Mets

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Josh Edgin pitching in the 5th inning. The Mets used 7 pitchers in the game and Edgin and Latroy Hawkins in the inning.

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Yorvit Torrealba hit a double in the 5th which scored Cuddy and Pacheco.

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Pacheco crossing the plate. And 2 BNW photos with a pan to show off the mad photo skillz or did a setting change and I was lucky I panned the runners!

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Matt Belise Pitching in the 7th inning he pitched both 7th and 8th inning. He faced 6 batters and struck out 2 and let up only one hit to Ike Davis who pinch hit in the 8th but was doubled up on a Daniel Murphy hit to Jonny Herrera, Davis was out at second.

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With bases loaded and 2 outs they brought out Troy Tulowitzki to pinch hit for Reid Brignac. Not a decision I may have made, As many home runs and RBI’s he gets it seems like many are not in late inning clutch situations when the Rockies are down a few runs. This is the second time today he could not come through in this type of situation. I know most people are saying he is  2nd on the team in RBI’s, but my question is imagine how many he could have if he hit in the clutch? It would have been 4 to 6 more just in these two games. He started the games today with 11 and finished with the same amount.

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Miguel Tejada throwing to first or well attempting to throw to first.

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David Wright hitting to Rutledge at second for the first out of the 9th inning for the Mets.

Rex Brothers pitched for the rockies in the 9th faced 4 batters the only base runner was Mike Baxter who came in the game in the 5th inning for the Mets replacing Lucas Duda in left.

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 Rafael Betancourt pitched for the Rockies in the 10th inning ohh yes like it wasn’t cold enough the human rain delay came into pitch. He struck out 2 walked 2 and 2 batters flew out in the inning.

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Pacheco came up in the bottom of the tenth with Cargo on third and Cuddy on 1st and 2 outs. Cuddy advanced to 2nd on a none contested steal. Pacheco hit a ground ball single to right field scoring Cargo for a walk of hit.

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The Rockies win 9-8 in this game.

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 They are now 10-4 on the season and are undefeated at Coors. As I am writing this they are 1.5 games ahead of the Giants and leading the National League West. The 3rd game of this series has been postponed and they are scheduled to play what would have been the 4th game tomorrow afternoon. No date has been posted for the make up of the Wednesday game. There are a few off days that both teams have but most are with the Mets on the east coast and Rockies away.

That is it for this very interesting day at Coors. I was at the stadium for 12 hours from the time I arrived at the gates till I left after the second game.

That’s it for this one see you at Coors when the snow melts!

Rox Rockin’ in Becketts Dodger Debut!

8-27-2012

L.A. Dodgers Vs. Colorado Rockies

Coming directly from work I had sometime to kill before the gates opened at 4:30. I first headed down to the players entrance and not much was going on there. I than headed to the Rockpile entrance. It was about 45 minutes til the gate opened. After the gates opened I immediately ran up the steps and headed to the pavilions for BP. The Rockies were batting and not hitting much out. The Dodgers who usually have a good BP hit and about 6 baseballs were hit to the pavilions. So once again shut out on the day. I headed to the 1st base line and waited to dee who would sign and Jordan Pacheco and Tyler Colvin both signed did not get either to sign anything.

After warm up I stayed down the first baseline for first pitch.

Jeff Francis was the Rockies starting pitcher. He pitched very well. He pitched 5 scoreless innings. Letting up 4 hits 1 walk and striking out 6. He got himself out of the 5th inning after getting into trouble in the with one out and a runners on 2nd and 3rd got out of the inning striking out the next 2 batters.Beckett and Victorino.

Shane Victorino was the first batter Francis faced and he grounded out to Jonny Herrera. He threw to first for the first out of the game. Francis did let up one hit in the first and that was to Matt Kemp who was stranded after hitting a 2 out double.

Josh Beckett made his first start for the Dodgers since being traded from the Red Sox along with Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford for James Loney and 3 other players from the Dodgers organization. His first pitch to Tyler Colvin was a strike.

His second pitch was not as succesful, Colvin hit a home run to the second deck in right. He would than get the next 3 Rockies out in order including striking out Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario. Francis and Beckett both pitched well in the second. Francis allowed a base runner in the 3rd by walking Shan Victorino. The Rockies would have a bunch of base runners in the 3rd. Jonny Herrera would get on base aswell as Francis, Colvin and Pacheco none would score Herrera and Francis would both get out at second.

Herrera diving back to first while on base in the 3rd.

In the fourth inning I decided to head and visit some friends that were sitting down the third baseline. I did sit there the rest of the game. The Rockies did score a run after a Chris Nelson 2 out triple. He scored on a D.J. Lemahieu single. (2-0)The above photo is of  is Don Mattingly taking Beckett out in the 6th inning. Nelson would score for the Rockies once again in the 6th. (3-0) Rockies.

D.J Lemahieu turns a double play hit by Matt Kemp to get out off the 8th.

Pacheco making the stretch to get Kemp at first.

