Second Weekly Trivia: When Did Tulo Turn His Triple Play?

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Weekly Trivia is a post series with a new post published every Sunday. C* In this 20th Anniversary Season for the Rockies, many of the Weekly Trivia questions will examine the history of the Rockies from the birth of the franchise  to the records set by players for the last 20 years and yesterday. Every week a new question is published with the answers in multiple choice form. To answer, leave a comment on that post, for a chance to get a shout-out in the next weekly Trivia post. As well, to catch up on missed Weekly Trivia posts, you can visit the Weekly Trivia Page through the widget in the sidebar and find individual posts to answer and comment on. Good Luck!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

In what year did Troy Tulowitzki turn an unassisted triple play against the Atlanta Braves?

a.) 2006

b.) 2007

c.) 2008

d.) 2009

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Happy Jackie Robinson Day! Game Postponed, But Legacy Lives On

MLB Jackie Robinson Day Slide LogoJackie Robinson. He was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. To some he is a symbol perseverance and hope, and to others he is remembered as 42. To me, and I am sure to many baseball fans world-wide, he is both. Every year on the 15th of April, Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated by MLB to honor the Opening Day in 1947 when Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues. The 15th of April was Opening Day for Robinson but the number that is in many fan’s and player’s minds is 42. 42 was Jackie Robinson’s number, and since 1997 has been only his number (aside for any players that wore it before it was retired and are still playing). The only number to be retired by every single major league team, 42 cannot be used by any player, and is the only number retired by the Colorado Rockies. While that attests to the Rockies’ relatively young age it is also a sign of the significance he had to Major League baseball in the 1940s, 50s, and today.

While no player can pick 42 as their number, there is one exception to that rule where it is the exact opposite. Every Jackie Robinson Day, every player in MLB player wears a specially made jersey with the number “42” on their back. As a kid I used to think, “Geez, what do they do with all those jerseys after the game?”, (a question I still wonder about) but today I realize that number is more than just fabric on a jersey. Those jerseys, that retired number, and the name Jackie Robinson, are all the story of a man who overcame overwhelming adversity. He battled the odds to achieve what children of all races dream of today; playing in the Major Leagues. Robinson’s battle with adversity not only earned him fame in his time, with six All-Star team appearances in his ten years of baseball, but has made him a household name today. As well, as you have likely seen in the past few weeks a new movie is out; 42, the story of Jackie Robinson, in cinema form, a symbol of the fame Robinson still has today. But back to the man who changed baseball forever.

Having been a local star in almost all competitive sports in high school, serving in the army, and receiving an Honorable discharge, Branch Rickey, known for drafting Robinson for the Dodgers, had found an excellent candidate to break the color- barrier. Rickey and others knew that there were many players in the Negro Leagues of the time that were good enough to play in the Majors. Rickey needed a player not only with excellent skill but also excellent character to start a new era. Rickey found his man in Robinson and the rest is history. Robinson was the Rookie of the Year in 1947, MVP in 1949 and a .311 career hitter. He managed 197 stolen bases and 947 runs scored and was elected to the Hall of Fame on the First ballot, in 1962.

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First Weekly Trivia: The (Very) Beggining of the Rockies

C* This week’s question has to do with the very beginnings of the Rockies as a Major League Baseball franchise.

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Weekly Trivia is a post series with a new post published every Sunday. C* In this 20th Anniversary Season for the Rockies, many of the Weekly Trivia questions will examine the history of the Rockies from the birth of the franchise  to the records set by players for the last 20 years and yesterday. Every week a new question is published with the answers in multiple choice form. To answer, leave a comment on that post, for a chance to get a shout-out in the next weekly Trivia post. As well, to catch up on missed Weekly Trivia posts, you can visit the Weekly Trivia Page through the widget in the sidebar and find individual posts to answer and comment on. Good Luck!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

On what date did Major League owners unanimously approve Denver as MLB’s newest franchise along with South Florida, the same day that the Colorado Baseball Partnership announces the name and logo for the brand new Colorado Rockies?

a.)  March, 14, 1989

b.) December, 31, 1990

c.) June, 24, 1991

d.) July, 5, 1991

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LIVE GAME UPDATE: Rockies Ahead of Astros in First Game of Double-Header

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Well, the Rockies are trying to make their fans happy with a one run lead on the Houston Astros in their first game against them this Memorial Day. With many serving and retired military personnel in the seats at Coors Field, the home team has even more incentive to please those who serve. And so far today, the Rockies have had some things to please the home team crowd as they lead Houston with the Astros down 6-7 in the third inning. While it could be nicer to have a buffer on their lead, the Rockies will have to rely on starter Juan Nicasio and their fairly well hitting lineup. When you look at the lineup, there is admittedly a heart, but the entire lineup, excepting the pitcher’s spot,  is strong and often relentless.

The Astros started the game with a sour taste, as they scored two runs in their first three at bats off Nicasio. Jordan Schafer led off the game for the Astros with a triple, and with no outs Juan Nicasio would have to accept he would more than likely score. Indeed he did, as Jose Altuve grounded out but still acquired a RBI when Schafer scored from third. The next batter was Jed Lowrie who homered to right field. The rest of the Astro’s first inning would be scoreless, but the Rockies would still need to score a few to take the lead.

