Gwinnett Braves Triple A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves Vs Indianapolis Indians Triple A affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This was the 15th game of my road trip. This was the 2nd game at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
After taking a few laps around the Ballpark area looking for parking since the parking lot we parked in sunday was for employees of the building during the week and others were full. I found a parking lot across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. Still think this looks like an airplane hangar. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl XLVI (46 for the roman numeral challenged) in February. I took the short walk to Victory Field.
This is a look at the Center Field entrance at the corner of West Maryland Street and South West Street. After getting my ticket and taking some photos outside. I looked across S.West St. and noticed this….
… yes that says 104 degrees. This was about 50 minutes before first pitch.
Despite the temperature I still took a walk around the stadium. This photo is of the grounds crew putting down the foul lines. This was the first time I have seen this proceed use it is a box with a filter on the bottom the place them on the ground and tap them with mallets these with baseballs on the end of a hammer handle. Somebody at the game said they do this at Great American Ball Park and in Columbus at Huntington Park. That is where the Columbus Clippers play.
Ex Rockie Jose Morales was the starting catcher for the Indians.
Here is a look of the indians stretching before the game with the J.W. Marriott and the Indianapolis skyline in the background.
Indians starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera throwing in the outfield.
I then noticed this easter egg under a seat along the left field line. This ball looked very used had no logos or other marks. This was the first ball I have gotten at this stadium and the first of the day.
Cabrera throwing in the bullpen.
Jose Morales catching in the bullpen.
Starling Marte signing autographs for fans. I had him, Chase D’Arnaud and Anderson Hernandez to sign my program. While i was by the wall for autos I met a fellow road tripper David who was also doing a road trip his Included Columbus, Cincinnati, The Louisville Bat factory, The Football Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll H.O.F. and other places. He was the person who told me about the boxes the were using for the lines.
Cabrera throwing the first pitch to the Braves Jose Costanza popped out to third. For the first out. Josh Wilson flew out to center. Felix Pie would hit a double. (pronounced PeeYea). The next batter Ernesto Mejia grounded out to end the inning.
Mejia taking a swing in the first. I walked to me seat in the process of the inning. Today I got a seat in the second deck on the first baseline. Both times I have been to this stadium I sat on the 3rd base side in the lower seating.
Almost immediately after the Braves 3rd out it started to pour. It was a slight rain during Mejia’s at bat, but before the first pitch could be thrown for the Braves the grounds crew pulled out the tarp.
So I headed to the concourse on the lower level to escape the rain. Here are a few photos during the rain delay.
Here is the water running down the steps while more drops fell.
I than looked up one of the stair cases and caught these to enjoying the rain. This was a well needed storm in the area. The Indianapolis area has been in a severe draught the whole summer. With many water restrictions in effect.
I think this security guard should be the highest paid person to step on the field for this afternoon because he stood there the whole rain delay. Major props to him.
Rowdy had some fun with the rain and the tarp, while entertaining the crowd!
A look of the field with the tarp and a rain-soaked Indianapolis in the background. The odd thing was that this rain delay was 2 hours and 27 minutes of almost continues rain and my relatives that live about 8 miles away did not see a single drop.
Jose Morales and Daniel Cabrera waiting in the dugout during the first slow down of the rain it would come down hard again and the rain delay continued. During the rain delay I met back up with David and we talked about our road trips. I was really cool meeting with someone else actually doing a trip. I have met many Rockies fans at away stadiums, but not someone doing a full road trip to many stadiums in a single trip like I do.
After about 2 hours the tarp was removed and they started working on the field.
The Braves finally took the field to resume the first inning. Here is there starting pitcher Eric Junge throws the first pitch to the Indians Chase d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud lead the inning off with a single. He and Yamaico Navarro were the only 2 base runners for the Indians Navarro walked.
Chris Leroux came into pitch the second inning because of the long rain delay. The Indians did not bring Cabrera back out. Leroux sat the braves down in order. The Braves did the same in the 3rd.
Jose Constanza at bat in the 3rd inning. He hit the ball to second and was thrown out at first.
d’Arnaud strikes out for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would actually walk this at bat.
He was thrown out trying to steal second.
Billy Bullock pitched for the Braves in the 4th inning. Here he is warming up in the bullpen.
Starling Marte hits to third for ground out to lead off the 4th for the Indians once again they would go down in order.
After hitting a single and advancing to third Ruben Gotay gets caught between third and home in the 5th inning. The Braves scored 2 in the inning 2 solo shots by Jordan Parraz and J.C. Boscan. (2-0) Braves
Leroux got pulled out in the 5th. Brian Morris would come into pitch for the Indians.
