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A Rockies come back and Chuck Cobra on the attack!

5-3-2014

Mets vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series

My 15th Coors Game of the year.

 

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Before the game Justin Mornea was awarded his watch for being the National League player of the week.

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It was presented to him by the Rockies Hitting Coach Blake Doyle.

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He was the second Rockies to get it this month, Charlie Blackmon won the earlier in the month of April.

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Franklin Morales was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. He started the game with Juan Lagares flying out to left field. Then things started to get real ugly for him and the Rockies. Daniel Murphy hit a triple followed by a David Wright double, he walked Chris Young. By the time he got out of the first inning he faced 7 Mets batters and they scored 3 runs.

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 Jenrry Mejia started for the Mets he struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning. He then walked Drew Stubbs and Carlos Gonzalez flew out, Stubbs made a interesting third out and that was he ran to and past 2nd base on the Cargo fly out and after the catch by Chris Young in left field he ran back to first but was said that he never stepped back on second before returning to first and was doubled up at first base.

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Neither the Mets or Rockies scored in the 2nd and both did not have a base runner. The Mets kept scoring in the 3rd. David Wright got his second hit of the game a single and then stole second base. Curtis Granderson hit a single followed by a Anthony Recker double his second hit of the game. The Mets got an additional 3 runs and had a 6 run lead.

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They kept that 6 run lead till the 5th inning when the Rockies fought back with a huge inning lead by a Ryan Wheeler solo home run to start the inning.

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After a series of single and walks Nolan Arenado came to the plate with bases loaded and proceeded to hit his 2nd Grand Slam of his career to give the Rockies a 8-6 lead. After Arenado’s homer the Mets replaced Meija with Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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Arenado celebrates at home-plate with his teammates that were on base when he hit his home run.

In the 6th inning the Mets would score  2 runs with Chris Martin on the mound. Martin was replace with Rex Brothers after the first run scored on a Chris Young double. Rex gave up a single to Curtis Granderson to Score Young. The score was now 8-8.

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The Rockies took the lead in the 7th inning on a Jordan Pacheco sac fly to center field and Tulo scored from third. Tulo got on base in the 7th with a single and it was his 1,000 hit of his career. So congrats to him. Even know I am not the biggest Tulo fan I do have to give credit when credit is due! This year he seems to finally be hitting timely and is performing the way the regular fans had expected him too for the last few years. This is probably the best start to the season he has in the past 3 or 4 years now lets hope he stays healthy and keeps it up before he gets traded to the Yankees!! Had to get a dig in somehow! The Rockies had a 9-8 lead at the end of the 7th.

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on the same play Tulo scored on Corey Dickerson advanced to second in a close play after tagging up at first.

The Mets would tie the game in the 8th at 9 and take a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the 9th.

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Then with Tulo on second after getting on base after  his 1,001 hit of his career, Charley Culberson and his .111 batting avg. came in to pinch hit for the pitcher La Troy Hawkins. On the 1-2 count he took a 96 mph fast ball thrown by the Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth for a 2 run walk off home run it was awesome to see Charley come through with this huge homer for his first of the year. He was brought back up to the Rockies from the Springs because of Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list. He was originally sent back to the Springs because he was not hitting for the first month of the season.

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Charlie (Chuck Cobra) runs the base as the Coors crowd goes absolutely crazy after his home run.

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What a incredible game that looked like it was going to be a rough lose early and in true Coors fashion and the fight that this team has this year they won it 11-10.

What a great night of baseball

Tomorrow the Rockies will be facing the Mets for the 4th time and Jhoulys Chacin will make his 2014 debut as he come off the disabled list and the Rockies go for the series sweep. Unfortunately I will not be at this game because of scheduling issues at work and this will be the first Sunday game I have missed while in town in over 3 years. I do miss a Sunday game while on my road trip in the summer.

So that is it for this game.

I will be back at Coors for the 2 games Monday and Tuesday when the Texas Rangers are in town.

