Mariners Vs. Rockies game 2
My 20th game of the year.
This game I planned on going to until I relived it was a 2:10 start. I had to work til 1PM and thought I was going to sit this one out. It would have only have been the 3rd home game I would have missed this season. Even til this morning I was not sure if I was going. I really don’t like showing up for games 10 minutes before the game starts. So when I got off work I figured I could make it to the game. I headed home because I totally was not expecting to go today. So I made it into Coors during the National Anthem and headed directly down to the first baseline to get first pitch.
Christian Friedrich was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This would be his third start since being brought up he started in San Diego and San Fransisco. He won his first start against the Padres and should have won his start, that he got a no decision against the Giants. It was his Coors debut and a lot was expected from him. He started this game out well sitting the Mariners down in order. He threw 12 pitches in the inning.
The third out of the inning was ICHIRO flying out to Dexter in center field. As Dex was running in, Mike from Aspen called to Dex for the ball and he tossed it up to his son’s friend Jack.
Jason Vargas was the starting pitcher for Mariners.
Marco Scutaro was the first batter for the Rockies and hit a pop very high that was fielded by Mariners first baseman Alex Liddi. The Rockie like the Mariners went down in order.
Friedrich did not start the 2nd inning off very well he walked the first . Batter he faced in the inning and Kyle Seager hit a HR for a Mariners 2-0 lead. Tulo would lead off the bottom of the 2nd. by walking, the Rockies were not as fortunate and Michael Cuddyer did not hit a HR but gave it a good ride to right field but the ball was caught by ICHIRO (Just Have the Need to yell his name, I think it was inspired by the Japanese guy in Major League 2)
ICHIRO catches Cuddyers hit.
Marco Scutaro takes a dive/ fall after a grounded hit by the mariners in the 3rd. I think I am gonna name all post according to a Scutaro photo!
Ok maybe not but this is 2 in a row!
The Mariner did score 2 more runs in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th. (5-0) Mariners
Friedrich lasted til the 6th he was responsible for ‘3 more runs that inning and then….
….Esmil Roger was brought in to stop the bleeding or pour salt in the wound. Look at it how you want. He came in with bases loaded and a few of Friedrichs runners scored. He would also allow one of his own! (9-0)
Mike with his son Sivan and Jack.
Thanks for the Brat BURRPP!!
The Rockies put up a fight after pulling most of the starter in the 7th. Jason Giambi started the mini rally with a double. He scored on a Jordan Pacheco single. Jason Giambi was the only Rockie to get on base twice in the whole game and he came in in the 7th and only batted twice.
…it was a HR!!!!!
Ramon Hernandez ended the inning grounding out.
The end of the 7th means one thing!!!!
The Mariners scored another run in the 8th and that was pretty much it. The Rockies batters are making the Nariners pitchers look like total rock stars and not like a 18-24 team. These games should have been a little closer and the Rockies should have been in them for a little more than an inning or 2. So the down would spiral continues. Hopeful they have hit rock bottom and can now start their recovery.
Well that is it for this one. I will be at Coors for the last game of this home stand and series.
See Ya there!
Braves Vs. Rockies
Game 3 of Series
My 16th game of the Year at Coors.
Figured I would switch up the graphic and use one with the starting line up for the Braves.
It was a Sunday game which means arrive to the stadium early for a good spot in-line for Autographs. For the second Sunday in a row I forgot my ticket at home. This week I realized I forgot it on my way so I headed back to the house and got it. After I arrived I was still third in-line. So more important things who signed today? Jonny Herrera, Tyler Colvin, Edgmer Escalona and Carlos Torres. The first line I got on was for Tyler Colvin who I had sign a card. I than got on Carlos Torres’ line he was a few minutes late signing. I had him sign my Coors Field sunset photo I have been getting as many people on the team to sign. It is Coming along pretty well. Once the 4 were done I headed down towards the wall. Not long after being there, Jamie Moyer headed out of the Dugout he started over by the dugout and signed for about a half hour til he was pretty well up the right field line. He signed a card and the photo. Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario also signed at the wall.
Jamie Moyer signing for fans.
Before the game they also had one of the Little League parades. Here are a few of the little league Rockies, walking around the warning track.
Juan Nicasio tosses a ball into the crowd as he makes his way to the dugout with catcher Ramone Hernandez.
Juan Nicasio pitching to Braves lead off batter Michael Bourn. Bourn had 13 total at bats in the previous 2 games. He got 5 hits, walked twice and scored four times, with 1 RBI. This game Nicasio would strike him out to start the game. Two of the out in the inning were strike outs and looked like things were going well for the Rockies. Nicasio did hit Freddie Freeman and he was the only base runner.
