I know it's still kind of on the cool side for June, but the hot weather is right around the corner.
That means one thing in the Dave Lemak Clubhouse: there will be no shortage of Otter Pops. At least as long as Charlie Blackmon is around.
Word has it that the Rockies' outfield prospect will keep the team stocked up with the frozen treats — at least the first batch of them — for the balmy days when no relief is in sight. On those days, there isn't much a player wouldn't do to keep things cool.
Last season, when pitching coach Dave Burba would gather his pitchers for clubhouse briefings, the first thing the pitchers would do is head back to the laundry room, where seamstress Paula Ward kept the Otter Pops stashed in a freezer, and grab a handful to hand out to all the players.
I heard they preferred the tropical flavors instead of the original, but that's neither here nor there. I also understand that they sell the extra-large size Otter Pops at Costco. I had no idea. I've been buying the one-ounce size, but apparently they also come in five-ounce sizes.
A good thing just got a little better. I love it when that happens.
Allegedly, it was Blackmon's idea to start stocking Otter Pops for the players back in 2008, but I'm shocked that nobody had thought of it earlier. Then again, Charlie's a pretty smart guy.
Good to know great minds think alike.
I've already got two cases of them in my fridge.
Condolences to Dust Devils manager Freddie Ocasio, a big Boston Celtics fan, after the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals with a Game 7 win over the boys in green.
Ocasio used to be a pretty good player in his day. I told him I was a big fan of Rajon Rondo, the Celtics point guard, and I asked Freddie if he ever played the point.
"No, I liked to shoot," he said. "I can't play anymore. My knees are just too bad."
I still remember doing an interview with first baseman Jeff Kindel back in Ocasio's first year of managing in 2006, and Kindel fancied himself a pretty good basketball player, too. I think Freddie overheard the conversation and started teasing Kindel about taking him on the court.
Unfortunately, it sounds like his playing career on the hardwood is pretty much over.
But I bet he can still play a mean game of H-O-R-S-E.