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. 
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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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Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

Mom, Dad and I met up with our buddy Ned on Monday and flew over to Arizona for another Cactus League game.  We landed in Phoenix and drove over to Camelback Ranch.  Camelback is a brand new stadium that was built for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. 
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I did a little homework and snagged us some great seats behind the Royals dugout.  Here was our view.
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It was tough to beat.  Who needs a cupholder, when you can put your bottle of milk right on top of the dugout?  We were only a few feet from Hall of Famer George Brett!!! 
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Here’s Mark Buehrle on the mound.  Did you know he threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in 2007?  2007 was a good year.  That’s when the Rockies went to the World Series and was also the year I was born! 
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Here’s Coco Crisp.  If you look hard, you might be able to spot Ozzie Guillen in the background.   
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Dad and I took a walk around the park to do some exploring.  Here’s us hanging out on the party deck by the foul pole.  
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3.16.09-11.jpgThere are 12 practice fields spread out around the ballpark.  We even saw a pond stocked with fish.  These guys did it up right. 

The gift shop was the perfect way to cool down.  It was half Dodgers stuff and half White Sox stuff.  I liked the green uniforms in stock for St. Patrick’s day, but they were way too big for me.  I tried to get Dad to buy a set of Manny dreadlocks, but he wasn’t going for it.  I do a good Manny impersonation.  Maybe I can get Mom to take a picture and post it up here.  I guarantee it will crack you up!

Anyway, back to our seats.
 

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 Here’s Royals pitcher Gil Meche up on the hill. 
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We made a quick stop at In-N-Out Burger for dinner, before heading back to the airport for our flight home. 

 

Team USA Advances in the WBC!

What a game tonight.  USA took on Puerto Rico.  The winner advances to the next round, the loser gets eliminated.  It came down to the bottom of the 9th, but the US rallied for the win.  I had my special rally cap on to help the guys out.
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Mom, Dad and I headed back to Arizona yesterday for some more spring training fun.  Dad’s helping me edit our pics and I’ll try to write a post about it tomorrow.  We had a great time.  For now, it’s time for a bottle and then I’m off to bed.  Good night.
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P.S.  Here’s a great article I wanted to share:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-perezteamusa031809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Back to Arizona!

We’re heading back to Arizona tomorrow to catch another Spring Training game.  This time I managed to get tickets to see the Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals.  I’m looking forward to watching two teams from the American League that son’t come to Colorado very often.  Plus, the game is in a brand new, fancy stadium that just opened a few weeks ago.  I’m really excited.
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Over in the WBC, Team USA is up 9-3 against the Netherlands.  Congrats to the Netherlands on a great WBC.  You stunned us all, especially the Dominicans.  Nice job Team USA.  You guys looked sharp tonight. 

USA Off to Round 2 / Mail Call #8

Mom was working tonight, but Dad and I hung out and watched the USA take on Venezuela in the WBC.  The Venezuelans came out ready to go and shook up the US pitchers.  It wasn’t all bad though.  Chris Iannetta came up big with a HUGE 2 run home run.  He hit it up towards the upper deck of the dome.  It was a doozy.  Nice job Chris, you continue to amaze us! 

 

Good luck to Team USA in round 2. 

Tonight, we’re watching the Aussies as they take on Mexico.  Dad spent almost two months in Australia after college exploring the land (and water) down under, so we’re cheering for them. 

So here’s a special mail call, from a player on the Australian team.  It’s from Rich Thompson.  He’s an up and coming pitcher for the AL West Champion Angels.  Good luck tonight Mr. Thompson and thanks for signing my card!

 

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More WBC Action

We just watched an incredible game between the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic.  The winner of this game got to move on to the 2nd round of the World Baseball Classic.  The Dominicans came with an all star lineup and were the heavy favorites.  The Netherlands were the big underdogs.  I was cheering for the Netherlands.  I’ll admit, I had mixed feelings on this one. 

Ubaldo Jimenez was the starting pitcher tonight for the DR.  He plays for the Rockies and is one of our top pitchers in the rotation.  Ubaldo looked sharp and set a WBC record for strikeouts in a game.  He pitched 4 innings and struckout 10. 
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Despite Ubaldo, Willy Taveras and a slew of other great players on the Dominican team, I really wanted to see the Neterlands pull an upset.  The score was 0-0 going into the 11th inning.  Jose Reyes scored in the top of the 11th to give the Dominicans a 1-0 lead.  But the Netherlands, fought back and in the bottom of the 11th, they not only tied the game at 1-1, but with two outs, got another run and won the game!       

 

What an exciting game!  Congrats guys.  I’ll be watching again in Round Two.  Sorry to the Dominican players, but I bet your teams will be glad to have you back in Spring Training.   

 

Team USA Comes Up Big!

Who watched Team USA in the WBC last night?  They looked sharp and came up big in a 15 – 6 win over Venezuela.  My buddy Chris Iannetta had a huge night, going 2 for 3 with 4 RBI’s.  Nice job Chris! 
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With their two wins, they’ve secured a spot in Round Two.  Great job guys!

This has nothing to do with baseball, but Dad said one of his favorite bands got back together for a series of shows over the weekend in Hampton, VA.  It’s some group called Phish.  I’ve never heard these guys, but it looks like they put on a crazy light show.  I guess it makes up for their bad spelling.

Phish Returns at Hampton Coliseum - Day 1 - Concert by phishfromtheroad.