Opening Day 2014, Charlie gets his kick’s going 6 for 6!

4-4-2014

Opening Day

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Colorado Rockies

Coors Field, Game 1 of 2014

 

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This was my 5th Coors Field Opening Day. I like almost all of them and many other days during the season I arrived at 20th and Blake real early. This year I did not go to breakfast like many other years I just walked around Lodo, as always I did meet up with friends as the day progressed. I first met up with Carlos and Mrs. Los, then John, Rockpile Ranter and Hunter, Douglas, Gary X, EB, Smitty and Cass.

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Here is X and Mrs. Los doing a running man while Carlos looks all tough and hey John nice sox!

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So I noticed some new additions to the stadium and that was Banners with milestones on them around the stadium these show Don Baylor and Jim Tracy’s Manager of the years. The photo 2 photo’s above is of National League batting titles these 2 banners are of Larry Walkers in 1998 and Carlos Gonzalez’s in 2010.

After having fun out and about Lodo it was time to head into Coors Field. They had some new additions inside as well.

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They had some more things hangin over the concourse with other first and milestones from the last 21 years of Rockies history. the above and next 2 photos show a few of these set ups.

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After I went to batting Practice for a round or 2 of the Diamondbacks, it was time for the beginning of the Opening Day festivities on the field. (Did not get any baseballs during BP)

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The player introductions. above is one of the newest Rockies Justin Morneau high-fiving down the line of starters in this photo with former Twin’s teammate Michael Cuddyer.

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The players right before the National Anthem.

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They had the giant flag out on the field here is a photo of before it being spread out.

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Then it was time to hand out the hardware, Carlos Gonzales and Nolan Arenado’s gold gloves. Just realized they did not do anything for Cuddy’s batting title. Maybe sometime during the weekend.

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Dinger added a few moves to his regiment he also busted out a cart wheel later on!

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Members of the Denver Philharmonic played the National Anthem and the new Rockies themes song.

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The Rockies take the field for the first time at Coors in 2014. Lead by starting pitcher Juan Nicasio.

PLAY BALL!

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Juan Nicasio throwing the first pitch to the D’backs Gerardo Parra. Parra grounded out followed by a Aaron Hill strike out, the third batter of the inning Paul Goldschmidt walked and Martin Prado flew out to Michael Cuddyer in right field to end the inning Nicasio threw 16 pitches in the inning.

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Randall Delgado was the starter for the D’backs.

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Charley (Chuck Nazty) Blackmon started his assault on the D’backs quickly with a double on the third pitch of the game from Delgado. He scored on a Cuddyer single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the 1st. Cuddy would be throw out at second a ground ball hit by Carlos Gonzalez who was doubled up on at first base. Cargo seemed to get out of the batters box a little slow (think he may of been safe if it wasn’t for that) Just saying. Troy Tulowitzki ended the inning by grounded out.

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Charlie Blackmon scouring the Rockie first Coors Field run of 2014.

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After Nicasio got the job done in the second sitting the D’backs down in order throwing 15 pitches to the D’backs, Justin Morneua came up for his first at bat. Here he is taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat that he would eventually walk. The Rockies did not score in the second inning.

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In the third inning look who scored once again, Charlis Blackmon touches home while Cuddy turns at third after a Cargo triple.

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Cuddy crosses the plate as Cargo slides into third.

Juan Nicasio pitch another terrific inning in the 3rd. striking out 2 D’backs and getting out of the inning on 11 pitches. He worked this game real efficiently and kept his pitch count low which seemed to be a problem for him last year. This is why I was mentioning his pitch count after innings. He really seems to be really confident on the mound.  The first D’backs run was on a Prado single in the 4th he got out of this inning throwing only 13 pitches for a total of 54 pitches in the game. Last year he probably would have been at about 75 plus pitches and close to being removed from the game.

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If Blackmon wasn’t doing enough damage to the D’backs he hit a 2 run home run in the 4th to give the Rockies a 6-0 lead. That is 3 for 3 with a Double, Single and a home run. The D’backs would get a run in the 5th inning on a Mark Trumbo lead off home run. (6-1) Rox

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Delgado was removed after walking Tulo and giving up a single to Morneau in the 5th. inning. He gave up 10 hits 6 runs, walked 2 and struck out 3.

