Washington Nationals Vs. Rockies
The Rockies have lost 16 sunday games in a row this streak goes back to April 17.
Going into this Sunday it was only 15 Sundays in a row.
This Sunday like every sunday home game at Coors was autograph Sunday today. Ryan Spilbourghs, Eliezer Alfonso, Jason Hammel and Charlie Blackmon signed. I first went to Spilbourghs line and had him sign a baseball Card, then headed to Hammels line sign a 2011 Topps card. I had Alfonso sign my mini helmet that I have been getting signed by players I don’t have anything else to sign. So far I have 9 autos on it.
After the official autograph session was over I headed over to the right field wall where Rex Brothers was signing. I had him sign a Sky Sox program I got last month. He thought it was cool and had not seen it yet. Since I have a few copies I told him I would bring him a copy.
Esmil Roger also signed and he signed 2 cards for me.
The players then went in and I wandered around the stadium giving a few and “X” and I gave the extra Cargo figurines we got to the deserving friends at Coors. You know who you are and thanks for everything you guys do for us.
The players then came out for warm ups. This is a photo of Nations starter John Lannon heading to the dugout with catcher Jesus Flores.You may be asking where Ivan Rodriguez is, he is on the DL with an oblique strain.
Aaron Cook leads the Rockies to the field for the start of the game.
Aaron Cook Throwing the first pitch to the Nationals Rick Ankiel who he would walk. Cook is 2-6 this season, going into this game.
The next three Nationals batters would get out. Including Ryan Zimmerman striking out.
The Rockies would send five to the plate in the 1st. Eric Young Jr. Grounded out, Dexter Fowler walked. Carlos Gonzalez flew out The Deuce hit a single and Wiggington grounded out to end the inning.
The Nationals would score in the 2nd on a Jonny Gomes HR after Jayson Werth walked to lead off the inning. (2-0) Nationals.
Gomes and Werth Hi Five after Gomes’ 2nd inning HR.
The Rockies did not score in the second Cook would pitch real well in the 3rd only letting up a run to Ryan Zimmerman.
Eric Young Jr. would lead off the 3rd inning for the Rockies with a bunt.
He would then get doubled up on a Fowler hit to the Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.
Aaron cook would pitch into the 7th inning. He pitched very well this game unfortunately did not get the run support. Cook threw 79 pitches, Struck out 5 Nationals and let up 2 runs Matt Reynolds came in to the game and completed the inning striking out Ankiel.
Aaron Cook heading to the dugout in the 7th inning.
The Nationals would take out there starter Lannon also in the 7th.
The Rockies would finally get some runs in the 7th. Herrera would pitch hit in the pitchers spot and later score on a Young single. Young would score the second run to tie the game at 2.
Herrera score the Rockies first run in the 7th.
Eric Young Jr. scoring the tieing run.(2-2)
The Nationals would score the go ahead run in the 8th. Danny Espinosa lead off the inning and scored the Nationals 3rd. run on a Werth single. That would be the final score 3-2. for the 16th Sunday loss of the season for the Rockies good thing they don’t play tradition Sunday double-header like they use to.
So that is it for this game this week heading to the Spring for Jason Giambi’s rehab and then the Rockies return against the Marlins on Monday.
Also Good news came that Juan Nicasio has been releast from the hospital.
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Philadelphia Phillies Vs. Colorado Rockies
Got shut out during BP, No big deal. Then I headed over to the 1st base line. Got this shot of
Eric Young Jr. Throwing to Dexter Fowler.
Cole Hamels Pitched for the Phillies and Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rox.
Jhoulys Chacin throwing the first pitch to The Phillies Jimmy Rollins. Rollins and Shane Victorino Both grounded out. Chase Utley was walked and Ryan Howard Flew out to end the inning. The Rockies went down in order in the Second.
Cole Hamel pitching in the 1st inning.
Hunter Pence at bat in the 2nd inning. he lead off the inning with a fly ball to center.
Hunter Pence at bat in the 2nd inning. He lead off the inning with a fly ball to center.He was just traded from the Astros. Chacin also walked a batter in the 2nd Raul Ibanez. The Phillies would not score in the inning.
Chacin threw 29 pitches in the first 2 innings.
