Pitchers have said that they get nervous before the opening day start. Some say that is normal and they would have it no other way while others claim it is no big deal. Whatever your opinion of that, what about a manager? The leader of the team in all facets; is it okay for him to have butterflies? Colorado Rockies first year manager Walt Weiss is on record as saying he will have butterflies before the Rockies opening game. Is that okay?
I think in many ways it is just fine. Why not admit you are nervous. I heard Terry Francona say that he always gets nervous before the opening day game. For me, if Francona says it, that makes it okay for other managers to say it as well. I’m not sure Jim Leyland would say he was but really, is anyone else that solid and steel faced in the beginning of such a big deal as opening day of the Major League Baseball season? Answer: Probably not.
There aren’t many Leylands in the world so Weiss should be right about perfect as the opening day game approaches. If I were playing for him in that clubhouse, I would be glad to see nerves from my first year manager. That means excitement is building which means something is expected to happen. Weiss isn’t planning to manage a losing team. He expects great things from his young Rockies players. If he were deadpan and calm about such a big game, I would worry. As it is, I think he and the Rockies will be fine.