After they recorded three outs on Houston, they messed up Wandy Rodriguez’s ERA as they brought 5 runs home before three outs could occur.  I’ll just say that the Astro’s defense was not what they would like any day. They missed more than one throw, and didn’t make many plays. Just on the first batter for the Rockies, they had a base runner, as Dexter Fowler got on base on a throwing error. The tortuous inning for the Astros had begun. With speed on first and a great bat at the plate, Jordan Pacheco (whose 11-game hitting streak was broken yesterday) tripled on a fly ball. He’ll take a hit anywhere he can get one. Wandy Rodriguez didn’t help his cause either as he allowed Pacheco to score from third on a wild pitch. Rodriguez then allowed back-to-back doubles as Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki got to second base, and Tulo added and RBI to his stats as CarGo scored on his hit. After a coaching visit to the mound, Rodriguez seemed a bit better as he recorded a ground out from Todd Helton, and a strike out looking on Micheal Cuddyer. But, the Rockies would not give up their rally as Wilin Rosario, an up and coming catcher with some serious power and pop in his bat, homered deep to left field to score himself and Tulo.

That would conclude the Rockies’ rally as newly acquired DJ LeMahieu grounded out to cap the inning. DJ has played decent for the Rockies as he came from the Cubs last year, but hopefully cam continue to mature for the Rockies and support the  young part of the team. The Rockies scored their sixth run in the bottom of the third inning as Wilin Rosario singled and scored as DJ LeMahieu assisted the two out rally once again as he collected another RBI. I guess he is maturing already.

Unfortunately, Jed Lowrie and Carlos Lee dealt damage to the Rockies as they singled, but eventually scored on a Chris  Johnson single that scored Carlos from first. But the damage was not done as a throwing error from right field went into the stands as Micheal Cuddyer tried to get Carlos Lee going to third. Unfortunately, the overthrow allowed Carlos to head home and tie the game.

But the Rockies know they can’t give up, and they didn’t. To lead off the bottom of the fifth, Tulo belted his eight homer of the year to deep center field and gave some fan a souvenir.

That was the last runs scored to the current point in this game for either team.

The game is now between the sixth and seventh inning with the Rockies holding on to their lead with a  6-7 advantage.

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Weekly Trivia 5: Some New Trivia After So Long; Was Tulo Always #2?

After an extremely busy last few weeks before summer, I have not posted any Weekly Trivia, as you may have observed. Well, rest assured that Weekly Trivia is back, and at its best. Previously, I had been using a lot of trivia about current relevant topics or events. While that kind of trivia is sometimes fun to test you knowledge, I wanted to move on to something more unique that you may not be thinking about at the time. I have compiled some trivia that will test your knowledge on Rockies events in the past and other interesting  facts from the history of about 20 seasons of Rockies baseball.

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Weekly Trivia is posted every Sunday on a blog post, and on the Weekly Trivia Page, where you can find the answer to last week’s question as well as this week’s question! You can comment your answers in, (and maybe get a shout-out on the Rockies Reporting MLBlog). The question will be above several multiple choice answer options. You can pick which answer you think is the best, and comment at the bottom of the post which one you think is right. If you comment in and perhaps share some insight on the trivia, you could get a shout-out, but even better, if you get the answer right and comment in you could get a shout out as well! The more viewers and voters the better, so please take part!  If you want to get emails alerting you of Trivia, and much more Rockies news, subscribe to Rockies Reporting in the “Follow Blog Via Email” gadget in the sidebar.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

For several seasons, Troy Tulowitzki has been an ideal part of the Rockies’ lineup. However, many of my viewers may not know exactly who Tulo was at the beginning of his MLB career. One of the more iconic parts of Tulo is his number; 2, which he chose out of respect for star Yankees SS Derek Jeter (although his name does have the “two” sound at the beginning of it). But, are you sure that Tulo’s number has always been 2? So, this week’s question is: What was Troy Tulowitzki’s number on his Major League Baseball and Rockies début? Was it?:

a. 2

b. 30

c. 8 or

d. 14

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9 News Weather & Science Day At Coors Field (Great Pictures)

When I go to Rockies games, I always try to post about the game ASAP, but sometimes I am just too busy. I try to post soon enough that the game is still fresh in the minds of my viewers and me, so pardon the delay of this post about the 9 News Weather & Science Day at Coors Field which took place before the Rockies vs. Dodgers game on the 2nd of May.   In these past few weeks before summer, I have been very busy, and posting has been a challenge. However, hopefully my work in these past few weeks will make this summer a prolific post season!

The 9 News Weather & Science Day is an event at Coors Field before a game where 9 News and Spangler Science teamed up together to put on a presentation and show about weather. While it was called 9 News Weather & Science Day, it was not only about weather. Many of the experiments were tied to learning about weather, but they also were just plain cool. I’ll try to document those events with pictures of the experiments, and not so science-y parts.

The activities started with Dinger and friends trying to get the kids pumped up before any science took place. Dinger came onto the main stage accompanied by two Rockies employees, one of which is familiar to anybody whose been to a Rockies game, because you hear him every home game. The announcer. You may have thought the big booming voice that announces the next batter was that of an older man, but in fact, it belongs to a younger man, who can be seen on the right and another Rockies employee on the left on the stage.