The Deuce Troy Tulowitzki would lead off the second with aground out. Ty Wiggington would hit a single and score on a Seth Smith HR. (2-0)
Seth Smith running to home after his 2nd inning HR.
Shane Victorio being called out after being tagged out by Chris Iannetta.
The Deuce swinging wildly to foul off the pitch in the 5th inning. He would later Strike out in the at bat for the third out of the inning. In the Inning Ellis struck out for the second out. Both Ellis and Tulowitzki came up with the bases loaded. This was a situation that all they needed was a base hit for 2 runs and were swinging for the fences. I know Tulo wants to be the hero but striking out is not going to produce. I am still not familiar with Ellis swing but I know when Tulo is swinging for the fence instead of getting a hit. He defiantly was not looking for the single which would score a run or 2 which can always be needed for this team the way they have been playing of late. These runs would be very significant in the later innings.
These 2 photos are of Hunter Pence scoring the Phillies first run in the 7th inning. (2-1) Rox
Bob Apodaca comes out to talk to Chacin in the 7th inning.
Chris Iannetta crosses the plate after his 7th inning lead off HR.
Chacin remained in the game and grounded out for the 1st out. Young pop out to the catcher. Fowler would walk than be caught stealing at second with Ellis at the plate for the 3rd out of the inning.
Ty Wiggington giving Chacin some props as he left the game in the 8th. Chacin once again pitched well striking out to letting up 5 hits and 1 run. walking 2. He threw 101 pitches.
Matt Reynolds would come in to pitch to Utley and Howard. Rafael Betancourt would finish the inning.
Rafael Betancourt striking out Pence to end the 8th.
Huston Street warming up before the 9th inning.
The Rockies went into the 9th with a 3-1 lead and looked like they had the game. Huston Street would strike out Ibanez and Placido Polanco would fly out to Dex in center. street would need one strike to also K Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz would hit a double and then John Mayberry would hit a 2 run HR to tie the game in the 9th. Rollins would strike out to end the inning, Remeber those significant runs back in the 5th. That would have been the game either 4-3 or 5-3 for a Rockies win to start of the series against the Phillies. But that was not the case. The game is tied in the 9th. Smith would lead off the 9th with a single. The next 2 batters would go down in order in the 9th.
John Mayberry hitting the tieing HR in the 9th inning.
So the game headed to extra innings. Rex Brothers pitched in the 10th. Shane Victorino would lead off with a solo shot to make the score 4-3 Phillies. That’s all that was need for the Phillies the Rox came up in the 10th and went down in order to end the game. The game looked promising but end on a series of bad pitches and luck for the Rockies. So how important were those runs that did not happen in the 5th, I would say very.
That’s it for this one.
I will be at the next 2 in the series. See Ya at Coors.
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Rockies Vs. Giants
Starters: Jorge De La Rosa
Today I got to go down to the first row thanks to Robert who had an extra ticket by him for this game. During Batting Practice I did get one ball from the Giants it was a Ground Rule Double off the warning track.
Despite the rain over night the hosers still need to do their thing. The tarp they cover the infield with may of help their job security for the day.
Jorge De La Rosa and Pitching Coach Bob Apadaca heading to the bullpen.
To the right Catcher Jose Morales on the walk to the bullpen for pre game warm ups.
Glenallen Hill looks on as the players warm up before the game.
Dexter Fowler and Glenallen Hill
The creative BNW to show off my mad photo skillz during the National Anthem
Ubaldo heads over to the crowd to sign autographs
Before the game the Rockies Remembered Keli McGregor. After amoment of silence his children threw out the first pitch.
The pitches were thrown to The Deuce, Ryan Silbourghs and Todd Helton
Matt Belise heads out to the bullpen with the rest of the bullpen staff. Clayton Mortenson has the pink princes bag for this game.
Jonny Herrera gets a few sprints in before the start of the game
Cargo signing autographs
Jorge De La Rosa and Jose Morales heading in to start the game
Jorge throws first pitch to the Giants Aaron Rowand for a first pitch single. He would later be thrown out at second on a Aubrey Huff hit to The Deuce. Which should of been a double play. Thanks for the missed call Ump. Karma would then catch up with Huff as he was thrown out at 3rd by a throw from Cargo from left hit by buster Posey. The Giants would score a run this inning . Freddy Sanchez scored the run he was walked by De La Rosa and advanced to on Huff single and scored by Posey’s hit. The Rox went down in order in the bottom of the 1st. Dex K’d, Herrera Pop out to 3rd and Cargo grounded out to second.