With runners on in the 5th Morris contributes offensively for the Indians. move 2 runners over. The Indians did not utilize the 2 runners in scoring position and Chase d’Arnaud popped out to short to end the inning for the Indians.
Morris getting out in the 5th inning.
Starling Marte takes a swing in the 6th to get on base. He got on base but Anderson Hernandez was out st second.
Anderson breaking up the double play at second.
Yamaico Navarro takes a swing in the 6th inning.
Matt Hague safely slides into second on a Navarro single.
Adam Russell came in to pitch for the Braves with bases loaded in the 6th.
Jose Morales would hit a single to score Marte and Matt Hague to tie the game at 2.
Marte crossing the plate for the Indians first run.
Eric Fryer would than hit a single to score Yamaico Navario to take the lead 3-2.
Terry Tifee pinch hit for the Braves in the 7th here is d’Arnaud turning a double play to end the 7th.
d’Arnaud slides into third for his 7th inning lead off triple. He would score on a Hernandez fly out (4-2) Indians.
Josh Wilson grounds out for the Braves first out of the 8th inning. Morales was the only runner for the Indians in the 8th he got on base on a walk.
Stephan Gartrell lead off the 9th for the Braves with a single in this photo he is swinging for a strike but did get a single.
Tifee steps on second as the pinch runner for Boscon, Luis Durango scores at home.
Jay Chapman warms up in the bullpen for the Braves with hopes of the Braves taking the lead and he would pitch in the 9th for the Braves. The Braves did send 9 batters to the plate and score 4 runs to take the lead 6-4.
He did get to pitch the 9th.
Anderson Hernandez swings at a pitch for a strike. He was the last out he grounded out to second.
Chapman would sit the Indians down in order in the 9th and the game was over after a 2 hr. 27 min. rain delay and the game taking 3hrs and 24mins. to play the game ended the Braves Won 6-4. That was the end of the game and my road trip. I hung around a few minutes to see if I could get a ball while they were cleaning the dugout and did not get one. Everyone I asked said they could not touch them including a bat boy. Josh Wilson was the player of the game after he did a post game interview he signed some autographs.
Here he is grabbing a ball from David to sign.
So that was it for the game and my road trip. This was the 4th home team loss I have seen on this trip so the home record was 10 win 4 losses for my trip. Saw some great games. Met many cool people. Like always i would like to thanks everyone that let me stay with them including Amy’s Aunt, Uncles and cousins for getting ticket’s in Arlington and staying with them. To My family all over for letting me stay with them and everything else involved, Eating, driving going to games help with my truck and supporting this trip.
So you ask? I did mention I got 2 baseballs this game and only mentioned one well after I exited the stadium I walked down S. West street as I was walking I saw something in a bush in the median…
… and there it was the second ball. Who said baseballs don’t grow on trees. It must have been from BP who knows how long it was there but it was my second easter egg of the game. It was a very faded International League ball.
I am now home and after a long 16 and a half hour drive from Indy I got in about 10:30 last night. It took so long today to write this post because ontop of un packing and settle into being home. It was a rough day in Denver and I would like to send my condolences, my heart and prayers for the victims, family, friends and the whole Denver Community that was affected by the shooting during the night at The Aurora Town Center.
Well that’s it for this post and my road trip to use the home record of my trip to sign off 10-4 over and out. I will be back at Coors next week see you there!!!
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Dodgers Vs. Rockies
Game 4 in Series
Autograph Sunday The signers were:
Eric Young Jr.
I went to Matt Daley’s line 1st Because I had a card for him, I was the first one in his line. After i got his auto I headed over to Jhoulys Chacin’s line. Dex was still not signing by the end of the autograph session so I then got on line for Eric Young Jr’s line but he finished before I could get down for the auto, which is ok because I could actually just stand at the bottom of the line and hand out his autos from my own collection. I think I have 10 to 15 of his autograph. He has been a very generous signer here at Coors and in the Springs. After The autograph session I headed to the Dodgers side of the field to see who I could get over their. During warm ups I got Dee Gordon and Aaron Miles.
This is a photo of The Dodgers during warm ups. Dodgers Starter Rubby De La Rosa is throwing in the out field Aaron Miles and Juan Uribe are in the bottom left . The Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas is in the middle heading out to the bullpen.
To former Rockies Jamie Carrol and Aaron Miles getting some throws in before the game.
Zach and Robert Robert is holding a copy of Zachs book Zach is holding Robert letter that I have named the Manifesto!!!
