The All-Star Game is now behind us, and with a few days from actually playing games again, let's examine a question years in the making. Will the Colorado Rockies ever be consistent winners with this ownership group?
Over the last week or so, several troubling stories have come out about owner Dick Monfort and his interactions with a few fans. In one instance, as reported by the Denver Post, Monfort told a fan unhappy with the Rockies' performance after catching a game at Coors Field, "If product and experience that bad don't come!"
Another e-mail that surfaced said, "Maybe Denver doesn't deserve a franchise." Loyal fans of the team, who've only experienced three trips to the postseason in 21 years, would disagree. Those same fans are the ones that account for the Rockies, a team 15 games under .500, ranking fourth in attendance in the NL. Only the Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants have higher attendance numbers, and all of them are proven winners. The Broncos, Nuggets and Avalanche all rank highly, too, and Denver is usually in the discussion for best sports town in America. The fans aren't necessarily frustrated with losing, they're frustrated by having such little hope of winning, as is usually the case for the Blake Street Bombers.
To get back onto the Monforts now, and onto the most troubling bit of news to came out in the last week. When discussing the possibility of finally replacing GM Dan O'Dowd after 15 years and two playoff trips, Monfort said he'd rather keep the front office intact to preserve the Rockies culture.
Read that last part again.
What? Monfort won't make changes to a losing front office in order to keep the culture intact. The culture of losing is tough to escape, just look how long it took the Pittsburgh Pirates. But they tried to make changes and get better. It's ludicrous to say you want to win ball games, but refuse to make changes.
Without change — big change — the Colorado Rockies, and thus some of the best sports fans in the country, will wallow in the stagnant pool of losing.
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