Aubrey Huff thrown out at 3rd.
In the second The Rox came back with vengence The Deuce lead off with a doubl, Helton got hit by a pitch The Deuce scored on a seth Smith single. (1-1) Ty Wiggington was the 4th batter to head to the plate in the second and he hit his first Rockies Homerun which also was his 1000th career hit.
Pat Burrell can only watch as Ty Wiggingtons homer sails over his head.
1000th Career hit and his 1st Rockies Homerun.
Wiggington Hi Fives 3rd base coach Rich Dauer. The Homerun scored 3 runs
making the score (4-1) Rox
Dan caught the Wiggington HR. It was Dan’s 79th HR ball in Coors.
The Rockies would send 10 batters to the plate in the inning
After the Giants sat down in order in the Top off the 3rd. Helton hit a lead off double. He would then be stranded at 3rd after he advanced from a Seth Smith Sac Fly to center.
Helton slides into 3rd after tagging up on the Smith sacfly in the 3rd.
A view of Coors from section 155 these seats are right above the 390ft in Left
Dex makes a catch in center.
Giants starter Matt Cain only lasted 4 2/3 innings with a 100 pitches letting up 4 runs on 6 hits. Giants relief pitcher Dan Runzler heading to the mount in the 5th.He would then strike out Jorge De La Rosa for the 3rd out of the inning. The Rockies would score 2 runs in the inning (7-1) Rockies.
The Giants would the score a run in the 6th (7-2). Sanchez would lead off with a single he would advance to 2nd on a baulk. He would then advance to third on a Huff flyout. and score on a Posey ground out to The Deuce.
The Rockies would score 4 more runs in the 7th inning The Deuce lead off the inning with a single he advanced to 3rd on a bad throw for a pick off attemp at 1st. Then scored on a Wiggington ground out. Ryan Spilbourghs would pitch hit for De La Rosa and hit a 3 run HR scoring 3 runs.(10-2) Rockies that is all that the Rockies would need and avoided the sweep by the Giants. The Rockies are now 3 games ahead of the Giants in the National League West. De La Rosa pitched 7 innings. He was replace by Betancourt in the 8th and Huston Street came in the game in the 9th. It wasn’t a save situation but he was brought out for some work since he has not pitched in 3 days.
Spili rounding 2nd after his 3 run pinch hit HR in the 7th. This was Spili’s 2nd career pinch hit HR.
Huston Street strikes out Pat Burell to end the game. The Rockies are now 13-5. They are now heading out on the road for 3 games in Florida against the Marlins and then 3 in Chicago against the Cubs. They will return home to Coors on the 29th against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Deuce hi fives Jonny Herrera after the Rockies Win.
The Team celabrates the win.
Like always after a Rockies win i headed over to the Root Sports Post game Desk. I got some face time on the post game show!!!! Here are a few photos.
The Crowd behind the Root Sports Desk.
Tom Helmer, Jeff Huson and Mark Stout at the post game desk.
Thats it for this one. Once agians thanx for checking out the post. Coming this week we will be heading to the Springs for a Sky Sox game on Tuesday and then will be at Coors at some point during the Pirates series.
Cubs Vs. Rockies Game 3
Ubaldo Bobble Head Day!!!!!
Oddly enough I do take a new one of these for each game.
This is a view from the concource for the line for a Ubaldo Jimenez autograph. I got both my bobbleheads signed by Ubaldo.
Starting Pitcher for the Rockies Alan Johnson. The odd thing is usually the crowd will cheer and applaud when the starter emerges from the dugout. Not today he just took the long walk out with out acknowledgment. I think I may of been the only person who knew who he was. Alan was in the Springs last year and I have seen him pitch before. I also believe I have his autograph somewhere. The Coors crowd will know who he is soon enough.
Alan Johnson long throwing with Jose Morales in the outfield. This was Alans first major league start.
Alan Johnson warming up in the bullpen.
Rockies starters stretching on the first baseline before the game.
Alan Johnson and Jose Morales heading from the bullpen.
