Tagged: Rafael Betancourt

Garland started strong than things went wrong.

5-31-2013

Dodgers vs. Rockies

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Got a tele converter figured I would try something different! The Tele doubles the lens size = Closure to the action!

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Here is one of my favorites from before the game. As Wilin Rosario and Jon Garland were heading in from the bull pen.

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Jon Garland throwing first pitch to Mark Ellis. He got all three batters to ground out for the first inning and the second. Things looked to be turning round for him since some really bad starts recently.

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D.J. LeMahieu throwing to Jordan Pacheco at First for the final out in the first out.

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Clayton Kershaw was the starter for the Dodgers. Eric Young Jr. led the game by being walked by Kershaw.

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Eric Young Jr. at first base. He would get out at second in the inning when Dexter Fowler hit line drive to short and EYJ did not get back to first.

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Nolan Arenado makes a throw to first to get Ramon Hernandez out at first in the 2nd inning.

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Skip Shumaker tosses the bat after making contact and it was fielded by D.J. LeMahieu who threw to first for the out and the end of the 2nd inning.

Jon Garland got roughed up in the 3rd after a good 1st and 2nd inning. He started the inning by hitting Jose Cruz which was followed by a Juan Uribe double. Uribe scored on a Mark Ellis single, Ellis would also score on a Adrian Gonzalez single. Ramon Hernandez ended the inning by hitting a double play.

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Cruz not so smoothly sliding into home for the dodgers first run in the 3rd inning. The Dodgers score 2 runs in the 4th inning as well Scott Van Slyke started the 4th with a double and would later score the first run of the inning.  Juan Uribe scored also. (5-0) Dodgers

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Dexter Fowler getting things started in the 4th for the Rockies with a 1 out single. Dex and Tulo both scored in the inning. (5-2)Dodgers

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Yorvit Torrealba not happy with a pop out in the 6th inning to short when he pinched hit for Garland.

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It was another great sunset night at Coors this is a look from the lower concourse. I than headed up to the third level.

IMG_1993He is that view. I went up a little late but still not bad.

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EYJ making contact in the 7th inning. Chipped up the bat a little bit. He did ground out to short to end that inning.

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In the 8th inning Tulo would get a single on this pitch in the 8th inning with Dex on base, Dex moved to third on the hit and would score a few batters later when Wilin Rosario would hit into a double play.

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Clayton Kershaw was taken out after the Tulo single.

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Kenley Jansen would come into the game. Kershaw threw 100 pitches, allowed 3 run on 8 hits striking out 5 and walking 2. Jon Garland pitched 5 for the Rockie giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, striking out 1 and walking 3.

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Yorvit walking of after Adrian Gonzalez struck out in the 8th. the Rockies got a run in the 8th Dex would lead off again with a single and score. (5-3) Dodgers. Wilton Lopez pitched the 8th for the Rockies and pitched well. only facing 3 batters and struck out Uribe.

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Todd Helton came into pinch hit in the 9th in the pitchers spot and with this swing hit his 358th home run of his career and 4th of the season to tie the game at 5. IMG_2104

It was defiantly a watch and admire home run as hit was hit to the second deck in right.

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Todd runs to first after hitting the homerun. and the BNW to show off the mad photo skillz.

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Todd high fives D.J. who was on base when Todd hit the home run.

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Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th for the Rockies and it was not his best appearance. He faced 6 batters and the Dodgers scored 2 runs.

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Carl Crawford came into the game to pinch run for Ramon Hernandez who lead off the inning with a single. Crawford would be the Dodgers first run of the inning.

The Final score was 7-5 as the Rockies slide continues that is the 4th lose this week to a team with a bad record. They are now 28-27 this season and are 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the west and in 3rd place 1 behind the Giants.

Well that is it for this rollercoaster of a game there are 2 more left in this series a Saturday day. It is also photo day which is always a good time.

See You at Coors.

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Yorvit is playing where, Who’s on First?