Dinger and Two Rockies Employees Introduce Themselves to the Kids, the Employee on the Right is the Rockies' Home Announcer- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Dinger and Two Rockies Employees Introduce Themselves to the Kids, the Employee on the Right is the Rockies’ Home Announcer- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The Rockies’ event coordinators came through again and displayed their expertise on exciting a crowd. They used the foolproof way. Free stuff. Yep, Dinger and friends threw and fired t-shirts via slingshot into the masses of screaming children at Coors Field, and you better belive almost all the kids there were on their feet for a Rockies shirt. Dinger threw a few shirts into the crowd, but then he needed help from two Rockies personal, and they spent quite a bit of time giving away free shirts.

Dinger and Friends Launch Free T-Shirts Into the Crowd- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Dinger and Friends Launch Free T-Shirts Into the Crowd- © 2012 rockingroxfan

After the t-shirt flinging was wrapped up, the stars of the show trotted out onto the field, and onto the stage. It was none other than the 9 New Weather cast. They introduced themselves (Dinger and his free shirts ultimately claimed more cheers) and then moved on to likely the most important man in the show, the one and only Steve Spangler. Spangler, known for his interactive and exciting experiments and presentations joined the 9 News Weather cast, introduced himself and began the experiments.

The 9 News Weather Team and Steve Spangler are Introduced on Stage- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The 9 News Weather Team and Steve Spangler are Introduced on Stage- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The first experiment of the day was one that was somewhat funny and a little strange. Many of us have probably seen fried chicken sealed in an airtight back. There is no space inside the bag, and the bag takes on the shape of the contents. Well, Steve Spangler tried sealing a human in this fashion. The 9 News Weather member had been the participant in this experiment the year before, and said there was no way she would do it again. Lucky for her when Spangler said they were doing it again, there was a replacement on standby. He asked a willing teacher to come up onto the stage, and summarized the experiment. He then asked the “lucky” ;) teacher to step into a transparent garbage bag-sized bag. At that point, the Shop-Vac on stage made more sense. It wasn’t there to clean the stage after a performance, it was there to seal a teacher. Spangler handed the end of the Shop-Vac to the teacher, and instructed her to hold it inside  the bag. Sure enough, she did, and before long there was a teacher standing on Coors Field sealed like fried chicken up to her waist in a plastic bag. She was only sealed for a few moments, however, as Steve was nice enough to shut of the vacuum and release her. She got a nice new Rockies jersey and was let go from the “interesting” experience.

A Teacher at 9 News Weather & Science Day is Released from Being Sealed in a Plastic Bag- © 2012 rockingroxfan

A Teacher at 9 News Weather & Science Day is Released from Being Sealed in a Plastic Bag- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Next up was an experiment involving temperatures mixing and creating a vacuum, pressure, Dinger, two oil drums, and a baseball bat. Not exactly the items found in your average science project, are they? Another member of the 9 News Weather team came on the field, and began to explain some basic principles of pressure. After his scientific talk was ended, the fun began. Spangler brought a girl onto the stage and handed her a baseball bat. She then proceeded to hit the oil drum as she was told but was unable to leave a dent. Next came Dinger. I guess Steve Spangler wanted to give the oil drum a run for its money, as he handed Dinger the bat and told him to hit the barrel. Dinger did just that, but the drum held up and was still without a visible dent, it was pretty hilarious. I mean, seriously, how many people see Dinger beat up an oil drum with a bat in front of a crowd? Well, really, I guess the crowd.

Dinger Hits an Oil Drum With a Baseball Bat, But is Unable to Leave a Dent- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Dinger Hits an Oil Drum With a Baseball Bat, But is Unable to Leave a Dent- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Then came the science. Nearby on the stage was an identical oil barrel, which was being monitored by some Spangler Science employees with a fire extinguisher within reach as the barrel puffed smoke from inside. They then, very carefully, lifted this barrel into a baby pool, and waited. For a few moments nothing happened, but the suspense built, and then finally the barrel imploded. Piece by piece the barrel sucked itself in and collapsed. Without even being hit by a baseball bat, the barrel was crumpled into a fraction of its original size in moments. Even Spangler was impressed and commented to say that it was one of his better implosions (and that’s coming from a guy who sees a lot of them).

Steve Spangler Admires a Freshly Crunched Oil Drum In a Baby Pool- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Steve Spangler Admires a Freshly Crunched Oil Drum In a Baby Pool- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Then came one of the coolest parts of the day, the weather balloon. Likely the most weather-oriented activity on 9 News Weather & Science Day, the weather balloon was a pretty cool feature. Since I had entered Coors Field, employees had been preparing the delicate and vital balloon for its launch near the end of the festivities. After the oil barrel was sufficiently crushed, the balloon crew came onto the field, and stood in the outfield while Steve Spangler introduced them. The balloon and instruments “on board” were from the Edge of Space Sciences organization. Attached along a long rope, the instruments were carried behind the balloon with extreme care. Once the talking had commenced, we prepared to launch. Everything was ready… and then a helicopter flew by. We waited for a few moments for the helicopter to clear the airspace and then prepared to launch. Apparently the FAA had prohibited any flight around Coors Field for ten minutes, so I am still not sure what the deal was with that helicopter.

 Helicopter Delays the Weather Balloon Launch At 9 News Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

A Helicopter Delays the Weather Balloon Launch At 9 News Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Once the balloon was ready to go, it lifted off and flew away. 9 News had set up an actual almost live feed of the cameras on the balloon, so you could log on and see the balloon’s progress to the edge of our atmosphere. Where the balloon would eventually go would look akin to flying into space as you can see the earth as a sphere and not as just a land mass.

