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Photo Day 2012.

7-29-2012

Cincinnati Reds Vs Colorado Rockies

Cincinnati Reds first Place in the National League Central by 3 games the Rockies second worst team in the Major Leagues!

O.K. before I start about the day Just want to give a S/O to the Rock Nation Crew who on Aug. 4th will be holding an Equipment drive.

Here is the info.

O.K. as always on a Sunday I headed to Coors early. I met up with X, Rachel, Julie and the rest of the Sunday morning crew. The gates were a little earlier today because instead of autograph Sunday it was photo day. This is a fun day that you get to hang on the field  and have some fun interacting with the players and coaches. So when the gates opened we headed to the field and decided to head out to left field. While we were waiting for the players we had some fun and took some photos.

Oh Yeah who said short white guys can’t jump!!!

Shortly after the players started heading out and we noticed  Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario heading to the section to our right. So we went over to them.

Here is me with Wilin Rosario.

Carlos Gonzalez and I.

After we headed back to our spot Rafael Betancourt was by the area we had left our stuff and Julie held for us. here is Julie with Rafael Betancourt.

After Betancourt The Deuce was not far behind. Here is Gary X with Him.

Then I got to take a photo with him.

Which was kinda interesting because I have been one of his biggest critics over the last few years and have not always had the best experiences when meeting him.. He was actual not a Deuce today. He was pretty cool, took his time and sociable with the fans. Most asked how he was and when will he be returning to the line up. He is doing well and should be back in early September.

To the left is a photo of Bo McLaughlin The Rockies new Pitching Coach.

 Carney Lansford and Rich Dauer. Hmm in this photo can you figure out who does not have a World Series ring!!

A and X with Big Jim Wright!

To the Left A and X with Matt Belise.                                                                                             

 Josh Roenicke and Rex Brothers.

Brooklyn in Da house. Adam “No Sleep To Brooklyn” Ottavino, Adam grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Matt Reynolds with the card that X made for him with a photo I took.

X and A with Jorge De La Rosa. I asked Jorge when I should be back from having Tommy John Surgery and he said soon it has been about 14 months or so since he had it he said he is feeling good and rehab is going well.

To the left Eric Young Jr.         

                  To the right Rockies first base coach  Glenallen Hill.

Manager Jim Tracy.

Christian Friedrich

I did get a bunch more but this post is long enough others were Jerry Weinstein, Andrew Brown, Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Josh Fields.

It was a fun day with the players. I think it is really cool that the Rockies do this and it is a lot of fun. I also want to thank Matt Belise and Drew Pomeranz for doing a running man!

Drew is the first player to actually do it twice he also did it at fan fest in January.

After photo day was over it was time to get down to the normal business of the day. The pitches came out and did their normal warm ups.

Here is Jorge De La Rosa throwing to trainer Keith Duggar.

Also got a few autos one was Jim Tracy on my photo I have been having everyone sign. Wilin Rosario on a card. Drew Pomeranz on a Tulsa pocket schedule I got on my road trip.

It was then time to play ball. The starter for the Rockies was Jonathan Sanchez. This was his Coors debut. He was recently acquired in a trade with the Royals for Jeremy Guthrie.

This is his first Coors field pitch to the Reds lead off batter Zack Cozart. Cozart would pop out to second for the first out of the game.

Sanchez would walk the second batter Drew Stubbs. Who would than steal second.

Brandon Phillips would single which scored Stubbs from second, also tried to steal second but was not as succesful as Stubbs. Sanchez would strike out Todd Frazier for the final out of the inning. (1-0) Reds

Dexter Fowler on his quest for his record all-time leader in triples for the Rockies lead off the inning by not accomplishing that record, but reached base by walking. Josh Rutledge batted second.

He would hit his second MLB home run and first one at Coors. He has been a great addition to this team in the past few weeks with and including this game he is batting .379 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in 58 at bats. He also has 22 combined hits and 8 RBI’s. (2-1) Rockies

Michael Cuddyer would also reach base with some hard running and a rushed throw from Zack Cozart at short that…

… pulled Miguel Cairo off first.

The Reds started the 2nd off aggressively Chris Heisey  hit a lead off triple he would score on a sac fly by Cairo to center and tied the game at 2.

I am going to try to make this one brief the Reds would than score a run in the 3rd. The Rockies would not produce in the third Cuddyer and Rutledge would both get hits but would not score. The starting pitcher for the Reds Matt Latos would sit the Rockies down in order in the 4th.

Jonathan Sanchez would get really roughed up in the 5th. Cozart lead off with a single Stubbs hit a 2 Run home run. (5-2) Reds 2 batters later Jay Bruce would hit a solo shot. ( 6-2) Reds. After that  Sanchez was removed from the game by manager Jim Tracy.

Here he is leaving the mound.

Carlos Torres would come into pitch for the Rockies and would strike out the first 2 Reds he faced in the 5th to get out of the inning. he would pitch the complete 6th and 7th ining. Facing 9 Batters in his  2/3rd innings. Striking out 5 and only allowing 1 hit. The hit was a double by Ryan Hannigan.

Dex sent one for a ride in the 5th which looked like it may have gone out but fell short and was caught by Jay Bruce on the right field track.

