Mail Call #9

I’ve got some more mail to share with you.  This time I got a letter from Mr. Duke Snider.  He doesn’t play anymore.  Mr. Snider is actually in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Here’s what I got.
5.2.09.jpgThe Rockies have been on the road for a while and just got back in town last week.  Dad had some friends in town and they went to see the Rockies vs. Dodgers last weekend. 
4.26.09.jpgI hope to make it back to the stadium soon.  I’m overdue and I think the guys might be able to use my help.

Sheffield Hits Number 500!

Just wanted to give a quick congrats to Gary Sheffield, who hit his 500th home run last week with the New York Mets.  He’s been stuck on 499 since last season and we got to see him hit #500 on the MLB Network.  Check out our ball.

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You’ve probably noticed that my Rockies are off to a slow start.  They haven’t been playing well at all…  It’s early and I still have faith, but it can be tough to watch at times.  I just watched Franklin Morales give up back-to-back home runs to the nasty Diamondbacks.  I really don’t like those guys. 

This road trip has been too long.  Come back to Coors Field guys! 

Opening Week 2009

The 2009 season has officially begun.  The Rockies played their home opener against the Phillies on Friday.  We weren’t able to get tickets for Opening Day, but I did snag 4 tickets to see the Rockies vs. Phillies on Saturday. 

It felt good to be back at Coors Field.  Here’s Mom and I hanging out before the game.
4.11.09-1.jpgI chowed down on Dad’s Super Dog and settled in for the game. 
4.11.09-2.jpgIt wasn’t long before Tulo hit a bomb into the pond out in centerfield. 
4.11.09-3.jpgThe Phillies had all of their heavy hitters in the lineup and quickly mounted a comeback.  Here’s SS JImmy Rollins. 
 

4.11.09-4.jpg Here’s Chase Utley at bat.
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4.11.09-6.jpgThe Rockies brought in newly aquired Jason Hammel for some relief pitching. 
4.11.09-7.jpgHe had a tough outing and gave up a few runs.  Hopefully he was just having some jitters about his first start in a Rockies uniform.

The Rockies just couldn’t hold on and wound up losing 8-4.  Oh well.  It still felt pretty good to be back at the ballpark. 

Here’s me and the Grans.
4.11.09-8.jpgThe Rockies are on the road for the next 10 days, but are back home at the end of the month to take on the Dodgers and the Padres.  Keep an eye out and maybe you’ll see me at the park.      

More Fun in the Sun

I figured I’d share some more pics from my Florida vacation.  Dad got up early a few times to visit the Rays sping training facility down the street from us.  Here’s some shots he took.

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They had four fields with minor league teams practicing on each one. 
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One day Dad watched a 5-inning game between the AAA team.  The pitchers were fighting for the 5th starting spot in the Rays rotation and BJ Upton was playing centerfield. 
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Here’s BJ getting ready to run some sprints.
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I gave Dad a baseball to get signed by David Price, but Dad didn’t see him at the practice fields.  Oh well.  Dad did manage to get a few balls at batting practice for me to play with.  

Check out these alligators that lived in a pond near Grandma and Grandpa’s place.  I wasn’t allowed to go anywhere near the pond, but Dad let me look at the pictures. 
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Mom took me to dip my feet in the ocean for the first time. 
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The water was cold and I didn’t want to stay in for very long.  I think I’ll stick to the pool.  I called Grandma over to get me out. 
4.6.09-9.jpg Just me and Dad hangin’ out.
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I watched the boats go by and tried to talk to this stork in the picture.  I gave him my address and e-mail to make sure he didn’t get lost when he delivers the new baby. 
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Here’s Mom and I with Grandma and Grandpa.
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Our trip was over way too soon, but eventually we had to head home.  It was a whole lot of fun and I hope we can do it again next spring. 
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Hope everyone enjoyed Opening Day.  My Rockies suffered a loss yesterday, but I’m hoping we can pull out a win tonight against those pesky Diamondbacks.

The Colorado home opener is on Friday.  I’ll be at the stadium on Saturday to see my guys take on the world champion Phillies.  Hope to see you there! 

Grapefruit League: Rays vs. Reds

So we’re back from Florida and I’m way overdue with a post.  Our trip was great!  We snuck out of Denver just hours before a major snow storm blew through.  Dad seemed pretty relieved to get out of town.  He said he didn’t want to take a week off of work and get stuck in the airport. 

