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Hancock's happy and he lets you know it

If you’re not into Twitter, I get it. It can be a little much at times.

But if you’re looking for a reason to explore the world of social media, look no further than Kyle Hancock.

The Colorado Rockies’ minor league pitcher, who spent last summer with the Tri-City Dust Devils rehabbing an injured shoulder, is the reason Twitter was created. (follow him at hancock5954).

Here’s a few highlights from the last month:

Dec. 12: “Let me crush these legs real quick...” (before a workout)

Dec. 9: “No throwing partner today. Sully just informed me that (Sean Jarrett) was playing catch with the back of Wal-Mart ... I’ll try that out today.”

Dec. 9: “Well I thought I was going to throw with Wal-Mart until I drove behind it and found out there was no room behind the store.”

Dec. 9: “Chain length is my throwing partner it looks like.”

But my favorite tweet from Hancock came this summer, after he came out of the theater after watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

“Those apes are crazy!!”

Anyway, I sent him a little note today to let him know I was still enjoying his tweets, and he responded right away. We went back-and-forth on Twitter for a while, but since the medium is limited to 150 characters, I decided to give him a call and find out how he’s doing.

First off, he’s already done with his Christmas shopping, which is a great accomplishment in itself.

But Hancock has also been working hard to come back from surgery on a torn labrum before last season. After nearly a year of not throwing, he’s been able to get back on the horse.

“My strength is 100 percent. I actually just started throwing two weeks ago,” he said. “I’m a little more anxious than most people. They’ve only got me throwing three days a week, and I’m checking in with (Dust Devils trainer Andy) Stover as far as the progression.”

Hancock had a chance to attend the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas recently and got to rub elbows with several former major leaguers.

“I don’t think people understand that it is open to the public. Anybody can go down there, and the people down there are unbelievable,” he said. “I met (former MLB All-Star John ) Kruk, and (Hall of Fame manager) Tommy Lasorda came over while my agent and I were having lunch.

“Even though I haven’t reached the pinnacle, at the end of the day it’s a fraternity. Kruk played in the minor leagues (in Walla Walla, actually), so he knows what it’s like to be there.”

Hancock, who inspired several Dust Devils teammates to wear a mullet last season, also let me in on a little secret:

“Oh, and by the way ... Just started my new mullet ... Getting an early start ... Told you about it first,” he tweeted.

Thanks for the scoop, buddy.

And have a great holiday season. God bless us, every one.