Thursday, July 10, 2014

Colorado Rockies at a crossroads after Dick Monfort feels the heat

Dick Monfort is being forced to understand Rockies fans frustration.
The statement has been made, and it seems like the message is clear.

Patrick Saunders sat down with Dick Monfort on Tuesday afternoon to do an interview in which Saunders asked some very pointed questions. Monfort was gracious enough to do the interview, but the results were probably not what he was looking for.

While Monfort is a seemingly very good man, the one thing that he lacks more than baseball knowledge is eloquence. The Colorado Rockies owner came across very disconnected. He seemed displeased with the current results on the field, but clearly had no idea how those results came about.
The situation prompted a fan from Grand Junction to post to Twitter the response that he got from a response survey he took after driving his family four hours across the mountains to spend their 4th of July at Coors Field.


In a one-sentence response with no punctuation and words missing, Monfort told the fan that if he doesn’t like the experience of Coors Field, then don’t come.

That post, which included Monfort’s email address, caused hundreds of fans to put in their two cents. Many posted their email, along with Monfort’s response, to Twitter and Facebook. While some were worded well and drove the point home well, others were disrespectful and probably out of line. However, one thing is clear, if Dick Monfort believed that status quo was going to be fine for another year, he doesn’t believe that now.

Rockies fans have made it clear that they are tired of the same old song and dance. They are tired of hearing about how great of a baseball guy Dan O’Dowd is, how injuries de-railed the season once again, and they are tired of hearing about how great the guys down on the farm are. 

The reality is, talking about the prospects on the farm is something that can always be used as an excuse. One crop of prospects comes up and fails at the big league level, point to the guys at Double-A currently. When those guys fail at the big league level, there will be a whole new group of prospects on the farm to help raise the hope for the fans.

Monfort’s knowledge of baseball is clearly not much higher than average. He spits out statements that seem like a regurgitated version of something that he heard the other guys in the front office talking about. He sounds like a little brother who was listening in on a serious conversation that his older brother and friends were having, then tried to repeat it to someone else as if he knew something important.

Many fans were upset that Monfort points the finger at himself. He doesn’t blame O’Dowd or Geivett for the failures, he blames himself. Fans out for blood want the guillotine to fall on O’Dowd’s head and want nothing less than a blood bath. However, fans need to realize that Monfort is absolutely correct. The issues with this team fall squarely on his shoulders.

When Keli McGregor died in April of 2010, the Rockies were without a president, and had lost a degree of leadership that is clearly hard to even put into words. Monfort stepped into that role and never left it. The intricacies of the game seemed to overwhelm him, so he leaned on the guys in the front office to help him out. The problem is, he has nothing else to judge what they are telling him by.

Monfort’s statements make it fairly clear that he doesn’t go home and watch the west coast games on MLB Network, and he isn’t reading articles on other teams. His baseball knowledge is only about the Rockies and what O’Dowd tells him.

When he says that he is the one failing, he is correct.

O’Dowd is only doing the job that he knows how to do. It isn’t his fault that he is horrible at it, and based on interviews in the past, he seems burned out on it. When he tried to quit, Monfort begged him to stay. It’s not his fault that he isn’t able to do the job, it is Monfort’s fault for leaving him in that role when he is clearly failing miserably at it.

The Rockies are at a clear crossroads. For two-plus decades they have been given a free pass in Denver because everyone is thrilled to have an awesome ballpark in a great place to spend a Colorado summer night. However, this state longs for a winner. They are tired of the excuses, and the free passes have come to an end.

It is easy for Monfort to switch the sports talk radio stations to a different frequency when talk show hosts are bagging on him and his team, but it is nearly impossible to ignore a drove of emails expressing nothing short of pure anger at the way the Rockies have been playing.


If the events of the past couple of days haven’t woken Monfort up to what baseball fans in Denver are demanding, then nothing will. If Monfort doesn’t make serious changes in the offseason, he never will.

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35 comments:

  1. Spot on, David. Check out this gallery of MLB team presidents: http://mlb.mlb.com/photos/gallery.jsp

    Which one of these is not like the others? Monfort is the only team president who is also owner.

    Monfort needs to fire himself from the president role and hire someone baseball savvy like Dombrowski or Kasten to hold the front office accountable and make better baseball decisions.

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    1. Exactly, saying what he did to a fan that drove 4 plus hours from out-of-state, is absolutely flabbergasting!! Are you kidding me Monfort!! Really!! get a Clue!!

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    2. Just and FYI - Grand Junction is in Colorado on the western slope.

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    3. And so What!!

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    4. Monfort uses the Rockies as a tax write off for his meat packing company, and that's why nothing changes. Hire me, I'll kick ass and let players, especially pitchers know about the openings in Class A ball. That's how Billy Martin did it when I pitched for the Minnesota Twins.

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    5. I hate to say I told you so "but I told you so"
      This just what I said last year about Monfort and O'Dowd
      They both need to be gone at least O'Dowd
      Monfort needs to step down as President and find somebody that can do the job and completely get rid of O'Dowd
      and find someone that can do the job
      I haven't been to a game in years And won't even watch them on TV anymore until something changes

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  2. Hoping The twinkies Sweep the Rocks this Wkd!! hA!!!

