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Local guys do well and I am not talking about the Rockies!


Phillies  Vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series.

Starting Pitchers for this game were Roy Halliday for the Phillies and Jason Hammel for the Rox.

This was Halliday’s second start at Coors Field. He is originaly from Arvada Colorado and went to Arvada West High School.

(local guy # 1)

Today during batting practice we got a view of one of the newest Rockies Alex White he was snagging baseballs in the outfield.

He is wearing # 32. He came from the Indians in the Ubaldo deal. He is on rehab assignment and will be with the double A Tulsa Drillers.

Here is Chris Nelson showing the love by tossing a ball to the fans.

 After Dan caught a ball he gave it to Emily to give it away. Here she is contemplating who she will give the ball to. to quote Dan “I don’t know why she was having such a tough time giving that one away, she’s done it a hundreds of times.”


 Regan Smith from Denver’s Furniture Row Racing threw out the first pitch.

(Honorary Local Guy)

He is the driver of the #78 car in the Nascar Nextel Cup Series. The Furniture Row team is the only Nascar team based west of the Mississippi River. Most are based in North Carolina. He is currently rank 25th in points in his series and has recently finished 3rd at the Brickyard 500 in Indianapolis last week. He also has one win, which was at Darlington in May.

Here’s Chris Iannetta giving him the ball after his throw which was over the plate but high, Hey he did not bounce it!!


The Rockies getting ready to take the field.

Jason Hammel throws the first pitch to the Phillies Jimmy Rollins. Jason would walk Rollins and then the next 2 batters before striking out Ryan Howard. Jason threw 25 pitches in the inning 15 balls and 10 for strikes. The Phillies did score a run in the inning on a Hunter Pence sac-fly to center. (1-0) Phillies. 2 of the 3 outs Strike outs.

Jimmy Rollins Dives back to the bag after his lead off walk.

Bob Apodaca heads out to the mound after Hammel walked Shane Victorino.

Jimmy Rollins Crossing hame after Pences sac-fly.

The Rockies would battle against Halliday in the first Eric Young Jr.would hit a lead of single, then steal second and scored on a ball that was bobbled by Ryan Howard hit by Dexter Fowler. After Howard picked it up he over threw it to Halliday who was covering first. (1-1)

EYJ scoring the Rockies first run of the game. Dexter would also score on a sac- fly to center by the Deuce (2-0) Rox.

Roy Halliday pitching in the 1st. Inning.

Jason Hammel fields Roy Halliday sac bunt in the 2nd. The Phillies would score 4 in the inning. (5-1) Phillies.

Ruiz, Rollins, Victorino and Howard would all get hits. Rollins and Howards were for double accounting for 3 of the 5 runs.

Ian Stewart would lead off the second with a double and would later score on a Eliezer Alfonzo double. (5-3)

Hammel seemed to gain composure in the 3rd sitting the Phillies down in order and only throwing 11 pitches.

Fowler lead off the bottom of the third with a walk he then stole second. and would score once again on Helton single. (5-4)

 Dex diving back to first after his 3rd inning lead off walk.

The Halliday would contribute offensively in the 4th with a lead off single, he would score on a wild pitch to Pence. (6-4) Phillies

The Rockies bats were not there in the 4th. Mark Ellis did lead off the inning with a single but was caught stealing at second. Alfonso and Hammel both struck out.

 The Deuce turning a double play in the 5th inning. After Raul Ibanez lead of single, Wilson Valdez would hit a grounder to Ellis who flipped it to The Deuce and then to Helton. This team makes the double play look so easy and it has saved them many time during the season.

The Rockies would score again in the 5th on a Helton single scoring for the third time in the game Dexter Fowler. (6-5) Phillies

With 2 outs in the 6th the Phillies woud score 2 more runs. Ryan Howards third HR of the series score himself and Chase Utley. (8-5) Phillies

The Next responce from the Rockies was in the 8th inning when Helton hit a solo HR(8-6)

That was the Final score.

Helton rounds third after hitting his HR. It was his 12th HR of the season. and Career 345th.

The ball was hit to left field and Dan had caught it that was his 81st HR ball at Coors. This series Dan has a better highlight reel then the Rox!!!!He was also interviewed by Root Sports on Monday.

The Phillies Brad Lidge would come in to close for the Phillies in the 9th inning. To get his first save of the year. Brad is also from the area and went to Cherry Creek H.S.

