As I sit here on a warm Denver afternoon at the beginning of March, I can only think of one thing at this time next week I will be sitting in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick watching the Rockies. I did not do posts this off season, to take a little break I did do all my normal off season activities like snowboarding and was at the opening day for the season at Keystone and Breckenridge. I have 15 days on the slopes so far this year. I did attend the Dew Tour like I have in the past.
This is a look up the Half Pipe at Breck.
Here is a look at a competitor after his run on the slope style course.
I also attended the National Western Stock Show Parade.
Always trying to improve on my long horns heading down 17th street photo.
I think this year I may have gotten the best ones yet!
This Off season we said bye to Dex, Jonny and Drew.
Going to miss moments like this from Dex!
Guy had a tendency to get the hits when the game was on the line.
Yes, I also did get to fan fest this year got to meet some of the ne guys like Justin Morneau and Brett Anderson both were very cool to talk to and seemed ready to try and help the Rockies this season. Hopefully Morneau will return to his ways of his MVP year and can get things working here at Coors. I was asked what would he needs to do to help the team and to make up for the retiring of Helton and I said he needs to hit 25 plus homers with close to 100 RBI’s, bat in the high 300’s, hit timely and get those extra base hits like Helton had. Especially the doubles. I asked Brett if he was ready for the pitching challenges that Coors is known for and he said he is a ground ball pitcher and as long as they stay on the ground everything should be alright! Hope everything works out for him, he seems really cool and if everything pans out well with him I might finally give an answer to the Ubaldo trade! Since we got him for Drew Pomeranz who did not work out that well for the Rockies since he came to us with others for Ubaldo.
So I will be in Phoenix from March 10th to the 16th. I will be at the Game on the 10th against the Padres. I will also be checking out the new Cubs stadium and seeing the Rockies at Phoenix municipal when they play the A’s.
I am also starting to plan the 2014 baseball adventure I am thinking possibly Chicago and Detroit this year for Rockies games and plenty of minor league baseball in-between including the 2014 Triple A All-Star game in Durham this July.
So I am ready for baseball how about you!
See you in Phoenix and if not at Coors for the 2014 Season. I can’t wait it should be a interesting season. Hopefully it will be filled with awesome memories and great friends!!!
7-18-2013 / 7-19-2013
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Yes, I am back home after the road trip!
This is 2 days in one entry because the first day Thursday the 18th was the 1st Day of Roxivus. Which was this years version of Rockies Fest which is usually held in January before the team heads to spring training. So the name Roxivus had us asking the question of what is Roxivus stand for and 4 days later we still really don’t know! So I looked up to see if Ivus means anything in other languages and well it did not. The only thing that I could find that had any resembled the IVUS was an acronym for digital imaging process Intravascular ultrasound. If you really need to know what it is here is the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IVUS. Some even thought it was a play on word from the Seinfeld’s show’s Festivus. Another look at the word it may incorporate the Roman Numeral for 4 (IV), so it would mean Rox 4 us. So draw your own conclusion to the meaning of the word Roxivus to us regulars it was a fan fest!
So what they did was brought in a bunch of former players from the past 20 years of the Rockies history a bunch from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The players were Brian Fuentes, Josh Fogg, Jason Jennings, Pedro Astacio, Kevin Ritz, Mike Lansing, Terry Shumbert, Ben Petrick and from the 1993 team Andres “The Big Cat” Gallaraga. Many that I know of since living here in Denver a few I did not know about till this weekend. So the first day was an autograph session, interview session and Rockies open batting practice. I first went onto Galarragas line and he was with Kevin Ritz I had Galarraga sign my 1993 opening day from Shea photo and ball for me. I had Kevin Ritz cards which I forgot at home. Any body I did not have stuff for I got them to sign a card that they had at the table with the 20th Anniversary logo on it. While waiting on the line for The Big Cat one of the Rockies staffers asked a trivia question about the Rockies, the question was Besides Jason Jennings there were 3 other Rockies to win 10 games before the all-star break name 2 of the 3 For answering this question I won a pint of the Rockies 20 Anniversary Ale and a T- Shirt if you answer it I will give you something from this Roxivus weekend. There is a catch if you were on-line with me you are not eligible or if I talk to you about this! Because well you heard the answer. To answer the question Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org (there is a underscore between the Xand A) to answer this will remain open till August 1, when a winner will be pick from the people who get the answer correct. The prize will include Autographs!!!! I will announce winner on August 2nd. I will also announce what the prize will be in a later blog entry from later this weekend.
