Angels Vs. Rockies
Salt River Fields at Talking stick
Last 2014 Spring Training game for me.
Today was the last day for a bunch of us at Salt River Fields. We decided to see how we could do on the Angels side of the field to see if we could get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and others Smitty needed a Copy of Don Baylor’s book signed.
So while we were waiting I thought we should take some cheesy baseball card pose photos!
Smitty went with the foreground baseball!
EB went with the pondering pitcher!
O.K. a few minutes later the team had arrived and it was time to play the game see if we would get anything signed. Most of us were unsuccessful. Smitty did get his book signed.
It was then time for the game we all love and came to see and that was baseball on this awesome spring afternoon at Salt River Fields.
Mike Trout was the second batter for the Angels he struck out for the second out of the first inning. Albert Pujols would hit a single and David Freese would end the inning striking out to end the inning.
Jered Weaver pitching to Corey Dickerson, Corey would strike out. Drew Stubbs followed with a double.
The next batter Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2 run home run to score himself and Stubbs and the Rockies took a quick lead.
The Angels would score a run in the 2nd on a Howie Kendrick solo home runs. (2-1) Rockies
In the 3rd inning the Rockies challenged a play on the field. After hitting a lead off single in the inning Corey Dickerson was caught stealing, after the review the call on the field did not change.
The Rockies scored a third run in the 4th inning to give them a 3 to 1 lead when Juan Nicasio contributed to the cause with a single to score Josh Rutledge.
Manny Corpas pitching to Pujols in the 5th inning. The Angels score a total of 3 runs in the inning. The first on a Matt Long lead off home run. Long came into the game as a replacement for Brennan Boesch when he was ejected from the game in the second inning after being called out on strikes in the 2nd inning. The Angels took a 4-3 lead.
Gregg Burke pitching for the Rockies in the 9th inning.
Drew Stubs hit a Hit a double in the 9th inning to score Christian Adames.
Christian Adames rounds third.
And slides into home to score the tying run for the Rockies.
Matt McBride hitting a single to lead off the 10th inning for the Rockies.
Ben Paulsen hitting a single to give the Rockies a runner on first and second. Ryan Wheeler would advanced McBride to third and Paulsen was out at 2nd.
with the winning run on third and one out the Angels set up a defense I have only once before. They played with only 2 outfielders and set up with their left fielder in the infield. Jason Pridie hit a grounder and the set up worked for the Angels. The ball was hit to Matt Long who was the left fielder to the short stop Andrew Romaine for the out at second and then to first for a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.
The first time I had seen this play was in Ashville in 2011 against the drive and Corey Dickerson hit the ball over the infield for a Tourists win! This was the second tie for the Rockies in a row. The next day as the group of us were traveling home the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight game against the Dodgers.
One last look at the Fields before I left.
Here is most of the group that was at the game.
After the game a few of us went out to dinner for Rachel and my birthday.
Than after diner Smitty and I decided to go to the Baseball City Experience at The Convention Center. We knew that Jose Conseco was signing and we decided to head over. It was only to 8 and we arrived at about 7:30. Since it was almost over they lets us in for free.
When we arrived there was not many people there and Jose was pitching to kids on a field they had to play wiffle ball.
I was able to get a ball autographed
And get a photo with him. Smitty had taken 2 photos I blinked in 1 and Jose was looking away in this one. Getting that his auto was defiantly great way to end a trip and an awesome day.
The Next day we headed home.
Along the way we made several stops one was to Winslow, Arizona
Here is the group of us “Standing on a corner….”
Well that is the end of Spring Training for me I had a great time with a great group of friends. Looking foreword to another great season with everyone. I know that no matter what happens with the Rockies I know it will be a fun season.
See you at Coors for Opening Day 2014!!!!
Mariners Vs. Rockies
Salt River Fields At Talking Stick
The Day started early at Tempe Diablo.
We went just for autographs trying to get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton. After a few hours we ended up getting no one. The Angels since they were not playing at Tempe Diablo today had a open to the public batting practice inside the stadium. The Rockies had a split squad day the first game was in Scottsdale against the Giants and they lost 4-0. We did not go to the game.
After a break in the mid afternoon we headed to Salt River Fields for the Rockies game against the Mariners. One of y main priorities was to get a Howard Johnson autograph. Above he is talking to Andy Van Slyke. I have gotten Howard before in the Spring but I have a lot of cards of him. I did not get him but I did get Van Slyke. Which was the only autograph I had gotten today.
