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Interleague Play and a Quick Update

I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog lately.  But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped cheering for my Rockies or watching baseball.  This summer has kept me busy so far and I don’t see my schedule slowing down any time soon. 

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I caught a few games when the Tampa Bay Rays came to town.  One night, was a guy’s night out, with Dad and our buddy Ned.  Here’s some shots of David Price warming up in the bullpen.  He’s on Dad’s fantasy baseball team, so I figured I’d snap a few pics for him. 
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On the other side of the wall, I also got to see Aaron Cook warm up.
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We sat in the outfield eating hot dogs and argued over who to cheer for.  My Rockies beat up on David Price and got the win.  

6.17.09-5.jpgOn the next afternoon, we headed back to the stadium for another game.  This time, we made sure to take Mom with us.  Dad actually won a pair of tickets from work and we got to sit in the fancy club level at the stadium.  It was our first time seeing a game from this part of the park.
 

6.18.09-1.jpgThe Rockies had Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. 
6.18.09-2.jpgMom was rooting for the Rockies, but she has Evan Longoria on her fantasy baseball team, so she was secretly cheering for him.  Fantasy baseball can really get you mixed up on who to root for.   
6.18.09-3.jpgDon’t worry, I straightened her out and convinced her to cheer for the good guys.
6.18.09-4.jpgAnd of course, they won!  My guys have been doing great lately.  I just hope we can keep it up and catch those pesky Dodgers. 

My cousin Robert is in town for the next few days.  He flew all the way out from North Carolina.   I love having him stay with us.  He’s funny and I like playing with him.  He was lucky enough to recently visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  He even brought me back a nice, new hat.

Today, we headed up to Rocky Mountain National 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. 
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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. 

My First Real Job???

Ever since I turned one, I’ve been thinking about getting a job.  You know, saving a little money, maybe looking into getting my own pad.  Who knows.  Anyway, today I ran across this ad:

http://baseballjobs.teamworkonline.com/teamwork/jobs/jobskey.cfm?s=bat+boy#22437

The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a bat boy!  Yeah, the American League champs need a bat boy!  I’m there.  Tampa is a little humid, but the rays play in a dome and the price of housing isn’t too bad.  It sounded perfect, until I read a little further down on the page that the minimum age requirement is 18.  18!  That sounds more like a bat man, than a bat boy to me. 

What’s the deal?  I drink my milk, I do my squats.  I might be short, but I know my baseball.  Oh well, good luck in your search Rays!  If you decide to drop the age requirment, give me a ring on my cell. 

Happy 2009!

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

 

 

 

The Birds Take On The Fish In My First Doubleheader

I talked Mom and Dad into taking me on a short trip to Maryland to visit some friends and catch an Orioles game.  I just can’t get enough baseball and I had to sneak in an extra game before the end of the regular season.  Dad had been to Camden Yards many times when he lived in Maryland, but this was my first time catching the birds in action.  Mom took a few pictures as we made our way inside. 
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9.23-2.jpgThis area is closed off during games and has places to eat and shop in the warehouse.  I looked, but I couldn’t find any milk on tap here either. 

I guess we’re in the right place.
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It was time to get serious and I told Dad to head in so we could watch batting practice.
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We watched the O’s (that’s what you call the Orioles if you’re “in the know”) wrap up batting practice and then walked around to see the Rays play catch. 
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 I had my glove ready and got Matt Garza to throw me his ball.  Thanks Matt!!!
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It was nice and dirty, which is just how I like my baseballs. 

Scott Kazmir came over and gave me an autograph. 
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I know Dad is an Orioles fan, but right about this time, I started to lean a little more towards the Rays.  They were all really nice to me and looked spiffy in their new haircuts.  More on that later. 

After batting practice, we wandered through the inside of the stadium.  The Orioles had a bunch of those fancy banners hanging up. 

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Mom and Dad kept talking about this seafood stuff, so we walked around to see what kind of food they had for sale.  I’m not impressed unless there’s milk or cheerios involved.  Although, I did discover cheese and meat this week.  That yellow cheese stuff is something to yell about. 

As we walked around, I spotted The Bird.  He came over, gave me a high five and took a picture with us. 
9.23-8.jpgI liked listening to him.  He talks in chirps, which I’ve found is a great way to talk to people.  We were on the same page and I invited him to stay with us if he ever makes it out to Colorado.

It was a perfect night for baseball. 
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Let me introduce you to our friends, Floyd, Patty and Chris. 
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Floyd and Patty are moving to Colorado later this year.  I can’t wait to see more of them.  They’re funny and like to play.  Dad and Chris have been friends for a long time.  He brought me a fancy hat from NASA, which is where he works.  I just happen to overhear them talking about Chris’s wedding next May.  Sounds like Dad is going to be doing something important in the wedding and for me, that means a trip back to Maryland next year.  Let me just say that I have no idea what a wedding is, but I do know that May falls in baseball season.  I’m going to have to get my schedules out and catch some games while we’re in town. 

Anyway, the O’s lost 5-2, but guess what…  It was a DOUBLEHEADER!!!  Yeah, my first one!  Why can’t all games be doubleheaders?  Let’s see, I pay for one ticket and get two games!  Pappy was a math teacher for a long time, but I didn’t need his help with this one.  Even I know that’s a great deal. 

We walked over to the bullpen between games so I could stretch my legs.
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9.23-12.jpgThe weather was perfect for me and with the light crowd, we could have had just about any seat in the house.
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Here’s the starting lineups for both teams. 
9.23-14.jpgThere were a few players on the Rays that I wanted to check out.  One was Evan Longoria. 
9.23-16.jpgI think he’s a good ball player and he’s got a great haircut.  If I ever get enough hair, I’ve got my first look all picked out.  Check it out.
9.23-17.jpgI also wanted to catch a glimpse of David Price.  He had started his first MLB game the night before, so I guess we had just missed him. 

Everyone in Baltimore was super nice to me.  They kept asking me if this was my first game.  Come on guys, I’m baby Paul.  Are you sure you haven’t heard of me?  I told Dad I’m going to get him a shirt with my web address on the back, so he can advertise my blog while we’re at games.  I did manage to hand out some business cards that Pappy made for me.  I’m networking and making connections everywhere I go. 

Anyway, while it clearly wasn’t my first MLB game, it WAS my first game at Camden Yards and that was enough to earn me this great certificate. 
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They gave me schedules, pictures, an autograph of The Bird and some baseball cards.  Who says people on the east coast are rude?  They were awfully nice to me. 
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9.23-18.jpgThe Orioles also lost game #2.  We had a great time, but it was all over way too soon. 

It’s pretty late and I need to catch up on my zzz’s.  The race for the postseason is red hot.  More on that next time!

-PBR