The beauty of Twitter is that you have direct access to anyone at the click of a button. I almost got comedian Andy Dick on the South Stands Denver fancast because of Twitter. Dexter Fowler gave me a wink once for something cheeky I said, and recently Pete Prisco was kind of enough to utter his catchphrase, “There, I said it” for us. Twitter is great because if a famous person decides to interact with you, it’s always fun and makes us realize just how small of a world we live in.
So when ex-major leaguer Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) mentioned something about hiring a bench coach on his Twitter feed, I saw it as an opportunity to ask him about the Rockies search for a manager. Canseco’s feed, a wild mix of bravado and unintentional comedy, is the perfect place to ask such a question because we all knew what the answer would be: of course he’d be interested. He jokingly said about interviewing, “yes next week” but as soon as other people picked up on the idea, Canseco said “if Giambi got an interview why not me(?)”.
And indeed, why not him? Giambi has been with the organization for a couple of years now, so we know he would be a natural choice based on management’s almost pathological need to hire from within. But even as wild an idea as hiring Canseco seems, the Rockies could do worse. And even though they won’t do it, bringing in Canseco for a little sit down would be the greatest thing possible for snarky bloggers, critical columnists and pot-stirring radio hosts. Canseco may be MLB poison since he sang his heart out in his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big about steroid use in baseball, but the Rockies are in need of a hitting coach and despite his admitted performance enhancing drug use, the man could sure hit a baseball. If there isn’t room for Jose Canseco on a major league coaching staff, just what is there room for?
We hope he applies. It would add the absurdity of the already ridiculous Rockies organization, would give us plenty to talk about and might just be one of the better decisions a clueless team could make.