For the second time this trip the first being Mondays game Franklin Morales started for the Rockies. After the first 2 Mariners batters ground out Stefen Romero hit a solo home run to give the Mariners a 1 run lead.
D.J. LeMahieu throws to Michael Cuddyer at first base for the second out of the first inning The Mariners Kyle Seager.
Felix Hernandez was the Starting pitcher for the Mariners. He was lights out in the first inning throwing only 7 pitches and striking out Charlie Blackmon and Ryan Wheeler both on 3 pitches, all swinging strikes. Brandon Barnes who was the second out of the inning was a first pitch ground out.
A look from home plate with the full moon over right field.
Michael Cuddyer taking a lead off first base after leading off the inning with a single.
The Mariners would game the lead back in the 2nd inning after Brad Miller started the inning for the Mariners with a triple. He scored on a Abraham Almonte sac fly to center giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead.
Michael Cuddyer trying to leg one out to avoid the double play in the 4th inning. It was a close one but he was called out. He gives it his all every time he runs down that line. A huge amount of hustle from him wish more of his teammates played the way he does.
La Troy Hawkins came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th inning.
After loading up the bases the Rockies would get out of the inning starting with a beautifully executed 5,2,3 double play. A ball hit to third, thrown home for the first out and than to first for the second. Love none conventional plays like that, most importantly it saved the run and pretty much the inning for the Rockies.
The creative BNW to show off the mad photo skillz. Now back to the game!
Rex Brothers pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies.
Charlie Blackmon at the plate with D.J.Lemahieu on second in the 6th inning. D.J. would be left on base. I have seen him lead off the inning with a extra base hit and get stranded way to many times last season. I think he should do well batting in the lead off spot if everyone can hit behind him. I saw this a lot last year when he would either start the inning in whatever part of the order he was in or when he would pinch hit to lead off an inning for the pitchers spot or a infield substitution. So he did not score and the game remained the same 2-1 Mariners.
Mom, Tara and EB (E2themnfnB) as he was called in his gansta days!
Leuris Gomez warming up in the bullpen. He would pitch later in the game.
Charlie Blackmon would hit a sac fly in the 8th with Charlie Culberson on third and tied the game at 2.
Culberson crosses the plate for the Rockies second run of the game.
Kent Mathis trying to steal second after his 9th inning single.
Notice I sad tried! He was caught and called out!
After the Rockies failed to score in the bottom of the 9th it was time for free baseball. Leuris Gomez pitched the 10th for the Rockies only facing 3 batters. He did allow a hit but the runner was caught stealing to end the inning.
The Rockies came up in the 10th and tried to start a 2 out rally after a Ryan Wheeler walk. Kyle parker would hit a single, followed by a Tim Wheeler being hit by a pitch to load the base’s Kent Mathis would struck out to end the game and this being Spring Training the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
This is the group of the Cool kids who were here for this game!
That is it for this one, Only one more game left for me from spring training That is also at Salt River Fields and it is against the Angels.
See you there.
Also you can follow me on tweeter for live tweets and photos from the games.
So today we started off at the Cubs new Ballpark in Mesa. The Rockies were there so I arrived early to check out the complex and see if I could snag some baseballs or get some autographs. While walking from the parking lot to the practice fields which are past the stadium from the parking lot. I took some photos of the outside one display showed the different Cubs logos. Others were of baseball cards of recent players.
This is the clubhouse. It is a free standing building. It is a couple of hundred feet from the stadium.
the practice fields are on the opposite side of this building from the stadium. It is very spread out here and it takes a little walk from the parking for the stadium to get to the practice fields.
I like being on the minor league practice fields because you get really close to what is going on.
The players walk from the clubhouse to the stadium.
After checking out the complex I headed over to get tickets for the game and it was completely sold out. So now to figure out what to do. I figure well this stadium will be here a bunch of years and I will most likely be at spring training again. So I had to figure out a new plan.
So I decided to head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and check out the Diamondbacks game they were playing the Indians. So when I headed over to the ticket window there it said there were only lawn tickets left which was fine because that’s what I always get. This whole season has been very busy for the stadiums and they have been having very good crowds. I have not seen this in previous years at any stadium. Especially for day game during the week.
So onto the Indians Vs. the Diamondbacks.
Trevor Cahill was the starting pitcher for the D’backs.
The Indians Michael Bourn lead off the inning with a single followed by a single by Asdrubal Cabrera. Jason Kipnis hit into a double play getting Cabrera out at second and himself out at first. Bourn advanced to third. Michael Brantley flew out to end the inning for the Indians.
