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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.
4.11.09-5.jpgHe was followed by Ryan Howard. 
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.      

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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. 
4.6.09-10.jpgI’ll see you in a few months buddy.

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! 

Paul’s Postseason Picks

So it’s begun.  The postseason is here.  I got so excited watching my first playoff game today that I wet my pants.  Ok, so I wet my pants all the time, but it was still pretty exciting for me. 

I’ve thought long and hard about who I think has what it takes to go all the way to the World Series.  I had some long talks with my bears and Cosmo.  Here we are hanging out. 
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Teddy keeps pretty quiet, but Cosmo more than makes up for him.  Although, I don’t agree with all of their baseball opinions, it’s fun to debate with them.  Plus, I’m the one who has the blog, which means I have the final say on here.

So, here are my picks. 

American League:

   White Sox vs. Rays – The White Sox made it pretty interesting over the last few days of the season and I think it’d be fun to see a Chicago vs. Chicago World Series.  However, I just saw a Rays doubleheader in Baltimore last week and I think they have a great team.  Plus, they were all really nice to me.  It’s also their first playoff appearance and I’d like to see them go all the way.  My pick for this series goes to The Rays! 

  

   Red Sox vs. Angels – The Red Sox did beat my Rockies last year in the World Series, but I’ve gotten over it.  In fact, if I play my cards right, I think I might be able to talk Mom and Dad into taking me to Fenway next year.  I think they’ve got a team with a lot of playoff experience and I wish them well this year.  Even though they don’t have a good record against the Angels this season, my pick is still going to the Red Sox. 

 

National League:

   Dodgers vs. Cubs – Come on Cubs!  This was an easy one for me.  Cubs, all the way!  I’ve got a few reasons for my pick.  My nickname around the house is “bear” and since they still think I’m a baby, I guess that’d make me a cub.  Plus, one of my girlfriends is a Cubs fan and if you read one of my earlier posts about her, you might remember I told her I’d pull for her Cubs if my Rockies didn’t make the playoffs.  I’m a baby of my word and I gotta cheer them on.  The Dodger player with the funny hair and dirty hat takes a lot of grief, but he’s OK in my book.  I’m just picking the Cubs over the Dodgers.  Come on baby bears!

   Brewers vs. Phillies – At first, I was a little torn on this one.  Deep down, I think the Phillies have the better team.  But, in the end, I decided to go with the Brewers.  Mainly, this one is for Mom.  I really didn’t know what a brewer was, but Mom told me they make beer.  Mom works at a brewery, where they make the stuff.  If they’re anything like Mom, then that means they are awesome!  So the Brewers it is.  Let’s go beer makers!

So those are my picks.  What do you think?  What are your picks?  I’ve learned that anything can happen in this game and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.  As always, thanks for reading and please drop me a line or leave a comment.  An out of work baby like me needs to have something to do all day.  I’m going to grab a warm bottle and catch some more playoff baseball.  Talk to you soon.

-PBR