Pat’s Points: Twice within the last week Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort has issued statements to fans and the media that makes him look like nothing more than well, a dick.
Apparently public relations is not a strong suit of the Rockies’ owner, nor is sound judgment. Monfort told a frustrated fan through an email, “if product and experience are that bad, don’t come.”
Coors Field is currently the third oldest ballpark in the National League but the experience of traveling to 20th and Blake never gets old. Situated in the heart of downtown Denver and mere steps away from thousands of bars, restaurants and shops, the stadium is a beloved structure that baseball fans enjoy visiting whether the Rockies win or lose.
Fans around these parts are used to losing, but their love for the Rockies team, players, and entire experience never fades. After a scathing letter to the Rockies written by a fan who wished to remain anonymous found its way to Monfort, the owner replied the next day:
“By the way you talk maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise, maybe time for it to find a new home. Thanks”
Is Dick Monfort the new Art Modell or just a jackass? Safe to say that Monfort isn’t going to win any owner of the year votes anytime soon.
The Rockies fell out of contention in the N.L. West by about the time June rolled around but that hasn’t stopped the Purple and Black faithful from entering Coors Field in tremendous numbers. The Rockies currently average 33,480 fans per game which ranks as the fourth highest attendance in MLB; all of this for a team with the worst record since June 1 in the majors.
Listen up Dick: Fans aren’t coming to Coors Field to witness brilliant pitching performances from the plethora of kids that got called up to the bigs when they weren’t ready because the Rockies pitching staff is miserably devoid of talent. They aren’t coming through the turnstiles because the city is loaded with Padres and Diamondbacks fans or because they enjoy watching bad baseball. And fans certainly aren’t coming to Coors Field to fill your pockets even more.
Fans want to believe their team has a shot. They want to relive their dreams and hopes of past generations. They want to watch baseball and celebrate their hometown players all the while enjoying the sights, sounds and kinship that accompanies the ballpark and America’s pastime.
Denver deserves a baseball franchise and a new owner. Move on Dick, the state of Colorado will be better off without you.