Michael Cuddyer catches Martin Prado’s fly ball to right which was the 2nd out of the 1st.
Brandon Beachy was the starting pitcher for the Braves.
… but it was caught at the wall by Martin Prado.
After walking Carlos Gonzalez stole second in the first.
The Rox did give a fight starting with Giambi walking to lead of the inning. Hey got out at 2nd on a Cuddyer hit to third. Ramone Hernandez hit a single. Dexter Fowler and Juan Nicasio then bot struck out leaving Cuddyer and Hernandez on base.
The Braves scored 3 runs in the 3rd to take the lead. It was an HR by Freddie Freeman it was his second HR of the series and the first was also a 3rd. inning HR on friday night.
Adam Ottivino came in to relieve Nicasio. In the 6th inning. Nicasio did not have a great game letting up 9 hits, 5 runs, 6 runs, walked 3 and hit a batter in the first. He did also strike out 5. As he left the game it was (6-0) Braves
Yup, Still Creepy!
The Braves scored a 7th run in the 7th. The Rockies showed a little promise in the 7th scoring 2 runs sending 7 to the plate.
They did end up loosing their 3rd straight against Atlanta. Finishing the home stand 3-6. Not a good homestand.
Ramone Hernandez runs down the first base line as he make the last out of the game.
After this game they were 12-15 for the year. After a lose to the Padre on Monday. They are 6.5 back in the west and only lead the Padres by 3 games.
Well That is it for this one.
San Diego Padres Vs. Colorado Rockies
My 5th game of the year @ Coors.
Like always the day started off in the pavilions for Batting Practice. After the 4th games of the season I have not got one a BP ball. So the Rockies were taking their BP and I would not get my first BP ball of the year. The Padres came up and after the first ball went out I noticed there was a different logo on the ball. So I went over to the person who had got it and It had a Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary ball. The Padres came from playing LA over the weekend. After a few go rounds and groups I finally got my opportunity to catch my first ball of the year. I get it, look down and it is a Dodger stadium ball. The ball was clean and logo and stamping was in great condition. Not bad for the first snag of the year.
Look it’s Huston Street.
On my way around the stadium a friend had a baseball and asked if I could get it autographed. So I headed down to the wall and the first player out was Todd Helton so he started walking over to the wall. I had the ball autographed and brought it back to them. So when I was handed the ball I asked who were they looking for and the answer was a new guy or someone good, So I got one of the best.
Jeremy Guthrie was the starting pitcher for the Rockies here he is with Ramon Hernandez heading from the bullpen.
Here is Guthrie pitching the first pitch to the Padres Cameron Maybin. Maybin struck out for the first out of the game. Will Venable Than got a double of Guthrie and would score on a Chase Headley double. Headley would score two batters later on a Nick Hundley Double. Yes that was 3 doubles in the first inning for 2 runs.
The Rockies had a not so succesful. 1st.and the Padres scored a third run in the 2nd again because of Andy Parrino’s lead off double and process of moving over from outs to score.
The Rockies would come up in the 2nd. and Helton lead off with a strike out. Michael Cuddyer than hit a double of his own. He would score 2 batters later on a Tyler Colvin single.
After sitting down the Padres in order in the 3rd. and the Rocks not having a productive inning the Padres came up in the 4th. Yonder Alonso lead off with a single and then Jason Barlett kept the doubles coming with on to score Alonso. (4-1) Padres. For those keeping track that was the 5th. double the Padres have hit.
Bob Apodaca heads out to the mound in the 4th. inning. The Padres would score a total of 2 runs in the 4th. (5-1) Padres. The Rockies continued not to get things together offensively. The Padres scored an additional run in the 6th.
Then another sleepless night of having bad dreams about having a toothache ache and being chased by dental products.
Still kinda creepy!
To Helton at first.
and the call by Joe West…..
yurrr out!! Sit down Jason Barlett. Even when your team is down by five runs it is nice to see a well executed double play.
Helton making a play in the 9th inning he tossed to Chatwood who covered first for the first out of the inning.
After another Padres run in the 9th. and a quick 3 outs for the Rox in the 9th the game was over with a 7-1 loss for the Rockies. The Padres hit a total of 7 doubles. Guthrie pitched 7. Matt Reynolds pitched well in the 8th. Chatwood pitched the 9th.
Two more for the Rox against the Padres.
