|The bad news keeps coming for Colorado Rockies fans.|
Former Rockie Eric Young, Jr., however, did get the job done. He made a brilliant catch to rob Todd Helton of an RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 6th inning, then scored from second base on an infield single from Juan Lagaras.
There is plenty to critique from the game on Tuesday. However, the loss was only the second most troubling bit of news for Rockies fans.
During a visit to the MLB Fan Cave in New York City, Dick Monfort had a quick interview with MLB's Mark Newman. The answers to the interview questions were troubling to say the least for anyone who believes that this team is only a step or two away from being a winner.
The interview focuses on the way social media has helped the Rockies reach their fans, but then gets into the 2013 season and how the Rockies have been playing.
"We've had some injuries, but we've just gotten into a rut where we don't have a lot of confidence...our guys believe they can go on a run and get back in this race, and I think they can too," said Monfort. "It's got to start somewhere; hopefully it starts tonight."
"But you know what? We've seen it happen before. We've seen it with other teams. The Dodgers were struggling for a while and looked awful...we've really played pretty decent games, other than three games in Atlanta."
Why are these comments so troubling for Rockies fans? It proves that Monfort has bought into the O'Dowd excuses. It shows that he is nothing more than a casual baseball fan. He enjoys the game, but he doesn't know the game. He doesn't understand how it works. When he watches baseball, to him it is the same thing as a movie or a symphony. It is there for entertainment value. How the game ends isn't as important as being entertained.
For an owner to not know the intricacies of the game is perfectly acceptable. The fact is, most owners are better business people than they are baseball fans. To become an owner of a baseball team, the owner had to have made plenty of money in some other field, so being devoted enough to baseball to know the vast details shouldn't be expected.
However, in the Rockies case, this makes for a bad situation. Monfort is, of course, supposed to say the things he said. He has to be politically correct. In this case though, Monfort seems genuine in his comments. He doesn't seem to be pulling any punches.
The first statement, talking about dealing with injuries, shows how ingrained that excuse is to the Rockies front office. When asked about the season the Rockies have had, the first thing Monfort can say is that they have had some injuries? Of course the Troy Tulowitzki injury has hurt the Rockies. There is no denying that. However, what Monfort seems to forget is that for the past two months, the Rockies have been absolutely dead on offense. Lifeless. Sure, Tulowitzki missing from that lineup hasn't helped, but take Tulo out of the situation and the Rockies still have a lineup that features two of the remaining eight All-Star starters in the National League.
For the Rockies to play the injury card, after completely wearing that excuse out in 2012, is absolutely unacceptable. The reality is, with Tulowitzki's injury ending his season in May of 2012, the Rockies should have been prepared for him to be limited in his return. For them not to have a 'Plan B' is completely unacceptable.
The next statements are equally bothersome for different reasons. It proves the point that Monfort and the Rockies front office aren't living in the reality of baseball. Instead of following the old adage that baseball is a marathon, not a sprint, Monfort believes that going on runs is how people win divisions. What he fails to understand is that playing solid, consistent baseball over the course of 162 games is far easier, and far more likely, to get a team to the playoffs.
To explain the third statement is simply impossible. It is a statement that should leave anyone who watches the Rockies day-in and day-out completely speechless. Does Monfort really believe that keeping games close is good enough? He wasn't at all disappointed by a 5-5 homestand against the National League's worst? Those games were close, so they must have been good? The lack of his ability to either see the brutal disappointment, or acknowledge it, whichever it is, is baffling. It is enough to make fans give up hope.
What the interview made clear was that there is absolutely no disgust from ownership in the Rockies season. The expectations are not to win. They are to be entertained. It has been said hundreds of times by outsiders about the Rockies, however, it was easy to deny, not wanting to believe that an owner would truly see his team as strictly entertainment, with results not even secondary, but more disappointing, not even on the priority list at all.
For Rockies fans, the light at the end of the tunnel isn't getting closer. In fact, the train is headed in the opposite direction of the light. The hole that the Rockies are in is deep, but there is no forward progression. It starts at the top and trickles all the way down, and it isn't going to change anytime soon.
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