Johnson Throwing his first big league pitch to the Cubs Starlin Castro for a strike. Nice way to start a MLB career. Castro would end up hiting a single and scoring the first run of the game off of a Darwin Barney single. The Rox would double up the Cubs on a hit by Byrd to The Deuce for a double play getting Barney at 2nd and Byrd at 1st. Ramirez would the ground out to end the inning.
The Rockies would give Johnson some run support in the bottom half of the 1st. After Fowlers lead of strikout. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster would then walk Jonny Herrera who scored on a Carlos Gonzalez double. Tying the game at 1-1 The deuce would then flyout to center Helton singled and Seth Smith hit a homerun for the Rockies to take a 4-1 lead. So the offence realy helped him with run support.
In the 2nd inning Johnson would walk the lead of batter for the inning Carlos Pena. Then he would get his first strikeout with the next batter Alfonso Soriano. The Cubs would score one hin the 2nd making it a 4-2 Rockies lead. The Cubs would go on to score 2 in the 3rd. and one in the 4th. tying the game at 5-5. Johnson would pitch 4 innings with 3 strike outs, 3 walks (which all 3 would result in runs), throwing 93 pitches. Letting up 5 runs. Over all he did pitch well for a first start.
Cubs Shortstop catches The Deuce pop up in the 3rd inning.
The Deuce’s next homerun will be his 100th of his carrer as of the time I am writing this he has yet hit it.
“D”, Lil Ranter Hunter, Allanah X and Gary X sitting in the front row of the Rockpile above the word solar.
During the 6th inning I headed over to the section directly behind homeplate to take a few photos.
The Rockies Then Rallied in the 8th 2 score 4 more runs sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning Smith singled Lopez doubled, Fowler and Herrera also doubled. All 3 outs were on strike outs Jose Morales, Ty wiggington and Spilli all K’d.
Rockies Manager takes the ball from Matt Reynolds in the top of the 8th. Rafael Betancourt would come into the game to pitch the rest of the inning.
Jim Tracy handing over the ball to Betancourt.
Rafael Betancourt getting ready to pitch. This photo was taken by my Mom who attended the game with me. This photo is to show where I get my mad photo skillz!! Ok maybe not but it was pretty good.
The scoreboard at Coors while the Rox were ralling in the 8th.
Rockies outfielders celabrating the Rockies 9-5 victory over the Cubs. The Rockies are 12-3 on the season.
The Post game celabration at the Root Sports Desk. I realy like this photo it has a bunch of The Rantics in it Judy is holding the Root, Root, Root for the Rockies sign my Mom is standing to the left of the sign and “D” and Hunter are standing in the top center to the right of the BIG L sign!!!!! Great day at the ballpark. A Rockies win and a Ubaldo Bobblehead.
As I am writing this the Rockies have lost their second game in a row to the Giants. I did not attend either game. They are now 12-5 but still 2 games a head of the Giants in the West.Ian Stewart has been optioned to the Springs and Ubaldo made his first start since Opening Day. Unfortunatly it was also his first loss. An if you didn’t know who Alan Johnson is you do now. If you still don’t learn it!! I will be at Coors for tomorrows day game against the Giants. Thats all I got see you at Coors!!!!!
Dodgers Vs. Rockies
Starters: Hammel for the Rox
Billingsley for Dodgers
Before the game the Colorado Rapids soccer team celabrated their MLS Championship with the Rockies fans, Yes Colorado has a Soccer team and yes they won it all last year.
The Rapids brought along some hardware The MLS Cup.
Dinger was having fun with the whole soccer theme before the first pitch.
The Colorado Rapids Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni
Championship MVP Connor Casey, Connor Scored the game tieing goal in the final game.
Right Pablo Mastroeni Left Connor Casey throwing the first pitch.
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Thanks to Mary and the Ushers that allowed me to be fieldside for this.
Now I Belive their was a Baseball Game!!!!!
Like always the hosers were there!!!!!
Behind the Rockies Dugout during the National Anthem
Jason Hammel and Chris Iannetta heading to the field
Rockies taking the field for the last game of this homestand
Jason Hammel throwing first pitch to the Dodgers Rafael Furcal. Furcal would get out, then Casey Blake hit a single and Andre Either would hit into a 3,6,3 double play a unconventional DP but executed perfectly by Helton and the Deuce.
