Rays vs. Rox
My 15th game at Coors this year.
Today was another cluster of a day at Coors. With it being autograph Sunday and a bobble head give away day, once again we had to get to the stadium way earlier than we would need on a regular Sunday. What really stinks is this year the game time is at 2:10 which seemed like a good idea, till we relized with the promo’s we still have to get to the gate at the same time as in past years when the games started at 1:10.
Today was Vinny Castilla day.
So the autograph signers today were Jordan Pacheco, Juan Nicasio, Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman. So I already had everyone on my team project except Josh Outman so I got in his line. I was the first one in his line. Now another thing that happens now is that the gates open 2 hours before game time but the autograph session still starts an hour and a half before game time so you than have to wait in line for almost a half hour. By the time that they start signing you really can’t get on a second line for another autograph because of the extra amount of people and the 30 minutes of people getting on-line that makes the lines way to long to get a second auto which is not that bad but in the past most of the time you would be able to get 3 or all 4 players signing. So you really have to pick who you get wisely! Luckily I only need 1 player.
After waiting around for the end of autograph session I than headed down to get a place along the wall to see who else I could get. Todd Helton signed and skipped over the ball i had for him to sign. he seemed to only be signing with a black sharpie and was not taking pens and other color markers that fans had. The ball I had for him to sign was actually a ball I also had David Neid sign because I wanted the 2 #17 that played for the Rockies on the same ball. Since most likely their will only be those two once Todd retires. Some days autograph collecting is like fishing some days you leave with a bucket full and others the big one gets away. Not too worried sure I should have more opportunities to get the ball signed.
So Dinger got all dressed up for Cinco De Mayo and Vinny’s Bobble head day in his Matador outfit.
For the first pitch they had Vinny and his three son’s come out to the field. His 2 son’s Christian and Daulton stood on the mound with him and his older son Marco who you can see snagging baseballs in the outfield during the Rockies Batting Practice caught the ball behind home plate
Jhoulys Chacin made his rehab start today wait this wasn’t a rehab start. Ooops!!
Well it looked like a rehab start. The first inning was really rough inning for him and even more rough to watch. It looked like he was having a tough time with the placement and location of pitches. He gave up a single to Desmond Jennings then walked the next batter Matt Joyce. He did get Evan Longoria to fly out to Michael Cuddyer in right field, but Jennings did move up to third. Jennings did go on a score on a Jame Loney single for a 1-0 Rays lead. Then with Joyce on scored on a passed ball/wild pitch not sure oddly enough I really don’t pay that much attention and the flash the official scorers decision on the board so fast I rarely see it. As Wilin Rosario ran and got the ball Chacin covered home and got the ball and tagged Joyce but the ball came out of his glove. Loney would also score and the Rays would have a 3-0 lead.
Alex Cobb was the starting pitcher for the Rays he started the inning by striking out Dexter Fowler. Nolan Arenado grounded out and Carlos Gonzalez got the Rockies first hit a single, he would than steal second and would be left on base when Troy Tulowitzki struck out to end the inning there is another one of those Tulo outs with a runner in scoring position.
Chacin did settle down a little and only face 3 batters in the inning. The second batter Sean Rodriguez did walk but got out on a double play ball hit by Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb.
Michael Cuddyer started the bottom of the second off with a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.
The Rays continued to hit Chacin in the 3rd but the fielding got them out of the inning. Jennings who leads off the inning hit a single but was out on a fielder’s choice at second hit by Matt Joyce. Longoria hit into a double play to end the inning.
Tulo would hit the second Rockies solo home run to start off the 4th inning. For the Rockies 2nd run. (3-2) Rays
Did not pick up the camera for that one!