After the autograph session they had a Q&A session with all the players. They all were introduced and said what they have been up to since leaving the Rockies and Baseball. Many just spend time with the family while others have gotten into different business and careers.
Here are some photos of then:
The Big Cat being introduced.
Jason Jennings talking while Josh Fogg and Shawn Chacon look on.
A look at all the players on top of the dugout.
While the interview session was going on and the Rockies ended batting practice Dante throw to his son Bo and to one of Walt Weiss’ kids.
Bo in the cage taking some swings. They both hit well and Bo put a few over the wall in left field.
After Dante stopped and signed for a bunch of us he signed my 1993 throwback jersey of his that the Rockies wore against the Mets back in April. Above he is signing for Smitty.
A card for Jared.
and a bobble head for EB. It was very cool of him to stop and sign for us.
So that was it for ROIVUS!
The next day Friday the Rockies started the second half of the season against the Chicago Cubs and they continued the Roxivus festivity’s which mad for a busy day.
When I first got to the stadium I headed out for batting practice for a little while and then headed over to get some autographs. I first got onto Andres Galarragas line again and got a few of my cards signed since the day before I got a ball and Card signed. Then went to the area under the Rockpile where Pedro Astacio, Terry Shumpert and Brian Fuentes were. I had a few cards for Fuentes and got the 20th Anniversary cards signed. I then headed over to the third table by the playground where Josh Fogg, Shawn Chacon, Jason Jennings and Ben Petrick. I had Petrick’s book signed for a friend and had cards for Jason Jennings.
Shawn Chacon signing for Mike.
Shawn Chacon handing a ball back to a fan with Josh Fogg, Jason Jennings and Ben Petrick signing in the background.
Ben Petrick handing a ball back to a fan after signing also.
Troy Tulowitzki stepping to the plate in the 2nd inning.
After going to Andres Galarraga table again I headed back out to right field and got those guys again. I went out there because I did not get a Ben Petrick autograph the first time through I did got the 20th Anniversary cards signed by each of the guys out there.
While I was waiting online Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run to lead off the 4th inning for the Rockies it was his 1st homer in about 6 weeks. The score at this point was 1-1 the Cubs got a run in the 4th inning also on a solo home run theirs hit by Alfonso Soriano.
I was on-line with Josh the Mohawk guy! He was a really cool guy I have seen him around this season but never had met him before. Most of the conversation was about his Mohawk and what goes into getting it to look that way. Josh Fogg seemed amazed also. Josh and his Mohawk are also featured in this months Rockies magazine on page 11 and 12.
I finally settled into a seat at the beginning of the 4th inning so in the pursuit of autographs I missed over half the game.
Tulo was on base and here he is getting tagged out at home after a ball got passed the Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo, he then throw to pitcher Jeff Samardzija. This play ended the inning for the Rockies.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.
Jeff Samardzija started for the Cubs
Nolan Arenado throws to first to get Jeff Samardzija out in the 7th inning.
Edgmer Escolona came into pitch for the Rockies in the 7th inning. Jorge pitched real well only giving up the 1 run to the Cubs in the 4th and 5 hits in his 6 innings he pitched. Not to sure what is up with the new stance by Edgmer.
Cody Ransom making the turn at third to score on a Anthony Rizzo double in the 7th inning. (2-1) Cubs
To third when Rizzo tried to stretch the double to a triple.
He was out to end the inning.
Jeff Samardzija was taking out by manager Dale Sveum and was replaced by Pedro Strob.
Cole Gilespie scores the Cubs 3rd run of the game in the 9th inning for a 3-1 lead.
D.J. LeMahieu Hit a lead off double for the Rockies in the bottom of the 9th.
Running to first after the hit.
Tulo tosses a ball up to the crowd after a Cargo foul tip.
Cargo hits the ball
He was out on a throw from Cubs short stop Starling Castro.
Michael Cuddyer would hit into a double play getting Tulo out at second and himself at first. Tulo got on base on a walk. So in the inning there was 3 all-Stars batting after D.J. hit a lead off double and they could not get him home. That about says what is happening this season. After very good pitching performances they can not get runs and after someone gets on base they can’t get the run in this inning the Rockies had a very good opportunity to at least tie the game and ended up loosing it with the 3-1 score.
That was it for this game against the Cubs and day 2 of Roxivus.
So I was at Coors for the full series and will be there all week as the Rox play the Marlins and Brewers.
See You at Coors!
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!