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All good things must come to an end even if it is a tie!

3-15-2013

Angels Vs. Rockies

Salt River Fields at Talking stick

Last 2014 Spring Training game for me.

Today was the last day for a bunch of us at Salt River Fields. We decided to see how we could do on the Angels side of the field to see if we could get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and others Smitty needed a Copy of Don Baylor’s book signed.

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So while we were waiting I thought we should take some cheesy baseball card pose photos!

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Smitty went with the  foreground baseball!

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EB went with the pondering pitcher!

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O.K. a few minutes later the team had arrived and it was time to play the game see if we would get anything signed. Most of us were unsuccessful. Smitty did get his book signed.

It was then time for the game we all love and came to see and that was baseball on this awesome spring afternoon at Salt River Fields.

IMG_0008Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Here he is pitching to the Angels Cole Calhoun. Calhoun would Pop out to Paul Janish at 2nd. IMG_0020

Mike Trout was the second batter for the Angels he struck out for the second out of the first inning. Albert Pujols would hit a single and David Freese would end the inning striking out to end the inning.

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Jered Weaver pitching to Corey Dickerson, Corey would strike out. Drew Stubbs followed with a double.

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The next batter Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2 run home run to score himself and Stubbs and the Rockies took a quick lead.

The Angels would score a run in the 2nd on a Howie Kendrick solo home runs. (2-1) Rockies

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In the 3rd inning the Rockies challenged a play on the field. After hitting a lead off single in the inning Corey Dickerson was caught stealing, after the review the call on the field did not change.

The Rockies scored a third run in the 4th inning to give them a 3 to 1 lead when Juan Nicasio contributed to the cause with a single to score Josh Rutledge.

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Manny Corpas pitching to Pujols in the 5th inning. The Angels score a total of 3 runs in the inning. The first on a Matt Long lead off home run. Long came into the game as a replacement for Brennan Boesch when he was ejected from the game in the second inning after being called out on strikes in the 2nd inning. The Angels took a 4-3 lead.

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Gregg Burke pitching for the Rockies in the 9th inning.

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Drew Stubs hit a Hit a double in the 9th inning to score Christian Adames.

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Christian Adames rounds third.

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And slides into home to score the tying run for the Rockies.

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Matt McBride hitting a single to lead off the 10th inning for the Rockies.

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Ben Paulsen hitting a single to give the Rockies a runner on first and second. Ryan Wheeler would advanced McBride to third and Paulsen was out at 2nd.

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with the winning run on third and one out the Angels set up a defense I have only once before. They played with only 2 outfielders and set up with their left fielder in the infield. Jason Pridie hit a grounder and the set up worked for the Angels.  The ball was hit to Matt Long who was the left fielder to the short stop Andrew Romaine for the out at second and then to first for a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.

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The first time I had seen this play was in Ashville in 2011 against the drive and Corey Dickerson hit the ball over the infield for a Tourists win! This was the second tie for the Rockies in a row. The next day as the group of us were traveling home the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight game against the Dodgers.

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One last look at the Fields before I left.

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Here is most of the group that was at the game.

After the game a few of us went out to dinner for Rachel and my birthday.

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Than after diner Smitty and I decided to go to the Baseball City Experience at The Convention Center. We knew that Jose Conseco   was signing and we decided to head over. It was only to 8 and we arrived at about 7:30. Since it was almost over they lets us in for free.

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When we arrived there was not many people there and Jose was pitching to kids on a field they had to play wiffle ball.

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I was able to get a ball autographed

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And get a photo with him. Smitty had taken 2 photos I blinked in 1 and Jose was looking away in this one. Getting that his auto was defiantly great way to end a trip and an awesome day.

The Next day we headed home.

Along the way we made several stops one was to Winslow, Arizona

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Here is the group of us “Standing on a corner….”

Well that is the end of Spring Training for me I had a great time with a great group of friends. Looking foreword to another great season with everyone. I know that no matter what happens with the Rockies I know it will be a fun season.

See you at Coors for Opening Day 2014!!!!

Tied at 2 What Shall we do?!

3-14-2014

Mariners Vs. Rockies

Salt River Fields At Talking Stick

 

The Day started early at Tempe Diablo.

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We went just for autographs trying to get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton. After a few hours we ended up getting no one. The Angels since they were not playing at Tempe Diablo today had a open to the public batting practice inside the stadium. The Rockies had a split squad day the first game was in Scottsdale against the Giants and they lost 4-0. We did not go to the game.

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After a break in the mid afternoon we headed to Salt River Fields for the Rockies game against the Mariners. One of y main priorities was to get a Howard Johnson autograph. Above he is talking to Andy Van Slyke. I have gotten Howard before in the Spring but I have a lot of cards of him. I did not get him but I did get Van Slyke. Which was the only autograph I had gotten today.