The Rockies had a very aggresive first inning dispite Fowlers groundout to Dodgers first baseman James Loney.
Seth Smith was batting second this game
in this photo he takes a pitch for a ball, But a few pitches later he rips one to the outfield for a double.
Smith rounding first and heading for second. Cargo hit a Double of his own scoreing Smith for the first run of the game. After The Deuce popped out to short, Helton walked and Lopez hit in Cargo from second this brought the Rox up 2-0. Lopez has been a great addition to the team so far batting .364 at this point with a homerun. We will miss Barmes but I think this may pan out for the best.
Cargo taking a pitch for a strike
Seth Smith scoring the Rox first run after the Cargo Double.
Jose Lopez during his at bat in the 1st inning.
The Dodgers Matt Kemp lead off the second inning with that very Familiar 6,3 groundout. Followed by a James Loney solo Homerun that was hit one section to the left from where I was standing. After Uribe and Paul both GO I headed up to my seat in 307.
The Rox second started with a Chris Iannetta walk followed by a Jason Hammel Sac Bunt.
The inning ended by a Smith and Fowler each striking out.
The Dodgers would score 3 runs in starting off with a Rod Barajas HR which was caught by Dan. Nice Catch! Hey Rod Barajas remember that time you were a Met!!! Then got 2 more on a few walks and hits. Hammel had his notorious bad inning but got out of it a lot better then in the past the Dodgers were up 4-2 and then the Rox came up for the bottom half of the 3rd.
With Cargo leading off with a walk and a Tulo’s first hit that was not a HR Todd Helton stepped to the plate he hit a 3 run HR. that bounce off the top of the auxilary scoreboard in rightfield. Scoring 3 runs and the Rox taking the lead back from the Dodgers 5-4 Rockies.
Fans reacting to the Helton Homer as it bounces past them. You can see the ball over the first row third seat in.
After Hammel faced 4 batters in the forth the Rox came up and scored 2 more in the bottom of the 4th. On the Deuces third homer of the season and third consecutive game with a HR. 7-4 Rox.
The rest of the game was somewhat uneventful with only the Dodgers scoring 1 in the 8th. Hammel pitched 5 letting up 6hits, 4 runs, 2 homers, walking 3 and striking out 2.
Morales came in for the 6th and 7th. Facing 7 batters striking out 2 in the 2 innings. Lindstrom pitched the 8th letting up a DB to Kemp who later came around to score. 7-5 Rox which would end up being the final score.
Street closed the game in the ninth, letting up 2 basehits to Barajas and Carrol. He then retired Furcal with a flyout to left and ended the game with 2 incredible strike outs. First to Dodgers pinch hitter Gimenez and then Either for the final out of the game.
Huston Street strikes outs Andre Either for the final out of the game.
Rockies win 7-5 and are now 4-1 on the season. After this game they headed to Pittsburgh. The first game they won, The Deuce hit another HR in that game. Making it 5-1 on the season then friday night the played a 14 inning marathon which they lost. 5-2 on the season and one of the best starts for the Rox in their history. As I am writing this the Rox are 6-2 on the season after yesterdays win against the Pirates.
On Wenesday during Batting Practice I finally got my first ball of the year at Coors a bouncer of the track hit by the Rockies. Then went on to catch to clean on the fly off the Dodgers. making it three balls for the year. This was only the second time I got 3 and also only the second time I got balls from both the Rockies and the visiting team.
My take on the day the top 2 were from the Dogers the bottom was the first of the year from the Rox.
Thanks for taking a look. Go Rockies. I am the Rox Addict and I will see you at Coors on Friday when the Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs.
Now for the creative shot of the game to show off my made photo skillzs!!!!
and for the first time not in BNW “Roberts Glove”
Rox: Jhoulys Chacin
Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw
After a shutout BP where I still have not caught a ball making me 0-3 games this season which is a slight slumb when snagin’. We then headed over to the 1st base line to see if we could get a auto or 2. I only got a Ryan Spilbourghs on a Ticket stub from a game last year that he Cargo and Seth Smith hit Back to Back to Back Homers against the Diamondbacks on May 27th.
The L.A. Dodgers and Rockies this is the new LCD board under the Mountain Ranch Club.
Jhoulys Chacin heading to the Bullpen for his start.
