Rockies resting Blackmon after All-Star Weekend
Rockies manager Walt Weiss gave outfielder Charlie Blackmon a night off from the starting lineup on Friday, figuring he could use a break after his first trip to the All-Star Game.
Weiss could identify with Blackmon. Weiss represented the Braves in the 1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field — where Weiss had played while with the Rockies. Although the All-Star festivities were not quite as all-consuming as now, going back home for an All-Star Game was a busy time for him.
“My plan coming out of the break was I was going to let Charlie Blackmon catch his breath a little bit,” Weiss said. “It was probably a whirlwind for him.
“I went to an All-Star Game when I was in Atlanta and I was older. But I remember Bobby Cox telling me it was a very eventful three days, four days for me back in Denver. When the second half started I wasn’t in the lineup. I kind of took something from that. It actually was real good timing for me.”
— Thomas Harding