Mike Ekstrom pitched the 8th for the Rockies he did not have a great outing but he did  let up an additional run on 2 hits and a Rutledge error at short.  (7-2) Reds

Matt Reynolds pitched the 9th for the Rockies  Striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He did let up one hit to Stubbs.

The Rockies would attempt a 2 out rally in the bottom of the 9th, After Andrew Brown would get a single when he pinch hit in the pitchers spot. Josh fields who was brought in a double switch in the 6th would hit a single. Dex then grounded out to end the game. The Reds won 7-2 and swept the Rockies this weekend. It looks like my days of seeing home team walk off wins have ended now that I am back home. It is just something we are getting use to at Coors. Well that is it for this one besides the Rockies loss it was a great day hanging at Coors today. Once again thanks to the players and coaches for having a photo day for the fans.

Here is a few others from our time on the field.

Mary O and Me.

Me waiting for my marker back that Jim Tracy was signing with.

Then these to girls had this sign that said show me how to Tulo. So read their definition!

O.K. so now my Tulo dig for the post yes I have to go there. I thought Tulo-ing would be when there is 1 out with 2 runners on and he pops out to the first base or third base line. Now I only say this because I have seen several time this year. Maybe after this injury things will turn around for him with him.

Well that’s it for this one I should be at Coors most of the week as they face the Cardinals and Giants in the next week.

I may also have a surprise post mid-week. Covering something I normally would not cover!

and remember I can be followed on twitter: @RoxAddict

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Rockie return to Coors!

7-27-2012

Cincinnati Reds Vs. Colorado Rockies

Coors Field. I finally returned!!! Only missed 18 at this point at Coors for the year, 14 because of the road trip. As I am writing this I am missing my 19th. This was 34th game at Coors for the year.

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Today being my first game back at Coors in over a month I was really looking foreward to batting practice thanks to the early evening storm, that did not happen. So after hanging out in the pavillions we headed over to the first base line.

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Today Josh Rutledge signed this was the first time I have seen him at Coors. I did get to see him play when I was in Tulsa at the end of June and met him in at Jackson’s Thursday at Dex and friends. He seems like a really nice guy and hope he stays around and does well with the team.

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Jordan Pacheco throwing to Michael Cuddyer during warm ups.

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Josh Rutledge also throwing.

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I was not the only one returning to Coors this night so was Todd Helton after being on the D.L.. Here he is leading the team to the field for the start of the game.

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Drew Pomeranz started for the Rockies, He had a great first inning sitting the Reds down in order. This game was a pitching battle for the first few innings so there was not many highlights for the first few innings. The first batter the Reds got on base was in the 2nd and that was a walk to Ryan Ludwick.

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Michael Cuddyer catching a Scott Rolen hit ball in the second.

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Bronson Arroyo pitching in the 2nd inning again the Rockies went down in order.

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Josh Rutledge came to bat in the 3rd inning. He did ground out in the inning.

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After a single in the 4th. Brandon Phillips slides into second after a Jay Bruce sac fly.

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Cargo puts an end to Arroyo’s not so no, no, in the 4th.

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Cargo reaching first succefully for the first Rockies runner in the game. He would be stranded and the Rockies did not score. ( spoiler alert) ohh wait everybody does already know the Rockies did not score the whole game. So if you are reading hoping there is magic you can stop reading now if you just want to see photos and a write up of a Rockies loss you may now continue!!!

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Rosario got on base after a Helton single in the 5th inning. Helton was called out on Rosario’s hit (fielders Choice).

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Here he is being called safe. As Helton gets up after getting out at second.

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Jordan Pacheco also hit a double in the 5th sending Rosario to third both would remain on base in the inning.

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Jim Tracy and the infield head to the mound in the 6th. Drew Pomeranz pitched well beside letting up 2 runs in the 4th he had 3 3 up 3 down innings. He struck out 5, anly walked 1, He did let up 3 runs on 7 hits. There was 2 men on base when he was removed from the game.

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Adam Ottavino got the ball in the 6th.

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Here he is pitching to Todd Frazier. Ottavino would strike out Frazier.

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The third run of the inning was scored on a passed ball. (3-0) Reds.

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Dex taking a swing in the 6th. He grounded out for the first out of the inning. Carlos Gonzalez got another hit in the 6th. This was for a double he had a good night going 2 for 4.

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O.K. said I was not going to do this anymore but yes still creepy!!!!

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Matt Reynolds came in and pitched to Jay bruce in the 8th and was done. Bruce grounded out to first and matt was removed. Mike ekstrom came in and pitched the rest of the 8th. sitting both Reds he faced down.

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In the 8th Marco Scutaro sent one to left center that was missed by Ryan Ludwick. Scutaro would advance to third on a wild pitch and as it is already known he did not score. That would be Scutaro’s last at bat for the Rockies he was traded to the Giants immediately after the game. As a Rockie he played in 95 games hit .271 with 30 RBI’s and 4 home runs. He was always a hard hitter and besides his horrible running mistake in Texas he was not that bad of a player.

