Red Sox vs. Rockies
Game 2 of series
My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.
Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.
Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s
This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.
Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem
One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.
Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!
The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”
Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.
Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.
He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.
For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.
Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.
Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.
David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.
After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.
John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.
With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.
on the third pitch of the at bat….
….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.
He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.
Taking the turn at second after his home run.
With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox
The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.
Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.
That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.
Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.
Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.
The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.
From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.
Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.
On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.
With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.
Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.
Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.
Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.
In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!
Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.
As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.
They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.
Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.
Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from behind the dugout.
it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.
The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.
Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.
Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.
The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.
After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.
Here is most of the team when they were in left field.
Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!
After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.
He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.
Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.
This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional
on this night you should have not been there.
So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.
Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.
For the last time this years that is it for this one
Thanks and see you around.
Phillies vs. Rockies
My 38th game of the year at Coors. 40th with the Springs.
Today I reached a milestone and accomplished my all time high for baseballs in a MLB stadium batting practice. It started quickly after entering the pavilions, I got one of the first balls hit out by Michael Cuddyer. A roller that fell a few rows behind me. Not long after I got a second from Wilin Rosario for #2 of the day. The Phillies started hitting and It took a while to get the first from them and it was a catch for the third ball of the day. That was also my 100 batting practice ball ever. The Phillies continued to hit well and I felt the elusive 4th ball was a very good possibility, a few went long and flew over my head another I ran up 3 rows jumped and it tipped off my glove and landed in someone’s lap behind me. Another hit a row or 2 behind me and slightly to my left facing the seats it than rolled down the Isle and I had it in my hand. Grabbed it bare handed and someone than grabbed my hand. So I said let go of me it is in my hand and the guy proceeded to keep the hold. So he let go and I had it and hit my milestone 4th ball in one BP. I have never done that before, I have got 3 a few times but was never able to get the 4th. So as I started walking away he and someone he was with started piping there mouths about how it was theirs and I should give it to the guy and it is wrong to take the ball away from someone. The whole bunch of B.S. someone spouts out of their mouths when they feel they deserve a ball because they were sitting where it rolled past them and how they deserve it not the person who gets it. Then there mouths continued the banter as I was walking away. I turn and tossed it at them try to basically knock there teeth out instead of give them the ball. It hit a row behind them and they picked it up like they just got the walk of home run in game 7 of the World Series. Enjoy the ball bitch! I do normally keep the baseballs I get I am a collector, I feel each ball is very distinct and different. Do to how I got it, markings and many other things that can distinguish each ball in my collection or the significance of it as a ball hawk. So yes I am mad that I was unable to keep such a memorial ball but whatever sometimes you have to give in to people that feel they deserve something they could not achieve on there own. Now I feel we all have the same chance of getting a ball who ever gets the ball in there glove or hand first is the out right owner of the ball and can choose what they want to do with it. Just because it bounces past you, off you or out of your glove it is not yours until you have the position of the ball. If that was the case I would of had 4 baseballs in 1 BP years ago and would of hit 100 probably the end of last year instead of the middle of this one. I do feel privileged that I have got as many baseballs that I have and some people have never gotten any, but I have honed skills the last few years to obtain BP baseballs on my own catching them, picking them up getting them on a bounce, However every one who wants a ball can get one in BP you just have to put in time and have patience and realize you may not always get one because you are there. That is it on my ball hawking rants. I will give a last piece of advice you want a ball bring a glove and be ready when it is hit by you, It is not the regulars job to give you a ball.
After BP someone who was in the section said that I was right about the ball and it was nice that I did give it up but should not have.
Now I think there was a baseball game played!!!
Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this game. He had a very good 1st. inning Ben Revere grounded out and than he struck out the next 2 batters Michael Young and Domonic Brown.
Kyle Kendrick was the starting pitcher for the Phillies After getting Josh Rutledge and Jonny Herrera out Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board.
Cargo after crossing home plate.
The Rockies scored 2 more in the 2nd inning to give them a 3-0 lead.
Josh Rutledge gave the Rockies sixth run of the game. The Rockies scored one run before his home run on a Yorvit Torrealba double that scored Tyler Colvin. The Phillies did 2 runs in the top of the 4th. (6-2) Rox
Domonic Brown flying out in the 5th inning.
The Rockies scored a run in the 5th to get Tacos and a 7-2 lead.
In the 6th inning it was time to head to the upper deck for the Coors Field sunset when I was down low it looked like it was going to be really good, but it was just an OK sunset which well is still pretty good! One of the best views during a MLB game.
While I was up there things started heating up for the Phillies as the sun was going down. Nicasio started get giving up some hits which resulted in runs, 3 in the inning. Josh Outman came into finish the inning for the Rockies. (7-5) Rox
Wilton Lopez came in to pitch in the he let up 2 runs to give the Phillies the 8-7 lead. The first run came off of Outman before he was taken out of the game. Not the best performance by either of them.
