With 12 teams starting today here in the 5280 we still have a day to wait. The Colorado Rockies held a workout for charity. It is a practice session that they do a short autograph signing and then a complete before game work out.
So my day started by parking up on the north side of Lodo and taking my walk to Coors Field. As I was walking you can see the anticipation on the street for opening day.
The Blake Street Tavern had their sign ready for their Opening Day Party and had the Flags of the Rockies and Root Sports hanging out front.
So I followed the purple stripe down Blake St. Which leads you right to Coors Field, not that I needed direction.
A look north up Blake St @ 21st.
When I arrived Gary X was waiting in front of the home plate gates to be the first inside.
A look of the growing crowd about and hour after I got their. With Doug from openstance.com in the foreground, his site is cool and has a lot about Major League Baseball and Stadiums past and present.
When I got in I got on-line for autos and the players were not out yet the stadium had the Opening Day graphics going.The Arizona Diamondbacks were taking BP. They will be playing the Rockies tomorrow.
The Diamondback in the batting cage.
Todd Helton Heading to his section to sign autographs. The line i was in had jorge De LaRosa and Matt Belise signing I had each of them sign a baseball card.
After they signed autographs they started stretching and the workout.
Jhoulys Chacin and I believe Felipe Paulino on the warning track.
Ubaldo Jimenez throwing in the outfield.
Matt Belise getting in some throws.
Then I headed to the outfield for the Rockies Batting Practice.
Carlos Gonzalez throws a ball to young fans in left field
Matt Belise throwing a ball into the crowd.
The Rantics from left to right Dan, Gary X, Joy & Jim sitting and “D” the Rockpile Ranter.
It was a fun day at Coors and was great to be back with the whole crew. Can’t wait til tomorrow Opening Day at Coors Field. Go Rockies!!! Hope to see you there.
This is the last game I attended at Spring training it was at Salt River Fields. Indians Vs. Diamondbacks. This was an off day for the Rockies and I had a 7:30 Flight. Which left me time for 1 more game before i left.
Cleveland Indians Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 22, 2011
This day their was a Diamondbacks Batting Practice in Side the stadium. During batting practice I caught 1 Ball with the Salt River Field inaugural season logo.
Before each game the Diamondbacks have 2 players signing autographs on the concourse. This day Juan Miranda & Willie Bloomquist had signed. I had each of them sign a D’backs pocket schedule.
This is a view from behind home plate before the game. After BP I headed over to the Indians dugout , out of habit because it is the same dugout the Rockies use for their home dugout when they play their games at SRF.
Former Rockies and now former Indians player Jason Nix, who was traded to the Blue Jays yesterday. Also in photo Orlando Cabrera.
Hey look hosers!!!
And here is the BNW to show off my mad photo skillz. Ok this is a photo of Indians top prospect catcher Carlos Santana ( not to be confused with the Guitar player with the same name)
Indians outfielder , 3 time all-star, 2 time gold glove winner and way to good to sign an autograph for any body over the age of 10, Grady Sizemore. He refused to sign autographs on anything but a baseball and it had to be handed to him by a kid. One day some of these players will realize that it is the older people are the fans also and we are the ones that pay for the tickets and are not there to make money off their autograph. We are true fans and are honored to meet players. especially All Stars that we very rarely seen in our National League Stadiums.
Signing autographs for the young fans at Salt River Fields. He did sign an autograph for an adult and the autograph looked like a Pollack painting. It did not even resemble the auto he signed for the kids.
The Indians Logo on the left sleeve. on the right sleeve they had a patch in memory of Bob Feller. Who passed away at the age of 92 this last December.
The umpires for today’s game at home plate.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Aaron Heilman throwing the first pitch to Indians Grady Sizemore who flew out in this at bat and later struck out. Its called Karma!!! His replacement and invitee Travis Buck hit 2 home runs and a single in his 3 at bats.
D’backs Justin Upton fouls off a pitch in the 1st inning.
Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona. He is throwing warm up pitchers check out the Short Stop in the background he looks like a 4-year-old that needs to pee!!!!!!
Justin Upton scores 1st. run off a Russell Braynan single.
Gerardo Parra Hi fives Upton after scoring the run.
Gerado Parra rounds first as he turns for his double.
Indians Catcher Carlos Santana at bat in the 2nd inning.
Ex Rockie and Arizona’s 1st. base coach Eric Young.
Indians Carlos Santana gets a hit in the 4th inning.
Indians invitee Jack Hannahan batting in the 7th inning. He struck out this at bat and this photo has no relevance to the game but I remembered seeing him play for Tacoma against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last year.
A view of a pitch from behind home plate late in the game.