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Arodlis Chapman came in to close for the Reds in the 9th he was almost lights out striking out Helton with 3 pitches, Rosario with 3 and Pacheco did get a single off the 100+ mph pitching. Josh Rutledge also struck out to end the game. Since comimg up about 2 years ago Chapman went from a high speed pitcher with not much control to a very controlled pitcher with a slider with a almost 24 mph difference slow from his 100+ mph fast ball. He threw it 86 mph.

Well that is it for this one! I will be at Coors on Sunday which is photo day and is always a fun day!

Til than see you at Coors!

Despite the loss it is great to be home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 days @ Coors, Rockie Fan Fest 2012

1-21-2012/1-22-2012

Rockies Fest 2012

For the 3rd year in a row I was fortunate to attend the Rockies Fan Fest. The Rockies Fan Fest is held every year in January. In the past it was only open to Colorado Rockies season ticket holders, this year they did have a season ticket holder Fan Fest and that was on Saturday. Sunday was an open to the public, which allowed the Rockies Fans that do not have season tickets to attend. The Rockies did charge to attend day 2, it was $25 for Adults and $1.00 for kids.

To start I would like to thank my friend Anna for giving me her ticket to Saturdays Fan Fest.

So Saturday started early the gates to Coors opened at 9:30, a few days before we decided to go out to breakfast. So we decide just like opening day last year to head to the 20th street cafe.

So Douglas the founder of Opening day Breakfast attended aswell as Hunter, and D The Rockpile Ranter.

Also Allanah X, Gary X and Amy

After Breakfast we headed to Coors where we were the first group on-line. So we left a few people in line and Gary X, Amy, Ranter and a few others headed over to the will call window, which was supposed to open at 9:00 AM at about 10 after someone told us that the will call windows will be windows a few feet away from where they normally are. OK but this was at 10 after and the windows were going to open at 9. Hmmm… see something weird happening here!!! Than around 9:20 the windows opened I was the second person on my line and the guy in front of me got his tickets in about 30 seconds. I get to the window and the first question I got asked was what is my season ticket ###. I replied I am using these tickets that were suppose to be mailed to the season ticket holder and were not so I was to pick these up from here. I told the gentleman at the window my name and oddly enough it came up on the computer saying my season ticket holders name and ticks for Me insert real name here Mike ……

So I got my tix so at the window next to me were Ranter, Gary X, Amy and Dan and they were told that this was not the Will call window and there tickets were at A gate. Which makes no sence what so ever considering the person in front of me got his and I was in the process of having my tickets printed. The Girl at their window said that the tix that were left for them are at Gate A. So than they headed over Gate A Dan did have 2 tickets on him which X and Lil X used to get in. So after other will call issues everyone did eventually get in for more on the craziness check out the Rockpile Rant.http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/.

So we immediately headed down to the memorabilia store that they set up down stairs on the same level as the Rockies Club House and Visitors club house. This year it was in the visitors club house. So I found some stuff to purchase. I got Aaron Cook’s locker sign and a signed ball. Ok you may ask why would I get Aaron Cook’s stuff considering he is no longer on the Rockies one is it was a good price, 2 I had never got a Aaron Cook autograph in my 4 years attending games at Coors. I had met him and taken photos  with him on photo day but never was able to get an autograph. Than I also found some souvenir baseballs from 1993 Rockies home opener at the old Mile high and also a few coomerative base sticker. The ones on the side of the base’s I got a “We Will Not Forget” 9-11-200. Later Geoff gave me a Jackie Robinson day 2007 one that he bought an extra of. Thanks Geoff.

Than we headed over to The Rockies Club house. Here’s a few photo’s of lockers of player you may be familiar with!!!

<<<<<Tulowitzki’s

Carlos Gonzalez’s

We than headed to our respective event session. The first one I had tickets for an autograph session in suite 53. Jason Giambi and J.D. Lemahieu. I had an Upper Deck game used card signed. I got a Rockies press photo signed for D.J. since I did not have an Item for him to sign.

My second session was for an Interview session I like seeing the interview sessions. Usually they are kind of candid. The players in this session were D.J. Lemahieu, Dexter Fowler, Casey Blake, Jason Giambi and Troy Tulowitzki. Here are a few photos.

Casey Blake. Casey recently signed with the Rockies as a free agent he played with the Dodgers

Tom Helmer was asking the questions along with Tracey Ringolsby.

During the player introductions Helmer made the comment that “2/3% of the earth is covered by water  the other 1/3 is covered by Dexter Fowler”

Dex was asked about player the huge center field area at Coors. They also talked about Dex working out with Tulo and Giambi this off-season. Dex has gained 9  lbs. in the off-season of muscle and cut his body fat from 14% which I think any of use would love to have to and even better 10%. They also spoke  about Casey and D.J. joining the Rockies and how they could help the team and the benefits of D.J. competing for the second base job with EYJ and Jonny Herrera. Little that we all knew was the Rockies were in the process of acquiring Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox for 2nd base, which should make this even more interesting!

Dexter Fowler Answering questions.

Troy Tulowitzki answering questions.

After the Interview session I stayed on the club level and headed over to where the Rockie Prospects were.

Chad Bettis, Nolan Arenado who was the Arizona Fall League MVP and Rob Scahill.