The Weather Balloon is Released from Coors Field at 9 News Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The Weather Balloon is Released from Coors Field at 9 News Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Then came an experiment you can do yourself but is still totally awesome at Coors Field. What happens when you make thin garbage bags in the shape of hot dogs? Spangler Science. That’s right, Spangler Science brought several “solar bags” onto the field to inflate and float. It finally made sense what all the people next to the white buckets were doing. They were preparing to take off across the Coors Field outfield in the name of science. Once Steve gave the order, they were off, giant trash bags and all. What happens is that after the air is in the solar bags, the thin bags allow heat from the sun to warm up the air, and the bags start to float. Spangler said that if the bags were released, the FAA would scramble fighter jets, but I’m not sure what the Air Force could do to a floating trash bag. After the enjoyment of giant floating trash bags was complete, they were deflated and thrown out I presume in a real trash bag.

Inflated Solar Bags In the Outfield at Coors Field at 9 News Weather & Science Day-  © 2012 rockingroxfan

Inflated Solar Bags In the Outfield at Coors Field at 9 News Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Now for some science action shots. Since the beginning of the show, a cannon-looking object had been sitting on the stage. I thought maybe a person would go in it, but it turned out it was in some ways cooler. Steve Spangler brought a member of the 9 News Weather Team on stage and proceeded to blast her with gusts of air. By pulling back on the rubber tarp on the back of the “cannon” Steve fired blasts of air at the 9 News team member. I think picking the lady with the longest hair was a good idea so you can actually see the effect. After firing at her a few times, Spangler decided to move on to using a fog machine.

Steve Spangler Blasts a 9 News Weather Team Member With his Air "Cannon"- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Steve Spangler Blasts a 9 News Weather Team Member With his Air “Cannon”- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The effects were pretty cool, as his instrument automatically made rings, sparking some “OOOOH”s and “AAAAH”s from the audience.

Steve Spangler Blasts Smoke Into the Crowd at Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Steve Spangler Blasts Smoke Into the Crowd at Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

After that came the grand finale. What happens when you put a dry ice bomb in a bucket of ball-pit balls? Well, what do you think? That is exactly what the Spangler Science team did to end the presentation, as they filled several trash cans with colorful balls and placed a dry ice bomb at the bottom. They then backed away and waited. Suspense filled Coors Field as even the players warming up stopped to watch the explosion. And it did not disappoint! With a boom and a puff of smoke, colorful balls were fired into the air and scattered across the field.

Dinger Admires an Explosion of Color from Colorful Balls at 9 News Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Dinger Admires an Explosion of Color from Colorful Balls at 9 News Weather & Science Day- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Rockies Players Pause Their Warm-Ups to Watch a Dry Ice Bomb Blow Ball-Pit Balls Into the Air- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Rockies Players Pause Their Warm-Ups to Watch a Dry Ice Bomb Blow Ball-Pit Balls Into the Air- © 2012 rockingroxfan

But within a few minutes Coors Field Was back to normal and it was time for baseball. The Rockies would end up winning 8-5 on a walk off, but that game kind of passes my Game Recap deadline, so I’ll stick to covering science. All in all, 9 News Weather & Science Day did not disappoint and Steve Spangler and his team had some nifty experiments.

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MLB Fan Cave; Enjoying the Big Apple the MLB Super-Fan Way

In the past few weeks, you may have noticed my posting has been sparse, but I can explain. For the past few weeks I have been very busy, and have traveled to New York several times. While I may be a ways away from the home of my favorite team, as always, I have tried to find a place where baseball is loved. And, I may have found the place where baseball is loved more than any other place. When you hear “baseball” and, “New York City”, the Yankees and Mets (Go Rockies!) may be the first things to come to your head. For me, this is true, but as well, I think of another place in Manhattan New York where you can find fans watching every single MLB game live. As a fellow MLB blogger, I try to keep up to date on the wonderful game of baseball as well as the culture of MLB, and MLB.com, so I figured I should go to this place where MLB is what it is all about.

What is this awesome place which is host to plenty of MLB gear, player and celebrity interviews and currently nine superfans? Well, it’s the MLB Fan Cave. It’s a newer part of MLB, it started just last season, and the MLB Fan Cave will not disappoint. Already a little while, after going to the Fan Cave, I was asked several times, “What is the MLB Fan Cave?” Well, the Fan Cave is a lot of things. It is a studio, hangout, and the “home” of nine superfans (MLB Fan Cave) cave-dwellers. Being one of these nine cave-dwellers would be a dream job for me, and likely many MLB fans, but for the current cave-dwellers, they just want to stay in “The Cave” for as long as possible, as they avoid elimination. Last year at the Fan Cave, dwellers Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner made the Fan Cave a kind of “man cave”. This year, MLB has allowed for many applications, and nine fans have finally been chosen to compete as they try to become the last man (or woman) standing at the end of the 2012 World Series.

