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Sky Sox fall short to the Redhawks.

4-15-2014

Oklahoma City Redhawks Vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

The Redhawks are the triple A Affiliate of the Houston Astros.

This was my first game to the Springs this year.

This day started really early for me I left my house at 7:15 in the morning to go snowboarding at Keystone. After 19 lift rides and 30,000+ vertical feet and 5 hours of snowboarding I took the 135 Mile drive from Keystone, Colorado to Colorado Springs. I took about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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It being Jackie Robinson Day I got on chair 42. It took about 4 runs to sink up and be able to get on this chair 3.

After arriving and getting my ticket I did some early Easter Egg hunting out behind Security Service Field!

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found 10 Baseballs Most Minor League Practice balls and a few Pacific Coast League baseballs.

After waiting for Jared to arrive we headed in to the stadium.

 

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 Christian Friedrich was warming up in the bullpen. I was able to get Wilton Lopez on my Rockies team project since he was sent down a few days ago. It was then time for the game to start.

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Christian Friedrich throwing the first pitch to the  Redhawks Austin Wates.

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He struck out swinging.

Friedrich would give up 2 hits before getting the second out of the inning also a strike out to John Singleton. After a Error by Ryan Wheeler at third and 2 more singles the Redhawks scored 3 runs and Friedrich got out of the inning after facing 8 batters. 3-0 Redhawks

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The starting pitcher for the Redhawks was Michael Foltynewicz. He also started the game with a strike out his was looking to Jason Pridie.

Tim Wheeler would hit a double but would not score, the Sky Sox did get a second base runner on base it was Matt McBride who walked. The Redhawks got the best of Friedrich in the second Ronald Torreyes started the inning with a single followed by a Wates single. Friedrich walked the bases loaded, walking Gregorio Petit. The fourth batter of the inning was George Springer who hit a grand slam to give the Redhawks a 7-0 lead. Springer was called up to the Astros the next day and made his MLB Debut he went 1 for 5 with a walk in the game against the Kansas City Royals. In this game he went 3 for 4 with a walk.

After the Springer homer Friedrich settled down and got the next 3 batters out to end the inning. he then pitched well the next 2 innings sitting down 9 Redbirds batters in a row. He would give up a lead off double to singleton in the 5th who would score and the Redhawks had a 8-0 lead.

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Mike McKenry got things started for the Sky Sox in the 5th with a double. He would score on a Tim Wheeler single.

8-1 Redhawks

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Wilton Lopez came into pitch for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning.

Christian Friedrich left the game after 5 innings giving up 8 hits, 8 runs, walking 1 and striking out 4. After settle in and falling behind the 5 runs he did then have 2 good innings. It still looks like he needs some work but looks like he will be back to the way he pitched 2 years ago soon.

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Matt McBride led off the 6th for the Sky sox and here he is diving back to first. He would get out at second on a ball hit by Ben Paulsen. The Sky Sox did go on and score 2 runs in the inning.

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1 on a Kyle Parker triple that scored Paulsen. Parker then scored on a McKenry single 8-3 Redhawks.

The Redhawks scored another run to give them a 9-3 lead in the 7th. The Sky Sox then had a very good inning in the 7th. The first 2 on a Tim Wheeler 2 run home run, ben Paulsen then hit a homer of his own with McBride on base. Kyle Parker hit one for him self to go back to back with Paulsen. 9-8 Redhawks.

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Rudy Owens came into pitch for the Redhawks in the 6th and was responsible for 5 of the Sky Sox runs the 2 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th. Chia-Jen Lo pitched the rest of the 7th inning for the Redhawks  and was responsible for the 2 other runs in the 7th.

The Redhawks scored 2 more in the 9th and the Sky Sox scored 1 more in the bottom of the 9th. They also had some base runners in the 8th but were unable to score them. That was it for this one the Sky Sox lost 11-9. This was a pretty good game and the Sky Sox did have a few opportunities to get the lead in this game and like the Rockies had trouble getting the timely runs. Tim Wheeler did come up a triple short of the cycle going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Mike McKenry also hit well also going 3 for 5 and he had 1 RBI.

After the game I took the hour and a half drive back home, in total I drove about 300 miles and spent 5 and a half hours just driving this day. But it was a great day doing 2 of my favorite things to do in Colorado Snowboarding and Baseball.

So that is it for this one I will be back at Coors on Friday when the Rockies return from there road trip to San Fran and San Diego.

 See You Their!

 

 

 

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Tied at 2 What Shall we do?!

3-14-2014

Mariners Vs. Rockies

Salt River Fields At Talking Stick

 

The Day started early at Tempe Diablo.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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D.J. LeMahieu throws to Michael Cuddyer at first base for the second out of the first inning The Mariners Kyle Seager.

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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.

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A look from home plate with the full moon over right field.

