|Time for changes in Colorado.|
Perhaps the biggest punishment for a team that has been out of the race for months is having to play out the final string of games. Even three weeks ago, there are things to accomplish and reasons to play hard. The final week of the season, however, has felt like three months. It just won't end.
The season mercifully comes to an end after just three more games. The Rockies have one thing left to play for in the final series. Plain and simple, they must find a way to win just one of the games. If they get swept, which is a strong possibility after showing zero heart in Los Angeles, they will have completed their first-ever 100-loss season.
Many fans have commented how the difference between 99 losses and 100 losses isn't a big deal, but the fact is, the black eye is even worse if the team hits triple digits in losses. The dreaded 100-loss mark is far worse than 99. Sure, it is just one more loss, but 100-losses is the ultimate sign of not just a bad team, but a terrible team. It is the ultimate sign of a team in complete disarray. Even the expansion Rockies of 1993 only lost 95 games.
Whether or not the Rockies lose 100 games or not, if ownership doesn't decide that it is time for major changes in the front office, they might be in for the biggest surprise of their business lives.
The fans of this team have been extremely forgiving. The honeymoon for the Rockies has lasted 20 years. After completing the "Year of the Fan," the fans have had enough. Winning wasn't the most important thing for a town that had been deprived of baseball for so long. Twenty years into Major League Baseball in the state has created a new generation of fans. These fans want a winner. They won't be content with a team that simply shows up and gives them a reason to spend a summer night in a beautiful setting.
These fans are over the excuses. They are tired of a franchise that has consistently had built-in reasons for failure. These fans no longer want to be the underdog. They aren't interested in being lovable losers. These fans want a team that wins, or at least has a chance to win on any given night.
If the front office doesn't change in some way, shape or form, the backlash could be big. This franchise has successfully chased away most of the bandwagon fans that jumped on board during the playoff runs of 2007 and 2009. The fans that remain are loyal, but at some point need to feel like the franchise that they root for, and more importantly, spend money on, has the same desire to win that they do.
If changes aren't made, the 30,000 fans that pour through the gates every night at Coors Field could easily dwindle down to the neighborhood of 15-20,000.
Coors Field used to be entertaining. Even a bad Rockies team put together a lineup that could slug their way back into games. Even if that same team went on the road and struggled, they were entertaining at home. Those days are over. The Rockies simply weren't very entertaining at home in 2012. The pitching staff was so bad that the offense could score as many runs as possible, and the opposition would go right back out and add to their lead.
The Rockies simply need to make changes. The time is now. It isn't time to get rid of a coach or two, or even to fire Jim Tracy and move forward. Full blown changes are in order. It needs to happen to regain their loyal fans trust. They need to show the desire to win. Most fans believe that changing the players won't help this team win as long as the same front office is calling the shots.
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