At the moment, there appears to be no set schedule for the elimination of the competitors one by one from the nine at the moment, but it is likely one will leave “The Cave” in the next few weeks. At the moment, the MLB Fan Cave consists of the nine fans: Ashley Chavez; favorite team: San Fransisco Giants, Benjamin Christensen; favorite team: Oakland Athletics, Lindsay Guentzel; favorite team: Minnesota Twins, Shaun Kippins; favorite team: Atlanta Braves, Gordon Mack; favorite team: Philadelphia Phillies, Ricardo Marquez; favorite team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Ricky Mast; favorite team: Atlanta Braves, Eddie Mata; favorite team:  New York Yankees, and Kyle Thompson; favorite team:  St. Louis Cardinals.

The MLB Fan Cave is a ridiculously cool place from the perspective of a technology and baseball buff. With its wall of TVs, known as the “Cave Monster”, interactive cameras, a TV and laptop devoted to taking pictures of celebrity visitors, and even a piece of art in a frame that plays music from speakers imbedded in its art, the MLB Fan Cave is a dream for a technology buff like me. It combines technology, baseball, MLB superfans, and the MLB experience into a New York City two-floor space. While seeing it live is pretty cool, Perhaps one of the greatest ways to appreciate a place with so many cool pieces, is with pictures.

I had a pretty cool experience during the tour, and after I had left the heavy locked doors with the “Live Stage Set” notice on them, I figured the rest of my day would be subways and sightseeing elsewhere in the Big Apple, but I was mistaken. For now, I’ll give you a little picture virtual tour of the highlights I’ve put together.

When you arrive at the MLB Fan Cave, until exactly the time when the tour begins, you have to stay on the outside. From behind the thick glass and heavy doors of “the Cave”, this is one of the better views of the outside:

Outside of MLB Fan Cave- © rockingroxfan

The outside of the MLB Fan Cave in a picture taken by me- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The Front Doors to the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The Front Doors to the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

If you are going to watch every single MLB game live, you are going to need a few TVs, and the Cave Monster does the job. The Cave Monster is the wall of TVs behind the Cave Dwellers (and their friends) which can be seen showing a baseball game on several different TVs. You can see some of the Cave Dwellers in this picture with their friends, but along with them, are several of the runner-up potential Cave Dwellers visiting the NYC “Cave” as well. Here is a picture of the wall of Sony TVs in the MLB Fan Cave, in the back and the view of the entrance of the Fan Cave.

MLB Fan Cave Entrance and Cave Monster-© 2012 rockingroxfan

The view of the entrance of the MLB Fan Cave, and the Cave Monster in the back. -© 2012 rockingroxfan

While the MLB Fan Cave is home to a lot of technology, it also houses an impressive collection of art. Many artists have contributed to the MLB Fan Cave their art, and many even do work for charity. In the picture directly above, you can see a mural on the far right cover a wall. That mural is definitely cool, but is its only an introduction to some of the other art. Among the art at the fan cave are some interesting murals of some historic icons, whether they are famous people or influential organizations. Done by an impressive artist with the last name; Borbay, these next three pictures are of this art:

Some Art By Borbay (1) in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Some Art By Borbay (1) in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Some Art By Borbay (2) in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Some Art By Borbay (2) in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Some Art By Borbay (3) in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Some Art By Borbay (3) in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Next up; the game room. Every cool Fan Cave boasts a game room and the MLB Fan Cave is no exception. “The Cave” has a game room with a pool table, ski-ball machine, mini shuffleboard game, jukebox, drink fridge and its own wall of autographs. It also features a tribute to the property’s previous owners, a record company who’s tribute occupies a shelf above the shuffleboard. The entrance to the game room looks like this;

MLB Fan Cave Game Room- © 2012 rockingroxfan

MLB Fan Cave Game Room- © 2012 rockingroxfan

In the back, you can see the ski-ball machine in the, near the fridge (really, what else do you need in a game room), as well as a vintage (I think a reproduction) baseball figure. And to the left, you can see the mini shuffleboard game (sponsored by Budweiser, so I guess you can grab some buds? :) ), under the tribute to the old record company. Here, on the right wall, you can see the wall of autographs on Rawlings shoe soles. At the time I visited, there were a few autographs, but throughout the season there will be more and more. That is a truly ultimate game room, all around, and especially  for the relatively small space they put it in.

Here is a picture of the MLB Fan Cave logo on the custom pool table, with most of the pool balls featuring the Detroit Tiger’s logo (at least one has the Brewers’ logo, I’m not sure why) as Justin Verlander had visited the Fan Cave earlier that day to film a few videos for the MLB Fan Cave.

MLB Fan Cave Custom Pool Table- © 2012 rockingroxfan

MLB Fan Cave Custom Pool Table- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Verlander’s  visit was just one of the many celebrity and player visits to the MLB Fan Cave, and there will be many more as the season(s) continues. Unfortunately, you usually cannot see these visitors inside the Fan Cave from the inside, since the visits and tours don’t seem to overlap (or at least rarely).

Farther along in the “Game Room” which may more accurately be described as a “Game Hall”, appears another cool piece in “the Cave”, a jukebox. That’s right, the Fan Cave has its very own Wurlitzer jukebox. Just another cool part of the MLB Fan Cave, giving a modern place, a more laid-back hangout feel. I’m not exactly sure what songs the jukebox plays, but I’m sure when it works its pretty groovy. I wish I had been able to play some tunes in the Cave, maybe next time.

