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Playing gritty bingo with Walt Weiss

Nov 12, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

Colorado Rockies Photo Day

Patrick Saunders wrote a column in the Denver Post about new Rockies manager Walt Weiss. A word cloud from the piece, some from Saunders, some from other players or managers, some from Weiss himself:

  • “Dirty”
  • “Gritty”
  • “caked with infield dirt”
  • “cheeks streaked with a mixture of sweat and eye black”
  • “a blue-collar player, blue-collar all the way”
  • “ultimate professional”
  • “down-and-dirty player”
  • “an intense competitor”
  • “intense competitor”
  • “a grinder guy”

Just in case you weren’t clear on how the story lines in Colorado were going to be framed next season.

I would love it, though, if one day I saw a player referred to as “kind of a white collar guy” who “keeps his jersey clean” and is “a moderate competitor.”

  1. kiwicricket - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    One of my most vivid Weiss-ism’s is when ESPN used to harp on about that ragged, fungal spore producing glove of his. Even the glove he used had to be gritty.
    And if I remember correctly, a ball blew through the webbing in an important game…

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    reminds me of a headline in the Onion a few years back: Darin Erstad Grounds Into Gritty, Veteran Inning-Ending Double Play

  3. paperlions - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    All of those things are great, really, they are….but talent, that is actually the most important thing teams need. Is it best to have both? Of course, but a grit-challenged talented team will win a lot more games than a gritty talent-challenged team.

  4. personalspaceinvader - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Yes, but is he a good clubhouse guy? I had Tracy ranked at a 1.8 CHGAR (Club-House Guy Above Replacement). Instead of their lack of effective pitching (which has been overblown), the 2012 Rockies suffered from a dramatic loss of Veteran Grit Over Replace Player (VGORP) when Tulowitzki went down.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Dusty Baker just tried to sign him to play Shortstop.

  6. rjmarrella - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    In Philly, Dale Murphy appeared on posters with Dykstra and they were titled “Mr. Clean and Mr. Dirty”

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