Thomas Harding is the Rockies beat reporter for www.mlb.com and I always enjoy seeing him in the Coors Field press box. Ask Thomas how he's doing and he's sure to reply, "Feeling fresh, feeling clean."
I dropped that once on scout Ed "Hendu" Henderson and he immediately knew I was doing an impression of Thomas.
I sent Thomas some questions which he answered promptly. So I thank him for that. I probably should buy him a pre-game dinner at Coors Field this season but since the Rockies charge $12 per meal I probably won't!
If you want to read some quality stuff on the Rockies, be sure to check out Thomas Harding's work at: http://www.coloradorockies.com and follow him on twitter at: https://twitter.com/harding_at_mlb.
1) How does a baseball writer prepare for the long season ahead?
I just try to get a handle on the storylines going into the season, at the same time realizing it's a long season and new stories will pop up.
2) What is the toughest part of your job?
Just the grind of it -- spring training, then a 162-game season. Sometimes it's actually easier in season than out of season.
3) Did you have a favorite writer growing up?
Don't know that I had a favorite baseball writer. I loved the old Sport magazine. It tackled a lot of issues in sports -- late 60s, 70s, 80s. It all meant a lot.
4) Which baseball writers do you enjoy reading today?
That's an interesting question. I like the game stories by Henry Schulman, but do I have writers that are must reads? Not really. I like stories. Some good stories were wrtten by people who are hosehold names, some were written by men or women I've never heard of.
5) Over the years, who has been your favorite Rockies player to deal with?
Todd Helton is up there, and there have been a few others. I like vetreans, those who have lived. It's hard finding those guys because they live in a different world than we do. It's not their fault. But someone who is aware of the world and is able to stay in touch with that world is someone I enjoy.
6) Complete the following sentence, the Rockies will have a good season if....
All the pitching falls into place, which means everyone must come back from injury and every kid must grow up and not take a step back. Even then, they have a lot of guys coming off their first good years. Sometimes players take a step back the following year because the league has figured them out. A good number of Rockies guys are going to have to follow up one good year with another.
7) Other than Coors Field, what is your favorite Major League ballpark to visit?
I love PNC Park, mainly because I love Pittsburgh, about five hours from where I grew up. (Bluefield, West Virginia)
8) Did you have fun with this hard hitting interview?
Boy, I needed two towels to wipe up the sweat after that soul-baring interview. Thank you.
No Thomas, "Thank YOU!"