(Local Guy # 2)

Well thats all I got on this one.

Heading to the Springs which will be my next post. Also will be at Coors on Sunday.

Til then Keep #44 in your Prayers. See ya around.

Good Bye to U!


As many of you already know that the Rockies traded their starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Yesterday before the trade deadline. He was traded after starting the game in San Diego. After he pitched the first Rockies Manager Jim Tracy informed Ubaldo he was traded to the Indians. I heard the news while listening to the game on te radio heading back from Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was kinda of a damper on what had been a really good day.

Ubaldo who last year was the first Rockies Pitcher to pitch a No Hitter for the Rockies he also holds the single season wins record for the Rockies with 19. Lowest ERA for a starting pitcher 2.88. Single season strike outs 214. and the Top three season lowest opponents  Batting average. Lowest being .209 all this was done last year in 2010. This year he did falter but we always rooted for a great start that we knew he was Capable of. this year with the Rockies he went 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA.

We just did not lose a pitcher who is capable of being a great. The Rockies traded away probably one of the nicest and humble baseball players that I have ever met he was always great to the fans. Signing autographs, tossing balls to the crowd during BP, talking and taking photos with the fans. I have put together some photos of Ubaldo from the past 2 years or so.

Signing autographs for fans. He always took the time for the fans.

I have seen him on countless occasions sign for hundreds of people starting after warm ups in right field

and then  all the way back to the dugout. I few times in the rain.

Here he is pitching in a random game against the Diamondbacks last year.

Against the Red Sox in June 2010. Not one of his best games but he pitched well and the Ump’s messed it up.

The Rockies did win the game 8-6 but Corpas got the win.

I believe This was the night Seth Smith hit a walk off to win the game.

Heading to the bullpen to warm up before a Giants game

Heading to the dugout for a start in NY.

Going for his 18th win of the season at Citifield. This was one of the best pitching games I have ever seen the Rox lost 1-0 and only 8 hits were let up for both teams. The one run by the Mets I think was a solo HR.

pitching on 9-11-2010

The Rockies won it was Matt Reynolds first career win.

and left the illusive 19 win for U for another day.

Well wish him all the luck in Cleveland and we will miss him.

If we are lucky this will be a better trade then the Holiday one whiched turned out real well.

The Rockies are returning home this week I will be at a few till then see you at Coors.

Photo Day at Hi Coebett Field, Spring Training  2010

Can U Win @ Home?


Dodgers Vs. Rockies

Game 4 in Series

3rd game I was at in the series.

Autograph Sunday The signers were:

Jhoulys Chacin

Dexter Fowler

Matt Daley

Eric Young Jr.

I went to Matt Daley’s line 1st Because I had a card for him, I was the first one in his line. After i got his auto I headed over to Jhoulys Chacin’s line. Dex was still not signing by the end of the autograph session so I then got on line for Eric Young Jr’s line but he finished before I could get down for the auto, which is ok because I could actually just stand at the bottom of the line and hand out his autos from my own collection. I think I have 10 to 15 of his autograph. He has been a very generous signer here at Coors and in the Springs. After The autograph session I headed to the Dodgers side of the field to see who I could get over their. During warm ups I got Dee Gordon and Aaron Miles.

Here’s a close look of Dee Gordon signing someones ticket. Here’s another shot of Dee Gordon  signing autographs

This is a photo of The Dodgers during warm ups. Dodgers Starter Rubby De La Rosa is throwing in the out field Aaron Miles and Juan Uribe are in the bottom left . The Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas is in the middle heading out to the bullpen.

To former Rockies Jamie Carrol and Aaron Miles getting some throws in before the game.

 This photo is of Jamie Carroll tieing his shoe that was taken by Zach Hample with my Camera.

Zach and Robert Robert is holding a copy of Zachs book Zach is holding Robert letter that I have named the Manifesto!!!

Robert has written a letter with a list of things that has happened to him at Coors Field and other Rockies Venues over the past few months.

Ubaldo Jimenez Heading to the bullpen for his warm ups before his start.


Rod Barajas, Rubby De La Rosa and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycut heading in for the game.