4-24-2013

Braves vs. Rockies

3rd game of Series  my 12th of the year at Coors.

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This game was a lot warmer than the double-header the day before. It was about 50 degrees for most of the game and sunny. It was great to watch a game not wearing 5 layers of clothes for the cold.

Today being a day game that means there was no batting practice, but I did get my second ball of the year a toss-up from Chris Nelson. It was the first 20th Anniversary ball I had gotten.

Tyler Chatwood made his Rockies debut for the year after starting in the year in Colorado Springs. He was called up after Rob Scahill who came up because of Jhoulys Chacin going on the disabled list got optioned back to Colorado Springs.

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Tyler Chatwood and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bull pen to start the game.

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Chatwood takes the mound for his 2013 Rockies debut. The first batter he faced was the Braves Ramiro Pena It was a shaking looking start after he walked. B.J. Upton hit into a Double play and Justin Upton hit a single, Chatwood got Freddie Freeman to fly out to Carlos Gonzalez in left field.

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Tim Hudson was the starting pitcher for the Braves. He face 3 Rockies batters in the 1st. After Eric Young Jr. popped out to Juan Francisco at third. Dexter Fowler would walk and then got into Hudson’s head during Carlos Gonzalez’s at bat Hudson threw over to first a few times during the at bat. Cargo would hit into a double play getting himself out at first and Dex at second.

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The Rockies with one out would go back to back with  Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge both hit homers to give the Rockies 2 runs.

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Josh Rutledge running to first after his home run in the 2nd inning.

The Braves would score 3 runs and the lead in the 4th inning on a series of hits. (3-2)

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The Rockies would tie the score at 3 in the 4th inning. Chris Nelson started the inning with a triple and scored 2 batters later on a Tyler Chatwood single.

The Braves once again took the lead in the 6th inning scoring 2 runs Evan Gattis lead the inning with a double and scored. Dan Uggla who scored also reached on a Jonny Herrera error. The Braves took the 5-3 lead.

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Adam “Brooklyn” Ottavino took the mound for the Rockies in the 7th. He had another very good inning facing 3 Braves batters and finishing the inning by striking out Justin Upton.

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The score remained the same till the Rockies made it get interesting in the 9th inning. Jordan Pacheco started off the inning pinch-hitting in the 7 spot which was the pitchers spot after a double switch in the 8th inning. Pacheco flew out to left. Jonny Herrera would redeem himself for the error in the 6th inning. He would score on a Dexter Fowler double scoring Jonny and Troy Tulowitki who hit a single to get on base as a pinch hitter. That tied up the game at 5.

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Rex Brothers pitched the 9th inning for the Rockies holding the Braves scoreless before the Rockies came up to bat in the 9th.

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Cole Kimbrel pitched for the Braves in the 9th inning. The Rockies tied up the game against one of the best closers in baseball.

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Dexter Fowler running to second on his game tying single.

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Tulo scoring the second run from Fowlers double.

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Rafael Betancourt pitched the 10th inning for the Rockies.

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Cory Gearin pitched the 10th for the Braves.

With a few switches in the previous innings. The Rockies made some switches in the field.

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Eric Young Jr. who started the game in right field was moved to 2nd base.

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In the most interesting move was putting catcher Yorvit Torrealba at first base. Yorvit pinch hit for the pitches spot in the 10th inning. he did fly out in that at bat but was kept in the game for his offence. He seemed like he could handle playing there well. He did seem a little nerves but he was only involved in one out in the 11th inning which was a ground out.

Eric Young Jr. hit a triple with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th and it looked like the Rockies had the win.

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he ran home on a Fowler hit to first and Freeman threw to catcher Gattis.IMG_8664

Fowler after hitting the ball to Freeman.

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Eric Young Jr. being called out at home after the throw to Gattis.

After the Rockies did not score in the 11th and the Braves did not score in the 12th. The score remained tied at 5.