Blackmon hit his second double of the game to lead off the 6th inning. He did get caught stealing third base in the inning. Cargo would then only be able to score 2 runs when he hit his home run of the rail in the third deck almost hitting the new Coors Rooftop. (8-1) Rox

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Brandon Barnes would make his first appearance at Coors after coming over from the Astros in the Dexter Fowler trade. he made a pretty good first impression with his 2 out triple in the 7th inning. Pinch hitting for Nicasio. Nicasio came out of the game with one of his best starts I have seen from him in a few years. giving up 1 run and only 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings pitched. The Rockies would go on scored 2 more runs in the inning to give them a 10-1 lead. Barnes scored on a Charlie Blackmon single for his 2nd RBI of the game. He also scored and it ws his 4th time around the bases on the day.

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Brandon Barnes making the turn at second heading to third for his 7th inning triple.

Chad Bettis pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies and let up a run the Rockies had a 10-2 lead after the inning. He throw 24 pitches to the 6 D’backs batters he faced.

Charlie Blackmon did not let us down with his 8th inning at bat. He hit his third double of the game scoring 2 more runs for his 4th and 5th RBI of the day. So he hit 3 doubles, 2 single and a home run for a total of 6 hits, 5 RBI’s and he scored 4 times. He was involved in 9 of the Rockies 12 runs in the game. This was also only the second time a Rockie has gone 6 for 6 and the 66th time in MLB history. The first Rockie to do it was Andres Gallarager.

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Wilton Lopez pitched the 9th for the Rockies Mark Trumbo lead off the inning with a single, A.J. Pollack would also single but both would remain and base as Parra ground back to Lopez and he would toss to Morneau at first for the final out of the game. The Rockies for the 13th time in their history would win there home opener 12-2.

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The Rockies got to shake hands for only the second time of the season. Since they lost 3 out of the 4 against Miami earlier in the week. Things do seem to be looking up for this team especially with Charlie Blackmon leading off and playing center field. Juan Nicasio helped with his incredible pitching performance, which I am sure the run support helped.

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That is it for this one 80 more to go here at Coors and 156 left in the season.

the Rockies have 2 more against the D’backs at Coors and 3 against the Chicago White Sox on this home stand.

Also hopefully I will be able see the new Roof Top sometime this weekend. Did not make it up there this game.

See you there!

Remember you can follow me on twitter @roxaddict. That is when the cell phone is working at Coors. Even with improvements of the cell antennas in the stadium it was still not performing well during the game with the crowd hopefully it will work better when the crowd is a little thinner.

All good things must come to an end even if it is a tie!

3-15-2013

Angels Vs. Rockies

Salt River Fields at Talking stick

Last 2014 Spring Training game for me.

Today was the last day for a bunch of us at Salt River Fields. We decided to see how we could do on the Angels side of the field to see if we could get Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and others Smitty needed a Copy of Don Baylor’s book signed.

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So while we were waiting I thought we should take some cheesy baseball card pose photos!

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Smitty went with the  foreground baseball!

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EB went with the pondering pitcher!

IMG_9994Jared the Buff power hitter!

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O.K. a few minutes later the team had arrived and it was time to play the game see if we would get anything signed. Most of us were unsuccessful. Smitty did get his book signed.

It was then time for the game we all love and came to see and that was baseball on this awesome spring afternoon at Salt River Fields.

IMG_0008Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Here he is pitching to the Angels Cole Calhoun. Calhoun would Pop out to Paul Janish at 2nd. IMG_0020

Mike Trout was the second batter for the Angels he struck out for the second out of the first inning. Albert Pujols would hit a single and David Freese would end the inning striking out to end the inning.

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Jered Weaver pitching to Corey Dickerson, Corey would strike out. Drew Stubbs followed with a double.

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The next batter Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2 run home run to score himself and Stubbs and the Rockies took a quick lead.

The Angels would score a run in the 2nd on a Howie Kendrick solo home runs. (2-1) Rockies

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In the 3rd inning the Rockies challenged a play on the field. After hitting a lead off single in the inning Corey Dickerson was caught stealing, after the review the call on the field did not change.

The Rockies scored a third run in the 4th inning to give them a 3 to 1 lead when Juan Nicasio contributed to the cause with a single to score Josh Rutledge.

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Manny Corpas pitching to Pujols in the 5th inning. The Angels score a total of 3 runs in the inning. The first on a Matt Long lead off home run. Long came into the game as a replacement for Brennan Boesch when he was ejected from the game in the second inning after being called out on strikes in the 2nd inning. The Angels took a 4-3 lead.

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Gregg Burke pitching for the Rockies in the 9th inning.

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Drew Stubs hit a Hit a double in the 9th inning to score Christian Adames.

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Christian Adames rounds third.

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And slides into home to score the tying run for the Rockies.

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Matt McBride hitting a single to lead off the 10th inning for the Rockies.

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Ben Paulsen hitting a single to give the Rockies a runner on first and second. Ryan Wheeler would advanced McBride to third and Paulsen was out at 2nd.