The Deuce stretching before the game
The Rockies during the National Anthem
Spilli signing autographs before the game.
Today I sat in section 153 with Gary and Lil’ X
Here’s the Rockies taking the field against the Dodgers.
Jhoulys throwing the first pitch to the Dodgers Rafael Furcal. furcal would go 0-4 this game grounding out at each at bat. Chacin pitched a really good game letting up 5 hits, striking out 3 holding the Dodgers to no runs in 7 innings. 2 of the strike outs were in the4th against Uribe and Barajas.
Now normaly I would not post so many photos of one play but this is a double play in the second inning. The ball was hit by Uribe to Wiggington at third Lopez gets Loney out at second throws to Helton to get Uribe incredible play.
Hey Rod Barajas, Remember that time you were a Met!!
Rod Barajas as a catcher for the Mets Last April
In the 4th someone finally got a hit ! After going 0-9 He hit a big one for a Homerun.
The Deuce Troy Tulowitzki rounding the bases after his 4th inning homerun. Which raised his batting avg. to .100 Whoooo Hoooo.
The 4th inning Homerun by the Deuce was the first run of the game. The Rox also scored a run in the 5th when Chris Iannetta also hit a solo Homerun. Then they went on to score in the 6th. With Dex hitting a lead off 2b, he later scored on a Lopez single. making the score 3-0 Rockies. the Rockies after this game are now 2-1 for the 2011 season Jhoulys got the win and Street jith the save.
Huston Street pitching to the last batter of the game in the 9th inning. Much better pitching performance from Street this game 3up 3 down and he did it in under 15 pitches. Way to go Huston !
Like usually we headed over to the Root Sports post game desk to celabrate the victory.
Tom Helmer, The Cowboy Tracy Ringolsby and George Frazier at the post game desk.
Once again great night hangin with the Rantics @ Coors.
See you at Coors.
Thanks to everyone who checked out the 5 additions of this post that were posted incomplete with out my knowing.
Opening Day 2011
It was an early start for a 2:10 game left my house at 9:15 to be at breakfast with the Rantics at 10:00. Gates opened at 12:00 so after breakfast we checked out some of the festivities happening on Blake Street. Not to eventful a bunch of radio stations and corporations info farming for free swag. So we headed down to the gates and hung out for about 45 min.
Heading to Coors after breakfast @ the 20th Street Cafe. If I saw this bunch walking down the street I would so cross to the otherside!!!!!Left to right Pete, Robert, “D” The Rockpile Ranter, Geoff, And Doug
On our way we saw this guy rockin the Root Sports Logos on his petty cab. Root Sports made their name known all over Lodo from banners in bars and this guy with handle bars! If you were a Rockies Fan living under a rock yesterday Rocky Mountain FSN is Now Root Sports. Good Luck to our friends on Root Sport you guys do a great job.
The Opening day village located @ the opposite of 20th and Blake from Coors Field.
People Gathering outside the B gate!
So then I headed over to the Rockpile gate which if you read the Rox Addict during the winter I have a photo of me standing in front of to be the first online. So the photographic evidence wasn’t enough to be let to cut the 5 people in front of me so I ended up being 6th. Still not to bad. so after waiting for about 20 min or so the magic works came over the radio that it is 12 o’clock and the gates are now opened followed by the gate usher saying Rockpile gate is open and clear. Here it was after a long-awaited winter Opening day at Coors Field as we entered and received our Rockies Magnetic 2011 Schedule. I ran up the stairs to the main concourse to Head to my spot in the Pavillion for Batting Practice. The Rockies were on the field hitting and the pavilions filled quickly. Next thing I knew people found the need to stand about a foot away from me. Then I started shifting around for the hitters. I came close to a bp ball a few times but by the end I was shut out.
The Coors Field grounds Crew getting field ready for the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
look “D” hosers.
Below: putting Down the foul lines on the first base side.
The Opening Day logo on the field with a member of the Coors Field grounds crew who I think was hired just to walk around the logo in circle so you can’t get a good photo of it.I also believe this position is responsible for the $1.00 increase of the ticket window ticket prices.
The new LED board located below the Mountain Ranch club.
Players stretching and warming up for the game. Left to right Todd Helton, Jose Lopez w/conditioning coach and Seth Smith walking off frame.