Ubaldo Jimenez throwing to the Dodgers lead of batter and former Rockie Jamie Carroll. Jamie abused the Rockies pitching staff in this game besides grounding out in the first inning he went 3 for 4 and walked in the game. He was the first out of the game Aaro Miles would also ground out, followed by Andre Ethier flew out to left. Ubaldo pitched very well in the 1st inning. Retiring the dodgers in order.

 Aaron Miles grounding out in the 1st inning.

The rockies started the 1st inning very aggresive Carlos Gonzalez lead off with a double. He has been batting great since moving to the lead off spot looks just like the Cargo of last season. He went 3 for 5 this game with a double, single and  HR, just missing the triple for the cycle. Just hitting a little better!!!!! After Cargo’s double Herrera and Helton would both get out The Deuce ( Troy Tulowitzki) would be walked and seth Smith got up and hit a 3 run HR to left that bounced of the second deck. 3-0 RockiesJonny Herrera attempting a bunt in the 1st inning.

To the Left Carlos Gonzalez scoring the first run of the game after Seth Smiths 1st inning HR.

To the right Seth Smith High fives Cargo after his run around the bases.

In the second the Dodgers tried to start their comeback very unsuccessful in the 2nd. Matt Kemp would lead of the inning with an out then James Loney would hit a single aswell as Juan Uribe. Rod Barajas the hit a ball to Herrera at second for the force on Uribe at second. Barajas would the be safe on first. The Dodgers would not score in the inning and Ubaldo would end the Inning striking out Trent Oeltjen.

The Rockie would not be very productive in the second and then the Dodgers would unleash on Ubaldo in the 3rd Jamie Carroll lead of with a single, Aaron Miles would then also single, Andre Ethier would be struck out. Matt Kemp was then walked to get to James Loney who hit a very high HR just above the auxilary scoreboard in right field. scoreing 4 for the Dodgers 4-3 LA. The dodgers would also get another run in this inning 5-3 LA.

Niether team would score til the 5th inning at those were scored by the Dodgers Kemp Lead off the inning with a HR 6-0 LA. Rod BArajas then hit a solo HR 3 batters later 7-3 LA.

Ubaldo was taken out in the 6th. He still wouldn’t get his elusive first home win of the year @ Coors.

Rubby De La Rosa was then taken out of the game after throwing 1 pitch in the 6th with a cramp in his throwing arm.

The Rockies would set up for a comback of their own in the 7th Jose Morales lead off the inning with a ground rule double. Then Cargo would hit a HR scoring himself and Morales. 9-5 LA , I forgot to mention the Dodgers scored to in the top of the 7th. Back to the Rockies 7th!!! Pinch hitter Ryan Spilbourghs then hit a double and was then advanced to third on a wild pitch or passed ball. He then scored on a HR by The Deuce 9-7 LA.

Spilli dives into second in the 7th.

Cargo high fives third base coach Rich Dauer after his HR in the 7th.

The Dodgers would score 1 more in the 8th. 10-7 LA

The Rockies would not go down with out a little fight after cargo and Spilli both got out to start the 9th Todd Helton would hit a solo HR 10-8 The Deuce woukd then hit a single. The game would end on a Smith hit to James Loney at first. The game would end 10-8 LA they would split the 4 game series with 2 games a piece. The Rox bats have picked up in the last week or so they just need to get the pitching rolling again. They are now 5.5 out of first place in the west and only one ahead of the Dodgers in 3rd.

Brad Hawpe and The San Diego Padres would come into town for 3 here at Coors.

See you there!!!

My east coast road trip begins next week I will be in NY for  2 games against the Yankees missing one for a friends wedding. Then I will be heading south to NC for a week of minor league baseball around NC. Finishing up when the Rockies return to the east coast against the Nationals.

Maybe I will see you There!!!!!!

Alan Who?


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.


                                                      Play Ball!!!!



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.
IMG_4421.JPG                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!!!!!









One Day To Go!! The Rockies Work Out for Charity.

 With 12 teams starting today here in the 5280 we still have a day to wait. The Colorado Rockies held a workout for charity. It is a practice session that they do a short autograph signing and then a complete before game work out.

So my day started by parking up on the north side of Lodo and taking my walk to Coors Field. As I was walking you can see the anticipation on the street for opening day.


The Blake Street Tavern had their sign ready for their Opening Day Party and had the Flags of the Rockies and Root Sports hanging out front.