MLB Fan Cave Jukebox- © 2012 rockingroxfan

MLB Fan Cave Jukebox- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Past the Game Hall, we reach more of the Fan Cave’s cool technology with the photo area and a tech-savvy piece of art. This picture shows both of these cool items, the art to the left and the TV and laptop to the right. While the piece to the left may just look like a modern painting, the three gold and black dished are actually speakers which can play music from you phone. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to play through the speaker, so I was not able to experience the truly “modern” art, but I am sure it is pretty cool. To the right of this art is a special TV and laptop set up to take pictures of celebrity visitors and players. When I visited, unfortunately, there was a game on the screen so I could not see it in action, but I could still see that the MLB Fan Cave seems to have it all. Around the TV you can see the many photos which have been taken there, so if they have that many pictures already, you can bet they’ll have a ton by the end of the season. Here is a picture which shows it all:

MLB Fan Cave Speaker Art and Photo "Booth"- © 2012 rockingroxfan

MLB Fan Cave Speaker Art and Photo “Booth”- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Farther along comes the Home Run Slide. This is the slide that when a home run is hit anywhere, from any team in MLB, a Cave Dweller slides down. It is a bright orange fluorescent slide, so there is no way you can miss it. I’ll explain the procedure to slide the slide:

When you see a home run has been hit, get ready to slide!

Run up the stairs to the second level of the Fan Cave

Take off your shoes

SLIDE!

Here is a picture of the end of the marvelous Home Run Slide:

The End of the MLB Fan Cave Home Run Slide- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The End of the MLB Fan Cave Home Run Slide- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Farther along in the Fan Cave, we enter the bottom floor. Built with a nightclub vibe, the downstairs has a feel not very similar to the rest of the Fan Cave. While it follows the pattern of a unique hangout space, the downstairs of the MLB Fan Cave is more of a night-club kind of place. Just when you see the lighting and the ball-pit in the middle you understand there is a significant difference in the feel.

Downstairs of the MLB Fan Cave (1)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Downstairs of the MLB Fan Cave (1)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The downstairs features several different booths all equipped with fancy lighting, seating and a place to put your drink. In the middle is a ball pit with an upside-down manikin in the center. I really have no idea what the manikin is there for, but it certainly makes the room a little more interesting, for better or for worse.

A Downstairs Booth in MLB Fan Cave (1)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

A Downstairs Booth in MLB Fan Cave (1)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Another Downstairs Booth in MLB Fan Cave (2)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Another Downstairs Booth in MLB Fan Cave (2)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The Last Downstairs Booth in MLB Fan Cave (3)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The Last Downstairs Booth in MLB Fan Cave (3)- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Also, in the downstairs area is a hallway surrounded by modern art, with a door at the end which I presume leads to the outside.I saw light peeking through the door, but given I figured we were underground I am really not sure where it goes. Perhaps MLB has a secret chamber of underground hallways to connect baseball all over America. Perhaps there is a secret subway line; “MLB” that you can take to any MLB establishment in the U.S. Or, perhaps the door just leads to a storage room with a few boxes of MLB gear (to be honest, I think the first idea would be way cooler, but you know, that’s just opinion).

"The Hallway" in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

“The Hallway” in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

Despite where “the hallway” goes, the downstairs of the MLB Fan Cave would be a pretty awesome place to have a party, or just hangout with some friends.

Now, to the Grand Finally of this post! In the heart of New York City, an establishment such as the Cave, will need a security guard. He opened the doors to us to enter for the tour, followed us around with the guide, and then let us out to enjoy the rest of Manhattan. But there was more to Rob, than just keeping the MLB Fan Cave safe.

After I had left, and was thinking about what I would do with the rest of my day, I got a surprise. The security guard came out and asked me something like “You’re a Rockies fan, right?”, and while wearing my custom rockingroxfan Rockies jersey, I answered him yes. Then he offered me a souvenir I will have for a while. One of the first things you see when you walk into the Fan Cave, is the new addition, the “Dirt Bar”:

The Dirt Bar in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

The Dirt Bar in the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

This bar of dirt (true to its name) has a box of MLB Authenticated Dirt from every MLB park. After I told Rob that I was indeed a Rockies fan, he offered me a chance to pick up some dirt. I was pretty happy, as you can imagine. I admired the dirt at the Dirt Bar while Fan Cave Staff tried to find the special jars for visitors to put dirt in. Once I had obtained my own special jar, my directions were pretty much, ‘There’s the Dirt Bar, knock yourself out.’  Now, I could have theoretically picked dirt from every park, but being a Rockies fan, and wanting to know what was in my jar, drove me to just fill my jar with MLB Authenticated Coors Field dirt.

My MLB Authenticated Coors Field Dirt from the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

My MLB Authenticated Coors Field Dirt from the MLB Fan Cave- © 2012 rockingroxfan

After that, I was asked to write down  this blog URL, so maybe sometime soon the Fan Cave will comment or visit this blog as I visited them. My experience at the MLB Fan Cave was great, and good luck to all the Cave Dwellers in this season. Also, thank you so much to the nice security guard, Rob, and the Fan Cave attendant, whose name I cannot remember (if you are out there, please comment in and I could give you a shout-out!).

So, while I had a great time, I would also like to hear from my readers if they have had a great experience with a MLB park, or other establishment, and if there was any staff at that place that was just really nice and helpful. Or, even better, if you have been to the MLB Fan Cave, comment in about your experience. Either way, if you do comment in a cool story about a unique experience I may highlight your comment and story in an upcoming post!

