As Walt Weiss sat with his back to a rock-hard wall in the Rockies' dugout, where he has suffered through a summer of bad luck and worse baseball, the 50-year-old manager forced a grin and asked a visitor: "How you doing? You doing better than me? I'm betting you are."

The Rockies have flirted with the ugly possibility of 100 losses all summer long. Weiss has worn every defeat on the long ride from the ballpark to home.

So, as much out of concern for his well-being as morbid curiosity, I made a trip to Coors Field on Tuesday to ask Weiss: Is he in this job for the long haul?

"Define a long time," Weiss replied.

OK, how about next season? Does Weiss want to manage the Rockies in 2015? This franchise wears out managers. Ask Jim Tracy. Or Jim Leyland. Both managers quit on the team and walked away from lucrative contracts.

"Yes, I want to do this in 2015," Weiss said. "Manage next year? Yes."

Despite agreeing to a three-year contract extension last October, Weiss admitted the relentless losing in 2014 has given him restless nights when he struggled to handle the inherent frustration of this job.