Chad and Nolan Played with Modesto in 2011 and Rob Scahill played with the Tulsa Drillers.

While they were signing other prospects were also on the club level interacting with the fans.

Here is Christian Friedrich playing guitar hero.

Kent Matthes playing giant Jenga.

Mary O with Jim Tracy. Mary is one of the ushers at Coors that I goy to know over the last year. She is also one of the reasons I can get some of the great photos I get.

Jim Tracy signed a few autographs for the fans. He is really great signing for the fans, he also has one of the most intricate autographs.

During the day we had also had an autograph session with Todd Helton and Rich Dauer.

Towards the end of the day we headed down to the Rockies club house again and also took a peek inside Jim Tracy’s office.

That was pretty much the end of the day. In total I got 28 autographs  from players at Fan Fest Including Casey Blake, Josh Roenicke, All the prospect players in the fanfest program, a ball from Nolan Arenado, cards signed by Tyler Matzek, Ramon Hernandez, Tyler Chatwood, Todd Helton and X got me signed promotion cards from Jason Hammel, Chris Nelson and Rafeal Bettancourt.

At the end of the day we headed down to the concourse and took this mass running man with Gary X, Amy, Lil X, Geoff and Douglas.

That was it for day 1.

Day 2 Rockies Fan Fest 2012.

 I was not sure if I was going to the second day but X as alway’s looking out got me a ticket, knowing I would procrastinate picked up an extra ticket for me.  Thanks X.

So before leaving my house I dubbed this day deuce of Rockies Fest. I than headed down to Coors. I was one of the first people to arrive at Coors and being a Sunday there was free street parking and it also being the baseball off-season there was free parking on Blake street. So I got a pretty good spot for a better spot they would have had to open the gates to the stadium for me to pull in!!!!

First spot next to the C gate!!!

So shortly after X and Amy arrived. Amy wearing her Jordan Pacheco Jersey that she got the day before.

The back of the Pacheco Jersey.

These Jersey’s are authenticated by the MLB authenticator @ Coors field here is the MLB authentication sticker!!

Pacheco also signed it for her.

Once again after the gates opened we headed to the Memorabilia sale which we figured would have new Items today and it did. I got a Red Rockies hat that they wear at home for special occasions Memorial Day, 4th of July ect. While I was trying to look at Sizes I notice #’s on the inside and found one with the #51 in it. Which is Matt Reynolds. So I picked it up. Also got some random pins from years past and 2 Rockies umbrella’s just because. So since I parked so far from the stadium I ran the stuff out to the car and it was time to head to our first auto session. It was for the Mountain Ranch Club and the first signer was Todd Helton, 2 Helton autos in one weekend that is twice as many as I got in the last 4 years. I had him sign a photo that I thought was the swing for his 500 double, But after I had him monograph it 500 2b realized it was a photo from my first game in 2009. So it was cool to get a Todd auto but was upset it was the wrong photo. It was cool of him to do that for me though. With Todd was  Chris Nelsen was signing.

Todd Helton signing a card for Gary X.

We than headed to our next session, along the way we walked past Matt Reynolds, Jason Giambi who each gave us a high-five. We continued to suite 55 and found out that Carlos Gonzales was signing.

Cargo walking down the hall while we were online. I believe that is Josh Roenicke who also signed that session. I did get a Rockies promo 5×7 signed by him.

Cargo signing along side Jerry another really cool usher from Coors.

Next it was back to the Mountain Ranch Club for our next session and The Day of The Deuce happened as I said earlier I dubbed this day, day deuce which pretty much I was going to get a Tulo auto today. Troy Tulowitzki was the signer along with Josh Field you may remember Josh from the end of last season.

Tulo signing.

Tommy Field signing.

After we wandered a little while before our next session and we ran once again into Jim Tracey signing for fans.

Our next auto session was also in the Mtn Ranch Club and Dex was signing. Forgot who was in their with him.

We also had tickets to another session this hour and while heading there someone said would you guys like to take a photo with a few player so we said yeah that would be cool and the players were Matt Reynolds, Eric Young Jr. and D.J. Lemahieu. So it being EYJ and Matt we asked if they would do a running man. For those that don’t know me it is something I do everywhere I go and have been for about 15 years. So they agreed and we got these photos.

D.J. Lemahieu,Gary X, Matt Reynolds and Eric Young Jr.

Amy running man with the players.

Me with the players. No running man it came out blurry.

When we got to the next session Ramon Hernandez was signing. With Matt Lindstrom.

after that session there was still about an hour left before the end of Fan Fest so we headed down to the Rockies Club house.

 Many Players were down there. Jorge De La Rosa signing a card for me. When I ask him how his arm was he said very good.

He had Tommy John surgery in May of last season. He is expected back in May this year can’t wait to see him pitch again.

He can possible be the ace of this staff. With Chacin, Hammel and the others I am sure he will work for it.

Rex Brothers Doing a running man with Allanah X

Drew Pomeranz running man.

These players do not have to do this, but they do and  I thank them for it. It shows how much fun this staff is.

Delta Cleary signing autographs with other prospects in the back ground.