He would also bat in the 5th inning and came up with two runners on base and one out and swung at the first pitch he saw and hit into a double play to end the inning. Once again nice solo shot how about hitting in the clutch a single would have scored two runs but he swung at bad pitches and hitting into double plays is so efficient. Well if you are the other team it is maybe they should start paying half his salary. So there are 2 more RBI’s he did not get! Once again he is a good player not a timely hitter the thing that makes me mad is he can be a great player if he was more reliable with runners on and in clutch situations, it is understandable that he can’t always be the RBI guy and he does get an ok amount of big at bats but could make some real bad at bats great at bats. I think as the “Team Leader” he should be able to accomplish this.
The Rockies got another solo home run in the 7th, here is the ball going out as Desmond Jenning climbs the wall to get it.
Here is Nolan Arenado after taking his third home run stroll around the base’s in his week-long MLB career. This is 7th game and he has hit 3 home runs already. I would say that is a pretty good start.
Things got rough once again for the Rockies in the 6th inning Chacin had a good 5th and fell apart again in the 6th. Walking the leadoff batter Longoria then after striking out Loney the next 3 batters would get on base and 3 runs would score. (6-2) Rays
Chacin would complete the inning.
Josh Outman came into pitch and the Rays added to their total with 2 more runs in the 8th inning.
That would be the final score and the rays would win the game 8-3 and the series taking 2 of the 3 games.
Jamie Wright pitched the 9th inning for the Rays. He struck out all 3 Rockies batters in the inning. He has played for 10 different teams in his 17 year career including the Rockies and The Royals twice. He was drafted by the Rockies out of High School in the 1st round in 1993. He has always been a good guy and last year I did a post about him Called doing the Wright thing when he jumped into the crowd when a kid got hit with a baseball and helped him than gave him his glove. Here is a link to that post. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2012/06/02/doing-the-wright-thing/
Here he is with catcher Jose Lobaton after the last out of the game.
That is it for this game and this series. Next Up 3 against the Yankees.
See You at Coors.
Rays vs. Rockies
My 14th game of the season.
This game started with another very lack luster batting practice. The Rockies hit a few when we first got in and that was about it. The Rays have not had the best batting practices especially for the pavilions in left field area. They hit a few over to the right field side but that is about it. I still have not got my first batting practice ball of the season.
Jon Garland was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Desmond Jennings broke up the chance of a no hitter early with a lead off single. Garland would get the next 2 batters out and Evan Longoria would also hit a single. Jame Loney would make the third out of the inning.
Desmond Jennings dives back to first base after his single.
David Price started for the Rays and eric young Jr. quickly started things of for the Rockies. His hit was followed up by a Josh Ruthledge single. he would score on a Troy Tulowitzki single for the quick 1-0 lead.
Garland only allowed 3 base runners in the first 2 innings. The only runner was Ryan Roberts who came in to the game after garland hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch that took him out of the game. The Rays took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd. inning. The Rockies tied the game with 2 of their own in the inning once again Eric Young Jr. lead off with a single and Carlos Gonzalez was walked. troy Tulowitzki hit a very timely double to score EYJ and Cargo. It is cool to see Tulo hitting in timely situations but I would not exactly start calling him Mr. Clutch just yet.
The next run was scored in the 5th inning when Carlos Gonzalez hit a lead off solo home run for a Rockies 4-3 lead. I did not have anyphotos of that I was actually on the concourse with out my camera when he hit it. I did not take many photos till later in the game since there was not that much action from the third to the 7th inning. I did take photos but not to many great shots or anything relivant to the game till I got the following photo in the 7th inning.
Ohh Yeah there it is with base’s loaded and Nolan Arenado at the plate, his 2nd home run of his career and first Coors home run the 7th inning Grand Slam home run.
All he could do is watch as the ball heads quickly to the pavilions.
Desmond Jennings could only do the same watching the ball go over the wall. the Rockies would take a 9-3 lead.
O.K. you may be wondering how he hit a 5 run home run but he didn’t Cargo scored on a Michael Cuddyer single for the Rockies 5th run of the game.
Here he is celebrating at home plate after running the base’s.
more celebrating at home. I did not take many photos this game but I think I got one that really counted. Most player wait years or may even never hit a Grand Slam home run in there career and Nolan has done it on only his 6th game and 26th major league at bat.