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with the winning run on third and one out the Angels set up a defense I have only once before. They played with only 2 outfielders and set up with their left fielder in the infield. Jason Pridie hit a grounder and the set up worked for the Angels.  The ball was hit to Matt Long who was the left fielder to the short stop Andrew Romaine for the out at second and then to first for a double play to end the game in a 4-4 tie.

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The first time I had seen this play was in Ashville in 2011 against the drive and Corey Dickerson hit the ball over the infield for a Tourists win! This was the second tie for the Rockies in a row. The next day as the group of us were traveling home the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight game against the Dodgers.

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One last look at the Fields before I left.

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Here is most of the group that was at the game.

After the game a few of us went out to dinner for Rachel and my birthday.

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Than after diner Smitty and I decided to go to the Baseball City Experience at The Convention Center. We knew that Jose Conseco   was signing and we decided to head over. It was only to 8 and we arrived at about 7:30. Since it was almost over they lets us in for free.

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When we arrived there was not many people there and Jose was pitching to kids on a field they had to play wiffle ball.

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I was able to get a ball autographed

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And get a photo with him. Smitty had taken 2 photos I blinked in 1 and Jose was looking away in this one. Getting that his auto was defiantly great way to end a trip and an awesome day.

The Next day we headed home.

Along the way we made several stops one was to Winslow, Arizona

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Here is the group of us “Standing on a corner….”

Well that is the end of Spring Training for me I had a great time with a great group of friends. Looking foreword to another great season with everyone. I know that no matter what happens with the Rockies I know it will be a fun season.

See you at Coors for Opening Day 2014!!!!

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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Rockies split a split sqaud double header.

3-12-2014

Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick

Double-Header

Game 1 Reds vs. Rockies

Game 2 Diamondbacks Rockies

 

So once again the day started early first I got up before 6 and started the post from the day before than I had to get ready to get to the stadium and got there probably a little after 9. I met up with EB who only need 1 person to get to sign a baseball to get the 40 man roster and I am not sure who he needed!!!!!

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I think it was Jorge or Jhoulys or some possibly Boone Logan not quit sure!

Mary was hanging out before work and took a photo next to the fence she has been asking for since Salt River Fields opened in 2011.

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This year the added it! We now call it Mary’s fence!

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The pitchers were out throwing some bullpens that is Christian Friedrick and  Boone Logan on the mound.

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Christian Friedrick throwing.

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While we were waiting for players to get done we had a catch of our own. (Photo Courtesy of Mom)

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The Rockies this year are having and autograph table on the concourse the signers today were Dustin Garneau and Rex Brothers.

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Today Jared and Rachel were at Salt River Fields the came down yesterday and was at the Rockies vs. Cubs. Here is a photo of Jared with Mom.

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It was an OK day for autographs here is Charlie Blackmon signing.

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Brett Anderson was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. Here he is pitching to the Reds lead-off batter Brandon (touched my ball) Phillips. Explanation: Last year at the World Baseball Classic Brandon was signing autographs and I threw my ball to him he missed it and it fell in the dugout so he signed another autograph or so, picked up my baseball and tossed it back without signing it! Here is a link to that original post: http://roxaddict.mlblogs.com/2013/03/14/world-baseball-classic-usa-vs-italy/   

Since one of my awesome friends got me a autographed ball this year!

So Phillips lead off by grounding out to 3rd. Than Ramon Santiago hit a single. Anderson than struck out Joey Votto followed by Ryan Ludwick grounded out.

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Mike Leake was the starting pitcher for the Reds. Charlie Blackmon grounded out by hitting back to Leake. Charlie Culberson got on base by hittin a single. Michael Cuddyer would fly out to right and the inning would end when Culberson did not get back to first and ended the inning for the Rockies.

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The Reds got on the board in the 2nd. Chris Heisey started the inning with a double and scored on a  Devin Mesoraco sac fly to right field and Heisey scored (1-0) Reds

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Matt McBride trying to leg out a hit during his second inning at bat. he was the second out of the inning.

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Josh Rutledge taking a pitch for a ball during his at bat.

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Jason Pridie takes a lead off second base he was the only Rockies runner in the second inning.

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Josh Rutledge also trying to leg out a hit during his 2nd inning at bat. He was out and ended the inning.

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The Rockies score their first run in the 3rd inning. D.J.eMahieu lead off the 3rd with a walk and scored on a Charlie Culberson double to left. This run tied the game at 1. The above is a photo of Michael Cuddyer taking a swing that ended up flying out to center field to end the 3rd inning.

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Sam LeCure was the second pitcher of the game for the Reds he pitched the 4th inning for them.