We flew into Tampa, got our ride and headed down to see Grandma and Grandpa Goodrich down in Port Charlotte.  I did a whole lot while we were down there, so I decided to split my trip into two posts.  The first one is going to be from the game we went too.  The second will be about the rest of my trip.  Sound OK? 

Here we go.  Dad managed to pick up four tickets to see the Rays vs. Reds.  The Rays Renegade gave us some advice and told us to get there early so we wouldn’t get stuck in traffic.  Here’s a shot of the stadium as we pulled in.
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When we got inside, we were greeted by this guy.  He wanted me to try his “buffalo wings”.  I explained to him that buffalo’s don’t fly and don’t even have wings.  I think he was just confused.  It was probably from the humidity.   
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Dad and I headed down the right field line to watch batting practice. 
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The place was already packed, but we still managed to get a decent spot along the wall.
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I talked one of the Reds players into tossing up a ball for me.  After batting practice was over, we headed down the fence to get a better spot for autographs.  Andy Sonnanstine came over to us and signed my baseball.  He was super nice and signed for everybody that wanted an autograph.   
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We called out to Dusty Baker as he was walking by and he also stopped to sign an autograph for us.  Dad was pretty excited to meet him.
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Evan Longoria signed for about 10 people next to us, but we couldn’t get his attention.  Dad wanted to get Scott Kazmir to sign his jersey, but he must have had the day off.  We didn’t see him anywhere. 

Eventually, we made our way up to our seats and got ready for the game.  Here’s a shot of the first pitch. 
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That’s Willy Taveras leading off.  I still don’t know how I feel about seeing him in a Reds uniform.  He evenutally got on base, but got picked off.

Here’s Evan Longoria facing Edinson Volquez. 
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Just me.  Livin’ the good life.
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Dad and I wandered off to do a little exploring.  We came across the popular tiki hut out in centerfield. 
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Not a bad seat in the house.  This is the view from the tiki hut.
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We worked our way around the boardwalk and watched the players warm up in the bullpen. 
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Akinori Iwamura taking a strike.
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Joey Votto looked sharp and hit a home run during the game. 
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Look out Brandon Phillips! 
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I hung out with Mom and Grandma during the 7th inning snooze. 
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The Rays lost, but we all had a great time.  The Rays have a beautiful ballpark in Port Charlotte.  The weather was perfect and I managed to get another baseball and a few autographs.  Just a great day!
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So stay tuned.  I’ll go through the rest of Mom’s pictures and make a post about the rest of our week in Florida.  

Opening Day is only a few days away!  On TV tonight, we watched the Cubs vs. Yankees in the new Yankee Stadium.  Right now, I’m fighting off sleep, trying to stay awake for the Rockies vs. Mariners exhibition game.  I think sleep will win. 

Hope you enjoyed our pictures.  Until next time, good night!
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Time For Some Grapefruit League Action!

So I’m heading to Florida this week.  Mom, Dad and I are going to visit Grandma and Grandpa Goodrich.  They got a place in Port Charlotte for the winter.  Not only will I get super spoiled, but I get to see another spring training game.  This time I grabbed some seats for the last Rays home game.  They’re taking on the Reds.
 

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I’ll be sure to take lots of pics and fill you in when I get back. 

The championship game of the WBC is tonight.  Unfortunately, Team USA was eliminated last night.  It’s down to Korea and Japan.  I don’t have a favorite, I’m just hoping for a good game. 

Be sure to click on the ad at the top and vote for our buddy Chris.  He wrote a piano part to go along with a Derek Trucks song.  Plus, you’ll get to enjoy some good tunes while reading my blog. 

Pauly Being Manny

Friday is guy’s night.  Mom goes to work and Dad and I hang out.  Tonight, we were sitting around watching the Royals vs. Dodgers on MLB Network.  Watching the Dodgers put me in the mood to do my Manny impersonation and I thought I’d share it with you. 

We’ve all seen Manny being Manny.  He clowns around, he swings for the fences, he loses his helmet running the bases…  That’s Manny.  Like him or not, it’s who he is. 

Well, here’s “Pauly being Manny”. 
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I only do Manny Red Sox style.  Mainly because Dad doesn’t have a Dodgers hat I can borrow.  When I first started doing Manny impersonations, I thought Dad’s hat was too big.  But, the oversized hat is the key to a good Manny impersonation.  It’s got to be too big so when I start to run, it falls off my head.  

Gotta go.  Don’t want to miss any more of the game!

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