DENVER -- After the first pitch from Walt Weiss landed safely in the glove of his son, Bo, the two met halfway between the mound and home plate, put their arms around one another and walked back to the Rockies' dugout.
It was a dramatically different Father's Day scene for Colorado's first-year manager from the one a year ago, when he was still managing his son's baseball team at Aurora's Regis Jesuit High. His wife, Bo and his youngest son Brock were in a familiar spot watching Walt from the stands. Only this time, instead of the local municipal baseball park, they were sitting in Coors Field.
It was his first Father's Day as a big league manager.
"Last year, I was probably with a Connie Mack team in the summer somewhere in the Denver-Metro area, playing in a doubleheader or playing in some tournament or something," Weiss said. "It's a slight change."
Right fielder Michael Cuddyer, himself the father of a son who is about to turn 5 and twin girls who are 18 months old, also had a few extra eyes on him Sunday.
Cuddyer's son Casey is already following in his father's footsteps.
"He loves baseball, loves everything about it," Cuddyer said with a smile.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.