Thursday, August 8, 2013

Colorado Rockies wave the white flag but they won't admit it

Dick Monfort either thinks Rockies fans are dumb, or it's the other way around.
The Colorado Rockies headed into game 10 of 10 on a pathetic road trip needing a win. Whether they are in the race or not, no team wants to go 1-9 on a road trip. Well, no team besides the Rockies, apparently.

Adding insult to injury, the Rockies "tried" to avoid a three game sweep at the hands of the Mets by putting a lineup on the field that looked more like a split-squad road game in the middle of March during spring training. Six of the nine starters weren't on the Opening Day roster.

The Rockies had an outfield that consisted of Charlie Culberson, a lifetime infielder who is just learning the outfield in left, Corey Dickerson, a rookie who made his big league debut six weeks ago, and Charlie Blackmon in right, another player doing a good job earning a big league roster spot, but not exactly an All-Star.

With Dexter Fowler on the bench, it would make sense to leave Troy Tulowitzki on the bench as well, right? Apparently so. Jonathan Herrera was penciled in at shortstop. If Jordan Pacheco was available to play first base, it is almost certain that Michael Cuddyer would have had the day off as well.

The day these guys got their start was also the day that the Rockies called Jeff Manship to the big leagues to make his Rockies debut in place of injured right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Manship apparently arrived in New York City at 5 am to make the spot start. Manship was the available pitcher in Triple-A and was lucky enough to get the call. He possessed a 6-8 record in Colorado Springs with a 4.85 ERA.

Major League Baseball teams have been rolling get-away day lineups out onto the field. It is a chance to rest up the everyday guys and get the guys on the bench four at-bats and keep their rhythm. So why does it matter that the Rockies did it on Thursday?

The answer comes down to the fact that just three days prior, Rockies owner Dick Monfort told that he believed, and he knows that the guys in the clubhouse believe, that the Rockies are just one good run away from being back in contention. Well, if that is true, shouldn't a team that is 12 games out of the race with 47 games to play be putting tiredness aside and realizing that their backs are up against the wall? Shouldn't they be playing with a sense of urgency, realizing that they essentially have to play .800 baseball the rest of the way to actually have a chance? There simply aren't enough games remaining in the season to give guys a rest. The best lineup has to be on the field every day.

The frustration for Colorado Rockies fans with the front office boils down to confusion. Make no mistake, very few Rockies fans are delusional enough to actually believe that the team has a shot to go to the postseason. However, when the owner states that the team is still in the race, then just three days later watches his team roll out the lineup that the Rockies did on Thursday, fans feel lied to.

Fans don't like feeling like an owner or a member of the front office is intentionally being deceptive to his paying customers. Of course Monfort and the rest of the front office aren't going to admit that they have given up on this season. However, there are ways to say that games are still important without alluding to a postseason run.

The comment is a 180 degree difference from the message that is being sent from the team on the field. Monfort having the gall to say those things and expect fans to believe it is a slap in the face to the intelligence of those who have invested time and money into this team.

Then comes the scary part. What if Monfort isn't saying those things to placate fans? What if he actually believes it? What if he thinks that this team really does still have a chance? Is he that ignorant to the game of baseball that he is simply waiting for the end-of-year run?

If Monfort is smug and thinks that fans will love hearing his optimism and not actually do the math and realize that this team is out of it, he should be ashamed of himself. There are far too many good baseball fans in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region that know the game enough to know that his statement was ridiculous.

Unfortunately, however, the first option is far better for Rockies fans than the latter. If Monfort actually believes there is still a chance, the Rockies are in real trouble. If he doesn't understand the game enough to know that this team is neither good enough to go to the postseason, nor close enough in the race to make a comeback, then he has no business hiring, and ultimately firing, the guys who are making the decisions. If he were to decide that the Bill Geivett/Dan O'Dowd combination isn't good enough, who would he even interview? Would he even know who other potential general manager candidates are?

Maybe the answer to the O'Dowd era lasting as long as it has finally has been answered. O'Dowd has the easiest job in baseball because he can make excuses every year, come up with hair-brained ideas like the piggy-back pitching situation of 2012 and the altitude-causes-injuries-to-pitchers-arms excuse. Anything O'Dowd says must be true, because he knows baseball.

