The Rainbow Connection

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Hell, I don’t know. Did that damn singing frog mention gold and leprechauns? That would be a decent reason for a song about rainbows. Let’s just say he was singing about last night’s 7-1 Sky Sox victory over the Reno Aces, or more accurately, about the 1:31 rain delay in the top of the 4th inning that was just chock full of rainbows, and lightning, and talk of pots-o-gold & leprechauns, and stuff.

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Hey! Look! It’s the end of the rainbow!
And it’s landing right in the middle of Security Service Field at Mile High!
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The end of the rainbow means a pots-o-gold & leprechauns!
I think I see a leprechaun, but that doesn’t look like a pot-o-gold.
That looks like a big metal tube.
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Stupid metal tubes. They can’t hold a candle to an inanimate carbon rod.
And that’s no leprechaun! It’s Sox outfielder Michael Reed!
He only looks like a leprechaun because he has a red beard.

Michael Reed says, “Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! And stay away from me Lucky Charms!”

 

Hit Batsman of the Homestand

Congratulations to Matt Clark! By getting plunked by the Iowa Cubs’ Felipe Paulino in the bottom of the 4th inning of Monday’s 12-10 loss, you are the winner of the Hit Batsman of the Homestand!

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Matt Clark attempts to shake off getting hit in the foot while Cubs’ catcher Luke Carlin tries to lighten the mood with his world famous “Look at Me! I’m walkin’ like a Sasquatch!” impression.

 

LEX LUTHOR!

Pete Orr, Sky Sox infielder and oh, SUPERVILLIAN! Yeah. That’s about right. Damn him and his hustle and stuff to help Canada beat the US 7-6 for the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

 Scoring from first on a wild pick-off attempt? Yup. Pete Orr has grit (and talent).

Congratulations to Canada. That was a hell of a game (and great job Pete! See you back with the Sox real soon).

 

The #1 Prospect In All The Land

BEHOLD! It’s Corey Seager of the Oklahoma City Dodgers! The #1 prospect in all of minor league baseball! And he’s, um, hmm, doing “something” with his right hand while wearing a mitten on his left hand.

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Maybe he needs mittens on both hands to save his eyesight.
Cone of shame for dogs. Mitten of shame for ballplayers.

Sweet Jebus! Won’t someone please think of the children.

Happy Father’s Day From Darth Vader

Whatcha doing Darth?

Oh nothing. You know, just scaring babies and stuff.

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Vader: No, I am your father.
Luke: No. No. That’s not true. That’s impossible!
Vader: Search your feelings; you know it to be true.
Luke: NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOO!!!

 

Nice Passed Ball There Jon Eddy

Last night Colorado Springs Sky Sox Director of Marketing and Promotions, Jon Eddy, went out to catch the ceremonial 1st pitch:

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All set meat. Bring the heat. I can take it.

Most 1st pitches are on target, some are not, this one was in the dirt:

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DAMMIT EDDY! YOU’VE GOT TO SHIFT YOUR BODY TO BLOCK THOSE!
DON’T JUST FLIPPIN’ OLE THE DAMN BALL!

It’s in the dirt and with a whiff and a miss of the glove the ball made its way to the backstop:

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Don’t look at your glove there Yogi. That’s not to blame here.

When the ball gets by you guess what?

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Well, crap! Nothing left to do now but…

Yup. You get to chase it to the backstop!

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…run and pick it up.
Say hi to the fans while your back there.

Thanks for the entertainment Jon! (Not that we’d do any better  ; )

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Cosmic Tumblers Have Clicked Into Place

“There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place and the universe opens itself up a few seconds to show you what’s possible.” Terrance Mann, Field of Dreams

The cosmic tumblers click for me tonight – Bad posture? Check. Mouth-breathing? Check. Fondling a ball? Check. What we have here is perhaps the world’s most perfect picture. I rock!

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Hot damn! It’s Derek Zoolander!

And, and! I also got the headshot I’ve been chasing for over a month!

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It’s in through the mouth, out through the nose.
The mouth should only be one part of the equation.

If you build it, they will DERP.

Game of Thornburgs

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Winter is coming? Yeah, right. Winter never left.

The Sky Sox are back in town starting tonight as they take on the Sacramento River Cats. Tyler Thornburg on the hill for the Sox. Game time is 705pm.

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POISON V WARRANT! TONIGHT ONLY!

