July 5, 2008
With Erik, Marc, and SHR
The last day of Baseball Trip 2008. And the first day of my vacation with SHR. We picked her up at the Denver airport earlier in the day. She was excited to actually see a game in Denver. having once taken a tour of Coors Field a number of years ago right before an Opening Day.
I really like Coors Field. This was the first time I had been there since 2001. I love all of the nooks and crannies. I dig the scoreboard.
I really like the adjacent bullpens.
I love the view of the Rockies even though the overcast day put a damper on the proceedings. Back in 2001, I was sitting in very similar seats and was treated to a sunset that looked like this.
No such luck this time.
One thing I don't like though are the ushers. In my 2001 writing, I wrote, "Now the negative- Rich likened the Rockies help to the Gestapo for a myriad of reasons, but the biggest one being that they wouldn't let him go back to his seat at one point until after the Rockies had finished hitting. I must admit, there was something quite dronelike about the Rockies workers." They did the same thing in Phoenix but not in such a Nazi-like way.
The game was fairly boring. We missed the thrilling 18-17 Rockies victory by one game. Erik and I did have fun though recording a fantasy broadcast of the top of the 4th inning. It was fun to do even if the jackasses near us were not nice to SHR as she took pictures of us. We were set up in the outfield with two microphones and the game feed, and a couple pages of press notes. When I inquired earlier if we could take some of the notes to look at before show time, we were told no -the notes could not under any circumstances leave the recording booth.
We got a DVD of our recording. Erik did play by play and I was the supposed color guy. I did get better as the half inning went on, but suffice to say, I will keep the day job. Erik and I wavered between trying to do a good job and telling silly jokes about rolling bocce balls down the slope of the Upper Deck and the beauty of Cody Ross' smile.
These kids did every inning that the Rockies hit. They were good. Much better than us.
Who knows what I was saying here but perhaps I was stealing Marc's comment from earlier in the game about how this series could be dubbed The Garish Colors Series, based on the garish uniforms of the two teams, for my own broadcasting glory.
(all three photos by SHR)
The view from the Rock Pile. Nick Lowe could not be reached for comment.
Where's my glorious sunset, damnit?
Unbelievably, the first Dippin' Dots of the baseball trip. First and last.
Another glorious baseball trip came to a close.
Oh yeah, the Rockies looked good and won their fifth in a row despite losing Jeff Francis, Todd Helton, and Troy Tulowitzski (16 stitches needed for slamming his maple bat into the ground and getting cut by the shattered shards the day before) over a three day span. Something's got to be done about those damn maple bats! Matt Holliday hit a homer and drove in four and they cruised.
The movie features plenty of our play-by-play action. Exciting, no?
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