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For the second time this trip the first being Mondays game Franklin Morales started for the Rockies. After the first 2 Mariners batters ground out Stefen Romero hit a solo home run to give the Mariners a 1 run lead.

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D.J. LeMahieu throws to Michael Cuddyer at first base for the second out of the first inning The Mariners Kyle Seager.

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Felix Hernandez was the Starting pitcher for the Mariners. He was lights out in the first inning throwing only 7 pitches and striking out Charlie Blackmon and Ryan Wheeler both on 3 pitches, all swinging strikes. Brandon Barnes who was the second out of the inning was a first pitch ground out.

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A look from home plate with the full moon over right field.

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Michael Cuddyer taking a lead off first base after leading off the inning with a single.

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IMG_9856The Mariners would game the lead back in the 2nd inning after Brad Miller started the inning for the Mariners with a triple. He scored on a Abraham Almonte sac fly to center giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead.

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Michael Cuddyer trying to leg one out to avoid the double play in the 4th inning. It was a close one but he was called out. He gives it his all every time he runs down that line. A huge amount of hustle from him wish more of his teammates played the way he does.

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La Troy Hawkins came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th inning.

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After loading up the bases the Rockies would get out of the inning starting with a beautifully executed 5,2,3 double play. A ball hit to third, thrown home for the first out and than to first for the second. Love none conventional plays like that, most importantly it saved the run and pretty much the inning for the Rockies.

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The creative BNW to show off the mad photo skillz. Now back to the game!

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Rex Brothers pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies.

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Charlie Blackmon at the plate with D.J.Lemahieu on second in the 6th inning. D.J. would be left on base. I have seen him lead off the inning with a extra base hit and get stranded way to many times last season.  I think he should do well batting in the lead off spot if everyone can hit behind him. I saw this a lot last year when he would either start the inning in whatever part of the order he was in or when he would pinch hit to lead off an inning for the pitchers spot or a infield substitution. So he did not score and the game remained the same 2-1 Mariners.

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Mom, Tara and EB (E2themnfnB) as he was called in his gansta days!

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Leuris Gomez warming up in the bullpen. He would pitch later in the game.

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Charlie Blackmon would hit a sac fly in the 8th with Charlie Culberson on third and tied the game at 2.

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Culberson crosses the plate for the Rockies second run of the game.

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Kent Mathis trying to steal second after his 9th inning single.

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Notice I sad tried! He was caught and called out!

After the Rockies failed to score in the bottom of the 9th it was time for free baseball. Leuris Gomez pitched the 10th for the Rockies only facing 3 batters. He did allow a hit but the runner was caught stealing to end the inning.

The Rockies came up in the 10th and tried to start a 2 out rally after a Ryan Wheeler walk. Kyle parker would hit a single, followed by a Tim Wheeler being hit by a pitch to load the base’s Kent Mathis would struck out to end the game and this being Spring Training the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

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This is the group of the Cool kids who were here for this game!

That is it for this one, Only one more game left for me from spring training That is also at Salt River Fields and it is against the Angels.

See you there.

Also you can follow me on tweeter for live tweets and photos from the games.

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Rockies split a split sqaud double header.

3-12-2014

Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick

Double-Header

Game 1 Reds vs. Rockies

Game 2 Diamondbacks Rockies

 

So once again the day started early first I got up before 6 and started the post from the day before than I had to get ready to get to the stadium and got there probably a little after 9. I met up with EB who only need 1 person to get to sign a baseball to get the 40 man roster and I am not sure who he needed!!!!!

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I think it was Jorge or Jhoulys or some possibly Boone Logan not quit sure!

Mary was hanging out before work and took a photo next to the fence she has been asking for since Salt River Fields opened in 2011.

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This year the added it! We now call it Mary’s fence!

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The pitchers were out throwing some bullpens that is Christian Friedrick and  Boone Logan on the mound.

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Christian Friedrick throwing.

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While we were waiting for players to get done we had a catch of our own. (Photo Courtesy of Mom)

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The Rockies this year are having and autograph table on the concourse the signers today were Dustin Garneau and Rex Brothers.

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Today Jared and Rachel were at Salt River Fields the came down yesterday and was at the Rockies vs. Cubs. Here is a photo of Jared with Mom.

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It was an OK day for autographs here is Charlie Blackmon signing.

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Brett Anderson was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Here he is pitching to the Reds lead-off batter Brandon (touched my ball) Phillips. Explanation: Last year at the World Baseball Classic Brandon was signing autographs and I threw my ball to him he missed it and it fell in the dugout so he signed another autograph or so, picked up my baseball and tossed it back without signing it! Here is a link to that original post: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/03/14/world-baseball-classic-usa-vs-italy/   

Since one of my awesome friends got me a autographed ball this year!

