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Spring Training in Pictures #9

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With all the excitement surrounding spring training games, we often forget those who work behind the scenes to make our favorite sport happen.  This photo from the AP reminds us that not all of our ticket money goes to (sometimes) overpaid players–some of it goes to real hardworking people who are just trying to get by, like us.  Then again, this dude might be super rich.  Who knows?

Thanks for making me featured blog, Mark 😀  I kept getting comments from names I had never recognized but I hadn’t actually checked the homepage.  Then I figured it out.  Took a while, didn’t it?

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What the Pudge?; Rox 2009 Commercials; For the  Record

pudge scary smile ap.jpgWell, kiddos, it looks like Ivan Rodriguez is playing for the Houston Astros this season.  Aside from the natural fear I have given his somewhat demonic appearance (as evidenced by this AP photo), I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Yeah, it’s good to have a veteran to teach our young catchers what to do.  He’s definitely a defensive and offensive standout, though his numbers will decline with age (but we’ve only got him for one year, so that’s not so much an issue).  But I’m not sure how helpful he’ll be.

J.R. Towles validated all skepticism that his eight-RBI game in 2007 against the Devil Birds was a fluke.  He’s defensively sound but his offense leaves a lot to be desired.  On the other hand, Humberto Quintero is average offensively and a very good defensive catcher.  Have you ever seen him throw to second or try to pick a guy off first?  It’s beautiful.  Anyway, we already have Q, and it wouldn’t have cost us $1.5 million.

As usual, I’m up in the air about this.  I am reluctant to decide what I think of a signing until I see it play out–basically, I’m too afraid of being wrong.  But I’m already leaning towards the not-a-good-idea side.

2009 Rockies campaign:

As most of you already know, the Rockies have produced award-winning commercials in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.  Well, this year’s commercials are no less entertaining.  Here I’ve got them from least-favorite to favorite:

5.  “Staring Contest.”  This commercial didn’t do much for me.  The end is cute, and I love Spil to death, but really?  Bo-ring.  Let’s hope the Rox games are more action-filled than this commercial.

4.  “Dinger’s Other Job.”  Please don’t think I hate Dinger.  In fact, he’s the coolest mascot ever (except Orbit, who was the Astros’ mascot back when their uniforms were blue and they were in the Dome).  He’s a friggin dinosaur–what could be better?  But this is kind of cheesetastic.  I can’t help but ask if there really wasn’t a better idea they could have executed.

3.  “Athletic Endorsements.”  I have always thought endorsement ads were funny.  I saw one for a Colorado car dealership featuring Tulo and it was so cheesy that I cracked up and had to watch it a few more times to properly appreciate it.  This parody was refreshingly self-deprecatory.  I liked it a lot.

2.  “Wedding Mound Visit.”  The only commercial to have Tulo actually visible–but he didn’t say anything, which is weird, because we all know that he’s the one who initiates the mound conferences half the time anyway.  But the whole honeymoon reference really got me.  Great concept, awesome execution.  Todd Helton is the king of commercials (the Toddfather?  I mean, really?  Tulo was in that one too, though).

1.  “Players Adjust to Home.”  I LOVE AARON COOK IN THIS ONE.  I’ve always thought pitchers shaking their heads looked a little like a toddler throwing a fit, and in this commercial that’s definitely the vibe I got.  Plus, anything with Chris Iannetta in it is AWESOME in my book.  Five stars.

In other news…

Wow.  The Astros have won a total of one spring training game this year.  Should I be worried?  Everyone keeps telling me it’s not important–which is legit, because the Astros were first in the Grapefruit league a few years ago and crashed in the REAL season.  I guess if our good guys are doing well in the small amount of playing time they get, then that’s good.

The Rox, by the way, are doing pretty damn well for their whole losing streak thing.  Way to bounce back, boys.

Spring Training in Pictures #8

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Another lovely picture of kids and ballplayers from the AP.  This one features Hunter Pence, known for his height, his (or so I’ve heard) Bunny girlfriend, and his generosity to fans.  Last year he signed a shirt for my niece and even asked how to spell her name. Buzzkillers who would remind me that he was probably told to sign with names so the autographs couldn’t be sold as easily–shut up.  My niece and her father loved it.

I swear to GOD I have a blog entry about the Rox’ 2009 commercials in the works.  I’ve also been doing a lot of flipping out about THE Bones spoiler.  Ordinarily I don’t do spoilers, but a friend of mine thought I did and told me anyway.  Growlllll.

Spring Training in Pictures #7

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Once again, I know I said I wouldn’t post pictures of the same guy over and over, but here’s Tulo one more time.  I couldn’t resist.  I didn’t even search for him, I searched “Colorado Rockies.”  But seriously, doesn’t this picture from the Associated Press just remind you of what spring training is all about?  It’s about little kids (and teenagers :D) getting pictures from their heroes, about millionaires being reminded of what they’re playing for–the fans and the joy of the game.

It’s much too cute.

Spring Training in Pictures #5

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If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you should know that Luke Scott is my second favorite baseball player (behind Tulo).  He’s extremely nice, gave me a high five, recognized me at games, is vocally Christian, and speaks Spanish.  And by the way, we lost him when we traded for an old juicing liar Miguel Tejada.  Getty Images brings us this beautiful ACTION SHOT (:D) of his awesome swing.  Go #30!

Spring Training in Pictures #4

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I really didn’t want to have pictures of the same guy over and over again, but a) it’s TULO, and b) I love action shots.  This one from the AP is particularly cool because not only is it a great action shot, but it’s a JUMPING SHOT.  And Tulo is wearing the really cool goggles.  But I seriously love jumping shots.  The photographer captures the moment that lasted less than a second but will now live on as long as we want.

Okay, that sounds really dumb.  But seriously.  I LOVE THIS PICTURE.

Spring Training in Pictures #3

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Alright.  If you don’t think Tim Lincecum is cute, you’re a liar.  He might be the most adorable little kid in baseball right now.  This photo from the AP showcases his loveable crooked-toothed grin.  This kid is the shiz.  Who knows where the Giants will go once the rest of their team gets their crap together–Timmeh is gonna be great.