The Rockies had a HUGE 8th inning. Charlie Blackmon who came in for Andrew Brown in right, Led off the inning flying out to left. Chris Nelson than hit a double he once again scored on a Lemahieu single. Nelson scored 3 times this game.

Matt Belise would attempt to contribute offensively by bunting but that just resulted into a strike out for the second out of the inning. That would not stop the Rockies from scoring 7 runs in the inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate. Tyler Colvin hit a triple to clear the bases and Wilin Rosario hit a home run scoring Cargo and himself. Cargo got on base after striking out swinging on a wild pitch.

Colvin making the turn from second heading to third for his triple.

Here he is reaching third.

Wilin taking a stroll around the bases after his Home run in the 8th. (10-0) Rox

The Rockies celebrate a big night at the plate. The bats were alive and Pitching was solid it was a great combination to shut down the Dodgers powerful line up. The Rockie used 4 pitches Francis starting, Josh Roenicke, Rex Brothers pitch in the 7th and continued for an out in the 8th and Matt Belise would close out the game pitching the end of the 8th and the 9th.

Way To go Rockies, this may be to little to late,  but exciting baseball has returned to Coors. It is now being called Purple Magic by players. It has been a really good last few weeks for the Rockies at home and on the road. Hopefully this keeps going. They have 2 game remaining against the Dodgers this week.

They are 15 and 11 for the month of August.

That is it for this one.

See You At Coors!

Part 2 of MY 2010 Road Trip What a Rocky Road it was.

 

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               This is the 2nd part of my 2010 Road trip it starts at the second game I attended at Citi Field in NY on August 11, 2010 to a Game I attended in Indianapolis on August 16, 2010.

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While I was getting ready to head to the train station to the stadium my phone rang  and it was Zack Hample. My friend Robert from Coors Field told him I was going to be in town and we should meet up. Zack said he would meet up with me before the game. Zack only stuck around for BP. This was a few days before his most recent books deadline. Zack has his own blog The Baseball Collector. Heres a link http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/. It was realy cool meeting him and the rest of the Citi Field Ball Snagging crew. Here a photo of the group of us outside Citi Field. An below that a photo of Zack in Left Field Seats.

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Photo and text courtesy of Zack. In the photo above, you’re looking at:

1) Greg Barasch, who recently joined the 1,000-ball club.

2) Gary, who has some pretty impressive stats of his own.

3) Brian (aka “puck collector”) who’s not too far behind Gary.

4) Zack!

5) Mateo, my Watch With Zack client from 7/27/10 at Citi Field.

6) Mike from Denver. I had just met him through a mutual friend: Robert Harmon of 762 fame.

7) Brian’s father Wayne (aka “father puck”) who’s holding up his copy of the new Sports Illustrated article about Zack.


 
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Mets pitches warming up along the 3rd base line during BP. A few minutes after this photo was taken. I caught a ball that was fouled off and bounce on the warning track and into the stands. IMG_5706.JPG
A look at the 2 LED scoreboards they have at Citi Field.

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A view of Citi  Field during warm ups before the game.IMG_5719.JPG
The starting line ups for The Aug. 11th game between The Rockies and Mets.IMG_5724.JPG
Both Pitches heading to the dugout after pre game warm ups in the bullpen. Starting Pitchers were Jeff Francis for the Rox and Jonathan Niese for the Mets.IMG_5734.JPG
                        Jonathan Niese throws 1st pitch to Dexter Fowler.IMG_5739.JPG
                           Jeff Francis throws his first pitch to Mets Short Stop Jose Reyes.IMG_5762.JPG
                Mr. Met visits the upper deck and trows out a few tee shirts to the fans.IMG_5769.JPG
                                       A photo of Citi Field during the 4th inning.

 
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                                      Jeff Francis Pitching in the 4th inning.
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The Mets 2 runs were scored in the first inning by an Angel Pagan 2 Run HR. The Rockies 1st Run was score by a Chris Iannetta Sac Fly to center scoring Tulo in the 7th at that point it was 2-1 Mets.

 

Melvin Mora rounds 3rd after hitting a 8th inning Grand Slam Home Run, Scoring Helton, Tulo and Cargo.

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Tulo Crosses the plate for the 3rd run from Mora’s HR.

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                                 Cargo high fives Melvin Mora after his trot around the bases.

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                 Dexter Fowler make final out hit by NY Mets Centerfielder Carlos Beltran.IMG_5834.JPG
The scoreboard at the end of the game. The Rockies Win 6-2.After the Mora Home Run Clint Barmes single scored Brad Hawpe. Bringing the score to the 6-2 final.

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Rockies celabrate their 6-2 win over the Mets.
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The Rockies winning did make the train ride back to the Island a lot easier. Everybody on the trains were very cool and realy intrested about Colorado and the Rockies. A few even said how “The Rockies have a very good team and the Mets need some work”. Not my Words that was from a Mets fan on the train. Had a lot of fun and good conversations on baseball.

                                                    August 12, 2010

That day a very unusual thing occured. Do to a late start from LI and NY traffic we got to the game in the 2nd inning the Rockies were already down 2 runs when we got there. IMG_5846.JPG
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Above is Jason Hammel Pitching in the 3rd inning.