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  3. In 1994 on Seinfeld, George interviewed for a job with the New York Yankees. His first meeting with Steinbrenner never fails to remind me of our 20-year odyssey with our Colorado Rockies.

    Steinbrenner: “Nice to meet you.”

    George: “Well I wish I could say the same, but I must say, with all due respect, I find it very hard to see the logic behind some of the moves you have made with this fine organization. In the past 20 years you have caused myself and the (city of New York) a good deal of distress as we have watched you take our beloved (Yankees) and reduced them to a laughingstock all for the glorification of your massive ego!”

    Steinbrenner: “Hire this man!”

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  4. they suck and aways have

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    1. How many championships,27!!!!!! How many for the rockies in what 20 years plus??? ))000000000000000

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    2. In 20 years I would guess 1 League Championship win in 2007.
      Boston killed them that year in the World Series, so World Series Championships= 0.

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    3. Um I think he meant the Rockies suck and always have. Leave it to a Yankees fan to bring up championships.

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    4. It's asinine to compare the Rockies with the Yankees. The Rockies are a small market team while the Yankees are a major market team. The Yankees have much deeper pockets more revenue generation capabilities than the Rockies and most likely always will. They can buy their players and championships - the Rockies can't.

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    5. I recall an interleague home stand where the Rockies swept the Yankees.

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    6. Even the current Astros occasionally sweep....

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  5. Dick Monfort doesn't need to make good baseball decisions, my guess is, based on his history, that he doesn't even care about baseball or winning. Dick Monfort cares about the bottom line. When fans in Denver continue to turn out in droves and pay to watch this product why change? Why spend the money to improve the product when the consumer is buying the product as is? As a baseball fan, I hate this this, but how many of us are willing to boycott the games to effect change?

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    1. I agree with you wholeheartedly, Monfort only cares about the bottom line and if they continue to sell out Coors Field game after game, year after year, why change a thing, Monfort is making his money. What the owners need to do is throw Monfort out of the league like the owners in the NBA are trying to do with Sterling. Sell the Rockies to someone that knows something about professional baseball, who truly cares about winning a championship and who has deep enough pockets to get some top flight players in Denver that might make competing for the World Series a possibility.

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    2. I am. I was a season ticket holder for many years but when the Blake St. Bombers left so did I. Haven't been to Coors Field in a decade or more and watch any game on TV if it's not the rockies.

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  6. This whole baseball nation knows O'Dowd is the worst and Monfort is correct in stating this is his fault, because he can't bring himself to fire O'Dowd!

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    1. If you search Dan O'Dowd on FB it pulls up "Fire Dan O'Dowd" as the first choice. And there are only about 20 likes on the page. Would have assumed it would be in the thousands

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  7. I love the Rockies. Watch all their games. Every team has ups and downs and the Rockies have their share. GO ROCKIES!

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    1. You are one of those fans Johnny B. above was talking about. Get a clue.

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    2. If you are still watching the you are getting what you deserve.

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    3. It's called being a "fan"...versus a band wagon jumper. Fans stick with the clubs through thick/thin. Good/bad.

      Maybe Anonymous above should jump a better bandwagon...Yankees or Red Sox...Rockies would be better off without them as a fan

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    4. I have, I love the Cardinals. Talk about a quality organization. Remember Matt Holliday? Somehow I don't think the Rockies are any better off though.

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    5. It's also time to send Tulo packing. Not to help out the rockies but because the best player in BB deserves to play for a better organization. You can see his frustration growing every game.

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  8. I love the Rockies too. That is why I hate what is happening to them. I was there recently to see the Brewers beat them. After the game, one of their fans was going crazy. I told him to calm down. All they did was beat a minor league team. We both laughed but it wasn't funny.

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  9. PITCHING! All the meat packer has to do is go buy some PITCHING. this does not mean trade Tulo or any one else. SPEND THE MONEY AND GET PITCHING.

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    1. Problem is they tried that in the past (Mike Hampton, Neagle) and it backfired miserably. They're afraid to spend on pitching because no one wants to pitch here (with the exception of JDR).

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    2. Yet, they still haven't signed JDR, who had an excellent Coors Field record (something like 40-14 i think). And he is willing to give a home team discount because he loves it here. Why would you not get him extended? Obviously we have no pitching depth here.

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    3. Yes! Goes to show you how the front office thinks. They just assume he'll sign here over the offseason and we'll plug in a few has-beens around him and be fine.

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  10. If the Rockies star players are unhappy with the product, how can the fans be satisfied? The Rockies have never had the ownership the fans deserve.

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  11. Question, what if they brought Helton in at a position in the front office. He has been there pretty much from the beginning and I think he would know more about the team then most. Just a thought

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  12. Any fans that complain about the product on the field but still go to a handful of games, watch a lot on TV and buy a bunch of merchandise.... YOU are part of the problem! No less than 30K fans at a game since 2007! We are telling Monfort that we'll put up with a crap team. It's time that the fans have a say and that won't happen until we show him how much we can hurt his wallet!

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  13. With Mr. Monfort's comments, recently, tells you, exactly what he thinks of the Rockies fans. What I would like to see, all the fans, pick one game, in protest, everyone boycott the game, maybe then, he will start to listen, but then again, why should he, his wallet is full, with all those season ticket holders sales. Just boycott one game.

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