Dexter Fowler came into pinch run for Wilin Rosario who pinch hit in the pitchers spot in the 8th. Dexter diving back to first with his still wrapped index finger.
He did go on and steal second. To put the tying run in scoring position, unfortunately that is where he remained as Josh Rutledge flew out to end the inning. Jonathan Papelbon came into pitch in the 9th inning for the Phillies to pretty much finish off the Rockies and get the save. The Phillies used 7 pitchers in this game. All 7 Rockies runs did come from Kendrick early in the game. Once again this shows there is no safe lead at Coors field.
Freddy Gavis throws out Jonny Herrera after Jonny’s hit to him at short for the first out of the 9th. Carlos Gonzalez hit a single, Michael Cuddyer struck out and Todd Helton also grounded out to short to end the game.
Todd Helton hitting the ball for the last out of the game.
This was another game that just got a way from the Rockies after a very good start to the game. Lopez who has been improving lately went back to his shaky inconsistent pitching that he has become known for in his career.
That is it for this one thanks for dealing with the earlier rant! I just am very courteous during BP and hate that people don’t have a clue how things work out there. I have had many baseballs pass me, hit off my glove and hit me and well I lost them and that is how the ball rolls sometimes! O.K. really I will stop now!
There is 2 more against the Phillies left in this series. They turned out slightly better, check back to see the posts for those games.
Also this week I will start my 2013 road trip more details will follow. Got a few stadiums and game planned out just waiting to set a schedule. I will also be in Colorado Springs on Tuesday of next week.
See You at Coors and at a stadium near you!
Padres vs. Rockies
Sometime in the near future I have to figure out how many games this is for me this year! I am thinking 33 or so.
After being delayed in getting into the stadium on Thursday everything worked fine at the gate and I immediately headed to the pavilions. The Rockies were hitting and a few balls were hit out, with the group that was hitting when we arrived. Shortly after the second group started hitting. A few batters into the group we noticed that Rockies special assistant to the GM was taking batting practice. After a few go rounds he showed he still had it sending baseball into the seats of the Pavilions. So I watch where he was hitting and set my self up to snag this rarity and I guessed right and one of his last homeruns were hit directly to my waiting glove! It is always cool to catch a ball but that it was a hit by Vinny was even cooler.
Jorge De LA Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies this game. After Chris Denorfia grounded out to Troy Tulowitzki, Evereth Cabrera hit a single to right field. During Chase Headleys at bat he would be caught stealing second base. Headley would go on and pop out to D.J. LeMahieu at second to end the inning for the Padres.
Dexter Fowler started the 1st off with a triple to his Padres doppelganger Cameron Maybin, his 2nd triple of the season. He would get tagged out between 3rd and home on a Eric Young Jr. bunt down the 3rd baseline.
Eric Young Jr. would advance to second on the play.
Tulo would hit a single to score EYJ and send Carlos Gonzalez who walked to get on base to second.
Tulo and Cargo scored on a ToddFather Todd Helton double, his 4th of the year and his 574th of his career. This now has him tied with HOF Charlie Gehringer on the all time doubles list at #20. 4 more to tie Wade Boggs at 19th all time. Todd is keeping some good company on his life time lists.
The Padres scored 2 in the 2nd inning on a Kyle Blanks 2 run home run scoring Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko got on base with a 1 out single. (3-2) Rox
The Rockies did not let the 1 run difference hold for long they went on a 2nd inning hitting spree started with a 1 out single by Jorge De La Rosa. Dexter Fowler hit a bunt single to move Jorge to 2nd. Jorge would get out on at third on a EYJ hit back to Padres pitcher Edison Volquez. Cargo hit a triple to right to score Dexter and EYJ. (5-2) Rox
Todd hit a single scoring Cargo from third.
Nolan Arenado hit a single scoring Tulo who was hit by a pitch before Todd hit his single. The above is a photo with Todd at third and Nolan on first while Volquez pitches to D.J. LeMahieu. D.J. would walk to fill the bases and Yorvit Torrealba would score Todd from third. that was 5 runs in the 2nd and a 8-2 lead for the Rockies.
D.J. LeMahieu at bat in the 2nd inning.
The Padres picked up 1 run in the 3rd. (8-3) Rockies
After Cargo hit his 2nd triple of the game scoring Dexter the Padres Bud Black took Volquez out of the game. Dex led the inning off with a single.
Tyson Ross would come into pitch for the Padres and get them out of the inning. He would pitch through the 5th inning.