The Rockies did pick up and additional run in the 5th inning. Once again LeMahieu would get on base to lead off the inning this time with and single and scored on a single by Charlie Blackmon. (2-1) Rockies

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Wilin Rosario scores the Rockies 3rd run of the game. Wilin hit a single to get on base and scored on Matt McBride single. (3-1) Rockies

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Louisville Bats Legend Corky Miller in the 7th inning. I saw that somewhere I did not make up the Louisville Bats Legend! I have seen him play in Louisville 2 years ago on my road trip. He grounded out in the inning.

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Jordan Pacheco field a softly hit ball by Roger Berndina for the second out of the 7th inning.

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Matt McBride makes the grab at first for the Berdina out.

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Adam Ottavino pitching in the 8th inning.

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Tyler Matzek came into the game to pitch in the 9th inning. The first batter he pitched to and walked was Chris Nelson. Nelson is an invitee for the Reds this year after being with the Rockies, Yankees and Angels last season.

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Matzek walked 4 consecutive batters the third batter he walked was Louisville Bats Legend Corky Miller! OK that is it for the use of that dead horse!

IMG_9502After the 4th walk which scored Nelly for the Red second run of the game.

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Matzek was than removed from the game. He has been known to have control issue through his Minor League career, But when he is on he can be totally lights out. Not this day.

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The Rockie got out of the inning with a double play. Here is Rosell Herrera turning the double play at second.

That was the end of the game and the Rockies won this one 3-2. After this game we had to leave the stadium and get ready for the second game of the day at Salt River Fields. Between games I headed to the Diamondbacks side to watch their batting practice. I go to that side because there major league practice field is more accessible than the Rockies side. After dropping my bag off I headed back to my car to get some stuff for the Diamond backs to sign. Along the way I found and Easter egg. That was the 4th ball of the trip. I got back just in time for the end of the Diamond backs BP and was able to get Marc Trumbo to sign a card and Martin Prado.

After meeting back up with EB we headed back into the stadium.

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Before the game I was able to get some more autos on my team project and in my Spring Training magazine. The signers on the concourse were Mike McHenry and Gregg Burke. I had McHenry sign a locker tag that I got at Fanfest from last year when he was with the Pirates. I was also able to get Nolan Arenado on a ball that he tossed up last year that I caught during warm ups.

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 The Second game was against the Diamondbacks. I did not really take many photos this game I think I took a total of 31 photos the whole game slightly because I was tired and second every now and than I just want to hang out and watch a game which is what I may try to do this year every few games so may not be posting every game I am at this year.

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Pedro Hernandez was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He allowed 1 hit in the 1st it was a double by Aaron Hill.

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Wade Miley was the starting pitcher for the Rockies.

The Diamondbacks got on the board in the 3rd inning with a solo shot by Aaron Hill. They scored a second run in the 4th inning. Martin Prado scored on a Chris Owing single.

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Tulo leaving the game after being hit by a pitch in the 4th inning. He left the game because his pride was hurt and sent for X-Rays and they have came back negative, negative for a heart, brain or personality!

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The Rockies first run came in the 5th inning when Michael McHenry hit a double scoring  Paul Janish.

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putting together this post for 3 hours and need to get functioning!

Another great day at the ballpark.

The next game will be at Phoenix Municipal when the Rockies play the A’s.

See you around Phoenix halfway through this trip!

 

Sell outs and shuts for day 2.

3-11-2014

Day 2

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So today we started off at the Cubs new Ballpark in Mesa. The Rockies were there so I arrived early to check out the complex and see if I could snag some baseballs or get some autographs. IMG_9096While walking from the parking lot to the practice fields which are past the stadium from the parking lot. I took some photos of the outside one display showed the different Cubs logos. Others were of baseball cards of recent players.

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This is the clubhouse. It is a free standing building. It is a couple of hundred feet from the stadium.

the practice fields are on the opposite side of this building from the stadium. It is very spread out here and it takes a little walk from the parking for the stadium to get to the practice fields.

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I like being on the minor league practice fields because you get really close to what is going on.

IMG_9120You can get some detailed shots outside the actual game. Like this creative BnW to show off the mad photo skillz!

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The players walk from the clubhouse to the stadium.

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After checking out the complex I headed over to get tickets for the game and it was completely sold out. So now to figure out what to do. I figure well this stadium will be here a bunch of years and I will most likely be at spring training again. So I had to figure out a new plan.

IMG_9140So I decided to head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and check out the Diamondbacks game they were playing the Indians. So when I headed over to the ticket window there it said there were only lawn tickets left which was fine because that’s what I always get. This whole season has been very busy for the stadiums and they have been having very good crowds. I have not seen this in previous years at any stadium. Especially for day game during the week.