Jhoulys Chacin signing autos. Hey look it Brian From The Springs!!

 That’s it for Fan Fest 2012.

Here’s a few photos of things I acquired over this weekend.

Cargo, Tyler Colvin and Rex Brothers signed cards.

Drew Pomeranz, Dexter Fowler and Esmil Rogers signed cards

Willin Rosario, Jorge De La Rosa, Dexter Fowler and Tyler Chatwood

After the second day we were in the memorabilia

sale and they brought out a bunch of pins for free these are 6 of the 8 I got.

The 5×7 Promo photos

Josh Roenicke, Tommy Field,Chris Nelson Top row

Ramone Hernandez, Jason Hamell, Matt Lindstrom Middle

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The photo by itself is the Todd Helton photo from earlier.

 Todd Helton signed baseball.

looking forward to the season

50 Days til Ranter and I head to Scottsdale for Spring training.

See ya there!!!!!

IS IT APRIL YET?

Another Sunday short by a run

8-7-2011

Washington Nationals Vs. Rockies

The Rockies have lost 16 sunday games in a row this streak goes back to April 17.

Going into this Sunday it was only 15 Sundays in a row.

This Sunday like every sunday home game at Coors was autograph Sunday today. Ryan Spilbourghs, Eliezer Alfonso, Jason Hammel and Charlie Blackmon signed. I first went to Spilbourghs line and had him sign a baseball Card, then headed to Hammels line sign a 2011 Topps card. I had Alfonso sign my mini helmet that I have been getting signed by players I don’t have anything else to sign. So far I have 9 autos on it.

After the official autograph session was over I headed over to the right field wall where Rex Brothers was signing. I had him sign a Sky Sox program I got last month. He thought it was cool and had not seen it yet. Since I have a few copies I told him I would bring him a copy.

Esmil Roger also signed and he signed 2 cards for me.

The players then went in and I wandered around the stadium giving a few and “X” and I gave the extra Cargo figurines we got to the deserving friends at Coors. You know who you are and thanks for everything you guys do for us.

The players then came out for warm ups. This is a photo of Nations starter John Lannon heading to the dugout with catcher Jesus Flores.You may be asking where Ivan Rodriguez is, he is on the DL with an oblique strain.

Aaron Cook leads the Rockies to the field for the start of the game.

Aaron Cook Throwing the first pitch to the Nationals Rick Ankiel who he would walk. Cook is 2-6 this season, going into this game.

The next three Nationals batters would get out. Including  Ryan Zimmerman striking out.

The Rockies would send five to the plate in the 1st. Eric Young Jr. Grounded out, Dexter Fowler walked. Carlos Gonzalez flew out The Deuce hit a single and Wiggington grounded out to end the inning.

The Nationals would score in the 2nd on a Jonny Gomes HR after Jayson Werth walked to lead off the inning. (2-0) Nationals.

Gomes and Werth Hi Five after Gomes’ 2nd inning HR.

The Rockies did not score in the second Cook would pitch real well in the 3rd only letting up a run to Ryan Zimmerman.

Eric Young Jr. would lead off the 3rd inning for the Rockies with a bunt.

He would then get doubled up on a Fowler hit to the Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

Aaron cook would pitch into the 7th inning. He pitched very well this game  unfortunately did not get the run support. Cook threw 79 pitches, Struck out 5 Nationals and let up 2 runs  Matt Reynolds came in to the game and completed the inning striking out Ankiel.

Aaron Cook heading to the dugout in the 7th inning.

The Nationals would take out there starter Lannon also in the 7th.

The Rockies would finally get some runs in the 7th. Herrera would pitch hit in the pitchers spot and later score on a Young single. Young would score the second run to tie the game at 2.

Herrera score the Rockies first run in the 7th.

Eric Young Jr. scoring the tieing run.(2-2)

The Nationals would score the go ahead run in the 8th. Danny Espinosa lead off the inning and scored the Nationals 3rd. run on a Werth single. That would be the final score 3-2. for the 16th Sunday loss of the season for the Rockies good thing they don’t play tradition Sunday double-header like they use to.

So that is it for this game this week heading to the Spring for Jason Giambi’s rehab and then the Rockies return against the Marlins on Monday.

Also Good news came that Juan Nicasio has been releast from the hospital.

And

The Rockpile Ranter is running a photo contest. If you would like to enter check out his blog:http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

Get Well Juan!

Normally I don’t post about games I am not at, or write a post before I complete the post for the game I was at. Tonight I feel I have to do a post to wish Juan Nicasio my well wishes. As Many of you know Juan was hit in the head during the 2nd inning of tonight game at Coors. He was then brought to an area hospital. The Rockies had a closed-door team meeting immediately after the game. Trot Tulowitzki addressed the media at Coors on behalf of the team. He as well as Manager Jim Tracy who spoke a few minutes later appeared very distraught with the situation. Tulo said,”Our main focus in that locker room right now is Juan,” and  “We’re obviously very worried. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, and it’s
scary. We come out here and play baseball every day, and sometimes some crazy
things can happen. It puts it in perspective.” Jim Tracy said, “that it was hard to continue playing after watching Nicasio get hit.” The did say that Juan had a neck injury and was resting comfortable at a Denver hospital and is undergoing tests.

