It’s easy sometimes to forget that the professional athletes we follow on the baseball diamonds and sports fields around the country are people like anyone else, with as diverse a set of interests and talents as any group of people. The Colorado Rockies aren’t and haven’t been an exception. Here’s a look at some of the Rockies personnel that might make for a great non-baseball talent show.
1. Ryan Spilborghs. Talent: Interviews
Colorado Rockies fan-favorite outfielder Ryan Spilborghs (2005-2011) was a man of many talents, pleasing Rockies fans with his walk-up music ("Sweet Escape," "Thriller," and "Eye of the Tiger" were all songs Spilly made his appearances to over the years), facial hair, and his fun-loving style on and off the field. Spilly also worked with the FSN Rocky Mountain team increasingly during his tenure in LoDo. A memorable result was his “Spill the Beans” series of awkward interviews with other Rockies players. The interviews are far from insightful, but then that was hardly the point of shooting them. All this messing around belies Spilly’s real talent, though: his skill as an all-around entertainer.
2. Huston Street. Talent: Guitar
While no video of length is available online of former Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street (2009-2011) playing the guitar, we can assume he’s of at least average talent. He busted out the guitar during a 2011 trip to the MLB Fan Cave in New York City.
3. Walt Weiss. Talent: Taekwondo
While he is no longer physically able to really participate in martial arts, Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss was known during his playing days for his interest in taekwondo, and even achieved a black belt. The story is Weiss got involved to stay in shape, but it’s probably safe to assume that didn’t make anyone more likely to mess with him.
4. Michael Cuddyer. Talent: Card Tricks
Michael Cuddyer has been magic at the plate for the Rockies this season, currently leading the competition for the National League batting title. Much has also been made about Cuddy’s talent for card tricks this season. When the Rockies made a trip to New York to visit the Mets, Cuddy visited the MLB Fan Cave, and took his magic tricks to the streets of New York City.
5. Ryan Wheeler. Talent: Beatboxing
As baseball fans across the country learned this week, Rockies prospect Ryan Wheeler has an incredible talent that you’d never see by watching him on the baseball diamond: beatboxing. Wheeler does an incredible job in a YouTube\ video (embedded to the left) covering such diverse songs as Usher’s “Yeah!” and the theme song from the cartoon Doug. Let’s hope he can continue to develop similar talent to be ready to take over a spot on the active roster if and when Todd Helton retires before next season.