So Phillips lead off by grounding out to 3rd. Than Ramon Santiago hit a single. Anderson than struck out Joey Votto followed by Ryan Ludwick grounded out.

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Mike Leake was the starting pitcher for the Reds. Charlie Blackmon grounded out by hitting back to Leake. Charlie Culberson got on base by hittin a single. Michael Cuddyer would fly out to right and the inning would end when Culberson did not get back to first and ended the inning for the Rockies.

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The Reds got on the board in the 2nd. Chris Heisey started the inning with a double and scored on a  Devin Mesoraco sac fly to right field and Heisey scored (1-0) Reds

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Matt McBride trying to leg out a hit during his second inning at bat. he was the second out of the inning.

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Josh Rutledge taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat.

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Jason Pridie takes a lead off second base he was the only Rockies runner in the second inning.

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Josh Rutledge also trying to leg out a hit during his 2nd inning at bat. He was out and ended the inning.

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The Rockies score their first run in the 3rd inning. D.J.eMahieu lead off the 3rd with a walk and scored on a Charlie Culberson double to left. This run tied the game at 1. The above is a photo of Michael Cuddyer taking a swing that ended up flying out to center field to end the 3rd inning.

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Sam LeCure was the second pitcher of the game for the Reds he pitched the 4th inning for them.

The Rockies did pick up and additional run in the 5th inning. Once again LeMahieu would get on base to lead off the inning this time with and single and scored on a single by Charlie Blackmon. (2-1) Rockies

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Wilin Rosario scores the Rockies 3rd run of the game. Wilin hit a single to get on base and scored on Matt McBride single. (3-1) Rockies

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Louisville Bats Legend Corky Miller in the 7th inning. I saw that somewhere I did not make up the Louisville Bats Legend! I have seen him play in Louisville 2 years ago on my road trip. He grounded out in the inning.

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Jordan Pacheco field a softly hit ball by Roger Berndina for the second out of the 7th inning.

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Matt McBride makes the grab at first for the Berdina out.

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Adam Ottavino pitching in the 8th inning.

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Tyler Matzek came into the game to pitch in the 9th inning. The first batter he pitched to and walked was Chris Nelson. Nelson is an invitee for the Reds this year after being with the Rockies, Yankees and Angels last season.

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Matzek walked 4 consecutive batters the third batter he walked was Louisville Bats Legend Corky Miller! OK that is it for the use of that dead horse!

IMG_9502After the 4th walk which scored Nelly for the Red second run of the game.

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Matzek was than removed from the game. He has been known to have control issue through his Minor League career, But when he is on he can be totally lights out. Not this day.

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The Rockie got out of the inning with a double play. Here is Rosell Herrera turning the double play at second.

That was the end of the game and the Rockies won this one 3-2. After this game we had to leave the stadium and get ready for the second game of the day at Salt River Fields. Between games I headed to the Diamondbacks side to watch their batting practice. I go to that side because there major league practice field is more accessible than the Rockies side. After dropping my bag off I headed back to my car to get some stuff for the Diamond backs to sign. Along the way I found and Easter egg. That was the 4th ball of the trip. I got back just in time for the end of the Diamond backs BP and was able to get Marc Trumbo to sign a card and Martin Prado.

After meeting back up with EB we headed back into the stadium.

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Before the game I was able to get some more autos on my team project and in my Spring Training magazine. The signers on the concourse were Mike McHenry and Gregg Burke. I had McHenry sign a locker tag that I got at Fanfest from last year when he was with the Pirates. I was also able to get Nolan Arenado on a ball that he tossed up last year that I caught during warm ups.

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 The Second game was against the Diamondbacks. I did not really take many photos this game I think I took a total of 31 photos the whole game slightly because I was tired and second every now and than I just want to hang out and watch a game which is what I may try to do this year every few games so may not be posting every game I am at this year.

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Pedro Hernandez was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He allowed 1 hit in the 1st it was a double by Aaron Hill.

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Wade Miley was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.

The Diamondbacks got on the board in the 3rd inning with a solo shot by Aaron Hill. They scored a second run in the 4th inning. Martin Prado scored on a Chris Owing single.

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Tulo leaving the game after being hit by a pitch in the 4th inning. He left the game because his pride was hurt and sent for X-Rays and they have came back negative, negative for a heart, brain or personality!

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The Rockies first run came in the 5th inning when Michael McHenry hit a double scoring  Paul Janish.

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putting together this post for 3 hours and need to get functioning!

Another great day at the ballpark.

The next game will be at Phoenix Municipal when the Rockies play the A’s.

See you around Phoenix halfway through this trip!

 

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?