 So I followed the purple stripe down Blake St. Which leads you right to Coors Field, not that I needed direction.


A look north up Blake St @ 21st.


When I arrived Gary X was waiting in front of the home plate gates to be the first inside.


A look of the growing crowd about and hour after I got their. With Doug from openstance.com in the foreground, his site is cool and has a lot about Major League Baseball and Stadiums past and present.


When I got in I got on-line for autos and the players were not out yet the stadium had the Opening Day graphics going.The Arizona Diamondbacks were taking BP. They will be playing the Rockies tomorrow.


The Diamondback in the batting cage.


Todd Helton Heading to his section to sign autographs. The line i was in had jorge De LaRosa and Matt Belise signing I had each of them sign a baseball card.


After they signed autographs they started stretching and the workout.


Jhoulys Chacin and I believe Felipe Paulino on the warning track.


Ubaldo Jimenez throwing in the outfield.


IMG_1443.JPG                                       Matt Belise getting in some throws.


IMG_1454.JPG                        Then I headed to the outfield for the Rockies Batting Practice.


IMG_2932.JPG                        Carlos Gonzalez throws a ball to young fans in left field


IMG_2944.JPG                               Matt Belise throwing a ball into the crowd.


IMG_1413.JPG       The Rantics from left to right Dan, Gary X, Joy & Jim sitting and “D” the Rockpile Ranter.

It was a fun day at Coors and was great to be back with the whole crew. Can’t wait til tomorrow Opening Day at Coors Field. Go Rockies!!! Hope to see you there.


Long Way to Go But it Ended with a Solo.


My day Started with seeing a post from the Rockpile Ranter that he was first in line to enter the new stadium. Later on there was a phone call from Robert saying he had not caught the first batting practice ball at Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick, But Did get the second that he caught from Troy Tulowitzki. An was the 1st Rockies fan to catch a BP home run. I was unable to get to Scottsdale for this game so I did watch the entire game from home on FSN soon to be Root Sports. During the whole game you were able to feel the excitement from phone call and post from friends that were there, to the chatter between a bunch of us before and during the game.

Finally after months of watching the count down on The Salt River Fields @ Talking stick website. The time had come and a new Era for the Rockies has started.


The First Pitch was thrown by Arizona’s  Aaron Heilman to the Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler. It was a taken strike. Then Dex hit along flyball to the Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young. On another day it would have been a Home Run, even though it was an out for the Rockies.The crack of the bat said that baseball is back. After a quick 1,2,3 inning, that saw Seth Smith and Cargo both grounding out.The Rox took the field behind their Ace starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Ubaldos first pitch was a ball. He then walked Johnson. Parra got the first hit. After that, J.D. Drew hit into a double play, the first double play. Tulo to Lopez and then to Wiggington for the double play. The Rox came up in the 2nd. Another 3 up 3 down inning But Tulo had the Rox first hit for a single. Then Ian Stewart hit into a double play getting Tulo out at 2nd and Stewart at 1st. Ty Wiggington made his Rockies debut with a pop out.

              Now to the D-Backs 2nd inning. where Geoff Blum flew out to Cargo an up came Pena who hit a single off of Ubaldo for the first hit in the history of Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick. The first run was scored off of the Rockies 2nd Pitcher of the day Gregg Reynolds, after the HR he really improved and pitched a very good 3rd and 4th with 2 strike outs and only a base hit allowed besides the HR. in the Rockies 4th the Rockies scored their first run when Cargo hit a single that scored Seth Smith from 2nd. After the Rockies 3rd inning most of the Rockies starters left the game. It was time to see the minor league players prospects and invitees. One very notable performance was Jonny Herrera who went 3 for 3 with a walk. Their were no other runs till the Rockies 6th inning. When Sky Sox left fielder Cole Gardner hit a single with 1 out. Followed by a Pop out by Gomez and a walk by Chris Nelson then a double by Mike Jacobs scored them both, making the score 3 to 1 Rockies. In the Top of the 7th the Rockies scored 4 runs which they sent 9 batters to the plate. The Diamondbacks did respond in the 7th when Brandon Allen scored off of some bodies double (Trying to keep track of opposing teams with not very known players yielded to be difficult). The score at this point was 7-2. It looked like the game was well out of reach, BUT as many people know you never leave a game early and in baseball anything is possible and especially in spring training. The Diamondbacks came back in the 9th with 5 runs including a 3 run HR by invitee Paul Goldschmidt, tying the game at 7 a piece. The game went into the 10th inning. At first the Diamondbacks did not come out to the field thinking in Spring Training fashion the game would be called. Not in this one, they were going to the 10th, and, after a Mike Jacobs fly out to center Charlie Blackman came up with a long solo shot to the berm in right field. I was actually on the phone with Robert who was at the stadium and heard the homer over the phone before i saw it on the 7 second delay on TV. The D backs came up in the with an un productive inning and the Rockies won the game 8-7. Andrew Johnston Pitched very well in the 9th and 10th inning an even got an at bat for a walk in the 10th. So The game was a great first game for a new stadium. With exciting come backs and extra innings and was won in total Rockies style.