So onto the Indians Vs. the Diamondbacks.

IMG_9139Here is Indians manager and Terry Francona  exchanging lineups and talking to umpire Jim Joyce.

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Trevor Cahill was the starting pitcher for the D’backs.

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The Indians Michael Bourn lead off the inning with a single followed by a single by Asdrubal Cabrera. Jason Kipnis hit into a double play getting Cabrera out at second and himself out at first. Bourn advanced to third. Michael Brantley flew out to end the inning for the Indians.

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Justin Masterson was the starting pitcher for the Indians. He got out of the inning throwing three pitchers, Wow first pitch swing D’backs! He would pitch 4 and 2/3 inning only allowing 2 runners both hit by a pitch.

The Indians would score the first run of the game in the 3rd. Yan Gomes scored on a David Adams sac fly to right field. Which resulted into a double play getting Jeff Francoeur out at first because he did not tag up and that ended the inning.

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Masterson pitching to Shelley Duncan in the 3rd inning. He was the second batter hit by Masterson. He would get out trying to steal second during Matt Tuiasosopo at bat.

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Lonnie Chisenhall hit a 2 run home run this is the ball going out in right field 3-0 Indians.

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Martin Prado gets the Diamondbacks first hit of the game in the 5th inning off the Indians Cody Ryan. The Indians would score 2 in the 5th, Francisco Lindor hit a double to get on base and would score on a Cabrera ground rule double. (5-1) Indians

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He would eventually score the D’backs first run on a Tuiasosopo single.

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Josh Collmenter pitching for the D’backs in the 8th inning for the D’backs.

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I believe this is Chuck Taylor taking a lead at first after walking in the 5th inning.

IMG_9274The Indians would score 2 more runs in the 9th and win the game 7-1. This was a pretty good game with very good pitching by the Indians and 4 no hit inning (except the hit batters!) by Masterson who was announced as the Indians opening day Starter.

So as I was watching this game the Rockies shut out the Cubs 13-0 and hit 4 home runs.

Also if any body is wonder I got 3 baseballs Monday night at the Diamondbacks batting practice on the practice fields, 1 catch, 1 roller and an Easter egg.  I had2 of the autographs by Marc Trumbo and Archie Bradley. Bradley is a very high prospect in the Diamondback organization and is rank as the 25th best prospect in all of baseball.

Well that is it for day 2.

Day 3 I will be back at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for possible 2 games as the Rockies have a split double header. I will definitely be at the day game still pondering the second.

Well See you around.

Rockies could not get a run, Day 1 in the Valley of the Sun!

3-10-2014

San Diego Padres Vs. Colorado Rockies

Spring Training 2014 Game 1

Salt River Fields At Talking Stick.

After Flying from Denver and arriving in Phoenix I headed straight to Salt River Fields. I headed over to the field where player were doing batting practice. I met up with EB and Smitty. I was also surprised to see Gary and Ophelia who I know from Coors. They are down here for the first time. Got a few autos on my 2014 team project which is a 16×20 of the outside of Coors. Jorge De La Rosa was the first person I got on it. Within minutes I had gotten 4 more player Chad Bettis, Jhoulys Chacin and Rex Brothers. After the player left the field we headed into the stadium after a batting practice in the stadium I got Justin Morneau, Charlie Blackmon, D.J. LeMahieu and Walt Weiss. So I had gotten 9 players on it. I also Got Eddie Butler and Jonathon Gray on baseballs thanks to EB because I left my case of baseballs in the car. Both of them in scripted them with first round draft pick.

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This year I brought my Mom to spring training, it is the first time she has ever been to spring training.

IMG_8964While Jorge was signing autographs and noticed that Jorge had a bat that was in his bag and broken. So he ask what he was going to do with it and then asked if he wanted it and EB got the bat. Here he is inside the stadium taking a photograph of it.

IMG_8983So after getting some autographs out of the way it was time for some baseball!!! Franklin Morales started for the Rockies here he is throwing the first pitch to the Padres Evereth Cabrera. Cabrera swung at this first pitch and grounded out to second. The next batter Will Venable also took a swing at the first pitch and grounded back to Morales for 2 outs on 2 pitches. The 3rd batter of the inning Chris Denorphia swung at 3 pitches and missed to strike out it was a five pitch inning for Morales and I was impressed by the quick work he made in the inning.

IMG_8990The Rockies lead-off man Charlie Blackmon lined out to short and Michael Cuddyer grounded out to third for a quick 2 outs for the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez hit a double and Troy “The Deuce Tulowitzki came through in the clutch and ……oh wait no he grounded out to second to end the inning.

