KUSA - There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes with every professional sports team, including a key component fans hear little about: strength and conditioning. What players do when they aren't on the field is just as important as what they do on it, and the guy who heads up that department for the Rockies is quite the character.
Brian Jordan's voice bellows through the Rockies spring training facility. He's been with the Rockies for 15 years, including the last six with the big league club.
The players love his strength and conditioning philosophy.
"It's not a cookie cutter generic exercise program (where) everybody does the same thing," says outfielder Charlie Blackmon. "It's player specific even from outfielder to outfielder."
They also love his personality.
"Yeah, he does a good job of making it loose and making it fun," smile outfielder Michael Cuddyer. "He kind of brings together the team unity and comradery."
Every morning in Scottsdale, Jordan works two jobs: he gets guys warmed up and also helps players get to know each other.
"So some of you have probably heard this story, I haven't," yells Jordan as a rookie with a microphone stands on a box in front of the rest of the team. "I just got wind of it. So, take us back into your youth, and don't lie."
The story that follows is one that stays on the field and not retold in print or any other form. Other Jordan quips are family friendly, like how he divides up running for sprints. Sometimes it's by how much players have spend on their cars.
"$350,000 or more," Jordan calls out. Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Morneau start to run. Jordan continues lowering the price until he gets to the bottom and four guys remained standing.
"Don't own anything... GO!"
None of the four move.
"What am I missing?" Jordan asks.
One player speaks up and says his parents own his car.
"Well you don't own it, you should run.... PARENTS own your vehicles, GO!" Jordan shakes his head and mutters "Golly!"
Let the ribbing behind. Professional baseball players with cars from mom and dad. Charlie Blackmon isn't ashamed.
"Oh I don't care," Blackmon smiles. "A 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, best vehicle ever made."