See you at Coors!!!

Go Rockies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Rockies take Wheeler for a spin!

5-2-2014

Mets vs. Rockies

Game 2

My 14th Coors game of the year.

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Today was another bust for me at batting practice just not doing well this year what stinks is I usually do well during Mets batting practices. Before the game I bought a Corey Dickerson bat that was broken in L.A. on April 25th by a pitch thrown by the Dodgers Jamie Wright.

IMG_20140502_190812I got that bat signed after I got another cool autograph and that was from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

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He was he because this is his last year as commissioner and he is doing a farewell tour of the parks. After he did a on field appearance  and photo ops. He with Dick Monfort headed down the tunnel behind the dugout so a few of us headed over there and he stopped and signed.

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Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies He gave up a lead off double to Juan Lagares who scored 2 batters later on a David Wright single. The Mets had a 1-0 lead.

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Lagares’s lead off double.

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Daniel Murphy’s first inning running error running to third before Jorge was in his wind up and got out at third for the first out of the inning !

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Corey Dickerson making his best Cargo impersonation with this great catch to get Chris Young out in the first inning.

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Zach Wheeler was the starting pitcher for the Mets. I have actually been waiting to see him pitch in person for about 2 years and this outing was not worth the wait. Charlie Blackmon lead off with a single followed by a walk by Nolan Arenado and a Tulo single.

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Here is Charlis Blackmon running home on the Tulo single to tie the game at 1.

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Tulo high five eric Young at first base after his RBI single. It is nice to see Tulo hitting and playing the way we have been expecting him to for the last few years.

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Zack Wheeler came inside on Corey Dickerson during his 1st inning at bat. The Rockies would score 4 in the inning.

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The Rockies went on and scored 2 more runs in the second and 1 in the fourth. wheeler was removed from the game after the 4th he gave up 7 hits and 7 runs. Only striking out 1 and that was Arenado to end the 4th.   Jeurys Familia  pitched the 5th and Ex Rockie Carlos Torres came into pitch the 6th and 7th for the Mets.

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Chris Martin made his Coors debut in the 7th. the Mets did score 2 runs in the 6th. Curtis Granderson hit a 2 run home run. Rox still had a 8-3 lead.

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The Rockies scored 3 in the 7th the first a lead off solo home run by Charlie Blackmon the next 2 on a series of single by Arenado, Tulo and Morneau. With his hit in the 7th Arenado has a 22 game hitting streak.

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Daniel Murphy takes a swing that was hit to the pitcher tommy Kahnle.

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He took it to the bag himself and that ended the game and the Rockies won 10-3 for the second win of the series.

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The Rockies celebrate the win and Charlie Blackmon once again was player of the game with his 3 for 5 night with 2 RBI’s and scored 3 times.

That is it for this game and the Rockies are now 10-4 at home this year. and are 1 game behind the Giants and a half behind the Dodgers in 3rd place.

So after the game I went to the players entrance and had Keith Hernandez sign a copy of his book and also a Shea Stadium baseball so it was a very good day at the ballpark for autographs.

That is it see you at Coors.

 

Nicasio has a big night at the plate and the Mound!

 

 

5-1-2014

N.Y. Mets vs. Colorado Rockies

Game 1

My 13th game at Coors this year.

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Did not do to well at batting practice today the Rockies did not take BP and the Mets was O.K. but I was never in the right place at the right time always seemed I was a section off all day!.

During BP Geoff told me he may have an extra ticket behind the Mets dugout, which was very cool of him. Many of you may remember that I was originally from N.Y. and grew up a Mets fan so that was awesome.

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The morning before the game I had to make the decision do I want to wear my normal Rockies stuff or my Mets stuff it was a tough decision but I went with my usual Rockies stuff, usually I will wear a Mets hat with my Rockies Jersey. I wish I had grabbed my Mets stuff just because of the seats! He was wearing his and got Bartolo Colons warm up ball and a gamer from Ruben Tejada hit by Justin Morneau in the 3rd.