I credit these hits and runs to the rally bird that landed on the infield to the third base side of the pitchers mound and remained through most of the inning including Arenado’s home run.
Nolan Arenado makes final out of the game tossing a Ben Zobrist grounder to Pacheco at first.
That was the game the Rockies won 9-3.
Rockies celebrate their win and Arenado’s monster night. I feel we will be seeing a lot of this from him.
Mark Stout interviewing Nolan Arenado after the game. Arenado was the player of the game.
That is it for this one there is one more from this series and then Mid weeks the Yankees will be here at Coors and I will be there for all 3.
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See You At Coors!
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Colorado Rockies
My 13th Game at Coors this year.
This was the first inter-league game for the Rockies this season. It was also the first game that Nolan Arenado was in the line up at Coors Field after making his MLB debut in Arizona last week and playing in the series against the Dodgers in L.A.
Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies he pitched the first 2 innings really well. The only base runner he allowed was a when he hit Kelly Johnson in the second inning.
Nolan Arenado made his Coors debut which I mentioned earlier. His first Coors at bat was not his best of the night. He grounded out to third for the last out of the 2nd inning.
Out at first in his first at bat.
Here he is throwing a Evan Longoria hit to first.
It was a little high of a throw but Jordan Pacheco took flight to grab the ball.
Landing on the bag.
For the out. Nice save by Pacheco at first.
The Rockies did take the early lead in the first inning on a Michael Cuddyer Home run and scored a third run in the 2nd on a Josh Rutledge solo shot. (3-0) Rox
Josh Rutledge after hitting his 2nd inning home run.
Arenado hit a double for his 2nd at bat in the 3rd inning and also in the 5th inning. He finished the night hitting 3 for 5 not a bad Coors debut!
Francis pitched 5 innings. He let up 5 runs including a 2 run home run to Desmond Jennings in the 5th. Which gave the Rays a 4-3 lead. The Rockies did score a run to tie the game at 4 in the 5th. and that was on Arenado’s second double in the 5th.
Francis pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. Not to bad of an outing but not quite his best start. Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the 6th and 7th. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th and Rex Brothers the 9th.
Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and started the inning walking Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez hit a single. Wilin Rosario stops Longoria from scoring on a Kelly Johnson hit back to Lopez.
Longoria out at home.
Arenado strikes out in the 8th inning for the first out of the inning.
Troy Tulowitzki pinch hit in the batters spot in the 8th and was walked with Herrera and Rutledge on base. Tyler Chatwood would come in to pinch run for Tulo. The Rockies did leave the base’s loaded to end the inning.
The Game went to extra innings and the Rays scored 3 in the 10th off of Matt Belise. Who has been pitching very well from the bull-pen this year and this ended a 30 something inning scoreless streak by the Rockies bull-pen. The rays 10th inning runs were scored on a Longoria single which score Ben Zobrist who lead the inning off with a double and then Kelly Johnson hit a 2 run home run scoring Longoria and himself. That gave the Rays a 7-4 lead.
Fernando Rodney pitched for the Rays in the 10th inning.
Eric Young Jr. struck out to end the game on a questionable strike call to end the game.
This is a game that defiantly got away from them and there were plenty of opportunities to get runs in this game the Rockies stranded many runners on base and 12 on base in the game and were 0 for 9 in at bats with runners in scoring position.
With the Giants and Diamondbacks both winning this night the Rockies are now tied with the Giants for first place with the Giants and the Diamondbacks are just one game back. This game was a game the Rockies really needed they would have remained 1 game over the Giants and 2 over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies are now 17 and 12 this season and 10 and 4 at home this season.
That is it for this one I will be at Coors for the rest of the Rays series and all 3 against the Yankees next week.
See You at Coors.
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!!!
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.
After the Interview session I stayed on the club level and headed over to where the Rockie Prospects were.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!
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