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Michael Cuddyer taking a lead off first base after leading off the inning with a single.

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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.

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La Troy Hawkins came into pitch for the Rockies in the 5th inning.

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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.

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The creative BNW to show off the mad photo skillz. Now back to the game!

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Rex Brothers pitched the 6th inning for the Rockies.

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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.

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Mom, Tara and EB (E2themnfnB) as he was called in his gansta days!

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Leuris Gomez warming up in the bullpen. He would pitch later in the game.

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Charlie Blackmon would hit a sac fly in the 8th with Charlie Culberson on third and tied the game at 2.

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Culberson crosses the plate for the Rockies second run of the game.

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Kent Mathis trying to steal second after his 9th inning single.

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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.

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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.

@roxaddict

2 for review as the A’s play last night game at Phoenix Muni.

3-13-2014

Rockies vs. A’s

Phoenix Municipal Stadium

So we arrived at Phoenix Municipal about 3:30. We were waiting for the Rockies bus to arrive which did not show till about 6. So I grabbed some photos of the outside of the stadium while we waited.

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Smitty said he wanted to be mentioned in this post so see the guy sitting on the bench well that is Smitty!!!!!!

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Here he is with Ryan Wheelers gloves. That were given to him signed before the game. We waited for the Rockies to show up and got a few autographs including Larry Walker on a ball and Ellis Burkes on card. We than headed to the wall and I got Brandon Barnes on a card.

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After we entered the stadium we waited by the Rockies dugout for a little bit. This is one of the few photos I took of details around the stadium they had banners of there Hall of Fame members it was Rollie, Ricky Henderson, Catfish Hunter and a few others.

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A.J. Griffin was the starting pitcher for the A’s. He started the game by hitting Brandon Barnes.

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Brandon Barnes being hit by the pitch.

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After a ball hit by Jed Lowrie that was called a out at first  for a double was reviewed via replay and over turned for only a out force out at second. This was the first review I have seen in person. The A’s scored a run in the inning.

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Wilin Rosario hit a solo home run to tie the game for the second Rockies run. Above is Barnes sliding into third in the 3rd inning. The A’s did take the lead in the 2nd with a run. (3-2) A’s. Barnes did score in the inning to tie the game at 3.

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The A’s scored 4 runs in the 4th inning and here are 3 of them which happened on a Lowrie double. Scoring Nick Punto from 3rd, Coco Crisp from 2nd and Josh Donalson from first. (7-5) A’s after 4 innings. The Rox did score 2 in the 4th on a Tim Wheeler home run.

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Rockies 2013 1st round draft pick Jonathan Gray pitched He pitched the 5th and 2/3rds of the 6th inning. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Chatwood left after the 3rd and he gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and walked 2.

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In the bottom of the 8th there was a second review of a double play. This again at first and the call on the play remained as called on the field.

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A’s player sliding into home for an out at home in the 7th inning.

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Jonathan Gray being removed from the game in the 7th inning.

the Rockies pitching and a few in field mess ups did not help.

So that was it from Phoenix Municipal this was the last night home game for the A’s in this stadium before they move to Hohokam next year.

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Me and Smitty were on the T.V. Photo Courtesy James from 5280 shirt shop thanks man!

I will be at the Friday Night game at Salt River Fields when the Mariners play the Rockies.

See You around.

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Volstad conquers the Rainiers!

6-18-2013

Tacoma Rainiers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Third Game in the Springs this year 43rd with Coors.

Before we entered the stadium we did take a lap around the stadium to see if we could find some baseballs but we did not look like there was no batting practice again.

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While the sun was out at Security Service Field clouds loomed in the distance. When I left Thornton there were tornado warnings near the airport and the tornado sirens were going off as I was going through Aurora. It did not rain in the Springs or did we not see any on our way down. It was slightly chilly and windy during the game. It was about 60 at the end of the game.

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This game I attended because I forgot my camera and autograph stuff for a few weeks ago when I saw the same 2 teams play in the Springs. This time I brought it and I did get to have Howard Johnson sign a Shea Stadium ball and a card. So I finally got my Hojo autographs. I did have more cards but he only signed 2 items. Above he is handing over the scorecards and going over the ground rules with Glennallen Hill and the Umpires.

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This is the Howard Johnson Autographed Shea Stadium Ball.

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Chris Volstad started for the Sky Sox he was up with the Rockies briefly last week but was brought back down.

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The Rainiers first batter Abraham Almonte grounded out to Ryan Wheeler to lead off the game.

