|Maybe it's time to turn the page on the Tulowitzki era.|
If the disrespect of an owner, if the excuses of a front office, if the abysmal play on the field, if the lack of depth to fill in isn't all enough to drive a Rockies fan insane, the inevitable truth of Troy Tulowitzki should be the straw that breaks the camels back.
On Wednesday after the Rockies lost yet again, Thomas Harding, who does a great job covering the Rockies for MLB.com, announced that Tulowitzki would not be returning to the field in 2014 after receiving a diagnosis of a torn hip labrum that will require surgery.
It's that time, Rockies fans. It's time to throw your hands in the air and give up. That doesn't mean that it is time to stop being a fan of this team. A real fan is always going to root for their team. However, it is time to stop expecting good things. It is time to accept that this team won't be a contender in one year, two years, or probably for the next half of a decade, at least.
Many fans are rooting for this team to lose 100 games in order to get some much needed change, but many other longtime fans are hoping for the team to avoid the woeful record because they are one of the few teams in Major League Baseball that has never had that dubious of a season.
It's tiring. It's really hard to watch this 2014 season. It simply won't get any better. This team continues to look worse-and-worse every single day. It is hard to watch. It has fans everywhere rooting for October to get here quickly to put another terrible season to bed.
To try and pinpoint what is wrong with the Rockies is exhausting. Almost everyone realizes that the issues start at the top of this franchise and work their way through every inch of the organization. It impacts the ownership on down to the scouts and the cross-checkers.
The only thing that could make the 2014 season worse is if, when it is all said and done, the front office points to Tulowitzki's injury as one of the reasons that this season has been a failure. If the Rockies believe that they would have been a good team with Tulowitzki in the lineup the entire season, the fan base must remind them through whatever means possible, that the season was long over, even with Tulowitzki in the fold.
Pointing out all of the issues the Rockies have is simply redundant. This is a team, this is a business, that is in serious need of leadership change. This is a franchise that needs to hit the reset button. They need to go back to the drawing board.
For some fans it may be difficult to hear, but it might be time to trade Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. At this point, both of their values are far below what they have been in the past, but this team needs to start fresh, and ridding themselves of anything that resembles the past three seasons is a great way to start. Losing someone of Tulowitzki's ilk, and someone with the potential of Gonzalez might not be fun, but the band-aid must be pulled off.
The false hope that comes with the two superstars is enough to get Rockies fans excited enough to buy into an early winning streak, or a really good month. It is enough to make fans believe that the front office might actually be functional. The best thing for the Rockies now is simply to acknowledge that it is time to start over and find someone who can evaluate minor league talent. Look for someone who knows prospects better than anyone else and start this franchise over.
Make no mistake, Troy Tulowitzki is a once-in-a-generation player. His talent is top shelf. It is hard to imagine that anyone will play a better shortstop and hit better than he does in a Rockies uniform anytime soon. However, it is time for the Rockies to put that behind them and start building from within, and really building. The Rockies need to truly figure out who they want to be.
This might be a good time for the Rockies to re-image their brand. This might be a time for them to shed their reputation of a all-hit, no-pitch organization. After 22 years of flailing as an organization focused on mashing the ball, it might be a good time to explore a different brand of baseball at Coors Field. It might even re-invigorate a fan base that is tired of watching a completely inept bullpen continue to blow baseball games night-in and night-out.
At this point, losing Tulowitzki in the offseason would be a tough pill to swallow for Rockies fans, but starting over is probably the best option. The thing is, if Tulo is no longer in purple pinstripes, there had better be a different guy in charge of who is wearing that uniform.
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