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LIVE GAME UPDATE: Rockies vs. D-Backs In Eighth; Delays and Play Lasting Over 3 Hours

Its been a crazy night for the Rockies. After a rain delay that kept the Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks from playing for about sixteen minutes at the begging of the game, the Rockies were underway for a few innings but that was stopped as the rain began to pur more, and the game was called. The game was delayed for a while, a tarp was put on the field and I think about everyone but the teams, staff and like 20 fans left. The crowd looks like a 1:600 seat ratio. The Rockies are taking the win in this series, but that has taken a long time due to the unpredictable Denver weather. Colorado is known for its crazy weather, like earlier today I played baseball under beautiful skies, but now the Rockies have had to deal with two rain delays and the moral drain of sitting under the field for a while. The Rockies’ starter, Jhoulys Chacin, was took out of the game in the top of the fifth inning, likely partly because he just could not keep his arm very warm.  This is only the second game in the three game series against Arizona, and the Rockies won their first game, they are trying to make sure they take the series.

The Rockies have scored five runs, over the course of this tiring 6 innings, but the D-Backs have also scored five, scoring one in the first, three in the fifth inning and  one in the top of the sixth.

While starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is gone, he still had an important role to the Rockies, outside of the real circumstances of the game.  Chacin was really one of the only stable pitchers for the Rockies last year, and because of this, he has set the bar higher for himself this season. He is especially important to  the Rockies, as they will need every good start out of their rotation they can get . Jhoulys Chacin is a vital part of the Rockies’ rotation, so he will need to prove himself in this early part of the season, or alarms may start going off for the Rockies.

Chacin only gave up the one run in the first inning, as Chris Young singled to score his teammate Ryan Roberts, after Roberts singled and advanced on another single by his D-Backs teammate, Miguel Montero. It was an inning of singles for Arizona, and lucky for the Rockies, they only scored a single run (pun intended). Then, after only a few innings of play, the game was delayed as the rain became heavier again, and the teams left for an hour and 11 minutes. It was a long delay, and was long enough for Rockies Manager Jim Tracy to have to likely doubt if keeping Chacin in the game was a good idea. An hour and 11 minutes is as long as a pitcher might take to seven innings, instead it would take about two hours for Chacin to get to the fourth inning.

When the Rockies got to the fifth inning, Jim Tracy made the decision to bring in reliever Josh Reonicke. Reonicke may be a reliever, but he really gave the Rockies no relief as he gave up three runs in that inning alone. In the fifth inning, the D-Backs eventually ended up with men at first and third. Roberts was at third, and Arizona teammate Justin Upton were on the corners after Upton had singled, as Miguel Montero homered to score himself, Roberts and Upton to chop the D-Backs’ deficit down to 4-5. That was the last scoring of the fifth inning for any team, but the D-Backs continued to attack the Rockies in the sixth inning.

From this point on for the Rockies, the game has been no prettier. The Rockies replaced Josh Reonicke with Matt Reynolds, but Reynolds only lasted one batter as he got Lyle Overbay to ground out and was removed from the game. Matt Belisle was then brough into the game, but event the changing of pitchers twice in an inning would not stop the D-Backs. The D-Backs tied the game 5-5 in the top of the sixth, as Aaron Hill reached on a throwing error by Troy Tulowitzki, and Arizona capitalized on the error as John Mcdonald doubled to score Hill. The inning would last longer, but there was no other scoring. The D-Backs then scored again, as Rex Brothers replaced Matt Belisle but, Paul Goldschmidt hit a sac fly to score Justin Upton.

The game is now tied 5-5 with the game in the eighth inning. The D-Backs just scored as scored on a little bunt by Gerrardo Parra, as John McDonald cam home to give them a 7-5 lead. The bunt was officially ruled a sacrifice bunt fielders choice, but a RBI nonetheless.

The Rockies scored their first three runs on a Tyler Colvin homer, scoring Micheal Cuddyer and on a Ramon Hernandez homer to give them three runs total. They scored two others, but that may not be enough to get the win.

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LIVE GAME UPDATE: Rockies and D-Backs Tied at 6 In Bottom of Seventh

The Rockies may have left the third inning down 4-6, but they have made they way back a 6-6 tie with the Diamondbacks. Juan Nicasio may have not pitched as stellar as some fans and analysts would have liked, but hopefully his issues in his first two 2/3 innings don’t damage the Rockies’ chances at a win.

In the third inning, the Diamondbacks picked up two outs on a double play, but the Rockies tried to ignore that and continue the inning, and they did just that. After a double play hit in to by Dexter Fowler, and causing Marco Scutaro to head back to the dugout, the Rockies got a hit that would cost the D-Backs. Carlos Gonzalez singled to start the Rockies’ rally back to a tie, but there was some more hitting to follow. Troy Tulowitzki singled as well to advance CarGo to second and to set Todd Helton up for some RBI(s). Then, with Todd Helton at bat, Arizona pitcher Daniel Hudson threw a Wild Pitch, allowing Tulo and CarGo to advance to third and second. The Rockies took advantage of the WP and hits as Helton singled on a ground ball to right field. The Rockies had tied the game, but they wanted more.

Todd Helton did make it to third, and the D-Backs changed pitchers changed, but the Rockies were unable to score any more runs even as Micheal Cuddyer singled to strand men at the corners.