Todd watches one go by during his at bat in the 3rd inning.
In the 4th inning Jared and I headed out to the pavilions to check out the Rock Social event. Took a few shots during the trip out there here is Ross squaring to bunt he would end up striking out on a bunt foul.
Todd grabbed the foul ball but Ross was already out.
Jorge pitch 5 innings for the Rockies I am not sure why they took him out I wasn’t fully paying attention after we got to the pavilions we met up with EB, James from 5280 Shirt Shop and a few others. I thought it may have been because of pitch count but now that I checked he was only at 88 pitches which is not that high for 5 innings and probably enough to go at least 1 more. The Padres did lessen the lead scoring one in the 5th the Rockies still had a 5 run lead. (9-4) Rox
Edgmer Escolona pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies Yasmani Grandal started the inning with a single but was left on base. Edgmer struck out the next 2 batters Will Venable and Chris Denorfia. Evereth Cabrera grounded out in the to D.J. LeMahieu at second to end the inning.
Rob Scahill would come out to pitch in the 7th. inning. I may have left Edgmer in after pitching well in the 6th. He threw 19 pitches in the 6th. Edgmer and Rob Scahill are both righties with Chase Headley who could switch hit, Jedd Gyorko and Carlos Quinton batting both righties. The inning started with Headley being hit bay a pitch followed by a Quentin hitting a home run followed by a Gyorko home run which quickly lessened the Rockies lead. (9-7) Rox.
Scahill was taken out of the game after allowing a single to Kyle Blanks who scored on a Cameron Maybin single.
Jonny Herrera came into the game to play left in a double switch that did not change places in the batting order.
The Padres did tie the game at 9 in the 7th inning. Wilton Lopez would finish the the 7th for the Rockies and Matt Belise pitched the 8th and 9th. Belise struck out 2 and did not allow a single runner.
Nolan Arenado was the first batter and last batter of the 9th for the Rockies, he hit a third pitch solo home run to end the game with the Rockies 10-9 win.
Nolan running the bases as the team runs from dugout and gathers at home.
Nolan approaching home.
and the pile up ensues!!!
The Rockies won this one in dramatic fashion with Air-enado sending one out, but it was a game that should of not really gotten a way from them this game was some what sealed with a good lead in the 6th. This is Coors and there really is no safe lead but it also their home field and this is the Padres who have been playing better lately, but I don’t fully agree with the switch in the 7th inning. Well with that this is it for this game 2 more against the Padres left in this series and it is now tied 1-1.
I was at both and as I try to catch up with the off day I will be posting more on the games against the Padres.
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See You At Coors!
Dodgers vs. Rockies
Got a tele converter figured I would try something different! The Tele doubles the lens size = Closure to the action!
Here is one of my favorites from before the game. As Wilin Rosario and Jon Garland were heading in from the bull pen.
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.
D.J. LeMahieu throwing to Jordan Pacheco at First for the final out in the first out.
Clayton Kershaw was the starter for the Dodgers. Eric Young Jr. led the game by being walked by Kershaw.
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.
Nolan Arenado makes a throw to first to get Ramon Hernandez out at first in the 2nd inning.
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.
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
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
Yorvit Torrealba not happy with a pop out in the 6th inning to short when he pinched hit for Garland.
It was another great sunset night at Coors this is a look from the lower concourse. I than headed up to the third level.
EYJ making contact in the 7th inning. Chipped up the bat a little bit. He did ground out to short to end that inning.
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.
Clayton Kershaw was taken out after the Tulo single.
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.
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.
It was defiantly a watch and admire home run as hit was hit to the second deck in right.
Todd runs to first after hitting the homerun. and the BNW to show off the mad photo skillz.
Todd high fives D.J. who was on base when Todd hit the home run.
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.
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.
San Francisco Giant vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 of a 4 game weekend series.
Today I headed down to the Stadium from work and arrived outside Coors around 2:30. As I was walking down the street I ran into a few of the autograph people who get to the stadium early and they were heading to the Hotel to see if they could get a couple of Giants players. After about 45 minutes standing in front of the Motel 6 Tim Lincecum headed out towards the bus and stopped and signed for us I got him on a baseball. Andres Torres also came out but I did not have anything for him to sign and he took a few photos with a few people. Who would of thought a MLB team would stay at a Motel 6. 😉 and it was not a team bus it was really a magic carpet! Ahhh sence the sarcasm.
After the team magic carpet left I headed back to Coors to wait on-line at the Rockpile Gate. While I was waiting I decided to play around with the camera and the clouds that were floating by.
