Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Early reaction to the Colorado Rockies is ridiculous

I get it. You spent big money to go to Opening Day and the Colorado Rockies looked horrible.

Be mad. Be upset. Feel like you got ripped off. Those feelings are all fair. They are all legitimate. However, listen to the radio on Tuesday and the reaction goes beyond just being upset about a bad day at the park.

Fans are genuinely upset. They are genuinely mad that the Rockies got owned by a pitcher well passed his prime. While talk radio is designed for overreactions and blatant extremes, these reactions seem slightly weird.


Four games into the season and comments are being made that suggest the club will be lucky to win 50 games and that this guy or that guy needs was a bad pickup/roster decision.

For years, sports fans in Denver have had an obsession with blaming the Monfort Brothers for the failures that the team has suffered through. That thought has been fed by local columnists who struggle to find actual topics to write about, so they resort to stirring the pot, over and over again.

Those writers stir the pot with whatever the hot topic seems to be. Often, Todd Helton has been the target due to his large contract. These writers will criticize Helton one day, then turn right around and rip on the owners for not spending money the next.

Those thoughts have hardcore Rockies fans shaking their heads. Apparently, however, it has the casual fan agreeing. The casual fan believes that the Rockies should be spending money like the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. They think that the Rockies should have made a run for Albert Pujols.

Of course it would be nice if every free agent was in a hurry to get to Coors Field, but the reality of playing in Denver and in a league with no salary cap, the Rockies aren't going to have the resources to sign the big-name free agent in every offseason.

The lesson that the Rockies learned after the debacle that was the signings of Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle should have shown fans that committing big-time money to a couple of free agents that haven't been proven at Coors Field yet can be devastating.

The other thing that Rockies fans, especially the casual ones, don't like to think about is that fact that the Rockies ticket prices are the 26th highest in baseball. What that means is that for those fans who like to spend some time at Coors Field, but not necessarily watch every pitch of every game, can do so without breaking the bank. The hard working parent who wants to take their family to the ballpark isn't going to drop $250 just to get in.

Make no mistake, there are plenty of things to be upset about through the Rockies first four games. There are plenty of things to be critical of. Being critical does not make someone a bad fan, in fact, the opposite may be true. However, understand the team, understand the moves before being critical.

The worst fan in the world is the fan who complains about how the team is playing, then immediately says something to the effect of "where is Seth Smith anyway?" If you didn't pay attention to what the team did in the offseason, don't complain about them four games in to the season. If you don't agree with the philosophy of the front office, make sure you know what that philosophy is first.

If you do, complain away. Disagree and shout it as loud as possible. Your opinion counts. If you don't pay attention, and only read certain pot-stirring columnists and start following the club only when the hype of signing Peyton Manning dies down, give it at least a month before becoming vocal.

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