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Juan Nicasio was the starting pitcher for the Rockies the first batter he faced was Juan Lagares the Mets center fielder started the game with a double and it looked like Nicasio was in trouble early, But after Daniel Murphy lined out to Nolan Arenado at third David Wright lined out to Troy Tulowitzki at short and Lagares was caught off the bag at second for a double play. Nicasio got out of the inning with 11 pitches.

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Bartolo Colon was the starting pitcher for the Mets. He got Charlie Blackmon to fly out to left and then struck out Arenado. He did not have great stuff to the first 2 batters but got them out  then Carlos Gonzalez came up and took a 90 MPH to right center for a solo home run and a Rockies 1-0 lead. Tulo would end the inning flying out to left.

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Hey look David Wright at third base.

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Lucas Duda started the inning with a out and Chris Young hit a single. Here is Curtis Granderson batting in the 2nd inning after Youngs single.

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Juan Nicasio pitching with Chris Young on base. Young did steal second but did not score and Nicasio got out of the inning.

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Corey Dickerson taking a swing right before his 2 out single.

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Charlie Culberson would also hit a single and Nicasio would hit a single.

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Dickerson and Culberson both scored on the single. It was a very good hit down the right field line that may have been a double for a position player instead of a very long single. above he is giving Eric Young five after the 2 RBI single to give the Rox a 3-0 lead.

Nicasio pitched another very good inning in the 3rd and the Rockies did not score in the 3rd either.

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After a Wilin Rosario walk in the 4th Corey Dickerson threw down a bunt. IMG_2656 Which first basemen Lucas Duda fielded.

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Which was thrown past second baseman Daniel Murphy into right field.

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Culberson was then hit by a pitch.to load the bases.

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Juan Nicasio would get his third RBI of the night on a sac-fly to center.

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Scoring Rosario from third! The Rockies extended their lead 4-0.

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Charlie Blackmon would hit a single to score Dickerson and Culberson for a 6-0 Rockies lead.

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Culberson stepping on the plate for the 3rd run of the inning. It looks like he may have been out but I am not saying anything!!!!

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Nicasio kept the Mets batters to a minimum in the 5th and the Rockies picked up another run Justin Morneau got on base with a single.

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He would score on a Dickerson triple. he is being waved around by Stu Coles at third for the 7th run for the Rockies.

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Bartolo Colon was taken out of the game after the triple and was replaced by Jeurys Familia. Colon gave up 10 hits 7 runs, he did strike out 3 and walked 1 in his 4.2 innings on the mound and can’t forget the hit batter Culberson in the 4th.

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Eric Young Jr. pinch hit in the 6th for the Mets this is the first time I have seen him play for the Mets. Last year when the Mets came for the make up game I was in N.Y. and missed the game at Coors.

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Juan Nicasio did walk hime and here he is turning around at second on a Lagares fly ball to right field which was caught by Brandon Barnes who came into the game in the 5th for Cargo. Blackmon moved to center from right and Dickerson moved from center to left.

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Juan Nicasio pitched a full 7 inning and Chad Bettis came in for the 8th inning. Nicasio besides going 1 for 2 at the plate with 3 RBI’s he pitched a pretty good game also! Not giving up any runs on 3 hits striking out 3 and kept his pitch count very good for him 95 pitches in 7 innings. Bettis after getting 2 quick outs in the 8th walked Bobby Abreu. Who scored on a Juan Lagarase double. 7-1 Rox

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Jose Valverde pitched the 8th inning for the Mets.

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You know you have a good lead in the 8th when the relief pitcher is batting in his spot with 2 outs! He did strike out and came back out to pitch the 9th.

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After another inning of 2 quick outs Chad Bettis gave up a single to Chris Young and then another to Curtis Granderson. Travis d’Arnaud then hit a 3 run home run the Rockies still had a 7-4 lead.