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Almonte running down the first base line, while Ben Paulsen catches the ball hit to Ryan Wheeler for the first out of the game. The I would have one runner in the inning Carlos Peguero who walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

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Erasmo Ramirez was the starting pitcher for the Rainiers. He has pitched 5 games for the Seattle Mariners this year. Not sure if this was a rehab assignment or he was sent down but he pitched really well. Ramirez also faced 4 batters in the 1st. He struck out Charlie Blackmon, Time Wheeler grounded out before Corey Dickerson was the first Sky Sox runner of the inning he reached on an error by Leury Bonilla. Dickerson would remain on base when Matt McBride grounded out to end the 1st for the Sky Sox.

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Dickerson running to first after Bonilla’s error.

The Rainiers scored a run in the 2nd. Stefan Romero hit a double to lead off the game. He scored batters later on a Rich Poythress single the inning ended when Brandon Bantz hit into a double play.

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Lars Davis putting down a bunt with Hernan Iribrren on second.

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here he is running to first as Brandon Bantz fields the ball. He did get out but as the guy behind me said a few time during the game “at least he advance the runner that is the important thing”. Iribarren did advance to third he was also left on third after Blackmon hit a very shallow hit to right and Time Wheeler grounded out.

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There was not too much action with Volstad and Ramirez pitching pretty well. This is Charlie Culbertson sliding into third in the 5th inning. He did score on a Iribbaren sac bunt which got him to second on a Ramirez throwing error. He also scored for a Sky Sox 2-1 lead.

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Between innings Tanya did one of the on field contests she played fish Or Not a Fish. She had the word Fandango and she guessed correct it was not a fish it is a dance. She won as they say it cold hard cash!!!

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The Sky Sox continued to score in the 6th inning Dickerson started it off with by walking and would advance on another error by Ramirez  pick off attempt. He would score on a McBride double. (3-1) Sox

The above photo is of McBride sliding into second for his run scoring double. Alex Liddi did bobble the throw from left. McBride would score on a Culbertson single. (4-1) Sox

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Glennallen Hill took Volstad out of the game with 1 out and 2 runners on after giving up base hits to Stefan Romero and Leury Bonilla.

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Volstad leaving the field.

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Nick Schmidt came into pitch for the Sky Sox. He face Carlos Poythress who hit into a double play to end the inning. Schmidt also pitched the 8th inning.

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 Charlie Blackmon got on base in the 7th and stole second base. The inning was over when Tim Wheeler struck out.

IMG_54352 Wheelers  Ryan in the dugout and Tim at the plate. it would have been cooler if they were playing the Las Vegas 51’s and Zach wheeler was the pitcher. Zach actually made his MLB debut this night for the Mets in Atlanta.

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Sox the Fox gets the crowd going as Bobby Cassevah pitches in the 9th inning.

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Culberson fields the grounder for the final out of the game.

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Iribarren makes the catch to get Alex Liddi out at second to end the game.

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Lars Davis and Bobby Cassevah high-five after the 4-2 win.

That is it for this game in the Springs pretty productive day for autograph and a good game for the Sky Sox with the win. Beside the Howard Johnson autographs I got Aaron Cook on 2 cards, Volstad on a photo and a Rainiers catcher Jason Jaramillo on a card. Did not have too much with me to sign so that was pretty good.

Well Leaving for my road trip got things to get done before I go see you around.

Confirmed tickets for Boston and should be starting the trip with a game in St. Louis against the Rangers. Really wanted to see the Cubs series can’t make it for that game.

See you around!

Sky Sox go Stormchasing!

5-14-2013

Security Service Stadium

Colorado Springs

Omaha Stormchasers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

The Stormchasers are the triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

This is my first game of the year down in the Springs.

After turning around twice once because I came to the conclusion that shorts was not a great idea and that I needed a jacket and the second because I forgot the jacket. I was finally on my way to the Springs for the first game down there this year. Like always I got down there about 2 hours before the start of the game I leave Denver early one so I don’t hit traffic 2 is to go see if I can find baseballs or as we like to call them Easter eggs, basically it is just searching for baseballs outside the stadium. There was no batting practice today and the tarp was still on the field, so I thought I may not find any but you never know. So I walked around the fields outfield walls and did not find any I than decided to walk along the stream that runs behind the stadium and found the first Easter egg of the day and the year.

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It was  about 2 feet up on the bank of the stream. I actually walked past it the first time past, which happens often while searching out there. The tarp was on the field when I got there. There was no batting practice so no chance of getting any others hit out. So I went and sat in my truck before getting my tickets and head into the stadium. I immediately headed down to the first baseline for autographs. I needed a few Sky Sox on my Rockies photo I have been working on since they were with the Rockies at the beginning of the season. I got Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Wheeler were 2 of the 4 I needed. I also got a few cards signed by Tim Wheeler, Drew Pomeranz and Tyler Colvin. I also brought my 2010 Rockies team ball with hopes of getting Aaron Cook, but he was on the disabled list and was not there. I did get Manny Corpas who I also needed on the ball . Another person I needed on my photo was Chris Volstad who was the starting pitcher for the Sky Sox.