The gates than opened at 4:30 and it was time to head into Coors for batting practice, as I headed up the steps I found it interesting that the Rockies were not taking batting practice not sure if they took it and were done or did not take it at all. After about 30 minutes the Giants headed out and took their swings. I came close to a few but did not get any. Rockpile Ranter did snag is first of the year and Amy got her first out in the Pavillions for the year. Amy had a good grab that was just missed by Ranter, I think there was a elbow thrown but can’t confirm. (once again sarcasm) It was a good catch. Ranters friend Scott also caught his first ball ever and that was the last ball hit during batting practice. Between BP and the game we headed by the wall and Todd Helton signed, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. I got Nolan on my 11×14 I took last series of his grand slam. I did not have anything for Charlie and did not get Todd. I really don’t have anything that needs to be important for him to sign.
Before the game Geoff, who won a 20 days of the Rockies contest got to bring out the lineup card to home plate with Walt Weiss.
While I was over their I took this shot of the Rockies warming up. Not that I don’t have photo’s the Rockie warming up but I don’t have a phoo of the Rockies warming up from behind the dugout!
Geoff meeting Walt Weiss.
Here he is shaking hands with Bruce Bochy.
The umps going over some of the ground rules of Coors Field.
It was than time to playball and Jhoulys Chacin took the mound for the Rockies. He got out of the inning 1,2,3. The Rockies also went down quick in the first against Giants closer Matt Cain. He struck out Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez in the inning.
With Wilin Rosario on base Todd Helton hit his third home run of the season to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Nolan Arenado than hit his fourth since being called about 2 weeks ago. He has been a great addition Offensively and Defensibly. Rosario got in on hitting a home run of his own in the 3rd. His 3 runs Cargo and Tulo were on base. Cargo walked to lead of the inning.
The Giants got things going in the 4th scoring 5 runs. Chacin faced 9 batters in the inning. Walking 2 and giving up a double to Brandon Crawford that scored a few of the Giants runs it was 6-5 Rox at the end of the inning. One run was a harsh one to see and that was when Chacin walked in Marco Scutaro for the 4th run of the inning. He walked Brandon Belt this was the second walk of the inning. It stinks to walk a guy and to let up runs, but walking in a run just make me a little crazy.
I believe this is Brandon Belt scoring on Crawfords double.
Chacin seemed to settle down a little bit in the 5th sitting the Giants down in order again. Including this strike out of Buster Posey to end the inning.
here is Chacin pitching in the 6th inning with Belt on first and Hunter Pence on third. Both hit singles to get on base. Gregor Blanco sac flied out to Dexter in center.
Chacin was taken out of the game by Walt Weiss after a Brandon Crawford single which scored 2 more runs. (7-6) Rockies this play at first made me a little mad, from my vantage point down the 1st base line it looked like it was hit to the left side of second and looked like it went by Tulo but it was actually hit to the right side of the bag and out of his range and too far right for Josh Rutledge to get to. However it still sucks to see a 6 run lead end up being caught and surpassed by the other team.
Adam Ottavino came into pitch to the Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Cain did ground out for the second out of the inning the Giants were not done yet they did score one more in the inning. (8-6) Giants.
D.J. Lemahieu who was called up earlier in the day from Colorado Springs came in to pinch hit for the Rockies in the 6th inning. The blurry spot on the bottom of the photo was the top of a guys head who personal got in the way of most of my photos earlier in the game including stepping in my way as Helton crossed first after hitting his home run in the 2nd inning, while trying to tell me I had a awesome camera. Thanks but with people in the way of the play it just doesn’t work as well. I don’t have the X ray feature on the digital cameras yet! But when it does come out I will be the first in-line to get one just for this reason.
Ball passing Crawford as D.J. slides into second.
D.J at third during pitch to Dexter Fowler. Fowler flew out to left to end the inning.
Bruce Bochy taking out Cain in the 7th inning and Jeremy Affeldt came into pitch for the Giants till the 9th inning.
Jeremy Affeldt pitching in the 7th inning.
Todd fields a Crawford hit ball in the 8th inning.
He Flipped to Scahill for the out.
Brett Pill taking a swing in the 8th inning he grounded out to Arenado at third for final out of the 8th. Scahill sat the Giants down in order in the 8th. Very good outing for him.
angel Pagan dives back to 1st after his 9th inning single.
Charlie Blackmon makes catch of a Marco Scutaro hit ball for the second out of the 9th. Wilton Lopez would than come into pitch to Pablo Sandoval who lined to Josh Rutledge at second and Pagan was tagged out being of the base to end the game.
This was a bad lose for the Rockies it is important to get these division wins. The Giants 3 games above the Rockies in first place in the National League West. This was the 10th consecutive lose to the Giants dating back to last season. 3 more remain in this series I will be at all 3.
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!!!!!
IS IT APRIL YET?