Justin Masterson was the starting pitcher for the Indians. He got out of the inning throwing three pitchers, Wow first pitch swing D’backs! He would pitch 4 and 2/3 inning only allowing 2 runners both hit by a pitch.
The Indians would score the first run of the game in the 3rd. Yan Gomes scored on a David Adams sac fly to right field. Which resulted into a double play getting Jeff Francoeur out at first because he did not tag up and that ended the inning.
Masterson pitching to Shelley Duncan in the 3rd inning. He was the second batter hit by Masterson. He would get out trying to steal second during Matt Tuiasosopo at bat.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a 2 run home run this is the ball going out in right field 3-0 Indians.
Martin Prado gets the Diamondbacks first hit of the game in the 5th inning off the Indians Cody Ryan. The Indians would score 2 in the 5th, Francisco Lindor hit a double to get on base and would score on a Cabrera ground rule double. (5-1) Indians
He would eventually score the D’backs first run on a Tuiasosopo single.
Josh Collmenter pitching for the D’backs in the 8th inning for the D’backs.
I believe this is Chuck Taylor taking a lead at first after walking in the 5th inning.
The Indians would score 2 more runs in the 9th and win the game 7-1. This was a pretty good game with very good pitching by the Indians and 4 no hit inning (except the hit batters!) by Masterson who was announced as the Indians opening day Starter.
So as I was watching this game the Rockies shut out the Cubs 13-0 and hit 4 home runs.
Also if any body is wonder I got 3 baseballs Monday night at the Diamondbacks batting practice on the practice fields, 1 catch, 1 roller and an Easter egg. I had2 of the autographs by Marc Trumbo and Archie Bradley. Bradley is a very high prospect in the Diamondback organization and is rank as the 25th best prospect in all of baseball.
Well that is it for day 2.
Day 3 I will be back at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for possible 2 games as the Rockies have a split double header. I will definitely be at the day game still pondering the second.
Well See you around.
San Diego Padres Vs. Colorado Rockies
Spring Training 2014 Game 1
Salt River Fields At Talking Stick.
After Flying from Denver and arriving in Phoenix I headed straight to Salt River Fields. I headed over to the field where player were doing batting practice. I met up with EB and Smitty. I was also surprised to see Gary and Ophelia who I know from Coors. They are down here for the first time. Got a few autos on my 2014 team project which is a 16×20 of the outside of Coors. Jorge De La Rosa was the first person I got on it. Within minutes I had gotten 4 more player Chad Bettis, Jhoulys Chacin and Rex Brothers. After the player left the field we headed into the stadium after a batting practice in the stadium I got Justin Morneau, Charlie Blackmon, D.J. LeMahieu and Walt Weiss. So I had gotten 9 players on it. I also Got Eddie Butler and Jonathon Gray on baseballs thanks to EB because I left my case of baseballs in the car. Both of them in scripted them with first round draft pick.
This year I brought my Mom to spring training, it is the first time she has ever been to spring training.
While Jorge was signing autographs and noticed that Jorge had a bat that was in his bag and broken. So he ask what he was going to do with it and then asked if he wanted it and EB got the bat. Here he is inside the stadium taking a photograph of it.
So after getting some autographs out of the way it was time for some baseball!!! Franklin Morales started for the Rockies here he is throwing the first pitch to the Padres Evereth Cabrera. Cabrera swung at this first pitch and grounded out to second. The next batter Will Venable also took a swing at the first pitch and grounded back to Morales for 2 outs on 2 pitches. The 3rd batter of the inning Chris Denorphia swung at 3 pitches and missed to strike out it was a five pitch inning for Morales and I was impressed by the quick work he made in the inning.
The Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon lined out to short and Michael Cuddyer grounded out to third for a quick 2 outs for the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez hit a double and Troy “The Deuce Tulowitzki came through in the clutch and ……oh wait no he grounded out to second to end the inning.
After giving up 2 runs in the 2nd a home run by Ryan Jackson. The third a wild pitch by Morales scoring Rene Rivera from third.
So after the very good first inning and the really bad 2nd inning Morales was taken out of the game with the Rockies down 3-0
Gregg Burke would come into the game to finish the inning. He face Xavier Nady and got him to ground out on 1 pitch to end the inning.
After Tommy Kahnle pitched the 4th and Tyler Matzek pitched the 5th Matt Belisle pitched in the 6th inning.
While walking around we notice one time all time saves leader (601) Trevor Hoffman was in the S.D. Padres bullpen. So EB had a baseball signed and later on Smitty had him sign a Padres hat. I already got him at Coors a few years ago. He is now 2nd on the list to Mariano Rivera. The guy in 3rd is Lee Smith (478) who played for the Cubs.
