|Dick Monfort stirred the frustration of Rockies fans on Tues.|
Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton came up with the tying run at third base, and both predictably failed. It was simply par for the course in a season that has shown the true colors of a franchise.
The real news came earlier in the day when the Denver Post published an article penned by beat writer Patrick Saunders. Shocking many fans, and yet, not surprising others, principle owner Dick Monfort expressed his support for both general manager Dan O'Dowd and manager Jim Tracy.
In the article, Monfort said "I know everybody wants a fall guy and everybody wants blood. I just don't think it's appropriate to do."
The confusion begins at this point. What exactly does a statement like that mean? Does he think that having a 'fall guy' means that one single person has to take the blame for an entire organization's faults? What that statement says is that Monfort knows that the issues go beyond just one person, or one coach.
Essentially, Monfort is telling fans that instead of removing part of the problem, one coach, one manager, one general manager, who is part of the issue, it wouldn't be fair because the issues go far beyond that one guy. So, instead of getting rid of the entire problem, Monfort has decided to keep each and every one of those people who comprise the problems because it wouldn't be fair to get rid of just one of them.
How much sense does that make?
He went on to say "there is no way that we are as poor of a team as we are playing. And if we are, then I fell in love with our own guys and couldn't look through the forest to the trees. But I don't believe that's the case."
As confusing as that statement is, the only thing to glean from it is that Monfort acknowledges that this team is better than they are playing.
So what we have heard so far is that Monfort knows that the organization has many members who deserve to be fired, so firing just one of them wouldn't be fair to the rest of the incompetence that comprises the Rockies personnel.
Lesson No.2 is that Monfort knows the team is not playing to their talent level. In fact, he suggests that if they are, it is his fault, but he doesn't believe that to be the case. Well, if the team isn't playing to their capabilities, then why is that acceptable to continue on with the status quo?
Monfort takes blame for the team if they aren't as good as he thought. He then quickly makes it clear that that isn't the case. So, if it's not his fault, as he suggests that it's not because of the fact that he believes the talent is there, then whose fault is it? And why does the person, or people, who are at fault not have to take blame for the failures of this team?
Do these statements confuse anyone else?
Ultimately, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that the Rockies are run by the "good-old boys club." Has Monfort become too accepting of the faults of the people that he has put in place to do a job because they are his friends. It would make sense. No one likes to call out their friends. No one likes to risk a friendship, one that most likely extends to the families of those friends.
So instead of holding the bar high and seeking the best out of those around him, Monfort has decided to accept mediocrity. He has decided that keeping his friendships is more important than putting a winning team on the field.
What we learned from Monfort's interview with the Denver Post is that the losers are not the players on the field, the manager in the dugout or the general manager in the front office, the losers are the fans. The fans who have so emphatically supported this franchise since it arrived in Denver in 1993. It is the same fans who weathered the rebuilding years, stood by during the Darryl Kile, Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle debacles, and helped pay for a stadium that continues to line the Monfort brothers pockets.
I have long been a supporter of the Monforts. When fans complained about them not wanting to win, I quickly disagreed. I felt that the team wanted to win, they just didn't want to be a knee-jerk reaction type of franchise that has set other teams like the New York Mets back. I appreciated the patience. That patience gave fans the opportunity to fall in love with players as the grew up on the big league field.
However, blindly supporting mediocrity makes it tough to defend these owners.
Dick Monfort didn't have to come out and say that he is going to fire everyone who ever donned a purple Rockies shirt to work at Coors Field, but expressing a little more disappointment in where this team has found itself might have gone a long way for a fan base that is demanding answers and getting nothing in response.
A little passion from the top would tell fans that the important pieces of the Rockies franchise is not alright with where this season is going. Monfort doesn't have to fire anyone, but he really dropped the ball in showing that he was more upset about the disappointment than the fans.
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