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d’Arnaud passing Mets 3rd base coach Tim Teuful after his 9th inning 3 run home run.

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Ruben Tejada flew out to Barnes in right to end the game with the Rockies winning with the 7-4 score. This was a great game by Nicasio and was awesome to sit behind the Mets dugout. Thanks again Geoff.

After the game I headed to the players entrance and got to say hey to The Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez and got Tim Teuful to sign a card for me. He was a really nice guy and it was cool meeting another player that played on the 1986 World series team for the Mets.

I will be at Coors for the remainder of the series and home stand see you at Coors!

 

What a Mess against the Mets

5-10-2011

NY Mets Vs Colorado Rockies

Game 2
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This little guy was hanging out by the rockpile gate when I arrived. I arrived about 45 minutes before the gates opened and was the first person in.

After heading in I ran straight for the pavillions for batting practice. It started a little slow and I did not get anything from the Rockies. With in the first few minutes of Mets BP I picked up my first ball that rolled landed in a section with out many people. Then I got my second on a catch. I also caught the last ball of BP off the Mets, it was the first BP that I had gotten 3 bp balls from a single team and the third time I have gotten 3 balls in a single BP. That is 4 for the series all four from the Mets but I have always done well when the Mets have been in town.

So once again I headed to the Mets side of the field for autos. I headed down with a couple of friends I knew from NY who had never been down to the wall before. I ended up getting a Jose Reyes card signed. The above photo is of the Rockies during the National Anthem.

Ike Davis and David Wright throwing before the game.

Mets Centerfielder Jason Pridie during warm ups

The Rockies Take the field to start the game. The Starters for this game was Jason Hammel for the Rox and Mike Pelfrey for Da Mets!!!

Jason Hammel Pitching to the lead off batter Jose Reyes who hit a double.
 It took a while for Hammel to settle in after letting up a hit to Reyes, Daniel Murphy hit a single David Wright got out and Carlos Beltran was walked. Ike Davis would hit a single and score both Reyes and Murphy.

                             Carlos Beltran takes a ball before walking in the first.
 David Murphy scoring the second run with Jose Reyes already at home after the Davis single making the score 2-0 Mets

Jason Hammel pitching to Jason Bay, with Ike Davis on 1st and Carlos Beltran on 3rd. He would then strike out Bay and the catcher Ronny Paulino to end the inning. The Rockies would go down in order in the 1st.

Mike Pelfry pitching to Dexter Fowler.

Carlos Gonzalez taking a strike. It is time to play where is the ball in the photo!

The 2nd inning Hammel seemed to settle down very well striking out the first batter Jason Pirdie. Pelfry would ground out and Reyes hit one to Seth Smith to end the inning.

The Rox would come up in the second and The Deuce would lead off the  inning with a solo shot to right. Helto would grund out and the Seth Smith would hit a solo shot of his own to tie the game 2-2.

The Deuce heading to third after his 2nd inning lead off Homerun.

2 Batters later Seth Smith doing the same.

The 3rd inning both teams went down in order Hammel struck out Wright and Pelfry struck out Dex. In the 4th inning jaso Hammel was hit in the leg by a Ronny Paulino grounder which got him on base and would later score on a Mike Pelfry double. Yes, you did read that correct the pitcher got a double. 4-2 Mets. Hammel did complete the inning but did not pitch as well after being hit.

This is the coaches and trainers checking out Hammels leg.

Taking a practice throw while Manager Jim Tracy and Bob Apodaca look on to evaluate if he was ok to stay in the game.

In the 6th inning Cargo hit a solo HR of his own. Which was his first at Coors this year. Hopefully this is the end of his hitting slump. 4-3 Mets.

THEN THE RAINS CAME

 

In The 7th With 2 out Dexter Fowler was at the plate when it started to pour he had 2 balls 2 strike when the rain delay was called all in all it was a 50 something minute at bat.

Dexter right before he waits for the last pitch.