Honor Guards from all the Military were included into the Opening ceremonies this is the Navy. Also the Denver Sheriffs Dept. were included.
Announcing the starting line ups. The D’back Manager Kirk gibson with Willie Bloomquist as they announce the starting line up.
Dexter Fowler Hi Five Vinny Castilla . Check out Dex rockin the DJ Jazzy Jeff Dew!!!!” His at bat song should be “Parents Just Don’t Understand”
The Rockies Starting Line up during the national anthem. R to L. Jim tracy, Dexter Fowler, Seth Smith, Cargo, The Deuce troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton, Ty Wiggington,Jose Lopez and then the bullpen pitches. With Ubaldo warming up in the bullpen.
The very large flag covers most of the outfield. It is something like 350 ft by 250 ft or something like that.
The F16 from the 120th Fighter Squadron
The bullpen staff heading to the Bullpen the Rookie always carries a pink backpack with his equipment in it for the last 2 seasons Matt Daley got to carry it now it is Matt Reynolds turn. at the end of the season all the Minor League call ups get one.
Before the game The Deuce and Cargo both got their Hardware from last season both received their Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger Awards. these 2 can be two of the best players to ever touch a baseball field. Only time could tell that, But they both had great years last year and signed huge multi-year contracts in the off-season. They would have been higher if it wasn’t for the grounds crew member who walks around the logo.
Ubaldo, Chris Iannetta, Bob Apodaca and the roving catching coach head to the field to start the game.
After all the pomp and circumstance it was time to head to my seats and the Rockies took the field behind their ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.
Ubaldo throws first pitch to the D’Backs Willie Bloomquist who grounded out to the Deuce for the first out of the game. With a quick first that Ubaldo saw 4 batters and only threw 7 pitches the game and the season got off to a great start. Then the Rox headed up to bat Fowler lead off witha walk the advanced to 2nd on a WP to Seth Smith. Smith went on to hit a double to score Dex from 2nd. To Score the first run of the season for the Rockies. After a Cargo Ground out to the D’backs 2nd baseman a Tulo walk a Helton sac fly to left scored Smith for the 2nd run. Ty Wiggington hit to short and Tulo was out at 2nd to end the Inning.
Dex dive back to first during Smiths at bat. Dex ended up advancing on a Ian Kennedy wild pitch.
Dex crosses home plate after Smiths 2b
Cargo Grounding out in th first inning.
The Diamondbacks responded in the 2nd with a run. The Rox responded with 1 in the third then the game was uneventful for the next few innings. til the 5th when Helton was called out on a fan interference call on the 3rd baseline. That D’backs outfielder Gerado Parra had no shot on and the fan did try to catch the ball but was a BS call and jim Tracy came out to argue the call. In the Top of the fifth the Diamondsbacks scored 3 on aJustin Upton 3 run HR scoring Kennedy who was walked and Bloomquist who hit a single.the score at that point was 4 to 3 d’backs. Then they went on to score 2 in the 6th.
The Deuce at the plate in the 8th inning the deuce ended up hitting for the gooose. He went 0 for 5 with a walk in the 1st and struck out in the 8th and the 11th as he was swinging for the fences instead of getting on base nobody said he was a clutch hitter just a good hitter mostly at the wrong time, but it is all about the #####’s and he will still hit over .300 with 110+RBI’s and 30 or so Homers.
Matt Lindstrom pitching in the 11th inning
So the game went 11 inning the D’Backs scored off a Matt Lindstrom wild pitch which scored Gerrado Parra from third.
It was a fun day at Coors even with the Rox losing 7-6 to the D’backs and the 2 really bad calls by the Ump’s including the Helton out in the 5th and the Smith catch in Left that was called no catch in the 8th or 9th inning. All and all had a great day hanging out with fellow Rantics and the return of baseball to Colorado for the start of the 2011 season. It can only get better from here. and looking forward to the rest of the season. I am the Rox Addict and now that the season is underway I will see you at the ballpark.
I will be at tonight’s game. root Sports will be giving away a Carlos Gonzalez t-Shirt
Here is the awaited BNW to show off my mad photo skillz!!!!!! Navy guy macking on the merch chick!!!Yes that is the guy from the Honor Guard that s why I chose the Navy Photo instead of the others.
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.
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.