During the game FSN showed the new Rockies Commercials which as always were very entertaining. My favorite was the Metal detector which featured Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton.

Even though I was not there it was fun and exciting to watch. Had a great time chatting with other Rockies fan who were also watching from their homes. Gary X, Joy and Dan. And hope this will be a frequent tradition during away games.

As I am writing this 9 News in Denver has reported that the Rockies Lost this game in 10 innings 8-7. Maybe they should watch the games or maybe even read one of the MLB Blogs.

For More Coverage from this game Check out the Rockpile Rant baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com  who was their live and I’m sure will share the experience and photos from the game like only the Ranter can.

I can’t wait for my trip to Scottsdale on March 18th when I will be blogging nightly from the games at Salt River Field at Talking Stick and Rockies away games.


2010 East Coast Road Trip Part 1

 This is an Entry of my 2010 East coast Trip. My trip was from August 5th thru August 19th.

 After a day Game at Coors Against the now World Champion S.F. Giants I headed east. First driving 17 Hours to a relatives in Indianapolis. After a Day there I got in my truck and headed to my first Baseball Destination PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It was the 3rd game of the 4 game series. I arrived at PNC about 5 hours before the game started and 3 before the gates opened. Here are some photos from my trip this entry is only part one of the trip 8/7-8/10.


After a 6 hour drive from Indy to Pittsburgh I arrived at my first stop PNC Park home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This photo is at the home plate entrance of PNC Park. The Statue is of Honus Wagner who played with the Pirates From 1900 – 1917.


Above is a Roberto Clemente statue located outside one of the Left Field entances.


I found it intresting how the whole neighborhood around the ball park shows their support for the Pirates.

Evan the Police baracades closing the streets show support to their home team.IMG_4837.JPGAfter waiting by the players entrance I noticed a bus pulled into the loading dock. So I went over to see what was going on and Jason Giambi was signing Autos. I kept my promise from spring training that I would not ask him for an auto after he Signed a card and my 2010 Rockies Team Ball.

IMG_4865.JPGAfter the early gates open the only place you can acces is the riverwalk before they open up the gates to be able to get to seats. You can actually snag Bp homers out there if it clears the seats and the iron fence. If it does not hit the unexpecting fan who has know clue.

IMG_4883.JPGA view of PNC from Left Field during batting practice.

IMG_4888.JPGThe PNC scoreboard with the Rockies starting line up.

IMG_4909.JPGDexter Fowler taking a swing during batting practice.

I did get one ball at PNC, During batting practice that was hit on to Riverwalk in left field. which bounced of a PNC ATM machine.

IMG_4914.JPG1 of the many statues and monuments celabrating the players from the Pirate through the years. This one is of Ralph Kiners hands and bat.

IMG_4937.JPGA view of the field from the 3rd baseside .

IMG_4952.JPGTom Helmer and the Cowboy during the pre game.

IMG_4957.JPGHeres one for the Rockpile Ranter !!! It’s the hosers at PNC Park.

IMG_4975.JPGThe Rockies Line up for the National Anthem.

IMG_4996.JPGGeorge Thorogood throws out the Ceremonial 1st pitch.

IMG_5000.JPGRoss Ohlendorf throws 1st pitch to Dexter Fowler. Rockies fans may remember Ohlendorf as the guy that Tulo’s line drive hit in the head on 7-28-2010 when the Pirates where at Coors Field.

IMG_5019.JPGCargo steals 2nd base in the 1st inning.

IMG_5038.JPGJorge De La Rosa was the starting pitcher that night. He went 6 scoreless innings til he let up a home run to Snyder.