The Cleveland Indians celebrate their 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The final scoreboard Indians 7 D’Backs 3. attendance for today’s game was 11,794. It was a good day at the ball park for my last game of spring training. Just got to see some baseball on a perfect Scottsdale day.
Fans Leaving Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick
The Final photo I took as I exited Salt River Fields. I left out of the Rockies Gate.
Overall it was a great trip I like the new complex as a stadium. I was a bit perturbed about the lack of player access on the Rockies side but gained a new respect for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Which I hope the Rockies destroy as they are playing them @ Coors Field for opening day April 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks side of the complex was awesome had great interaction with players and fans and met many of their players and coaches. Most of my time before the games at Salt River Fields was spent on their side. I met many of their coaches that played when i was younger. I got a bunch of autographs from them more on the Diamondbacks side of the complex in a future post.
Well as I get ready for the Rockies workout for charity and Opening Day @ Coors Field I am in full swing and ready to blog to you from Coors Field this season. Hope to see you there.
“Is It April Yet?”
On Sunday the Rockies Played the Angels. The game started of great for the Rockies Runs accumulated fast, More on that in a second.
The scoreboard with the starting line ups.
Tony from the E gate @ Coors checking in guests at the Rockies Gate at Salt River Fields. The E gate is the Fado’s Entrance.
Jeff Huson Preparing for the game in the FSN soon to be Roots Sports booth. FSN will be changing their name on April 1st. After the Game Jeff signed 2 cards for me Thanx. The FSN crew F’n Rocks!!!!!!!!
Sunday the Rockies had batting practice inside @ Salt River Fields.
Tulo During Batting Practice with Dexter takin swings in the cage.
So Coors Field may have Dinger living in the basement, But Salt River Field has this guy…..
…….this Falcon is believed to be nesting in the rafters at Salt River Fields.
Matt Daley signing autographs for fans before the game
Esmil Roger and Chris Iannetta heading to the field from the bullpen. Esmil pitched pretty well and struck out 2 in the 1st. and went 3 scoreless. He pitched 6 inning.
The Rockies taking the field
Esmil Rogers throws first pitch to the Angels Maicer Izturis, which results into Rogers 1st strike out of the game.
The Angels Bobby Abreu at bat in the 1st. for the 2nd Strike out and final out of the inning.
Cargo @ bat in the first with Herrera on first hit a single. So with 1 out and 2 on “The Deuce” Troy Tulowitzki comes up and hits his first of 2 home runs of the game. Scoring Cargo and Herrera 3-0 Rox.
The Deuce running the bases high five 3rd base coach Rich Dauer
Celebrating the HR with Cargo, Herrera and Helton who hit a single and later scored on a Iannetta single.
Here’s Helton running 2nd to 3rd after Spilli’s single.
Ty Wiggington Running from 2nd to 3rd. The Rockies Scored 4 runs in the 1st. inning.
Tom Helmer doing his thing in right field. One of our favorites he is the Rantics Homeboy. Once again thanks for the shirts.
Helmer and Myself in the interview pose. No I wasn’t interviewed.
Vernon Wells Scores on a Franklin Morales Wild Pitch in the 6th inning.
The Angels Alberto Calasspo caught in a run down between 3rd and home for an out.
Meeting on the mound
Dexter steals a base in the Rox half of the 6th. The ball was knocked down by th Angels SS.
Invitee Rex Brothers pitching in the 7th inning
Willie Taveras Gets the brush back from the Angels Pitcher Jordan Walden
So after the Angels tied up the game in the 6th inning the score remand the same they went to the 10th and the game was ended with a 6-6 tie. Which can only happens in spring training.
This was my last Rockies game of the trip they played 3 innings then were cancelled because of rain. As was the game I went to in Maryvale between the Rangers and the Brewers.
Thanks for checking out the post and check back as I blog more about my trip to Spring Training. Including 2 Diamondbacks game and a look at their side of the complex at Salt River Fields.
FIRST GAME AT SALT RIVER FIELD AT TALKING STICK
My day Started with seeing a post from the Rockpile Ranter that he was first in line to enter the new stadium. Later on there was a phone call from Robert saying he had not caught the first batting practice ball at Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick, But Did get the second that he caught from Troy Tulowitzki. An was the 1st Rockies fan to catch a BP home run. I was unable to get to Scottsdale for this game so I did watch the entire game from home on FSN soon to be Root Sports. During the whole game you were able to feel the excitement from phone call and post from friends that were there, to the chatter between a bunch of us before and during the game.
Finally after months of watching the count down on The Salt River Fields @ Talking stick website. The time had come and a new Era for the Rockies has started.
