PICT0153.JPGHAPPY OPENING DAY, this was Emily and our friend Betty at Opening Day 2008, I can’t believe how much she has grown since last year.  The day started out by getting down to the stadium at around 10:15 to take in all of the festivities.  My dad couldn’t believe how many people were already down there, he thought we would be one of the few that were getting there so early.  This was my mom and dad’s first Opening Day at Coors Field. We went over and they had a big slide for Emily to slide down, and lots of othe stuff for kids to do.


I have decided to not talk about the game a whole lot, since there are professional writers that get paid to talk about the game.  We were at the gates for them to open at 12 pm, I watched the Rockpile Ranter “pick up” the first batting practice ball of 2009.  The reason I say, “picked up”, is because he had it hit his glove on the fly, and he dropped it.   I’m not sure what excuse he will have on his blog, but he just flat out dropped it.  Sorry Don πŸ™‚  During the Rockies batting practice Emily yelled at Manny Corpas to just say hello, and when he turned around to say hi back, noticed it was Emily and threw her a ball.  Emily 1, Dad 0.  I then caught a bouncer, one on the fly, and another one that was dropped by some other guys, so the final of the day was Dad 3, Emily 0.  It’s pretty easy, since Emily hasn’t kind of tired of getting balls, so she doesn’t ask for them anymore.  If she put her mind to it, put her pink cowboy hat on, and got her pink glove on, she could probably average about 5 balls a game, but she chooses to run around and eat M & Ms during batting practice.  The game ended up 10-3, and the Rockies are now 3 – 1.  If anyone has anything else they want me to take pictures of during batting practice or the game, let me know.  I’m not a big picture taker, especiallly during batting practice, or the game, but I will if people want certain pictures.  Here are some other pics, and I have more on my facebook link at the bottom. 
PICT0122.JPGOpening Day is always a terrible day to go see Dinger up in center field, since there is always a huge line, so I hoped Emily would forget about it.  She then saw Dinger up there and was very upset she wasn’t up there to see him, but I told her we would see him up there tomorrow night, and she reluctantly stopped pouting about it.  Well, an inning later, look who showed up at our seats to say hello, Dinger.  As you can see, Emily is very happy to see him, and I think Dinger was happy to see her, also.  Thanks Brady and Tyler. 
PICT0113.JPGHere’s Danny’s sign he made.  We had talked about a sign that just WHOLLIDAY earlier in the year, but he went one step further with it, and I think it probably made Ryan feel pretty good.  He got nothing but compliments for the sign.  Ryan Spillborghs’ dad like it, also, and had Robert take a picture  him and Danny with the sign.  I wanted to see what it said before the game, since he had it folded in half, but Danny wouldn’t let anyone see it until the Rockies came out on to the field for the start of the game.  Well, Danny made a mistake and left it at our seats to go get some food, and after about 5 minutes of taking all the paper clips off of it, I had a “sneak peek” of the sign.  Well I have to go dye Easter eggs with Emily and get ready of game 2 of 81, since we have to be there at 4 for the gates to open.  Also, I have had some people want to come meet Emily, and want to know exactly where we sit, and it is Row 1, Section 153 in the pavilion.  If you really want to make friends with her, the best and quickest way to do that is to show up with either a Lemonade Squishy, or a bag of M & M’s πŸ™‚  Anyhow, thanks for reading, and go Rockies!!!!!








  1. ashleetripp@gmail.com

    Miss Emily… I think it is so awesome that Dinger is one of your best buddies!! Will you share?? πŸ™‚

  2. luvmyrox

    Great pix, Dan. Tell your friend Danny that his sign was apparently a hit with FSN. They zoomed in on it several times!

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