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Here he is throwing the first pitch to the Stormchasers Irving Fulu. Fulu started the game with a single and would score 2 batters later when Johnny Giavotella  hit a double. The Stormchasers would score 2 runs in the inning.

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The first pitch by Volstad was a strike to Fulu.

The last out and 8th batter of the first inning for the Stormchasers was Ex-Rockie and Sky Sock Willy Taveras.

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He would ground out to Short Stop Tommy Manzella.

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Manzella throwing to Ben Paulson at first for the out.

Nate Adcock was the starting pitcher for the Stormchasers.

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He walked Cory Dickerson and Dickerson got into his HEAD! HEEE”SS IN YOOOO HHHEEEAAADDD!!!!

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D.J. Lemahieu hit a ball to the Stormchasers short stop who had a little trouble with a bounce.

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Advancing Dickerson to second.

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Dickerson and Lemahieu would both score to tie the game.

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Tyler Colvin ended the inning grounding out to the short stop who got Ben Paulson out at second. No relevance just tried to get Tyco into the post!

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Here is a random shot of a bunch of players in the dugout.

Somewhere around the second inning Amy, Jared and Rachel showed up. I did not take to many photos for a few innings. The Stormchasers got 2 runs in the 3rd both were home runs the first hit by Giavotella and the second by Chad Tracy. Tracy was also a former Sky Sox player. The Sky Sox responded with 3 runs of their own the first a home run by Matt Mcbride. Ben Paulson who hit a double would score and so would Tyler Colvin who walked to get on base. Another home run was hit by the Stormchasers Max Ramirez in the 5th inning. In the 6th Corey Dickerson hit a solo shot of his own.

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Manny Corpas came into the game for the Sky Sox in the 6th inning. Replacing Volstad who went 5 innings giving up 5 runs, 9 hits including 3 home runs. he did strike out and walked 2. Corpas pitched 3 inning striking out 3 and not giving up any runs or hits. The only 2 base runner were an error at short hit by Fulu in the 6th and  a walk to Chad Tracy 8th.

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Gregg Golson steals 2nd in the 7th inning after he was walked by the Stormcahasers Evan Teaford. Teaford only lasted 2/3 of an inning. He replaced Adcock who pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 runs, 10 hits, striking out 3 and giving up 2 home runs to the Sky Sox.

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Golson was safe at second. The score was 6-5 Sky Sox at this point. The Sky Sox scored 3 more runs in the 8th on Matt Mcbrides 2nd home run of the night, he had a great night going 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and a single. They went on to win 9-5. after the game we hung around for a little while to see if we could get some more autographs and I ended up getting the other 2 Sky Sox players I needed on my Rockies photo Rob Scahill and Chris Volstad. I also got a few cards signed by Volstad.

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A few other guys including D.J. Lemahieu stopped, but I did not have anything for most of them. Amy did get a photo I took of D.J. last year signed from a double play last year. It was a ball hit by Matt Kemp and that is Mark Ellis sliding into second. He said that was actually his favorite play he made last year.

The Sky Sox are now 23-14 and in first place by a half game in the Pacific Coast North Division.

That is it from the Springs the Rockies and I will be returning to Coors for a 4 game series against the first place S.F. Giants and 3 against the Diamondback. This is a very important home stand for the Rockies. The Giants are currently leading the National League west by a game and a half over the Diamondbacks and 2 over the Rockies.

See you at Coors!

The Luck of the Irish was with me! Day 4

3-17-2012

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.

The Rockie would respond with 2 of their own in the 4th. Guthie’s out scored Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr. hit scored Andrew Brown (2-1) Rox

Rene Lacheman gives a baseball to a kid the way only Renee can with his spiel.

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.

2 days @ Coors, Rockie Fan Fest 2012

1-21-2012/1-22-2012

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!!!

<<<<<Tulowitzki’s

Carlos Gonzalez’s

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.

Troy Tulowitzki answering questions.

After the Interview session I stayed on the club level and headed over to where the Rockie Prospects were.

Chad Bettis, Nolan Arenado who was the Arizona Fall League MVP and Rob Scahill.

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.

Kent Matthes playing giant Jenga.

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.

Jim Tracy signed a few autographs for the fans. He is really great signing for the fans, he also has one of the most intricate autographs.

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.

These Jersey’s are authenticated by the MLB authenticator @ Coors field here is the MLB authentication sticker!!

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.

Tulo signing.

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.

When we got to the next session Ramon Hernandez was signing. With Matt Lindstrom.

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.

 Many Players were down there. Jorge De La Rosa signing a card for me. When I ask him how his arm was he said very good.

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.

Drew Pomeranz, Dexter Fowler and Esmil Rogers 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

and

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?