The First Pitch was thrown by Arizona’s Aaron Heilman to the Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler. It was a taken strike. Then Dex hit along flyball to the Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young. On another day it would have been a Home Run, even though it was an out for the Rockies.The crack of the bat said that baseball is back. After a quick 1,2,3 inning, that saw Seth Smith and Cargo both grounding out.The Rox took the field behind their Ace starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Ubaldos first pitch was a ball. He then walked Johnson. Parra got the first hit. After that, J.D. Drew hit into a double play, the first double play. Tulo to Lopez and then to Wiggington for the double play. The Rox came up in the 2nd. Another 3 up 3 down inning But Tulo had the Rox first hit for a single. Then Ian Stewart hit into a double play getting Tulo out at 2nd and Stewart at 1st. Ty Wiggington made his Rockies debut with a pop out.
Now to the D-Backs 2nd inning. where Geoff Blum flew out to Cargo an up came Pena who hit a single off of Ubaldo for the first hit in the history of Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick. The first run was scored off of the Rockies 2nd Pitcher of the day Gregg Reynolds, after the HR he really improved and pitched a very good 3rd and 4th with 2 strike outs and only a base hit allowed besides the HR. in the Rockies 4th the Rockies scored their first run when Cargo hit a single that scored Seth Smith from 2nd. After the Rockies 3rd inning most of the Rockies starters left the game. It was time to see the minor league players prospects and invitees. One very notable performance was Jonny Herrera who went 3 for 3 with a walk. Their were no other runs till the Rockies 6th inning. When Sky Sox left fielder Cole Gardner hit a single with 1 out. Followed by a Pop out by Gomez and a walk by Chris Nelson then a double by Mike Jacobs scored them both, making the score 3 to 1 Rockies. In the Top of the 7th the Rockies scored 4 runs which they sent 9 batters to the plate. The Diamondbacks did respond in the 7th when Brandon Allen scored off of some bodies double (Trying to keep track of opposing teams with not very known players yielded to be difficult). The score at this point was 7-2. It looked like the game was well out of reach, BUT as many people know you never leave a game early and in baseball anything is possible and especially in spring training. The Diamondbacks came back in the 9th with 5 runs including a 3 run HR by invitee Paul Goldschmidt, tying the game at 7 a piece. The game went into the 10th inning. At first the Diamondbacks did not come out to the field thinking in Spring Training fashion the game would be called. Not in this one, they were going to the 10th, and, after a Mike Jacobs fly out to center Charlie Blackman came up with a long solo shot to the berm in right field. I was actually on the phone with Robert who was at the stadium and heard the homer over the phone before i saw it on the 7 second delay on TV. The D backs came up in the with an un productive inning and the Rockies won the game 8-7. Andrew Johnston Pitched very well in the 9th and 10th inning an even got an at bat for a walk in the 10th. So The game was a great first game for a new stadium. With exciting come backs and extra innings and was won in total Rockies style.
During the game FSN showed the new Rockies Commercials which as always were very entertaining. My favorite was the Metal detector which featured Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton.
Even though I was not there it was fun and exciting to watch. Had a great time chatting with other Rockies fan who were also watching from their homes. Gary X, Joy and Dan. And hope this will be a frequent tradition during away games.
As I am writing this 9 News in Denver has reported that the Rockies Lost this game in 10 innings 8-7. Maybe they should watch the games or maybe even read one of the MLB Blogs.
For More Coverage from this game Check out the Rockpile Rant baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com who was their live and I’m sure will share the experience and photos from the game like only the Ranter can.
I can’t wait for my trip to Scottsdale on March 18th when I will be blogging nightly from the games at Salt River Field at Talking Stick and Rockies away games.
Rockies Fest 2011 was held Saturday January 22 @ Coors Field. It is a day where the fans realy get to interact and meet Rockies players and Coaches. The event is a a great time of year for baseball fans just when we are realy looking for a baseball fix. We are starting to anticiapate Spring Training and the begining of the new baseball season that is just luming in the near future. This was my second year attending the Rockies Fest. Last year was awsome and couldn’t wait to attend this year that I tried so hard to get tickets that I ended up with 2. Thanks to Robert and Judy. Rockies Fest tickets are only available to Rockies Season ticket holders. So for us non season ticket holders we realy rely on generous Season ticket holders who have extras or can not make it. Thanks again you guys Rock!!!!!!
As I was walking from where I parked. I met up with Doug and Geoff. Who are in this photo with Robert. The bat Geoff was holding is a Willie Taveras bat that was used and cracked by Tulo!!!! He later got the bat autographed by Tulo.
Gary X Taking a picture of me as we were waiting on line outside. Also in photo Allanah X and Ken in the background.
The Rockies Statue of Liberty from The 2008 All-Star Games
Table with Branded Baseballs
Branding Rockies symbols on old batting practice balls. They were for sale for $10.00 and the money went to the Rockies charities. A stack of media guides inside the visiting teams radio booth.