Ubaldo Jimenez Heading to the bullpen for his warm ups before his start.
Rod Barajas, Rubby De La Rosa and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycut heading in for the game.
Ubaldo Jimenez throwing to the Dodgers lead of batter and former Rockie Jamie Carroll. Jamie abused the Rockies pitching staff in this game besides grounding out in the first inning he went 3 for 4 and walked in the game. He was the first out of the game Aaro Miles would also ground out, followed by Andre Ethier flew out to left. Ubaldo pitched very well in the 1st inning. Retiring the dodgers in order.
The rockies started the 1st inning very aggresive Carlos Gonzalez lead off with a double. He has been batting great since moving to the lead off spot looks just like the Cargo of last season. He went 3 for 5 this game with a double, single and HR, just missing the triple for the cycle. Just hitting a little better!!!!! After Cargo’s double Herrera and Helton would both get out The Deuce ( Troy Tulowitzki) would be walked and seth Smith got up and hit a 3 run HR to left that bounced of the second deck. 3-0 RockiesJonny Herrera attempting a bunt in the 1st inning.
To the right Seth Smith High fives Cargo after his run around the bases.
In the second the Dodgers tried to start their comeback very unsuccessful in the 2nd. Matt Kemp would lead of the inning with an out then James Loney would hit a single aswell as Juan Uribe. Rod Barajas the hit a ball to Herrera at second for the force on Uribe at second. Barajas would the be safe on first. The Dodgers would not score in the inning and Ubaldo would end the Inning striking out Trent Oeltjen.
The Rockie would not be very productive in the second and then the Dodgers would unleash on Ubaldo in the 3rd Jamie Carroll lead of with a single, Aaron Miles would then also single, Andre Ethier would be struck out. Matt Kemp was then walked to get to James Loney who hit a very high HR just above the auxilary scoreboard in right field. scoreing 4 for the Dodgers 4-3 LA. The dodgers would also get another run in this inning 5-3 LA.
Ubaldo was taken out in the 6th. He still wouldn’t get his elusive first home win of the year @ Coors.
Rubby De La Rosa was then taken out of the game after throwing 1 pitch in the 6th with a cramp in his throwing arm.
The Rockies would set up for a comback of their own in the 7th Jose Morales lead off the inning with a ground rule double. Then Cargo would hit a HR scoring himself and Morales. 9-5 LA , I forgot to mention the Dodgers scored to in the top of the 7th. Back to the Rockies 7th!!! Pinch hitter Ryan Spilbourghs then hit a double and was then advanced to third on a wild pitch or passed ball. He then scored on a HR by The Deuce 9-7 LA.
Cargo high fives third base coach Rich Dauer after his HR in the 7th.
The Dodgers would score 1 more in the 8th. 10-7 LA
The Rockies would not go down with out a little fight after cargo and Spilli both got out to start the 9th Todd Helton would hit a solo HR 10-8 The Deuce woukd then hit a single. The game would end on a Smith hit to James Loney at first. The game would end 10-8 LA they would split the 4 game series with 2 games a piece. The Rox bats have picked up in the last week or so they just need to get the pitching rolling again. They are now 5.5 out of first place in the west and only one ahead of the Dodgers in 3rd.
Brad Hawpe and The San Diego Padres would come into town for 3 here at Coors.
See you there!!!
My east coast road trip begins next week I will be in NY for 2 games against the Yankees missing one for a friends wedding. Then I will be heading south to NC for a week of minor league baseball around NC. Finishing up when the Rockies return to the east coast against the Nationals.
Maybe I will see you There!!!!!!
Cubs Vs. Rockies Game 3
Ubaldo Bobble Head Day!!!!!
Oddly enough I do take a new one of these for each game.
This is a view from the concource for the line for a Ubaldo Jimenez autograph. I got both my bobbleheads signed by Ubaldo.
Starting Pitcher for the Rockies Alan Johnson. The odd thing is usually the crowd will cheer and applaud when the starter emerges from the dugout. Not today he just took the long walk out with out acknowledgment. I think I may of been the only person who knew who he was. Alan was in the Springs last year and I have seen him pitch before. I also believe I have his autograph somewhere. The Coors crowd will know who he is soon enough.
Alan Johnson long throwing with Jose Morales in the outfield. This was Alans first major league start.
Alan Johnson warming up in the bullpen.
Rockies starters stretching on the first baseline before the game.
Alan Johnson and Jose Morales heading from the bullpen.