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After giving up 2 runs in the 2nd a home run by Ryan Jackson. The third a wild pitch by Morales scoring Rene Rivera from third.

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So after the very good first inning and the really bad 2nd inning Morales was taken out of the game with the Rockies down 3-0

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Gregg Burke would come into the game to finish the inning. He face Xavier Nady and got him to ground out on 1 pitch to end the inning.

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After Tommy Kahnle pitched the 4th and Tyler Matzek pitched the 5th Matt Belisle pitched in the 6th inning.

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While walking around we notice one time all time saves leader (601) Trevor Hoffman was in the S.D. Padres bullpen. So EB had a baseball signed and later on Smitty had him sign a Padres hat. I already got him at Coors a few years ago. He is now 2nd on the list to Mariano Rivera. The guy in 3rd is Lee Smith (478) who played for the Cubs.

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Wilton Lopez pitching in the 7th inning for the Rockies.

The Rockies would give up 2 more runs in the 8th inning. The first when  Rymer Liriano hit a double scoring Reymond Fuentes and the second when Kyle Blanks also hit a double scoring Liriano. (5-2) Padres. Brookes Brown was pitching the 8th for the Rockies.

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Rosell Herrera playing short stop late in the game at short stop.

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Yohan Flande pitching in the 9th inning for the Rockies.

That is it for day one of spring training next up I go and check out the Cubs new spring training facility in Mesa.

See you around!!!

Me and EB sending props to the Rockpile Ranter! Miss ya Brotha!

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Photo Courtesy of E2theMNFN B!

 

Dusting of the keyboard and defrosting the fingers gearing up for 2014 Baseball!

3-4-2014

As I sit here on a warm Denver afternoon at the beginning of March, I can only think of one thing at this time next week I will be sitting in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick watching the Rockies. I did not do posts this off season, to take a little break I did do all my normal off season activities like snowboarding and was at the opening day for the season at Keystone and Breckenridge. I have 15 days on the slopes so far this year. I did attend the Dew Tour like I have in the past.

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This is a look up the Half Pipe at Breck.

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Here is a look at a competitor after his run on the slope style course.

I also attended the National Western Stock Show Parade.

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Always trying to improve on my long horns heading down 17th street photo.

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I think this year I may have gotten the best ones yet!

This Off season we said bye to Dex, Jonny and Drew.

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Going to miss moments like this from Dex!

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Guy had a tendency to get the hits when the game was on the line.

Yes, I also did get to fan fest this year got to meet some of the ne guys like Justin Morneau and Brett Anderson both were very cool to talk to and seemed ready to try and help the Rockies this season. Hopefully Morneau will return to his ways of his MVP year and can get things working here at Coors. I was asked what would he needs to do to help the team and to make up for the retiring of Helton and I said he needs to hit 25 plus homers with close to 100 RBI’s, bat in the high 300′s, hit timely and get those extra base hits like Helton had. Especially the doubles. I asked Brett if he was ready for the pitching challenges that Coors is known for and he said he is a ground ball pitcher and as long as they stay on the ground everything should be alright! Hope everything works out for him, he seems really cool and if everything pans out well with him I might finally give an answer to the Ubaldo trade! Since we got him for Drew Pomeranz who did not work out that well for the Rockies since he came to us with others for Ubaldo.

So I will be in Phoenix from March 10th to the 16th. I will be at the Game on the 10th against the Padres. I will also be checking out the new Cubs stadium and seeing the Rockies at Phoenix municipal when they play the A’s.

I am also starting to plan the 2014 baseball adventure I am thinking possibly Chicago and Detroit this year for Rockies games and plenty of minor league baseball in-between including the 2014 Triple A All-Star game in Durham this July.

So I am ready for baseball how about you!

See you in Phoenix and if not at Coors for the 2014 Season. I can’t wait it should be a interesting season. Hopefully it will be filled with awesome memories and great friends!!!

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Todd Heltons Final game at Coors.

9-25-2013

Red Sox vs. Rockies

Game 2 of series

My 72nd and final game of the year, 82nd with road trip and 85 the Springs.

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Tonight besides being the final home game of the year, It was Todd Helton’s final home game of his career. So most of this post will be a tribute to Todd and his 17 year career.

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Dinger got into the act and had a goatee just like Todd’s

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This is the last time we will see Todd’s Name in the introductions.

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Todd and one of his daughters during the National Anthem

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One of Todd’s first tips of the hats of the night before the pre-game ceremony.

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Todd’s oldest daughter threw out the first pitch to her Dad!