Mike Pelfry throws the last pitch to Dexter Fowler.

The Coors Field growns crew pulling the tarp.

  After a while they removed the tarp and it was time to play ball once again. During the rain delay I hung out under the Rockpile knowing it was going to be less crowded then the concource. Then we headed back to our seats or should I say where we were sitting. While I was down at the wall before the game one of my friends ran into someone he worked with who had 2 tix in section 142 so I stayed their figuring I would leave when the section filled in since my seats where just a few sections away. Well the section did not fill in, so I watched the full game from there.

After the delay Dexter Fowler returned to the plate and fouled a ball of his knee and then Ryan Spilbourghs pinch hit for him. Coming up with the count Dex left before the rain delay. He then walked but was left on base when Jonny Herrera struck out.

 

Matt Lindstrom pitched the 8th inning for the Rockies

After Ingringhaus pitch for the Mets after the rain delay, Tim Byrdak came in to pitch in the 8th.

Closer Francisco Rodriguez pitches to Jason Giambi in the 9th

second basmen Justin Turner throws to Daniel Murphy for the final out of the game the Mets won 4-3. Turner  came in when Ike Davis Colided with David Wright turning his ankle. Daniel Murphy went to 1st and Turner played 2nd.

It was along night at Coors Between a rough loss and a rain delay. The 3rd game of the series has been also delayed 1 day as of now and is scheduled for the 12th at 1:10. Hopefully I will make it but I am scheduled to work. Maybe it will be delayed long enough so I can get their after 2 to see the game. If not then I will be at sundays game against the San Diego Padres.

Iannetta is the man!

5-9-2011

NY Mets Vs. Colorado Rockies

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This game I got to the stadium even earlier than normal. Gary X and I showed up about 1 O’Clock to see if we would be able to get some autographs out by the players parking lot no Rockies stopped. The only autograph I was able to get was former rockies relief pitch Taylor Bucholtz. NY Met Jose Reyes took a taxi to the field and was dropped off at the gate but did not head over
to sign.

 After about an hour and a half there we headed up to get our tickets neither of us had tix for this game previously. Then we headed to gate E to head into the stadium. When the gates opened we headed for the outfield to try to snag some BP balls. It was kind of a slow batting practice not to much was hit out I had a shot at one of the Rockies that I think went threw my glove or tipped of the top. Then I got a bouncer off the track during the Mets BP. Within about a minute of getting that ball I noticed Mookie Wilson signing autographs by centerfield so I headed over and had him sign the ball it was realy cool meeting him since I grew up a Mets Fan during the mid 1980′s. You may remember Mookie Wilson was the player who hit the slow roller to Bill Buckner in  Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. After BP I changed up alittle bit and headed to the Mets side of the field to see if I can get some autos since the Rockies haven’t signed much before games this season. Only a Mets coached signed but I did not get his autograph. Geoff also headed over to the Mets side to try to get a ball signed that he caught last season. The ball was hit by David Wright and it was his 143rd career HR. Neither of us got any autographs.

 

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                         Mets Catcher Josh Thole heading to the Bullpen.

 

 
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                               The hosers from the opposite side of the field.

 

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                  Rockies Jhoulys Chacin long tossing in the outfield before the game.

 

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Mets Centerfielder Jason Pridie, 1st baseman Ike Davis and Shortstop Jose Reyes during warm ups.

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                       Jose Reyes taking some swings during warm ups.

 

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                       A look at the Rockies during the National Anthem

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                                      Another look across the field

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Looks like the Mets have pinkies also. Having the Rookie member carry a pink backpack to the bullpen. The Rockies have them also do this usually with a Dora the Explora backpack.

 

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Tonight my seats where at the top row of the pavillions but I stopped and chatted with Judy and Anna who had seats in section in the 2nd row of 152. This is a photo of the Rockies heading to the field.

