Earlier, I was starting to think that I was the jinx of the Rockies. I’ve been to four games, and the Rockies have lost at every one. I think it would help if I went to more games, then maybe I’d increase my odds of being at a winning one… or decrease the Rockies chance of winning… one of those. However, after these games against the Pirates, I can practically rest assured that I am NOT the jinx of the Rockies.

Rockies May 2009 071.JPGThe good news, on May 14th I attended a game and snagged some great pictures of Garrett Atkins. Despite the fact that he’s going through possibly the biggest slump of his life, Clint Hurdle started him. I’d like to think that it was for me… ya know, whatever gets ya through the day, right? I was literally less than twenty feet away from Atkins. I could’ve screamed louder than a tween at a Jonas Brothers concert… but I didn’t.

Fortunately for me, I attended the game with my mom. Now, my mom isn’t much of a cheering section, in fact, for the most part, she has no idea what’s going on. I have two friends, however, that would have loved to be at that game with me, sitting less than 20 feet from one of my favorite players.

It’s not because they would care that I was sitting so close to the man that I’m practically in love with or that we were in possibly some of the greatest seats ever or even that you’re so close to the action you practically breathe in nothing but baseball. No, my friends would have loved to be there for a different reason.
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They seem to be sad that I don’t give them their props in my blog, so, let me begin by going way back to last season. My friend Mary and I were at the game sitting in the pavilion in row four. Ryan Spilborghs was playing center at the time. I don’t remember if he was batting or made a great catch or what happened, but I yelled (and I am 100% sure of this) “GO SPILLY!!!!!” That’s Ryan Spilborgh’s nickname that pretty much everyone knows and just about everyone calls him. So, I yelled “Go Spilly!” and my friend looks at me and says, “What did you just say?!?!” And I looked at her and said, “Go Spilly…?” and she was like, “Oh, I thought you said ‘Go Sweetie.'” NO! I would not even say that… ever.

Since that moment, whenever my friends, Jenn and Mary, talk about Spilborghs, he apparently must always be referred to as “Sweetie.” It’s no longer Spilly or Spilborghs, but Sweetie. But wait, it gets worse.

Rockies May 2009 052.JPGI was recently at a game with my friend Jenn. We were talking about the fact that in the club house, Todd Helton’s nickname is “Sweet T.” Well, if you say it fast enough, it kind of comes out as “Sweetie” (a little bit of a stretch, but close enough). The conversation shifted from that to what players wives or girlfriends call them. Like if Todd Helton’s wife calls him Sweetie and then in the locker room he gets called something that sounds similar to that. My friend also thought up Todd “The Bod” Helton… Anyway, here we are discussing what a player’s significant other calls them. Well, being the Garrett Atkins fanatic that I am, I thought up the name “Gar-Bear” and then just about threw up. It was the most disgusting name I hadRockies May 2009 089.JPGever thought of. I then made the mistake of telling it to my friend. So now, Garrett Atkins is forever “Gar-Bear.” Does that not make you throw up? Seth Smith? They come up with “Sethipoo” because they have a friend named Seth and that’s apparently what they call him. I really like Seth Smith… I don’t like their friend “Sethipoo”… so now, bad associations there. We used to have the nickname for Matt Holliday, Matt “Everyday’s a holiday with you, Matt Holliday” Holliday. Well, since the trade, my friend Mary decided that she needed to think up a new name that is far too long and ridiculous, so she came up with Brad “You make my heart stop” Hawpe. Yes… these are my friends and yes, it’s okay for you to be embarrassed for me.

Anyway, so should they have been at that game with me, less than 20 feet away from Garrett Atkins, I would’ve been subjected to two people yelling next to me, “GO GAR-BEAR!!!” Yeah… good thing they weren’t. 

So, here are a few pics that I shot while I was there, enjoy:

Rockies May 2009 053.JPG This one’s probably the best because there’s the ball flying toward Atkins and then there’s Brad Hawpe and Ryan Spilborghs sitting in the dugout.

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Rockies May 2009 087.JPGThere are more on Facebook… in which my friend commented something like “Gar-Bear is Emily’s Care Bear.” Yeah…

Last thing: look what Sue from Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts sent me! It’s even got a tattoo… a Rockies tattoo!!!

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1. Photo courtesy: me
2. Photo courtesy: baseball photos
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  1. rrrt

    Looks like you had great seats, and beautiful weather too! Glad to see the crane made it through the mail unscathed – I thought you might enjoy the decoration!
    “Sethipoo”- ha! That reminds me of an incident in 1993, when Mitch Williams was the Phillies closer. A game went into extra innings after several rain delays, and when Mitch drove in the winning run at 4:41 am (!), Harry Kalas called him “Mitchie-poo” on the air!
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  2. iliveforthis

    Julia – Thanks for your support, my friends… they’re something else. I’m hoping for more games too!!
    Jeffy- Those pictures were a miracle because I was so close. I used my mom’s camera which is like a Sony Power Shot or something. Those photos took a lot of editing. That’s the only reason they’re so good. Don and Tom have much better cameras, I don’t know how they get such great pictures.
    Sue- I loved that the little crane was smiling. How many people stayed for the game ending at 4:41 am?! I’m fairly certain that I would stay at a Rockies game that went that long… if I was with the right people.
    Hyun Young- “Ecky” is a pretty normal nickname, like “Spilly.” A not normal nickname is “Gar-Bear.” Bleh.

  3. ohy22xd

    I even spelled my URL wrong πŸ™‚ I was rushing to type that during class. Can you think of more nicknames??

  4. bloggingboutbaseball

    “I was starting to think that I was the jinx of the Rockies.”
    I know how you feel! I went to 4 Angels games this season and they were 0-4 in those games I attended! Ack! It’s funny, you get to that point where you’re like, “Maybe I just won’t go to any other games…”
    Luckily for you (and me)… it’s all in our heads!
    Cool pictures, by the way.

  5. luckylori

    Great pics & great seats! Friends don’t let friends make up horribly corny nicknames! My sister does the same thing with my Angels. Torii Hunter is her “tall drink of chocolate milk” but that’s the only one I can repeat. She’s a Packers fan so she torments me for 7 months! Very cool blog!

  6. Kylie

    Great pictures, and I know how you feel about Garret Atkins starting and feeling like it was for you. Listening to the game this evening as I did the dishes, I heard his first at-bat and thought of you, and hoped that for your sanity’s sake, he’d get a hit πŸ™‚
    I can’t say I’ve got many nicknames for players. I have a tendency to call Tulo “Troy Trevor” or “The Troyness” but that last one came from one of my friends. My sister and I call Hunter Pence “HUNTERPENCE” which is basically his name yelled really loud and really fast. That’s basically it 😦
    Kylie —

  7. iliveforthis

    Julia- Thanks. Close to 11. Someday I’ll make it to the top 10, even if it’s #10.
    Matt- Glad I’m not the only one who is sure they’re the jinx. I’m heading to a game tomorrow, hopefully they’ll get a win then. Granted, it’s against the Dodgers… and after today’s game… hmm…
    Lori- Thanks so much for stopping by! Those, for me, are rare seats. I’m usually way out in outfield and far away from my favorite player.
    Kylie- I’m glad Garrett got a hit during the game, but he made those two errors and I was like NOO!! But, he made it up with that hit. I love the explanation for HUNTERPENCE.

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