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Wilin Rosario would lead the 12th inning off with a double.

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It was a close one but he was called safe. The next batter Michael Cuddyer was intentionally walked. To get to the pitchers spot.

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Matt Belise pitched for himself because nobody was left on the bench. He did make a few bunt attempts before striking out for the first out of the inning. Now Yorvit Torrealba who remained in the game at first base for his offense, paid off…..

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He hit a single to left field and Rosario ran from second to home.

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The ball was coming in as he started his slide.

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Gattis did not tag him and he was safe at home and the Rockies would get the 6th and winning run. So the Gamble at first base paid off for the Rockies Torvit hit the game winning single in the bottom of the 12th for the Rockies. The cool thing was that his catching partner was the winning run. IMG_8718Here he is after Wilin scored and he made the turn for second.

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the dugouts than emptied and the team celebrated this dramatic come from behind win. It is so awesome to see the drive and motivation to win this team has and then it seems like you never know who will hit the winning run or come through when needed. Reminds me of the 2007 and 2009 playoff years, not saying that is where this is going but sure would like to see it be a possibility. It is stile early in the season but it is just great to see great baseball being played by the Rockies at Coors.

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Here he is high fiving Todd Helton.

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Yorvit and Walt Weiss both with awesomely huge smiles. Great move keeping Yorvit in the Game Walt. If he had gave up an error at first that lost the game it would of been a bad decision, but since he hit the walk of single score the winning run it was genius!!!!

The Rockies Played 4 in Arizona since this game was played I just have been busy and can’t get these done as quick these days. But they lost 3 of 4 against the D’backs and are currently tied for first in the National League west with them at 15 and 10. The are starting a 3 game series in L.A. against the Dodgers. The Rockies also designated Chris Nelson for assignment during this week on the road which is kinda sad he was really cool to the fans and was always joking around with us and was just a fun guy to have around. Wish the best for him hope he gets picked up by a good team if he doesn’t stay in the Rockies organization. In his place the Rockies have brought up Nolan Arenado to play third base. In his first game in AZ he went 0-3 with a walk, but I know he is a lot better with a lot of power I have seen him play in Tulsa and the 2 years he has been in big league camp at spring training. This year in Colorado Springs he batted .364 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI’s.

Well That is it for this one the Rockies return home against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and than take on the Yankees next week. I should be there for all 6.

So See You at Coors!

Day 2 wasn’t as much of a zoo!

4-6-2013

Padres vs. Rockies
My 2nd game of the season!

This was a very interesting day at the ballpark. The Rockies continued to celebrate their 20th Anniversary with the 1993 Rockies players signing autographs at 3 different spots on the concourse.  I did not see a single part of the game till the 4th inning, besides the little bit I saw on monitors around the stadium. I did not get my 1st pitch I was behind a wall on the pavilions for that. But with good reason I was waiting on-line for the first of the 3 spots for signing. The line I started on had Andy Ashby, Rick Mathews, David Neid and Eric Young Senior. I had everyone except David Neid sign my 1993 opening Day photo. I had Neid sign a ball that I am also having Todd Helton sign, they are the only 2 players ever to wear the #17 in Rockies history and I am pretty sure nobody else ever will. IMG_6267

Here are all 4 of them signing. Beside having what you had signed they had team photos of the 1993 Team. If you look at my post on the 1993 Opening day I had a photo of Alan Ashby signing over the dugout at Shea. http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/04/04/1993-opening-day-at-shea/ here is a link for that post if you did not see it. Ashby is in the foreground Rick Mathews is to his right followed by David Neid and Eric Young. I also had Eric Young sign a photo of my photo of him and EYJ I took last year that he really like and I offered him one and mention that Junior did have a copy of it! I told him I would give him one if he decided he wanted one on Sunday.

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Rick Mathews signing my 1993 photo.