IMG_5053.JPGA seat at PNC Park.

IMG_5115.JPGThe Scoreboard at the end of the game the Pirates won 7-5 with a 2 run walk off Home run in the top of the 10th inning by Pedro Alvarez.

Following the Game it was Fireworks night and George Thorogood concert which I hung around to see a little of before heading to New York.

IMG_5116.JPG8-8-2010: After Driving over night from Pittsburgh I arrived on Long Island with in hours of arriving I was heading to Brooklyn with my long time friend Chris to see a Brooklyn Cyclones game. The Brooklyn Cyclone are a single a short season affiliate of the NY Mets. That night they Played against the CT. Tigers.

IMG_5183.JPGA view of MCU Park from behind homeplate. Featuring the Steeplechase tower the only thing left of what was the steeplechase amusment park.

IMG_5185.JPGA view of the MCU Parks scoreboard with a replica of the famous Coney Island roller coaster which the team is named for the Cyclone.

IMG_5188.JPGA seat at MCU Park.

IMG_5200.JPGBrookyn Cyclone’s Manager and former NY Mets 2nd Baseman Wally Backman.

IMG_5211.JPGBrooklyn Cyclones Outfielder and top prospects Cory Vaughn at bat.

IMG_5217.JPGIn 2010 the Brooklyn Cyclones Celabrated 10 years as a baseball team in Brooklyn.

IMG_5226.JPGA view from right field at MCU Park.

The Cyclones lost 6-3

Before leaving Coney Island I had to make a stop at the world famous Nathans for a hot dog. This was the first time I was ever there even know I lived in NY for 28 Years.

The Third Game of my trip brought me to Islip Long Island Home of the Long Island Duck. The Ducks are part of the Atlantic League. Which is an Independent league with teams in NY, Conn, and NJ. Their Stadium is now called Suffolk County Sports Park and was formaly known as EAB Park and Citipark.IMG_5438.JPGBefore the Game I got to meet former Mets ShortStop and Coach Bud Harrelson. Bud is the only Mets Player and Coach to have been in uniform for both the 1969 and 1986 World Series Championship. So of cause I had him sign a few items!!


IMG_5473.JPGL.I Ducks Centerfielder gets thrown out at first in the 5th inning

IMG_5521.JPGCamden River Sharks Manager and former Phillie Von Hayes comes out in the 5th or 6th inning for a pitching change. I think the Riversharks used 5 or 6 pitches that night.

IMG_5544.JPGThe Long Island Ducks celabrate their victory over the Camden Riversharks 11-6

IMG_5588.JPGOn August 10, 2010 I attended my first baseball game in over 8 years in NY and my first at the new stadium of the New York Mets Citifield.

Heres a look at Citifield outside of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

Here is a Plaque in the sidewalk outside of Citifield which is one of my best memories growing up as a Mets fan.There are about 20 of these plaques outside the stadium with many memories from the Mets history including their 2 World Series Victories and other memorable games in their history.IMG_5598.JPGThe Centerfield score board.

IMG_5624.JPGThe New York Mets 1986 World Series Trophy which is in the new Mets Hall of Fame located just inside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda in Citifield.

IMG_5642.JPGThis is a look at the control room for the stadiums LCD boards.

IMG_5648.JPGRockies manager Jim Tracy and Mets Manager Jerry Manuels exchange Line ups. 

IMG_5656.JPGRockies Pitching coach Bob Apodaca, Catcher Miguel Olivo and Ubaldo Jimenez walk in from the Center field Bullpen at Citifield

IMG_5659.JPGUbaldo Jimenez Throws First Pitch to The Mets Jose Reyes.Going for his 18th win of the Year.

IMG_5665.JPGA View of CitiField From My Seat in Section 316. Once again Thanks Rich For the great seats.


 This is the Final Score Board for this Game Ubaldo and Mike Pelfrey pitched an excellent game
Ubaldo only let up 4 hits and 1 run. He pitched 4 NoNo innings. The Game would of been totally different if the deep fly ball hit by Cargo with a runner on was a Homer like it would of been in 85% of the Major League Ballparks.


See More photos, more games and ball parks coming up in part 2 of my east coast road trip.



Look keep checking the Rox Addict Blog. For Part 2 of my east coast road trip.