I hope everything is ok with Juan He was brought up from Double A Tulsa at the end of May and has done a great job in the majors with a  4-4 record and 58 strike outs this season with the Rockies. His first start was on May 28th against the St. Louis Cardinals. Here’s a few photos from that game.

Warming Up in the bull-pen before his first start against the Cardinals.

The Bull-pen staff sending off for his first start.

His First Major League Pitch.

Here he is signing autograph on autograph sunday the day after his first start.

Juan and Chris Iannetta Heading to the dugout for a start in July.

Pitching July 15th against the Braves.

As I am Writing this I am hearing that Juan is in Serious condition in the hospital.

Once again on behalf of the Rox Addict, The Rantics and Rockies Nation we hope a speedy recovery, Our thoughts and prayers are with Juan.

Saturday Morning 8-6-2011

Update on Juan.

Via Alanna Rizzo’s facebook page.

From the Rockies:  Juan Nicasio is resting comfortably at a Denver hospital following surgery early this morning to stabilize a fracture to the C-1 vertebrae in his neck.  Juan will remain hospitalized as he recovers from the surgery. The next update regarding Nicasio will be with Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger at 3:30 PM today.

Here’s the latest article from the Denver Post.

http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_18630252

8-10-2011

Quick update on Juan.

Juan Nicasio has been released from the hospital.

This is great news.

Opening Day 2011 Coors Field


 4-11-2011

Opening Day 2011

 


 
IMG_2951.JPGIt was an early start for a 2:10 game left my house at 9:15 to be at breakfast with the Rantics at 10:00. Gates opened at 12:00 so after breakfast we checked out some of the festivities happening on Blake Street. Not to eventful a bunch of radio stations and corporations info farming for free swag. So we headed down to the gates and hung out for about 45 min.
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Heading to Coors after breakfast @ the 20th Street Cafe. If I saw this bunch walking down the street I would so cross to the otherside!!!!!Left to right Pete, Robert, “D” The Rockpile Ranter, Geoff, And Doug

 


 


IMG_2957.JPGOn our way we saw this guy rockin the Root Sports Logos on his petty cab. Root Sports made their name known all over Lodo from banners in bars and this guy with handle bars! If you were a Rockies Fan living under a rock yesterday Rocky Mountain FSN is Now Root Sports. Good Luck to our friends on Root Sport you guys do a great job.

 

 


 


IMG_2960.JPGThe Opening day village located @ the opposite of 20th and Blake from Coors Field.

 

 


 


IMG_2963.JPG                                   People Gathering outside the B gate!

So then I headed over to the Rockpile gate which if you read the Rox Addict during the winter I have a photo of me standing in front of to be the first online. So the photographic evidence wasn’t enough to be let to cut the 5 people in front of me so I ended up being 6th. Still not to bad. so after waiting for about 20 min or so the magic works came over the radio that it is 12 o’clock and the gates are now opened followed by the gate usher saying Rockpile gate is open and  clear. Here it was after a long-awaited winter Opening day at Coors Field as we entered and received our Rockies Magnetic 2011 Schedule. I ran up the stairs to the main concourse to Head to my spot in the Pavillion for Batting Practice. The Rockies were on the field hitting and the pavilions filled quickly. Next thing I knew people found the need to stand about a foot away from me. Then I started shifting around for the hitters. I came close to a bp ball a few times but by the end I was shut out.


 
IMG_1474.JPGThe Coors Field grounds Crew getting field ready for the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

IMG_1479.JPGlook “D” hosers.

Below: putting Down the foul lines on the first base side.
 

 

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IMG_1483.JPGThe Opening Day logo on the field with a member of the Coors Field grounds crew who I think was hired just to walk around the logo in circle so you can’t get a good photo of it.I also believe this position is responsible for the $1.00 increase of the ticket window ticket prices.

 

IMG_1493.JPG                 The new LED board located below the Mountain Ranch club.

 

IMG_1494.JPGPlayers stretching and warming up for the game. Left to right Todd Helton, Jose Lopez w/conditioning coach and Seth Smith walking off frame.
 
 

IMG_1528.JPGHonor Guards from all the Military were included into the Opening ceremonies this is the Navy. Also the Denver Sheriffs Dept. were included.

IMG_1532.JPGAnnouncing the starting line ups. The D’back Manager Kirk gibson with Willie Bloomquist as they announce the starting line up.

 
 

IMG_1554.JPGDexter Fowler Hi Five Vinny Castilla . Check out Dex rockin the DJ Jazzy Jeff Dew!!!!” His at bat  song should be “Parents Just Don’t Understand”

 
 

IMG_1577.JPG          The Rockies Starting Line up during the national anthem. R to L. Jim tracy, Dexter Fowler, Seth Smith, Cargo, The Deuce troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton, Ty Wiggington,Jose Lopez and then the bullpen pitches. With Ubaldo warming up in the bullpen.

 

IMG_1579.JPGThe very large flag covers most of the outfield. It is something like 350 ft by 250 ft or something like that.