As I was walking away from the table a woman ask if she could see the photo and I said yes and she said her husband was in it. It was David Neids wife and she introduce me to her son that was born slightly after opening day and is going to 20 years old. That really kind of put things in perspective. After we ran over to the area under the Rockpile where the second group was signing. At that table was Gerald Clarke, Mark Knudson, Armando Reynoso and Freddie Benivides. They all spoke to everyone and they all commented and really liked the photo. Gerald Clarke commented and asked me about my goatee, wanting to know how long that took. All the players thought it was cool when I mentioned that I was actually at the game at Shea.

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Here are the guys signing, Left to right Freddie Benvides, Mark Knudson, Armando Reynoso and Gerald Clarke. Thanks to Garret who got me a Mark Knudson card signed and also helped get my EY photo signed. This was close to the entrance but you than had to go through a maze of ropes to actually get back to the table for auto graphs while that inning the Rockies scored their first run on a Michael Cuddyer single, Josh Rutledge scored.

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I was by one of the T.V’s when that happened and here is a photo of the replay!

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Gerald Clarke signing my photo. This line took the longest of the three but it was pretty much because They all spot to everyone for about 30 seconds to a minute which was cool.

we than headed over to the third and final group which was located by the B Gate and The Blue Moon. In that group was Bryn Smith, Jerry Royster, Jayhawk Owens, Bruce Ruffin and Steve Reed.

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That is Bryn Smith in the corner I had him sign my 1993 photo and then asked if he could sign a 1993 team photo that they had at the table and monogram it first Rockies win. He was the first Rockies to record a win. it was on April 9th 1993 at Mile High. The others I had sign my 1993 photo. IMG_6308

Here is Bryn signing a team photo that they had at the table I also got one of them from Rick Mathews and Alan Ashby at the first table. They both had some pre signed ones in front of them.

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Jayhawk Owens signing my 1993 photo.

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That was the first 3 innings. this is the first look I had of the field the whole game and it was in the beginning of the 4th inning. I than headed over to where I sit.

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This is John Garlands 43rd pitch of the game and the first I had seen so is that still considered a first pitch. The Rockies were up 1-0 heading into the inning the Padres did get a run in this inning.

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Tyson Ross was the starting pitcher for the Padres.

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Evereth Cabrera commits an error on this ball hit by Josh Ruthledge in the 5th inning. The Rox scored 3 in the inning 4-1.

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Troy Tulowitzki crosses the plate after a Michael Cuddyer home run in the 7th.

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Cuddy low fiving third base coach Stu Coles.

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ohh yeah you guessed it, Just as Creepy as last year. OK so I thought of other races that would work well with other sponsors the Frontier Airlines animal race, The Kwall Paint, Paint bucket race have a Black, White and Purple bucket of paint race. Just throwing it out there!! If they do change this I want props!

I think this guy was mocking the running man!

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Never a smart idea.

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Nice take down!

Dump ass still put up a fight after they caught him.

Always amazed at way someone would do this.

The only cool thing about this is they bring you out through the bullpen!

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Dexter Fowler slides into second after a 8th inning hit to right field.

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Foot on bag ball in glove glove a 2 feet above Dex…

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… there is the tag as he is standing up..

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..and was called out.

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The argument ensues and out comes Uncle Walt!!! Thanks for that line EB!

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dex leaves field as Walt Weiss continues to argue the call. This ump was in horrible position to even make a call at second. I though they said that the umpiring would be getting better this season. Well so far less than a week in it does not seem that way.

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This was Walt’s first time out to the field to argue a call.

Not much else happened and here is Tulo throwing to first for the last out of the game.

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Todd Helton makes the catch and for the second day in a row at home and fourth time in a row this season the Rockies are shaking hand and hi fiving on the in field!!!

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The Rockies were 4-1 on the season after this game. That is great start for a team that was not expected to do much, but this team is a lot different this year than last and we are loving it. I know it is early but things are looking good for the team. I think the change in management and coaching staff is working well. I like Jim Tracey and the others that are gone but something is just clicking this year.

here are a few photos of my autographs

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These are the cards they gave out with Alan Ashby, Rick Mathews and Bryn Smith’s autographs. IMG_6725

The 1993 Opening Day photo.

