Thursday Rockpile: "Denver, Colorado. Hello."

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I'm going full Larry King style for today's Rockpile. If you're too young to remember Larry King's insanely rambling USA Today column, or even who Larry King is, well, that's your loss.

Walt Weiss offered some insight into his three-year extension as Rockies manager, explaining that it sends a message of stability to the players. As Weiss told Thomas Harding, "We're trying to build something here..." Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to build a treehouse, and he will live in your backyard.

Newly-retired Todd Helton is trying his hand at rodeo by attending a school in Tucumcari, New Mexico. "No bull riding, though. I am not ready for that..." Urban Cowboy was cheated at The Oscars...

It's Carlos Gonzalez's 28th birthday... He shares his birthday with Arthur Miller, writer of the hilarious screwball comedy, Death of a Salesman. (Disclaimer: I've never seen it.)...

Rene Lachemann is taking over as catching coach. Jerry Weinstein will move to an unspecified player development role. Lachemann will also handle defensive positioning next year, and will maintain his responsibilities for humorously berating children between innings...

Manuel Corpas is off the Rockies' 40-man roster, but would like to re-sign with the team as a free agent... Really though, no man is a free agent, but is "as causally bound as the stars in their motion..."

Beyond the Rockies, there's new insight into the origin of the red numbers on the front of the Dodgers' uniforms... MLB is taking a stand against bullying on this Spirit Day... And Game 5 of the ALCS is tonight with Jon Lester facing Anibal Sanchez...

If I were to add one unwritten rule to baseball, it would be "Left Turn Yield on Green..."

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