 

IMG_1581.JPG                                 The F16 from the 120th Fighter Squadron

 

IMG_1590.JPGThe bullpen staff heading to the Bullpen the Rookie always carries a pink backpack with his equipment in it for the last 2 seasons Matt Daley got to carry it now it is Matt Reynolds turn. at the end of the season all the Minor League call ups get one.

 

IMG_1605.JPGBefore the game The Deuce and Cargo both got their Hardware from last season both received their Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger Awards. these 2 can be two of the best players to ever touch a baseball field. Only time could tell that, But they both had great years last year and signed huge multi-year contracts in the off-season. They would have been higher if it wasn’t for the grounds crew member who walks around the logo.

 

IMG_1613.JPGUbaldo, Chris Iannetta, Bob Apodaca and the roving catching coach head to the field to start the game.

 

IMG_1621.JPGAfter all the pomp and circumstance it was time to head to my seats and the Rockies took the field behind their ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

 

IMG_1628.JPGUbaldo throws first pitch to the D’Backs Willie Bloomquist who grounded out to the Deuce for the first out of the game. With a quick first that Ubaldo saw 4 batters and only threw 7 pitches the game and the season got off to a great start. Then the Rox headed up to bat Fowler lead off witha walk the advanced to 2nd on a WP to Seth Smith. Smith went on to hit a double to score Dex from 2nd. To Score the first run of the season for the Rockies. After a Cargo Ground out to the D’backs 2nd baseman a Tulo walk a Helton sac fly to left scored Smith for the 2nd run. Ty Wiggington hit to short and Tulo was out at 2nd to end the Inning.

 
IMG_1640.JPG Dex dive back to first during Smiths at bat. Dex ended up advancing on a Ian Kennedy wild pitch.
 
 

IMG_1655.JPG                                  Dex crosses home plate after Smiths 2b

 
 

IMG_1670.JPG                                            Cargo Grounding out in th first inning.

The Diamondbacks responded in the 2nd with a run. The Rox responded with 1 in the third then the game was uneventful for the next few innings. til the 5th when Helton was called out on a fan interference call on the 3rd baseline. That D’backs outfielder Gerado Parra had no shot on and the fan did try to catch the ball but was a BS call and jim Tracy came out to argue the call. In the Top of the fifth the Diamondsbacks scored 3 on aJustin Upton 3 run HR scoring Kennedy who was walked and Bloomquist who hit a single.the score at that point was 4 to 3 d’backs. Then they went on to score 2 in the 6th.

 

IMG_3046.JPGThe Deuce at the plate in the 8th inning the deuce ended up hitting for the gooose. He went 0 for 5 with a walk in the 1st and struck out in the 8th and the 11th as he was swinging for the fences instead of getting on base nobody said he was a clutch hitter just a good hitter mostly at the wrong time, but it is all about the #####’s and he will still hit over .300 with 110+RBI’s and 30 or so Homers.

 

IMG_3058.JPG                                  Matt Lindstrom pitching in the 11th inning

So the game went 11 inning the D’Backs scored off a Matt Lindstrom wild pitch which scored Gerrado Parra from third.

It was a fun day at Coors even with the Rox losing 7-6 to the D’backs and the 2 really bad calls by the Ump’s including the Helton out in the 5th and the Smith catch in Left that was called no catch in the 8th or 9th inning. All and all had a great day hanging out with fellow Rantics and the return of baseball to Colorado for the start of the 2011 season. It can only get better from here. and looking forward to the rest of the season. I am the Rox Addict and now that the season is underway I will see you at the ballpark.

I will be at tonight’s game. root Sports will be giving away a Carlos Gonzalez t-Shirt

 
IMG_3060.JPG           Here is the awaited BNW to show off my mad photo skillz!!!!!! Navy guy macking on the merch chick!!!Yes that is the guy from the Honor Guard that s why I chose the Navy Photo instead of the others.

Rox Fest 2011

                   

            Rockies Fest 2011 was held Saturday January 22 @ Coors Field. It is a day where the fans realy get to interact and meet Rockies players and Coaches. The event is a a great time of year for baseball fans just when we are realy looking for a baseball fix. We are starting to anticiapate Spring Training and the begining of the new baseball season that is just luming in the near future. This was my second year attending the Rockies Fest. Last year was awsome and couldn’t wait to attend this year that I tried so hard to get tickets that I ended up with 2. Thanks to Robert and Judy. Rockies Fest tickets are only available to Rockies Season ticket holders. So for us non season ticket holders we realy rely on generous Season ticket holders who have extras or can not make it. Thanks again you guys Rock!!!!!!   

 

 

             As I was walking from where I parked. I met up with Doug and Geoff. Who are in this photo with Robert. The bat Geoff was holding is a Willie Taveras bat that was used and cracked by Tulo!!!! He later got the bat autographed by Tulo.