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The David Neid signed ball. I had him side panel it so there is room for the second autograph, That other #17.

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Eric Young Jr. and Senior still need to get EYJ on it. Started a few projects this day!

Well that is it for this one got another one from this opening weekend series.

See you at Coors!!!

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Rosario’s record breaking night and an ump takes flight!

9-22-2012

Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies

My 57th game at Coors this year.

Today the Rockies did their Celabration of Colorado Olympians and Paralympians. There was batting practice besides almost getting the first ball hit out by the Rockies Andrew Brown, I did not even come close to anything.

Before batting practice was over I headed behind the Diamondbacks dugout to see if I could get cards signed by a few of their coaches and manager Kirk Gibson since he would not sign outside the stadium the night before and he said I only sign inside. Which he did not!

So I than headed over to the Rockies dugout where the Olympic athletes started gathering. Amy and Kevin were trying to get Missy Franklin’s autograph on some very cool photos from the Olympics.

Here are some of the Colorado athletes. I forgot who many of them were. The tall guy was a track and field competitor.

I do know and most people reading this, knows who one person in this photo is. If not I will show you who in the next few photos.

Here she is practicing her first pitch.

Heading to the field in here very own Rockies Jersey.

Throwing the first pitch.

It was not that bad of a throw a little short of the plate but Matt Belise reached for it and Dinger gave her the strike! It was not a bad call, I have seen worse from the umps!

Missy giving Matt Belise a hi five.

Jhouly Chacin and Wilin Rosario heading in from the bullpen.

Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Adam Eaton(not the Former pitcher) So you see me mentioning this There was an Adam Eaton that played for the Rockies in 2009 and 4 other teams. Including Padres, Phillies, Rangers and Orioles. Here would hit a single and he would score on a Juston Upton double. Upton would score on a Paul Goldschmidt double, Goldscmidt scored on a Jason Kubel singleD.J. sliding into 3rd in the 2nd.

D.J. LeMahieu slide into third for a triple in the 2nd. Andrew Brown hit a solo Lead off home run for the Rockies first run of the game. D.J. would score on a Jhoulys Chacin single. (3-2) D’backs.

Jordan Pacheco tried to stretch a double into a triple thinking the play was at home but it was cut off by the D’backs short stop John McDonald.

The call was out it does look like he missed the tag and if he did tag his foot was his hand on the base. It was a close one.

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The Rockies did take the lead in the game because Jhoulys Chacin and Josh Rutledge scored before the out was made. (4-3) Rox

Wilin Rosario hit his 26th home run of the season to break the all time Rockies Rookie record of 25 home runs in a single season. Todd Helton previously held the record.

He watches as he makes Rockies history.

Heading towards home.

Way to go Wilin. He has been a great benefit to the Rockie offensively this year,  now if he can only be able to keep the baseball in front of him on defence he will be a real benifit. (5-3) Rox

Chris Nelson hits a double in the 3rd and was left on base.

After this I gave up my camera and Rachel took a few photos.

Many did included Pachecos butt!

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D.J adjusting his cup.

I do not support or condone these photos but come on it is kinda funny. She did also get a few good ones of the pitchers. Including Chacin and Carlos Torres.

The Rockies also used Josh Outman, Edgmer Escolona, Rex Brothers, Matt Belise and Rafael Bettancourt to pitch in the game.

After I got the camera back I did not take many more photos.

Here is one of Carlos Gonzalez being brushed back while pinch-hitting in the 9th. Carlos is on a quest of his own for 100, 100th home run of his career. As with many game the Rockies did not hold the lead. The D’backs scored 5 runs in the 6th. To take a 8-5 lead. The Rockies gave and score 1 in the 6th. (8-6) D’backs. They than again scored in the 7th to come within 1. But could not fully catch up and that was the single.  Chacin went 4 inning giving up 7 hits and 3 runs not bad he left the game with the lead. Over all he has been pitching well since his return from the disabled list.