 

This is a view from My seat on the left field side of the stadium. Thanks to Mike M for the great tickets that also included acces to many of the clubs in Citi Field which is where we spent most of the game. It was realy cool to see things I normaly do not see at stadiums. especially with such uneventful game for the Rockies. 

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This was the day after Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested outside the Mets clubhouse for punchinhg his father in law. Here is a fan showing support for him.IMG_5853.JPG
A view of the Jackie Robinson Pavillion from the inside of Citi Field.

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The scoreboard at the end of the game the Mets Won 4-0. That evened the 6 games the 2 teams played this year to 3-3. It made the Rockies 3-4 on this road trip and 1-3 with me in attendance. Some would say it was a rocky road trip.

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Signs outside CitiField. IMG_5879.JPG

                                   August 16, 2010 Victory Field Indianapolis, Indiana

                         Home of the Indanapolis Indians. They Played the Rochester Chiefs

                               The Indians are the triple a affiliate of the Pittsburgh pirates.

 

                Another one for the Ranter. Can’t be a baseball game with out the hosers.IMG_5893.JPG
A view of the Stadium from the birm in right field.

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IMG_5909.JPGThe centerfield wall celebrating the Indians being at Victory Field 15 years.

 IMG_5923.JPG                                           Indians Mascot Rowdy.

IMG_5955.JPGA view from my seat on the 3rd baseline in the 5th inning. Thanks Chris for the tickets.


 
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 The scoreboard at the end of the game was not a good one for the Indians losing to the Chiefs 11-4. This game was definatly not a pitching battle.

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Here is a view of Victory Field after the game outside the center field gates.

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After all the games I was going to attend were done I had one more piece of baseball history to check out. It is an old abandon stadium on the outskirts of Indianapolis. This stadium was the old home of the Indianapolis Indians. Bush Stadium was built in 1931 by the Indians owner Norm Perry and was called Perry Stadium During WWII it was renamed Victory Field. After the stadium was sold to the City of Indianapolis it was renamed after a MLB baseball player Donnie Bush. It remaned Bush Stadium till the Indians moved to there new stadium in Downtown Indianapolis Victory Field.

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Some of the masonary work on the front of Bush Stadium.

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Outside wall of the stadiums 1st baseline.Covered in Ivy. Bush stadium. In 1987 the field was also used in the movie eight men out. Where it was used to depict Cominsky Park and Crosley Field.

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The back of the center field wall and old scoreboard.

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My first look of the field after a peek through a gate that was in left field. To my suprise there were hundreds of cars parked on what once was a baseball field.

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                          The old will call ticket window a reminder of what once was.

 
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First look over the wall to see the field and stands. In 1984 the field was used for the Pan American games which where held in Indianapolis.IMG_6045.JPG
After almost 60 years of being home of the Indianapolis Indians it was turned into a dirt race track for midget race cars. An was renamed the 16th street speedway.

 
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Bush stadium is now being rented by Pick a Part from the City of Indianapolis. Thats why there are cars all over what was the field. Bush Stadium is on the list of Historical places.An is why it is still in existence today.

 

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Both these photos are a look from behind the leftfield wall an the leftfield stands.IMG_6055.JPG
This is a view of the stands and homeplate area photographed while standing on the roof of my truck over looking the left field wall. Before someone from pick a part approached me to see what I was doing. then I left.

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All facts and dates about Bush Stadium courtesy of wikipedia.

After checking out Bush Stadium I headed to Downtown Indy for a little urban hiking. Her are a few places I past by on my hike.

 Lucas Oil Stadium Home of the Indianapolis Colts. I think they use this as a airplane hanger in the off season realy intresting looking building.

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This is the NCAA National Headquaters located just outside of downtown Indianapolis.

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This was the sunset while I was driving back to Denver somewhere in central Kansas.

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Normaly I am not a fan of driving through Kansas But This sunset on my way home was a incredible end to my trip.

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  This was a great trip. I drove over 4000 miles in the 2 weeks I was gone. I visited 2 MLB Ball Parks. 3 Minor League Parks and caught 3 BP Baseball. Got to meet many players in both the Majors and Minor Leagues. I would like to Thank My Family and friends across the country that let me stay at there homes and/or got me tickets to games.

 

Thanks to Viviene for letting me stay at your house both going to NY and heading back to Denver. Chris for getting me tix to the Indians game, Mike M in NY for tix to the 8/12 game, Rich Woodworth for getting me tix for the 8/10 game. The whole Gioia family for letting me stay at there house and for dealing with my crazy schedule while I was in NY. Everybody that headed to Millers Ale House to meet up with me even know I did not make it there. Catcha next time.

 

My Next Cross Country adventure is in the planning stage and will take place at the end of June when the Rockies Head to The New Yankee Stadium. Thats unless the plans get postponed due to a new endeavors in life that may be taking place in the next few months. More info to follow.

                           To All the Rockies Fans Keep Believing. I know I will.