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Gary X Taking a picture of me as we were waiting on line outside. Also in photo Allanah X and Ken in the background.                    
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                    The Rockies Statue of Liberty from The 2008 All-Star Games
 
 in NY
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Branding Rockies symbols on old batting practice balls. They were for sale for $10.00 and the money went to the Rockies charities.IMG_1174.JPG                      A stack of media guides inside the visiting teams radio booth.
IMG_1179.JPGThe first thing I had tickets for was the 10:30 Interview Session. In the panel were 2 new members of the Rockies Ty Wiggington and Jose Morales. Also on the panel was Rockies 3rd Baseman Ian Stewart, Relief Pitcher Matt Daley, Bullpen Coach Jim Wright and Infield Coach/3rd Base Coach Rich Dauer. The questions were asked by FSN/Root Sports play by play announcer Drew Goodman and sideline reporter Allana Rizzo.

                
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  Jose Morales answering questions during the 10:30 Interview session. Jose was aquired from the The Twins earlier in the off season. He was a back up catcher to Joe Mauer. When asked about what he had learned watching Joe Mauer play he said, The one things was how he justed played everyday and competed everyday.

 
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    Rockies Bullpen Coach Jim Wright answering questions during the 10:30 interview session. When he was asked how he was going to keep track of all the Matt’s in the Bullpen he said he would have to work on that one he would have to figure out a FOUR MATT!!!Since their are 4 players named Matt in the bullpen this year. Matt Daley, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Belise & Matt Reynolds. He also said their are 7 realy strong arms in the bullpen an it is a good position to be in, he also is a thrill and honored to work with these players. In this Interview session we were also introduced to new Rockies utility infielder Ty Wiggington, Who was picked up from the Orioles in early in December. He was asked which position he felt most comftable in and he said in the batting order ! He said no matter what position he is playing he has learned to keep it simple a ground balls a ground ball, a fly balls a fly ball. you catch it you throw it.
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 Ryan Spilborghs pu
chases a Dinger stuffed animal. I asked him if it was for the Llama that he appears with in one of the upcoming FSN/Root Sports Rockies commercial.IMG_1202.JPG
 Cole Gardner outfielder for the Colorado Springs Skysox outfielder Cole Gardner  playing video games with young Rockies fan.
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 2010 Rockies #1 draft pick Kyle Parker signing @ the Minor League and Prospect signing table. Kyle is the starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers and recently injured his rib’s in the bowl game against Kentucky. He said they are getting better and he is feeling fine.
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My First autograph session was in the visitors locker room. This is a photo of Rockies 3rd baseman Ian Stewart and Infield/3rd Base coach Rich Dauer.
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   The Interview session with the Rockies Front office and Jim Tracy. I did not attend this session but took the photo as I walked past the session taking place.
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 Tom Helmer Throws the drive by thumbs up as I was passing the FSN/Roots Sports desk                                          
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 Rockies starting pitcher Jason Hammel Playing Just Dance 2 against Rockies fans
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                Matt  Daley signing autographs after playing Guitar Hero.IMG_1238.JPG
                   Eric Young Jr. Playing Just Dance 2 with Rockies fan. On the club level.
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 Eric Young Jr. Play’s Just Dance 2 against Allanah X
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    Ryan Spilborghs signing autographs on the club level. He is signing my ball in this photo.
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 Felipe Paulino and Jose Morales sign autographs on the suite level.
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  Allanah X speeks to Rockies relief Pitcher Matt Reynolds. The funniest thing was when she showed him her photo of him during the rookie hazing after the final game of last season. When some of the veterans players walked with the 1st and 2nd year players. From Coors Field to The Chop House were most of the rookies we’re in diapiers or dressed as Chippendale dancers with spandex pants and bow ties. for more photo of the rookies hazing check em’ out on the rockpile rant.       baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com  

I found this photo even funnier after I saw the photo in the background with the hand on the hip.
IMG_1307.JPG                           Alannah X talks to Managers  Jim Tracy. 
IMG_1311.JPGThe bored and lonesome field. This place will be hot soon. Is it April Yet?
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IMG_1317.JPGIt would not be a Rockies Event without This Guy (Robert).

        
IMG_1318.JPGPhotos of my Autographs from Rockies Fest. Autographed Photos of Ian Stewart, Rich Dauer infield/3rd base coach. Jose Morales new Catcher, Felipe Paulino New relief pitcher, Pitching coach Bob Apodaca. Autographed balls Outfielder Ryan Spilbourghs & Jason Giambi. also got all top prospects in my program, Including 2010 1st round draft pick and Clemson QB Kylie Parker.IMG_1320.JPG

Once again I would like to thank Judy and Robert for getting me Tickets. also thanks to “D” The Rockpile Ranter and Gary and Allanah X, Anna and everybody else I hung out with at Rockies Fest.for making the day so great.

              Thats It see Ya in March @ SpringTraining in Scottsdale at Salt River Field @ Talking Stick. I will be there March 18th thru 22nd.

 

 

 

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 Heres a photo not baseball related. It is a new piece of art located at Broadway and Walnut. Lee Friedlander and Mr. F inspired.

 

 

 

 

Here enjoy a few out take photos.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1259.JPGAnother of EYJ Playing just dance 2

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Tracy Ringolsby in one of the hallways talking to Rockies Fans.

 

 

Tulo’s cleat outside his locker in the Rockies Club House, this didn’t make the main part. Because me and “D” the Rockpile Ranter think way to alike and has the same photo posted on his blog.
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