CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Walt Weiss, manager of the Colorado Rockies, lives atop a plateau overlooking Castlewood Canyon, 40 miles south of his Coors Field office. A twisting dirt road, lined with red-topped signs warning trespassers and hunters to turn around, leads to the white automated fence at the foot of his street. His estate, spread across 73 acres, looks out on rim rock, dam ruins and the sun-beaten Creek Bottom Trail. “Most of the people in our neighborhood got horses, but I wouldn’t know what to do with a horse,” Weiss says. “So I was thinking, it would be cool to build a baseball field. At first, I was going to put a natural surface infield. Started out as a real small project.” Neighbors weren’t thrilled, but the project only grew. Weiss constructed an entire ballpark, replete with lights and FieldTurf. Then came fences: 305 feet down the lines, 345 in the gaps and 365 to dead center. When his son Brody was in the sixth grade, Weiss allowed two high school travel teams to play a game on the field. Last spring, when Weiss took the reins as manager of Brody’s team at Regis Jesuit High in nearby… Read full this story
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