The Colorado Rockies don't care. That much is evident. Caring is one thing, self-respect is another. These Rockies don't even care if they are thoroughly embarrassed.
The first thing many people argue is that it is not fair to assume that professional athletes, who dedicate their lives to a sport that they love, don't care. At this point, it's safe.
If they cared, things would be different on the field. If they cared, being down about the losses when they talk with the media after the games would start to turn into getting mad about the losses. Down doesn't change performance, that much is certain. Anger does. Unfortunately, this bunch could care less about doing anything about it.
Sure, the argument can be made that this team is plagued with injuries. It is easy to suggest that without Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton on the field for the past five games, the Rockies don't stand much of a chance. The only problem with that argument is that the lack of interest in the games didn't start last Thursday. The lack of interest began in May, long before the Rockies were out of the playoff race.
If the Rockies had been playing the game hard all season long and were having the same struggles that they currently are, it would make sense to blame the injuries. The injuries aren't the issue. The issue is this team is dreaming of where they are going on vacation next month.
To a certain extent, it is understandable. The frustration has to be at an all-time high in the clubhouse. This team has to be exhausted from trying to find a way to get wins and being unsuccessful. The only problem with their effort was that it was in the wrong direction. They put pressure on themselves early instead of relaxing, and they relaxed when they should have put pressure on themselves.
On Monday night, facing yet another embarrassment, the Rockies nearly outdid themselves. Subtract one swing of the bat from Mark Ellis and the Rockies would have become the first no-hit victims of the San Diego Padres. The only question is, would anyone in the clubhouse have cared? The sense of urgency seems long-since gone. It is sad. It is a slap in the face to the fans.
It is going to take a huge move in the offseason to gain many of the fans back. After a horribly disappointing season that could, in all reality, end up in a last place finish, the Rockies are going to have to do something drastic. All of the fans that believed in them going into spring training are bitter. All of the people who paid hard-earned money in a very tight economy to buy tickets and go to games are going to bail. Getting fans back is not going to be easy.
The reality is, this 2011 season is by far the worst season in the history of this club, and the reality is, this team is closer to three years of rebuilding than contending. The road to redemption is not going to be an easy one, and there will be many fan casualties along the way.