Wilton Lopez pitching in the 7th inning for the Rockies.
The Rockies would give up 2 more runs in the 8th inning. The first when Rymer Liriano hit a double scoring Reymond Fuentes and the second when Kyle Blanks also hit a double scoring Liriano. (5-2) Padres. Brookes Brown was pitching the 8th for the Rockies.
Rosell Herrera playing short stop late in the game at short stop.
Yohan Flande pitching in the 9th inning for the Rockies.
That is it for day one of spring training next up I go and check out the Cubs new spring training facility in Mesa.
See you around!!!
Me and EB sending props to the Rockpile Ranter! Miss ya Brotha!
Photo Courtesy of E2theMNFN B!
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!!!
LA Dodgers Vs. Colorado Rockies
Salt River Fields At Talking Stick
This day like most started early. We headed down to Salt River Fields for some BP. We started on the Diamondbacks side for there Major League Batting Practice. Where I got 3 Bp baseballs 2 rollers and final my first catch of the year, for a total of three. Than Don, Dan and myself headed over to the Minor league fields also on the D’backs side for minor league BP and I got 10 more mostly rollers or pick ups and a few Easter eggs!
So we than headed over to the batting cages because the Rockies did a BP in there instead of on a field. So we just watched from above.
Here’s Todd Helton Challenging hitting Coach Carney Lansford to a fight clearly Todd got the Karate Chop ready and Carney looks read to slide a jab or they are just going over his swing of the bat! I like my version better
Nolan Arenado in the cage. This area of the complex always reminds me of a zoo.
Always remember don’t feed the Players!
Jason Giambi Taken some swings.
Johnny Herrera looks on as Ramon Hernandez. Take a swing.
Jordan Pacheco waits for his turn in the cage and the creative BNW for this post to show off the mad photo Skillz.
Casey Blake loosing up before hitting the cage. He has not been in-game this spring due to an injury.
So after hangin there for a while we headed into the stadium.
This is new guy Marco Scutaro who the Rox got from the Red Sox in the off-season.
He most likely will be at 2nd base. But there is depth at the position with Johnny Herrera and D.J LeMahieu. Who as I was writing this was sent to Minor League camp. But I think we may still see him in Coors soon.
Bench Coach Tom Runnels brings the starting line up to home-plate.
Rockies Jeremy Guthrie throws the first pitch to the Dodgers Dee Gordon
Guthrie faced 4 batters in the inning only giving up a double to Andre Either.
Juan Uribe throws to first to get Marco Scutaro out at 1st. for the second out of the inning.
Adam Kennedy catches the Uribe throw.
Former Rockie Mark Ellis throwing to first to get Guthrie out in the 4th. The Dodgers scored one in the fourth when Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a single to get Eithier home. (1-0) Dodgers
the catch from Ellis’ throw.
Andrew Brown shaking Jim Tracy’s hand after hitting a HR in the 6th inning. 3-1 Rox
Willin Rossario legs out a single in the 6th.
Also in the 6th during I believe Rosario’s at bat I caught a foul ball and gave it to Mary O, who is an usher at Salt River Fields and Coors. It was her birthday. Happy Birthday Mary. It was the first game ball I got in a Major League game.
Parker Frazier pitching in the 7th inning.
The Rantics Showing some support for our Home Boy Tom Helmer. Dans 8-year-old daughter took this photo way to go good job.
During the Network not to be named pre game show we were shout to bring back Helmer and we want Helmer.
As you see in this picture I am wearing my St. Patty’s Day green hat. Which this guy stole from me for a few minutes before the game.
The Rockie mischievous mascot Dinger he could not get it on his head so he hung it on his nose.
Than the bee’s came and they evacuated the left center part of the berm.
Here is the mostly cleared berm from right field.
The Dodgers scored a run in the 8th inning the Rockies scored 2. (5-2) Rox
Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt came in for the 9th and got lit up by the Dodgers letting up 4 runs before the end of the inning.
Than in the 9th Tim Wheeler stepped to the plate with 2 outs and the game tied at 6 and launched a 2 run HR to the berm in right field for a Rockies walk off win. (8-6) the final. Right before this homer we were talking about how he is a clutch player and he proved the conversation right.
Once again thanks for checkin out the Rox addict blog.
We stil have about 5 games left at Spring training and I am still a game behind on posting so check back.
From Scottsdale I am the Rox Addict and I will see you around Phoenix.
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?”