The first thing I had tickets for was the 10:30 Interview Session. In the panel were 2 new members of the Rockies Ty Wiggington and Jose Morales. Also on the panel was Rockies 3rd Baseman Ian Stewart, Relief Pitcher Matt Daley, Bullpen Coach Jim Wright and Infield Coach/3rd Base Coach Rich Dauer. The questions were asked by FSN/Root Sports play by play announcer Drew Goodman and sideline reporter Allana Rizzo.
Jose Morales answering questions during the 10:30 Interview session. Jose was aquired from the The Twins earlier in the off season. He was a back up catcher to Joe Mauer. When asked about what he had learned watching Joe Mauer play he said, The one things was how he justed played everyday and competed everyday.
Rockies Bullpen Coach Jim Wright answering questions during the 10:30 interview session. When he was asked how he was going to keep track of all the Matt’s in the Bullpen he said he would have to work on that one he would have to figure out a FOUR MATT!!!Since their are 4 players named Matt in the bullpen this year. Matt Daley, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Belise & Matt Reynolds. He also said their are 7 realy strong arms in the bullpen an it is a good position to be in, he also is a thrill and honored to work with these players. In this Interview session we were also introduced to new Rockies utility infielder Ty Wiggington, Who was picked up from the Orioles in early in December. He was asked which position he felt most comftable in and he said in the batting order ! He said no matter what position he is playing he has learned to keep it simple a ground balls a ground ball, a fly balls a fly ball. you catch it you throw it.
Ryan Spilborghs pu
chases a Dinger stuffed animal. I asked him if it was for the Llama that he appears with in one of the upcoming FSN/Root Sports Rockies commercial.
Cole Gardner outfielder for the Colorado Springs Skysox outfielder Cole Gardner playing video games with young Rockies fan.
2010 Rockies #1 draft pick Kyle Parker signing @ the Minor League and Prospect signing table. Kyle is the starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers and recently injured his rib’s in the bowl game against Kentucky. He said they are getting better and he is feeling fine.
My First autograph session was in the visitors locker room. This is a photo of Rockies 3rd baseman Ian Stewart and Infield/3rd Base coach Rich Dauer.
The Interview session with the Rockies Front office and Jim Tracy. I did not attend this session but took the photo as I walked past the session taking place.
Tom Helmer Throws the drive by thumbs up as I was passing the FSN/Roots Sports desk
Rockies starting pitcher Jason Hammel Playing Just Dance 2 against Rockies fans
. Not for anything but Jason should stick to pitching!!!
Matt Daley signing autographs after playing Guitar Hero.
Eric Young Jr. Playing Just Dance 2 with Rockies fan. On the club level.
Eric Young Jr. Play’s Just Dance 2 against Allanah X
Ryan Spilborghs signing autographs on the club level. He is signing my ball in this photo.
Felipe Paulino and Jose Morales sign autographs on the suite level.
Allanah X speeks to Rockies relief Pitcher Matt Reynolds. The funniest thing was when she showed him her photo of him during the rookie hazing after the final game of last season. When some of the veterans players walked with the 1st and 2nd year players. From Coors Field to The Chop House were most of the rookies we’re in diapiers or dressed as Chippendale dancers with spandex pants and bow ties. for more photo of the rookies hazing check em’ out on the rockpile rant. baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com
I found this photo even funnier after I saw the photo in the background with the hand on the hip.
Alannah X talks to Managers Jim Tracy.
The bored and lonesome field. This place will be hot soon. Is it April Yet?
It would not be a Rockies Event without This Guy (Robert).
Photos of my Autographs from Rockies Fest. Autographed Photos of Ian Stewart, Rich Dauer infield/3rd base coach. Jose Morales new Catcher, Felipe Paulino New relief pitcher, Pitching coach Bob Apodaca. Autographed balls Outfielder Ryan Spilbourghs & Jason Giambi. also got all top prospects in my program, Including 2010 1st round draft pick and Clemson QB Kylie Parker.
Once again I would like to thank Judy and Robert for getting me Tickets. also thanks to “D” The Rockpile Ranter and Gary and Allanah X, Anna and everybody else I hung out with at Rockies Fest.for making the day so great.
Thats It see Ya in March @ SpringTraining in Scottsdale at Salt River Field @ Talking Stick. I will be there March 18th thru 22nd.
Heres a photo not baseball related. It is a new piece of art located at Broadway and Walnut. Lee Friedlander and Mr. F inspired.
Here enjoy a few out take photos.
Another of EYJ Playing just dance 2
Tracy Ringolsby in one of the hallways talking to Rockies Fans.
Tulo’s cleat outside his locker in the Rockies Club House, this didn’t make the main part. Because me and “D” the Rockpile Ranter think way to alike and has the same photo posted on his blog.