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The Rockies presented Todd with a horse for his retirement. The Horse named A “Tru Bustamove,”

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Brad Hawpe and Aaron Cook were both at Coors for Todd’s final game Todd is hugging Hawpe in this photo and Aaron Cook is standing with his back to the camera in the green plaid.

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Another tip of the cap after the pre-game ceremony and he headed back to the dugout.

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He than brought out the score cards to the umpires. He is shaking hands with Joe West in the photo.

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For the last time as an active player Todd takes the field at first base.

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Jhoulys Chacin was the starting pitcher this game her he is pitching in the first inning. Here he is throwing to Jacoby Ellsbury, he would lead-off with a single.

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Troy Tulowitzki with a try to turn a double play on a hit by Dustin Pedroia getting Shane Victorino out at second.

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David Ortiz hit a 2 run double to score Ellsbury and Pedroia for a 2 to 0 Red Sox Lead.

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After the Red Sox scored a 3rd run the last out of the inning was a hit back to Chacin to get Bill Middlebrook out at first.

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John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He put the Rockies down in order in the first.

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With 1 out in the second Todd Helton came to the Plate once again with a tip of the cap.

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on the third pitch of the at bat….

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….he hit one more over the auxiliary in right for his 369th and last home run of his career.

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He was only able to watch as the ball sailed out into the crowd. Over the years I don’t know how many times I have seen him hit a home run or how many photos of may have taken, But all of them were watched in amazement how easy he made it look to hit a home run in a big league park.

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Taking the turn at second after his home run.

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With 2 outs in the inning and Corey Dickerson on base hit a double scoring the Rockies second run of the inning. (3-2) Sox

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The Red Sox would score a run in the 3rd to take a 4-2 lead. Todd watches as Michael Cuddyer batting in the 3rd inning. Cuddy would strike out in the inning, Todd would come up for his second at bat of the night.

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Todd would hit a fly ball to deep left-center.

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That was caught by Daniel Nava for the second out of the inning.

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Charlie Blackmon would score to tie the game at 4. That was Todd’s 1405 RBI of his career.

Before the 4th inning I headed up to the upper deck because I wanted to get photos of the field with the tributes to Todd.

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The game did go on while I was up there and here is Chacin throwing a pitch with a runner on second.

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From up here you were able to see the Giant 17 cut into the field and the purple ones painted on the base lines.

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Shane Victorino hit a 3 run home run in the 4th to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead.

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On my way down I took the stairs that bring you to the home plate entrance and got a photo of the starting line up photos.

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With Michael Cuddyer on base Todd hit a double in the 5th inning. His 589th of his career he is 17th on the all time doubles list. A very appropriate spot to end his career. Cuddy also scored and was Todd’s 3rd RBI of the night and 1406 of his career.

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Todd standing at second while Lackey pitches to Nolan Arenado.

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Matt Belilse pitched the 7th inning for the Rockies he was the 4th Rockies pitcher of the night. Chacin Pitched only 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 striking out 3. Rob Scahill pitched the 5th and Drew Pomeranz the 6th.

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Ex-Rockie Franklin Morales pitched for the Red Sox in the last 2 outs of the 7th inning.

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In the inning Todd took his last at bat at Coors. He did strike out but hey it is baseball and he is a lifetime .316 hitter and he already had a home run and a double in this game, what else could you ask for than a .500 night for your last home game. I don’t know about you but I think I will remember seeing his last home run and his last double especially with that huge slide into second!

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Roy Oswalt pitched the 8th for the Rockies, Just like the rest of the Roy Oswalt experiments have gone he was a disaster giving up 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning. Hope this is the last time he will be on this field as a Rockie, Hey Roy thanks for the Misery!!! Just a bit bitter he is the only Rockies to play this year that did not sign my team project this year and his 8.90 ERA helped the team in absolutely no way.

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As the Rockies took the field in the 9th inning and it was the last time Todd would take first base at Coors his Daughters came out to the field.

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They removed first base which was being changed each inning. These bases did have a special 17 Jewel on the side of them.

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Another tip of the cap before the start of his last inning.

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Rex Brother pitched for the mound. As you may have noticed in the last few photo is I got a little help from my friends to watch the last inning from  behind the dugout.

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it was amazing to watch Todd just taking in the experience as he was playing his last inning. Between almost every pitcher he would just look around and take in the crowd and the experience of being on a MLB field.

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The Rockies try to get Todd one last out at 1st before he leaves, but John McDonald was safe But Quintin Berry was the second out at second. The inning ended with Brandon Snyder striking out.

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Ryan Dempster pitched the 9th inning for the Red Sox. Ryan Wheeler lead the inning with a single, then Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play.

