Just one year ago, Weiss was coaching his son’s high school baseball team. Now, he’s the manager of an major league franchise.
Before this season got underway, expectations were fairly low for Colorado. Weiss, however, brought the Rockies out of spring training as a healthy and optimistic team. His main path to success hinges on the health of the Rockies’ best player Troy Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzki is shaking off doubts of his health quickly this season after missing the last four months of the 2012 season with an injured left groin. He looked healthy enough to open Colorado’s series with Milwaukee, going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in a loss Monday, followed by another homer in the win on Tuesday.
The only person more pleased than Weiss to have Tulowitzki back in the lineup is teammate Carlos Gonzalez. He also homered for the second straight game Tuesday and drove in two runs. Gonzalez has had to learn how to hit without the lineup protection that a player of Tulowitzki’s caliber brings, but finally has his bash-brother back beside him.
Colorado’s success will be determined on how long Tulowitzki can stay in the lineup and how productive he can be following surgery.
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.