The Rockies were unable to score, but if the Rockies can hold their own at Coors Field, they should be able to keep their game in line and possibly earn a win. Micheal Cuddyer just dropped a ball in his position in right field, allowing Miguel Montero to advance to second. At first, Montero’s hit was officially scored a double by MLB, but even the ROOT Sports announcers thought that it was an error, and it has now been changed to an error on Micheal Cuddyer.

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LIVE GAME UPDATE: Rockies and Nicasio Try To Come Out of Coors Field With a Win

Well, the Rockies and Juan Nicasio are underway in their first game on home turf for the first time since mid-season last year. Surprised? The reason this scenario has not occurred since so long ago is that this is the first time Nicasio has pitched at Coors Field since his terrible injury mid last season. Nicasio was struck by a come-backer from the bat of SS Ian Desmond while pitching against the Washington Nationals in 2011. Nicasio ended up breaking his C1 vertebrae, and was wheeled off the field in a stretcher to be taken to the hospital and treated. Nicasio opted for the surgery that would give him the best chance of pitching again, and his choice paid off.

For many fans and people in the Rockies organization, just the fact that Nicasio was not paralyzed and was able to talk to trainer Keith Dugger on the field after his accident,  was a beacon of hope for Rockies fans, but the fact that Nicasio is on the mound today is even more impressive. Nicasio underwent surgery, and after that had a sense of humor it seems almost from the moment he left the hospital. When visiting the Rockies’ clubhouse after leaving the hospital, Nicasio was telling jokes about being back on the mound in a few weeks. While his road to recovery would be longer than just a few weeks, Nicasio has finally found the end of that road after his marvelous recovery. I wrote about Nicasio in a Rockies Reporting MLBlog post, which can be found here: Spring Training Pitching 2012: Nicasio; From on the Ground to on the Mound .

It was heartbreaking to see Nicasio fall down on the mound after being hit by the ball in the 2011 Season. You see pitchers get hit by line drives from time to time, but when Nicasio got hit in the head, I knew something was wrong. Sometimes pitchers can just shake off being hit, and I was wishing Nicasio would be able to at least walk off the field, but Nicasio had no chance of leaving the game in that ordinary of a fashion.

Nicasio’s was a great story, before the injury;

The Rockies had acquired a new young pitcher from their tireless work of scouting for new players in the Dominican Republic, and Nicasio seemed to be a great pick-up. He showed promise, and it looked like while he may have had some small ups and downs, would be a prospect for an upper rotation pitcher in the future. It looked that the Rockies’ work in the Dominican Republic was showing impressive results again, and I think many fans had this feeling until that one fateful day for Juan Nicasio.

That was before the injury. When Nicasio went down on the mound, and the ambulance cart came on the field to haul off Nicasio and take him to take him to the hospital. I was trying to think of what would happen to Nicasio. Would he ever return to the rotation? Would his surgery go well? Had he broken any bones? The answer to these questions was yes. To the first two questions, you want the answer to b yes, to the last question you are hoping for a no. While Nicasio may have been faced with an incredible hardship, he persevered. I was so pleased to hear Nicasio’s surgery had gone well, and that through it all Nicasio was keeping an optimistic view on life, and he wanted to pitch for the Rockies as soon as he could.

At Denver Health, Nicasio underwent surgery on his C1 vertebrae and on his head, and is today playing with metal in his head and neck.

But you may not know. If you are just a Rockies fan who goes to a few games a year, you may be pleased that the Rockies had made a good pick-up, but you may not know the remarkable story behind his being on the mound today.

Today, Nicasio pitched decent. Nicasio gave up six runs over his three innings. Nicasio had an upsetting first inning as he  gave up two runs after giving up three straight walks to load the bases. Nicasio tied his MLB record of walks in a game, with three, but has now set a new record for himself with five walks in this game. In the top of the first, Paul Goldschmidt, a threat to any pitcher,  singled to score his teammates Miguel Montero and Chris Young.

After that, Miguel Montero made Nicasio pay again as he hit a homer to right field to give the D-Backs a 4-2 lead. After that, Arizona scored again on a sac fly by Geoff Blum wich scored Chris Young. Then the D-Backs scored again as Ryan Roberts doubled to score Paul Goldschmidt. The story from here is the game in action, as the Diamondbacks lead the Rockies 6-4.

The Rockies have also gotten on the board, however, and the long ball has been their friend. The Rockies have scored both their runs on homers, as Dexter Fowler shot one to right field over the out-of-town scoreboard, and Ramon Hernandez homered with a monster shot to the left field bleachers for Ramon Hernandez.

The Rockies have also struck back in the third inning, tacking on two more runs to lessen the gap between the Rockies’ and D-backs’ scores. The Rockies scored their runs in the third inning on a hit by Ramon Hernandez, who has hit for three of the four RBIs which have been earned by the Rockies today. The hit by Hernandez in the bottom of the third scored Troy Tulowitzki and Micheal Cuddyer, the second of which is a new pick-up for the Rockies, who is playing outfield tonight.

Unfortunately, the Rockies are trailing the D-Backs with a score of 6-4 in the bottom of the third inning. As well, Rockies Manager Jim Tracy made the decision to remove Juan Nicasio, and replaced him with Esmil Rogers, a bullpen pitcher for the Rockies last year who provided support, but still somewhat contributed to the unsteady Rockies’ bullpen last year.

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