That is it for this one 2 left in the series and 4 for the year. I am still one game behind which should be posted shortly!!!!!

I will be at the 4 remaining games at Coors. 1 more against the Diamonbacks and 3 to finish the home season against the Cubs. I already attended the Sunday game. I think they covered the spread. Hint the final was a football score. But you probably know that. So you can look at the pictures for the next post!!!!

Well See you at Coors.

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!

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Cold Sunday at Coors.

4-15-2012

D’Backs Vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series.

My 4th game of the year @ Coors, 5th including the Springs.

Today was also Jackie Robinson. This year marked the 65th Anniversary of becoming the first black player in the Major Leagues.

As with all Sundays at Coors it was autograph Sunday.

Today Juan Nicasio, Tyler Chatwood, Rex Brothers and Matt Reynolds signed.

I was able to get Tyler Chatwood on a Card and Rex Brothers on my default photo of Coors Field which is a photo from the upper deck of the sunset on the last game of the season last year.

Drew Pomeranz was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his first start of the year. Drew did have a start in Tulsa on April 10. He went 4 innings striking out 4 and letting up no runs.

Pomeranz pitching to the Diamondbacks Ryan Roberts. Roberts and Gerado Parra both grounded out Justin Upton than hit a single and Michael Young hit an HR for a quick 2-0 lead for the D’backs.

Troy Tulowitzki makes one of his patent off-balance throws to first. Kids don’t try this at home. Maybe he is trying to do a running man!!!! I don’t know this just does not look comfortable to throw like that.

Chris Young touches home after his 2 run HR.

Drew Pomeranz pitches to Aaron Hill in the 1st. inning.

Eric Young Jr. grounding out in the 1st inning.

Here is a look from section 307.

I was going to walk aroung the whole concource but decided to head to my seat which I very rarly get to usually I walk the concource or hang with friends in other sections.

The Diamondbacks scored another run in the 3rd. for a 3-0 lead.

Pomeranz pitching in the 5th inning to one of his last batters. He was taken out with 1 out and I believe 2 runners on base.

Josh Roenicke warming up in the bullpen.

The D’backs did score to for a 5-0 lead.

Drew Pomeranz coming out of the game in the 5th. He threw 108 pitches 45 for strikes and 63 balls. Letting up 5 runs and 9 hits.

The rain started shortly after the pitching change so I headed down to the concource by the bullpen.

Matt Reynolds heading to the bullpen in the 8th inning. He struck out 2 in the inning and got the third to pop out to short.

Tulo Catching the pop up in the 8th inning.

After Chris Nelson struck out in the 8th. Jonny Herrera hit a double to start a Rockies mini rally. He and Eric Young Jr. both scored (5-2) D’backs. Tulo singled and Ramon Hernandez pitch hit in the pitchers spot which was 5th in the batting order after a double switch earlier in the game. The Rockies sent 9 batters to the plate in the ninth and it looked like there may be a little Lodo magic for the third game in a row but they fell a little short. The D’Backs used 4 pitches in the inning.

Michal Young being tossed out at first for the last run of the game. He was responsible for 3 of the 5 D’backs runs.

The final score was 5-2. The Rockies did win the Series taking the first 2. Hopefully last years Sundays whoa’s won’t carry over to this year and this game was a slight glitch not the start of a Sunday trend. The Rockies are 4 and 5 on the year. and currently 3rd in the N.L. west. 4.5 games back from the Dodgers who have had an amazing 9-1 start to the season. Looks like the owner ship change was good for them.

Starting Monday the Rockies will be playing the San Diego Padres.So we get to ask the question of where is Huston Street once again!!

I should be there for all 3.

See Ya at Coors.

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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

and

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?