Spring In The Air (Almost Everywhere) and Blossoms Begin to Take Shape

Day 62


First let me apologize to all of you out there stuck in knee deep snow. I feel for you and I’m sure Colorado has some snow left in the future. March is always a fun month. Not more than a few years back, we had a blizzard on March 17. Made for a great recovery period after St. Paddy’s Day. But I digress.

Looking up at the Aspens, I begin to see the first buds looking to form and I get evermore
aspen leaves.jpgexcited.A spring in my step and a spring feeling all around. Days hovering in the 65 degree range will do that. Baseball is back and my Rockies are sweeping the Cactus League. Ok maybe just the clean up crew is sweeping peanut shells, because the Rockies have yet to win a game, but I am not worried.

From listening to the games and reading some of the great reporting from Rockies MLB beat reporter Thomas Harding, I know it is just the season springing into action. The team is not so much focused on only winning at this point as they are getting the fundamentals down and working on problem areas. A win would be nice and they don’t want to lose, but that solid foundation took them to the World Series a few years ago and it will take them higher places if they stick with it and get it set in these days.

Harding writes in a recent article, “Cook, under a plan he discussed with pitching coach Bob Apodaca and catcher Sal Fasano, worked on his slider and changeup, even in situations where his sinking fastball would have been an appropriate pitch.

Good job boys. Work on what needs work. Aaron Cook, coming off an impressive and strong year last season will be the strength of the Rockies pitching staff.

Go Rocks. Let the bandwagoners jump off now to open up seats for us others who slide down because we can’t afford the pricey ones. Shoo shoo.

Spring is here and everyday I can walk outside without a jacket on is a good day.

Just a few points of the weekend:

I took time away from the computer to enjoy friends and family. Everyone should do that.

I turned six this weekend. Well at least that’s what the number of candles on the cake said! Yes, that’s the creation in  question and with all loving adoration I was happy my mom could make such a moist chocolate cake.

DSC05382.JPGThe RockyMountain News closed it doors for good on my birthday. This made me very sad.

The Rockies Roadster has been holding up after some minor adjustments in hopes I find the greater problem! So far so good.

My niece played in the final basketball game of the season and did a good job. Let’s just say better than her uncle with his photography job!



The “I don’t know coach look.



And the “It’s crowded do I dribble or shoot look?” 









DSC05473.JPGProgramming note: The 10th editon of Timeoute at the Plate is currently in the works. I hope you’ll come and join in because this edition will be a community affair where the format will change up slightly. I have all confidence it will be a good read and continue in the tradition of the Timeout series. 


  1. juliasrants

    I can’t wait to read the 10th installment. Did I read today that the Rockies signed Mark Belhorn to a minor league contract? I liked the pics of your niece’s game! March Madness starts this weekend for my boys – both their teams are the second seed in their divisions! Gotta love it!


  2. rockymountainway

    Julia- I’m working on getting caught up from the weekend but I’ll look for the Belhorn info.

    Bob- Still in the works big man, but I’ll let you know first when I get ready to post.


  3. Kaybee

    Wow, the 10th sounds interesting! I can’t wait to read it. Glad things are going well for the Roadster! Hopefully you will be able to find the big problem soon! It’s always great to pretend that we are a lot younger that we really are, huh?

  4. rockymountainway

    Kaybee- Well I’m ok not being six! And I hope the problem shows up soon too.

    Jen- I’m sure the pigtails kept her aerodynamically superior : )


  5. rrrt

    I didn’t realize Sal Fasano had signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies. Does he still have the huge mustache? His Phillies tenure was pretty short, only 50 games or so, but the fans seemed to like him here.
    I’ll be looking forward to the tenth Timeout installment! In the meantime send some of that warm weather this way!
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  6. Kylie

    Jeff of RSBS, Jeff Francis had shoulder surgery and is probably out for the year.
    Tom, your niece looks exactly like I did when I was her age. EXACTLY. At least, from what I can see in that picture.
    Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

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