 
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Chacin throwing to Jose Reyes in the first inning, Reyes tried to bunt on this pitch but unsuccesfully. He ended up grounding out to Chacin. in the 1st the Mets went down 1,2,3. The Rockies 1st looked promising, Dex leadoff with a walk. Followed by a Herrera single then Cargo’s batting woah’s countinued when he struck out. The Deuce did hit a single then Helto hit into a double play. The Mets sent 5 batters up in the 2nd resulting in no runs and Chacin iwho did not have his best performance walk 2 in the inning. Both teams went down in order in the 3rd.

 

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                 Jose Reyes grounds out to Jonny Herrera in the 3rd inning.

 

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               Cargo makes a catch in the 4th inning of a David Wright hit to left center.

 

The game was very uneventful for most of the game the first run wasn’t scored until the 5th inning.  Chris Iannetta lead off the 5th with a double. Ian Stewart stuck out Chacin growneded out to short. With 2 outs Dex hit a single scoring the Iman from 2nd. Herrera the ended the inning with a hit to the Mets 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy that got Dex out at 2nd.

 

The Mets would responed with a run of their own 6th. When Carlos Beltran lead off with a walk and later scored after a very sloppy inning by the Rox Chacin walked 2 in the inning andIan Stewart had a throwing error to first which pulled Helton off the bag. Chacin managed to get out of the inning that could of been alot worse. That run tied the game at 1 of piece.

 

Then after a Seth Smith ground out to 2nd Chris Ianneta stepped to the plate with the swing he has when he is trying to accomplish something. The Mets have seen this swing before when he hit a walk off against them last year at Coors. Well this year it wouldn’t be a walk off HR but a game winning HR in the 7th. Making the game 2-1 Rox and that was all that was uneeded for the night. The Mets went down in order in the 8th and 9th.

Chacin ended up pitching 6 and the bullpen back him up well for the last 3. Reynolds and Belise got threw the 7th well and Bettancourt was on his game in the 8th. 

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                             Jason Pridie catches a Ian Stewart fly to center in the 7th.

 

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Taylor Buchholz heading to the mound for his first appearance since leaving the Rockies late last season.

 

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                Taylor Buchholz pitching to Dexter Fowler in the 8th inning.

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                                       Heading to the mound in the 9th inning

 

 

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                The Deuce making the final out of the game hit by Daniel Murphy. Diving after the graound ball then got up to throw it to Helton for the final out of the game and the Rockies won 2-1.

 

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        The Rockies running to the field to celabrate their win. Love the Iman fist pump.

 

 
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           Once again the Rockies Fans celabrate at the Root sports post game desk. Gary X and I got to toss out the T-Shirts for Helmer again i was late so Gary threw out most of them but left one for me to toss out.

 

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This guy definatly has the best hair of the game. Tottally forgot his name but see himm at a lot of games.

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                                      Tom Helmer firing up the crowd.

 

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                           Banner Jack was out celabrating the win this night also. It was cool to learn he is also from NY when I watched the replay of the game later that night.

After the game Gary X and I headed out to the players exit and Ian Stewart stopped to sign a few for the fans out there. It was cool of him to stop glad to see him back and would love to start hitting like the 2009 Ian Stewart. As i write this he is hitting .064 for the season and has already been down to  Triple AAA, where he was totally Rocking in his games with them.

 

Well thats it for this one. Check back for Mets game 2 and possible the rain postponed game 3 if I can get out of work!!! Also maybe the lost may 1st post will magicly appear. sometime soon some great photos in that one with a special guest photographer who will that be? bTill then See you at Coors.

 

Part 2 of MY 2010 Road Trip What a Rocky Road it was.

 

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               This is the 2nd part of my 2010 Road trip it starts at the second game I attended at Citi Field in NY on August 11, 2010 to a Game I attended in Indianapolis on August 16, 2010.