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Josh Rutledge ended the game and the Rockies season at Coors by flying out to left field.

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The Red Sox as they did 3 times this year celebrated a win against the Rockies 2 times in Fenway and 1 here.

After the game it was time for one last farewell to Todd Helton. It started with him followed by the team walking around the field and giving high-fives to the fans.

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Here is most of the team when they were in left field.

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Think Diane and the group in center field said it best with there last sign!

After walking around the field Todd stood at home as his teammates and a few Red Sox passed him giving him hugs and shaking his hand.

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He than did interviews with roots sports Drew Goodman and MLB networks and former Rockies side line reporter Alana Rizzo.

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Immediately after the players left the field the Coors MLB authenticator and Aaron who handles all the game used items at Coors label and tag the buckets of dirt taken from the first base area.

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This was a very emotional night at a game. At times I think there was a not a single dry eye in the house and if you did not get emotional

on this night you should have not been there.

So that is it for the 2013 season. I would like to thank everyone who makes these game so great Win or Lose the friends who I sit with others who came to games with me, the ushers and staff that make Coors really feel like my home away from home for the 6 months of the year. To my family and friends that make this all possible. Most of all the reader of this blog who keep me doing this game after game day after day and mile after mile when I am on a road trip with out you I would have not made the top 50 in MLBlogs for most of the season and being 29th for the month of August.

Thanks to Todd Helton for giving his all every time he stepped on the field. For 17 Years of baseball. Just wish I was here for more of them.

For the last time this years that is it for this one

Thanks and see you around.

Rox beat the Sox!

9-24-2013

Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies

My 71st Coors Game of the year. 84th with Road trip and the springs!

Not sure how or if I will ever be able to top this many games in a season again. Also with these numbers I have not counted spring training games.

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This is the last series of the year at Coors.

Before the game I went to the pavilions for batting practice and got my last ball of the year from the Red Sox. hat was my 35th ball of the season in an MLB park. 34 were at Coors and 1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  It was a ball I should have caught but dropt and it bounced back to me for the pick up. The Red Sox had one of the best batting practices I have seen from any team in a very long time they have a lot of power and these guys can hit everywhere.

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Todd takes the field first for his second to last time. I took a similar shot a few days ago and really liked it so had to do it again.

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Tyler Chatwood was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He had an interesting first inning not what we are used to see from him after getting Shane Victorio out he hit Daniel Nava. and with 2 outs walk David Ortiz he did get out of the inning with just the 2 batters reaching but not a normal inning for him.

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Victorino taking a swing in the first inning for his ground out for the first out of the game.

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He we go Jarrod Saltalamacchia (hardest name to spell ever) grounded out to end the first inning.

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John Lackey was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox.

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Charlie Blackmon wasted no time getting the Rockies on the board, he hit a lead off home run on the third pitch thrown by Lackey. After D.J. LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki both got out Michael Cuddyer hit a double. He would score on a Todd Helton single and the Rockies had a 2-0 lead.

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Between innings they gave away the Toyota that has been on top of the Tundra sign in left field all season. Someone won it don’t know who, but if the person that did ever stumbles upon this congrats.

Chatwood settled down in the second and third and was nearly floor less getting all 6 out in those 2 innings. He threw only 20 pitches in the 2 inning combined.

The Rockies scored a third run on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run in the 3rd. inning.

The Red Sox got their first hit of the game in the 4th inning a lead-off single by Dustin Pedroia.

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Corey Dickerson hit a home run of his own in the 4th. The Rockies had a 4-0 lead after 4.

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David Ortiz makes contact in the 6th inning, which was an out to center field.

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Charlie Blackmon making the catch from Ortiz that ended the inning.

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Todd Helton hits a single to right field in the Bottom of the 6th.

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Tyler Chatwood who had a great start pitching in the 7th inning.

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Tyler Chatwood fields a ball tossed by Todd Helton he missed the catch for the out. The ball was hit by Jackie Bradley Jr.

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He did throw the ball home as Bill Middlebrook ran from third.

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Bradley Jr. slides into first after Pacheco got and tossed the ball back to Chatwood at home. Bradley Jr. slides into home and was called out.

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That ended the 7th inning.

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LeMahieu takes a swing for a single in the 7th inning. Scoring Pacheco and Ruthledge. (6-1) Rox

That would give the Red Sox 3 runs for the game and make the final score 8-3.

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Mike Carp would make the final out of the game, striking out.

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The Rockies celebrate this win over the Red Sox.

One more left to write about. It is Todd’s last game at Coors.

It will be a huge blog post so check back hopefully I will have it up soon!

Thanks for checking out the Blog.

Rox Addict

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