Well see ya at Coors.
Tonight Jamie Moyer goes again to try to be the oldest starting pitcher to get a win in Major League Baseball.
If I can get a ticket from one of my usher friends. Oh wait I pay for my tickets!
Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies
This was the first game of a series with the Diamondbacks. My third game of the season and the 4th home game for the Rockies. It was also Juan Nicasios first game back at Coors since his August game that he was hit by a comebacker and broke his neck.
Here is Juan warming up in the outfield before heading into the ball game.
Before the game the Rockies showed a video of Juans determination to get back to the field. Than they showed the people who help him get to where he is today including Keith Dugger the Rockies trainer, EMT’s and Dr’s who were involved not just getting back on the ball field but to survive an accident that most would not fully recover from.
Here he is taking the field with catcher Ramon Martinez.
This was Juans second start of the season but his first back at Coors Field. I had seen him pitch a few inning very well in Spring Training.
Here he tosses his warm up ball to the crowd.
Todd Helton leads the Rockies onto the field for the start of the game.
Michael Cuddyer heading to the outfield.
Juan Nicasio pitching to the Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist for a strike.
Bloomquist would ground out to second for the first out of the game.Nicasio would than strike out Jason Kubel for the second out. Things started not going Nicasios way when he walked the next 3 batters resulting in 2 runs when Paul Goldschmidt would hit a single.
After the Rockies got off the field and grabbed the bats. They started to chip away at the D’backs lead with Dexter Fowler first HR of the season.(2-1) D’backs.
Nicasio regrouped in the 2nd sitting the D’backs down in order. Including his second strike out of the game.
Ramon Hernandez would running to first after hitting his 2nd inning HR to tie the game at 2.
Juan Nicasio stands on first after walking in the 2nd.
Nicasio was taken out after a rough 2nd inning. Than starting to get in trouble in the 3rd. He pitched 2 2/3 innings. threw 86 pitches with a very bad strike to ball ratio throwing 91 pitches, 42 for balls 49 for strikes. He did strike out 3, walked 5, struck out 3 and lets not forget letting up 6 runs 4 in the 3rd.
May not have been the best start in Nicasio’s career but it was once again a start in a big league uniform. Hope things continue to get better for this young pitcher who has been though more than anybody to return to the field. Good Luck Juan. personally I would like to see Juan be the first 20 game winner for the Rockies. Lets hope he goes big this year.
Esmil Roger, Yes Esmil not Ismail. Ismael is the whale in Moby Dick!
Pitched the next 2 innings. Here he is throwing his last out in the 5th inning to Todd Helton. He also struck out 3. with no walks and did not let up any additional runs.
The Rockies did tie up th game at 6 in the 4th after getting 2 runs in the 3rd and 4th.
Matt Belisle came in o pitch in the 6th.
Marco Scutaro throwing to Helton at first for the last out of the 7th.
Still think this is ridiculous…
…and after seeing them up close a little scary!!!
They actually ran from the Tunnel in left field to in front of the Rockies dugout. The 2 others I saw the stop in front of the visitors dugout.
I may have nightmares after this! probably something to do with a toothache and crazy dental products chasing after me.
Rex Brothers pitching in the 8th inning.
Scutaro catches a Bloomquist pop up in the 8th for the 2nd out of the inning.
Carlos Gonzalez dives back to first after hitting a single in the 8th.
He would then get to third on an overthrow from the pitcher to first base that hit the wall and ended up in right field.
With Carlos on third Tulo would come up and in his not so clutch way struck out. I still don’t understand how such a big numbers guy can not do it in the clutch.
So Todd Helton would come up and hit a 2 out double to score Cargo and that would lead to a Rockie lead to the Rockies 7 th run and take the lead 7-6.
Who’s clutch now bitch?
Todd Helton heads to second after his double and game winning RBI!
That was Todds 557 double of his career. He is currently 24th on the all time list for doubles 3 behind Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent.
Tulo throws to Scurtaro for the last out off the game.
Tulo and Hernandez high five after the win.
Todd Helton was the Shane Co. player of the game he is being interviewed by Jenny from Poop Wart or the Network not to be named!! I realized watching the Sat. night game while I was writing this she is a major blink as you can see in this photo as well. I do think she is improving and doing an Ok job.
Well that’s it for this one. The Rockies win 7-6, Great game Juan returned and Helton does what he does best show everybody how it is done.
Up next for me my first Sky Sox game of the year and most of the beginning of the week at Coors. See ya there.
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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!!!!!
IS IT APRIL YET?