Johnson Throwing his first big league pitch to the Cubs Starlin Castro for a strike. Nice way to start a MLB career. Castro would end up hiting a single and scoring the first run of the game off of a Darwin Barney single. The Rox would double up the Cubs on a hit by Byrd to The Deuce for a double play getting Barney at 2nd and Byrd at 1st. Ramirez would the ground out to end the inning.
The Rockies would give Johnson some run support in the bottom half of the 1st. After Fowlers lead of strikout. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster would then walk Jonny Herrera who scored on a Carlos Gonzalez double. Tying the game at 1-1 The deuce would then flyout to center Helton singled and Seth Smith hit a homerun for the Rockies to take a 4-1 lead. So the offence realy helped him with run support.
In the 2nd inning Johnson would walk the lead of batter for the inning Carlos Pena. Then he would get his first strikeout with the next batter Alfonso Soriano. The Cubs would score one hin the 2nd making it a 4-2 Rockies lead. The Cubs would go on to score 2 in the 3rd. and one in the 4th. tying the game at 5-5. Johnson would pitch 4 innings with 3 strike outs, 3 walks (which all 3 would result in runs), throwing 93 pitches. Letting up 5 runs. Over all he did pitch well for a first start.
Cubs Shortstop catches The Deuce pop up in the 3rd inning.
The Deuce’s next homerun will be his 100th of his carrer as of the time I am writing this he has yet hit it.
“D”, Lil Ranter Hunter, Allanah X and Gary X sitting in the front row of the Rockpile above the word solar.
During the 6th inning I headed over to the section directly behind homeplate to take a few photos.
The Rockies Then Rallied in the 8th 2 score 4 more runs sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning Smith singled Lopez doubled, Fowler and Herrera also doubled. All 3 outs were on strike outs Jose Morales, Ty wiggington and Spilli all K’d.
Rockies Manager takes the ball from Matt Reynolds in the top of the 8th. Rafael Betancourt would come into the game to pitch the rest of the inning.
Jim Tracy handing over the ball to Betancourt.
Rafael Betancourt getting ready to pitch. This photo was taken by my Mom who attended the game with me. This photo is to show where I get my mad photo skillz!! Ok maybe not but it was pretty good.
The scoreboard at Coors while the Rox were ralling in the 8th.
Rockies outfielders celabrating the Rockies 9-5 victory over the Cubs. The Rockies are 12-3 on the season.
The Post game celabration at the Root Sports Desk. I realy like this photo it has a bunch of The Rantics in it Judy is holding the Root, Root, Root for the Rockies sign my Mom is standing to the left of the sign and “D” and Hunter are standing in the top center to the right of the BIG L sign!!!!! Great day at the ballpark. A Rockies win and a Ubaldo Bobblehead.
As I am writing this the Rockies have lost their second game in a row to the Giants. I did not attend either game. They are now 12-5 but still 2 games a head of the Giants in the West.Ian Stewart has been optioned to the Springs and Ubaldo made his first start since Opening Day. Unfortunatly it was also his first loss. An if you didn’t know who Alan Johnson is you do now. If you still don’t learn it!! I will be at Coors for tomorrows day game against the Giants. Thats all I got see you at Coors!!!!!
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.
Gary X Taking a picture of me as we were waiting on line outside. Also in photo Allanah X and Ken in the background.
The Rockies Statue of Liberty from The 2008 All-Star Games
Table with Branded Baseballs
Branding Rockies symbols on old batting practice balls. They were for sale for $10.00 and the money went to the Rockies charities. A stack of media guides inside the visiting teams radio booth.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cole Gardner outfielder for the Colorado Springs Skysox outfielder Cole Gardner playing video games with young Rockies fan.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Helmer Throws the drive by thumbs up as I was passing the FSN/Roots Sports desk
Rockies starting pitcher Jason Hammel Playing Just Dance 2 against Rockies fans
. Not for anything but Jason should stick to pitching!!!
Matt Daley signing autographs after playing Guitar Hero.
Eric Young Jr. Playing Just Dance 2 with Rockies fan. On the club level.
Eric Young Jr. Play’s Just Dance 2 against Allanah X
Ryan Spilborghs signing autographs on the club level. He is signing my ball in this photo.
Felipe Paulino and Jose Morales sign autographs on the suite level.
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.
Alannah X talks to Managers Jim Tracy.
The bored and lonesome field. This place will be hot soon. Is it April Yet?
It would not be a Rockies Event without This Guy (Robert).
Photos 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.
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.
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.
Another of EYJ Playing just dance 2
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.