After the game there will be a ’80’s Hair Metal Band Firework Extravaganza! Where members of Poison and Warrant will take the field and have a duel to the death armed only with Roman candles and bottle rockets. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Tan Frío. No Me Gusta El Frío.

Stupid April. As you can see below it’s been too cold for baseball.

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Sox manager, Rick Sweet, out for a stroll at Security Service Field at Mile High.

Good news is it’s suppose to get warmer sometime before next winter.

Get A Haircut Hippies

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Eric Cartman: Hello, ma’am. I’m working to clean up the city from parasites. Do you mind if I take a quick look around your baseball stadium? I’m afraid you may have hippies.

Elderly Woman: Hippies?

Eric Cartman: Yeah, they’ve been poppin’ up all over town lately. The boys next door had hundreds of hippies in their soccer stadium; they usually live in colonies. Hm, I don’t like the sound of that. Could I take a look at your ball field?

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Eric Cartman: [to these hippies] Here, here’s some joints and a guitar.
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Eric Cartman: See that. hippies. These are what we call the ,uh, giggling stoners. Pretty common form of hippies, usually found in stadiums and arenas.
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Eric Cartman: In my professional opinion, we’re looking at a full-blown hippie jamfest the size of which we’ve never seen.
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Eric Cartman: Damn hippies!

Their hippies beat our hippies 12-8. Sox fall to 1-1 on the young season.

 

Battle of the Wolf-People

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It was Opening Day, so America was there!

Our New Sox, your BrewSox, won their opener 7-5 over the Nashville Sounds yesterday in the torquing east wind swept, frozen confines of Security Service Field at Mile High. 1-0! Yeah team!

Here’s kind of what happened:

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Taylor Jungmann pitched 4.0 innings looking like this.
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Matt Clark hit a high pop up behind 2nd base that went over the fence for a homer. Yes, that’s a homerun swing.

AND! And there was a battle of Wolf-People!

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Nashville’s catcher, and Wolf-Person, Bryan Anderson ready to do Wolf-Person stuff at the ballyard.
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One of the Sky Sox Wolf-People, Chris Perez, gives up a double to his Wolf-Brother Bryan Anderson in the 8th.

It got hairy in the 8th & 9th as the Sounds clawed back 3 runs to make it close, but the New Sox hung on for the win.

Tonight at 635pm it’s John Ely vs Barry Zito (who was great on the Chris Isaak Show, SE3EP3, in 2004. Watch it! Oh, YOU CAN’T BECAUSE SOME BASTARDS WON’T ALLOW IT OUT ON DVD, OR NETFLIX, OR ANYTHING! OH, HOW I HATE THEM BASTARDS!). Sorry. I really liked that show. To make it up to you here’s a picture of a little man on a baseball, or a normal man on a giant baseball. Enjoy!

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Sitting on it like he own the whole, wide world!

 

 

Headshot Madness

Today is Opening Day of the 2015 Pacific Coast League season for the new look Colorado Springs Sky Sox!  The Rockies prospects are gone, replaced by some future Brewers we hope can help make us forget 2014’s 54-90 clinic in indifference and terrible baseball. Go Sky Sox! Go Brewers! Yeah baseball!

So, a new season means we got to take new headshots yesterday. Below, for comparison, are a few classic shots along with my favorites from this season. Check ’em out and let us know what you think:

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Lebron James. His Jordan moment came with the Sky Sox.
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Manny (Corpus) being Manny (Corpus).
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OMG! I’m so flippin’ excited! I’m Christian Friedrich!
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Duuuuuuuude! Charlie Blackmon (pre-epic beard).

And the Gold Standard of Sox headshots:

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Edgar Gonzalez! El Glaciar! El numero uno!

Now here are this year’s contenders:

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Chris Perez’s “facing the wrong way” take on the headshot.
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John Ely trying to out Friedrich Friedrich or out Edgar Edgar.
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“Breathe In” with Nevin Ashley.
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“I’m So Uncomfortable” with Pete Orr
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Taylor Jungmann, “No. That’s so legal here. I’m cool” headshot.
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“Don’t Forget to Smile” from Jason Rogers
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“Near…far…wherever you are…my heart…” croons Bryan Petersen

Those are your 2015 Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Let’s make a contest out of this, Tweet your favorite to @PengoSports with the hashtag #HeadshotMadness. We’ll announce a winner by the end of the opening homestand and there will be much rejoicing and we’ll name an award after the winner. Yeah.