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While I was getting ready to head to the train station to the stadium my phone rang  and it was Zack Hample. My friend Robert from Coors Field told him I was going to be in town and we should meet up. Zack said he would meet up with me before the game. Zack only stuck around for BP. This was a few days before his most recent books deadline. Zack has his own blog The Baseball Collector. Heres a link http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/. It was realy cool meeting him and the rest of the Citi Field Ball Snagging crew. Here a photo of the group of us outside Citi Field. An below that a photo of Zack in Left Field Seats.

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Photo and text courtesy of Zack. In the photo above, you’re looking at:

1) Greg Barasch, who recently joined the 1,000-ball club.

2) Gary, who has some pretty impressive stats of his own.

3) Brian (aka “puck collector”) who’s not too far behind Gary.

4) Zack!

5) Mateo, my Watch With Zack client from 7/27/10 at Citi Field.

6) Mike from Denver. I had just met him through a mutual friend: Robert Harmon of 762 fame.

7) Brian’s father Wayne (aka “father puck”) who’s holding up his copy of the new Sports Illustrated article about Zack.


 
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Mets pitches warming up along the 3rd base line during BP. A few minutes after this photo was taken. I caught a ball that was fouled off and bounce on the warning track and into the stands. IMG_5706.JPG
A look at the 2 LED scoreboards they have at Citi Field.

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                                       A photo of Citi Field during the 4th inning.

 
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                                      Jeff Francis Pitching in the 4th inning.
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The Mets 2 runs were scored in the first inning by an Angel Pagan 2 Run HR. The Rockies 1st Run was score by a Chris Iannetta Sac Fly to center scoring Tulo in the 7th at that point it was 2-1 Mets.

 

Melvin Mora rounds 3rd after hitting a 8th inning Grand Slam Home Run, Scoring Helton, Tulo and Cargo.

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Tulo Crosses the plate for the 3rd run from Mora’s HR.

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                                 Cargo high fives Melvin Mora after his trot around the bases.

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                 Dexter Fowler make final out hit by NY Mets Centerfielder Carlos Beltran.IMG_5834.JPG
The scoreboard at the end of the game. The Rockies Win 6-2.After the Mora Home Run Clint Barmes single scored Brad Hawpe. Bringing the score to the 6-2 final.

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Rockies celabrate their 6-2 win over the Mets.
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The Rockies winning did make the train ride back to the Island a lot easier. Everybody on the trains were very cool and realy intrested about Colorado and the Rockies. A few even said how “The Rockies have a very good team and the Mets need some work”. Not my Words that was from a Mets fan on the train. Had a lot of fun and good conversations on baseball.

                                                    August 12, 2010

That day a very unusual thing occured. Do to a late start from LI and NY traffic we got to the game in the 2nd inning the Rockies were already down 2 runs when we got there. IMG_5846.JPG
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Above is Jason Hammel Pitching in the 3rd inning.

 

This is a view from My seat on the left field side of the stadium. Thanks to Mike M for the great tickets that also included acces to many of the clubs in Citi Field which is where we spent most of the game. It was realy cool to see things I normaly do not see at stadiums. especially with such uneventful game for the Rockies. 

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This was the day after Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested outside the Mets clubhouse for punchinhg his father in law. Here is a fan showing support for him.IMG_5853.JPG
A view of the Jackie Robinson Pavillion from the inside of Citi Field.

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The scoreboard at the end of the game the Mets Won 4-0. That evened the 6 games the 2 teams played this year to 3-3. It made the Rockies 3-4 on this road trip and 1-3 with me in attendance. Some would say it was a rocky road trip.

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Signs outside CitiField. IMG_5879.JPG

                                   August 16, 2010 Victory Field Indianapolis, Indiana

                         Home of the Indanapolis Indians. They Played the Rochester Chiefs

                               The Indians are the triple a affiliate of the Pittsburgh pirates.

 

                Another one for the Ranter. Can’t be a baseball game with out the hosers.IMG_5893.JPG
A view of the Stadium from the birm in right field.

IMG_5897.JPG  A sign hanging over the concourse.