If Monfort is truly ignorant to how baseball works, no record will be bad enough for the owner to clean house. He wouldn't know what to do next. Instead, he buys into the excuses and thinks he has great men in charge.

The only hope for Rockies fans is that Monfort thinks that his fan base is stupid, and that the opposite of that isn't true.

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  1. PATHETIC... Is Walt Weis filling out the lineup or is it Bill Geivett?

  2. if Monfort isn't stupid......
    what he is saying is...
    f u Colorado.

  3. Monfort slowly killing MLB in Denver.

  4. Wow, so happy to have MLB in Denver. Its just an absolute shame that the ownership is more about putting money in their pockets than a winner on the field. However with that being said, THE PROBLEM IN COLORADO IS THE FANS' FAULT. Yes thats what I said it is the FANS' FAULT. If they can sell between 30 and 40 thousand seats per game in the middle of the week when the team is sucking as bad as this one is, what motivation does the ownership have to change anything??
    If the fans will pay over and over for what this team is producing we are getting what we deserve!!

  5. I didn't think this team was going to win the world series this year but the amount of suck they have been putting up is pretty terrible.

    Tulo, Cuddyer, Fowler, and Cargo and we can't put up more then 2 runs.

    I'm not super angry at the AAAA lineup they up out their yesterday because the above guys can't get it done either.

    Really the Monforts should sell the team if they can't put a decent front office together.

    The Monforts and their cronyism will ruin the club.

  6. Why do these "SUPER STARS" need a day off They actually do something about 1-2 hours per game and get paid enormous salaries. Let them try doing some real work such as Construction or Foundry work.

  7. It's truly time for the Monforts to sell the team to someone who knows what they're doing and is willing to part with "family" (Dan "the dud" O'Dowd)

  8. I hate to think this, but I really believe Dick Monfort still thinks this team has a chance this year. He just doesn't understand how special and unusual a run like the one in 2007 was. He wants to believe in a General Mgr. who just doesn't have that special touch. There are other small market teams that finally make a good run (see this year's Oakland A's). We should have more solid years, where the Rockies at least contend for the west division.
    I really want to see Monfort either get a proven general manager who knows how to deal for value, or sell the Rockies. Colorado fans deserve a better product on the field. I just hope he doesn't hold this team until he has run it into the ground to the point MLB disappears from Denver. He is not to far off from doing just exactly that.

  9. Monfort will kill MLB in Denver.......
    Will he perversely enjoy doing that......
    Laughing all the way to the bank....
    Smirking at the rubes who payed good money for a carney show.

  10. How much more $$$ does the Dick need to stockpile before he has enough for himself and would consider selling the team to someone who actually realizes this could be a baseball team??? The "boys" of this team don't have balls, baseball or otherwise from the top on down!! SO FRUSTRATING TO WATCH this demise day after day, season after season.

  11. Good to see baseball fans getting mad. The Monforts will never sell the team. If you had a money tree growing in your yard, would you cut it down?

  12. What is worse...a cheap owner or a delusional one?

    I tend to believe we have the latter and the stuff that comes from this guy's pie hole is laughable.

    Unfortunately, I do believe we are stuck with this turd for a long time. It is almost sad that we probably got one the top 5 most inept owners in baseball.

  13. Was yesterday any worse than about the last two months or so. Yesterdays starting pitcher gave up two runs. The Rockies got three runs in three games against the Mets. While the pitching for the Rockies has not been great, at somepoint wouldn't it be nice if they would score some runs. Why don't they try to get base hits, walks, etc. If the other teams starting pitcher knows they are going to always try to hit they ball out of the park, why would he give them anything that they can hit out of the park. They will get a game where they score 8-9-10 runs, maybe two in a row, then it is back to 0-1-2 for a week and a half. I don't think with the current players that any pitching coach is going to change them. (this include Tulo). I don't think they need to clean house.

    1. It is bad all around. Monfort and O'Dowd, are the best at creating a failed operation. Walt Weiss is just a pathetic pawn.
      The players:
      The relief pitchers have gave away far too many games, and Walt Weiss just left them in there until the game was far out of hand.
      On offense, even the best, Tulo, Cargo, everyone, watches the good stuff go by without a whisper of a swing, but then swings at junk. It appears they are being told when to swing and when not. So, are they being set up for failure. Yes, and everyone of them is playing into it, all the way down from Monfort to the bat boy.