St. Louis, MO – Imagine if we were halfway through any given Denver Broncos season, and lets say they were 3-5 or 2-6. It’s happened before, and when it did, local fans were in an uproar and the pressure was on for them to win or else…..Not our Colorado Rockies…..They are this nice little MLB team we have downtown that has a gorgeous ballpark, thousands of fans at each home game, and a cute purple mascot named “Dinger”. Families consistently go to Coors Field to spend quality time with their significant other and their children, as they all enjoy the sunshine and some cotton candy. They cheer for Helton and Tulo, and soak up some rays during the typically great Colorado summers. Win or loss, ah, who really cares? As long as the drinks were cold and the kids behaved, that my friend, is a quality day for most when it comes to watching our Colorado Rockies….Don’t we as fans deserve more than a great ballpark with beautiful summer evenings? This team this year continues to lose and at times, looks embarrassingly bad in doing so. It’s now July, and it’s time to look at the cold, hard facts. After everything I am about to tell you, there is actually one shiny, gold pot at the end of the rainbow…..Broncos training camp begins later this month!
As of today, July 3rd, 2012, the Colorado Rockies are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in all of baseball (30-49). Let’s say they win one and lose one during the next two days, which would put them at 31-50, at the exact halfway point of the season. Double that, and they are on pace for a 62-100 record for 2012. 100 losses, folks…..That has never happened in the almost 20 year history of this franchise. They lost 95 games twice, in 2005 and in their inaugural ’93 campaign. Did that register with you all? This team, this year, is on pace to lose more games than the very first team back in 1993. That team was full of rejects and players other teams didn’t want. That’s how expansion franchises in any sport begin. This team, with CarGo, Tulo, Cuddyer, and Helton, could end up being the worst team in Rockies history EVER. And here come the brutal numbers…..They have given up 459 runs so far, easily most in MLB. Only one other team has given up more than 400. Out of 30 teams, the Rockies pitchers are dead last in ERA, Saves, Complete Games, and Batting Average Against. They also have the most wild pitches and the team is 26th in errors. The relievers have more wins than the starters do, which has happened in the history of MLB only three other times. This is some truly horrifying stuff, people. Historically bad. The worst part about it is that ownership and management don’t seem to know what to do to fix it. If there was a plan in place, I am ok with supporting a losing team at times. But after recent comments by GM Dan O’Dowd and owner Dick Monfort, they don’t know what to do to fix this. Do fans really care if the Rockies win or lose? If you ask me, the answer is….not really. The proof is at the turnstiles. So far this year, the Rockies are 13th out of 30 teams in attendance. You do the math.
At this point, I am rooting for 100 losses. Does that mean I am not a true Colorado Rockies fan? I don’t think so. I see a bigger picture than just what happens this year. I believe the only way massive changes happen within this organization is if they set historically atrocious records. Dick Monfort sure seems like he is doing ok, and in no rush to rock the boat. I mean, if 34,000 fans keep going to every game, why would he think there is a problem here? I want him to wake up on October 1st, fire up his laptop, and notice that his baseball team finished with triple digit losses. This is Denver. This is Colorado. This is home to easily some of the best, most passionate sports fans in all of America. We deserve a better product. For this franchise to win big and be successful down the road, my hope is they lose as much as possible the rest of this year. That should be your hope too.
Denver Sports by J Simp