IMG_5909.JPGThe centerfield wall celebrating the Indians being at Victory Field 15 years.

 IMG_5923.JPG                                           Indians Mascot Rowdy.

IMG_5955.JPGA view from my seat on the 3rd baseline in the 5th inning. Thanks Chris for the tickets.


 
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 The scoreboard at the end of the game was not a good one for the Indians losing to the Chiefs 11-4. This game was definatly not a pitching battle.

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Here is a view of Victory Field after the game outside the center field gates.

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After all the games I was going to attend were done I had one more piece of baseball history to check out. It is an old abandon stadium on the outskirts of Indianapolis. This stadium was the old home of the Indianapolis Indians. Bush Stadium was built in 1931 by the Indians owner Norm Perry and was called Perry Stadium During WWII it was renamed Victory Field. After the stadium was sold to the City of Indianapolis it was renamed after a MLB baseball player Donnie Bush. It remaned Bush Stadium till the Indians moved to there new stadium in Downtown Indianapolis Victory Field.

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Some of the masonary work on the front of Bush Stadium.

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Outside wall of the stadiums 1st baseline.Covered in Ivy. Bush stadium. In 1987 the field was also used in the movie eight men out. Where it was used to depict Cominsky Park and Crosley Field.

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The back of the center field wall and old scoreboard.

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My first look of the field after a peek through a gate that was in left field. To my suprise there were hundreds of cars parked on what once was a baseball field.

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                          The old will call ticket window a reminder of what once was.

 
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First look over the wall to see the field and stands. In 1984 the field was used for the Pan American games which where held in Indianapolis.IMG_6045.JPG
After almost 60 years of being home of the Indianapolis Indians it was turned into a dirt race track for midget race cars. An was renamed the 16th street speedway.

 
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Bush stadium is now being rented by Pick a Part from the City of Indianapolis. Thats why there are cars all over what was the field. Bush Stadium is on the list of Historical places.An is why it is still in existence today.

 

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Both these photos are a look from behind the leftfield wall an the leftfield stands.IMG_6055.JPG
This is a view of the stands and homeplate area photographed while standing on the roof of my truck over looking the left field wall. Before someone from pick a part approached me to see what I was doing. then I left.

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All facts and dates about Bush Stadium courtesy of wikipedia.

After checking out Bush Stadium I headed to Downtown Indy for a little urban hiking. Her are a few places I past by on my hike.

 Lucas Oil Stadium Home of the Indianapolis Colts. I think they use this as a airplane hanger in the off season realy intresting looking building.

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This is the NCAA National Headquaters located just outside of downtown Indianapolis.

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This was the sunset while I was driving back to Denver somewhere in central Kansas.

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Normaly I am not a fan of driving through Kansas But This sunset on my way home was a incredible end to my trip.

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  This was a great trip. I drove over 4000 miles in the 2 weeks I was gone. I visited 2 MLB Ball Parks. 3 Minor League Parks and caught 3 BP Baseball. Got to meet many players in both the Majors and Minor Leagues. I would like to Thank My Family and friends across the country that let me stay at there homes and/or got me tickets to games.

 

Thanks to Viviene for letting me stay at your house both going to NY and heading back to Denver. Chris for getting me tix to the Indians game, Mike M in NY for tix to the 8/12 game, Rich Woodworth for getting me tix for the 8/10 game. The whole Gioia family for letting me stay at there house and for dealing with my crazy schedule while I was in NY. Everybody that headed to Millers Ale House to meet up with me even know I did not make it there. Catcha next time.

 

My Next Cross Country adventure is in the planning stage and will take place at the end of June when the Rockies Head to The New Yankee Stadium. Thats unless the plans get postponed due to a new endeavors in life that may be taking place in the next few months. More info to follow.

                           To All the Rockies Fans Keep Believing. I know I will.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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 This is the Final Score Board for this Game Ubaldo and Mike Pelfrey pitched an excellent game
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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.

 

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

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