Philadelphia, PA – Just when you think the season can’t get any worse or any more weird, new situations arise and our Colorado Rockies are discovering new ways to lose games. Last night, they actually had a lead in the 9th inning on the road, only to blow it and lose to the Phillies 7-6. Again, for what seems like a daily occurrence, the pitching was at fault as they continue to dig this team a deeper hole as the year goes on. This Rockies pitching staff is currently the worst in all of baseball and potentially the worst in franchise history. They have given up 387 runs, 30 more than the next closest team (Minnesota). There really is no end in sight either, as not a single pitcher can say they are having even a good year. On the flip side, the offense has been very good. They have scored 337 runs, which is 3rd most in the Majors. This team is 25-42, which is the 3rd worst record in all of baseball, and they are only 2.5 games ahead of the dreadful San Diego Padres. So what is the answer? Well, this season is over. There is no solution given the roster we have, and Tulo being out for who knows how long was the final nail in this seasons coffin. So the only thing we can do is something I emplore all Rockies fans to do…..please, stop going to games at Coors Field in 2012.
I have been to several ballparks around baseball, and Coors Field is easily one of the best anywhere. It is gorgeous, and was designed truly perfectly in most every way. It is very inviting and an evening spent there during the summer is a great plan. But as much as Rockies fans love to go there to take in a game with their families, I am begging you….please don’t go. At least, for the rest of this season. We all know the biggest statement a fan can make is with their wallet, and I feel this is the only way the Rockies ownership will wake up and realize this product they are giving us is not OK. I understand teams don’t always win, and that’s alright. But it’s just a combination of things that bother me. It’s Dick Monfort saying last month that he thinks we have the right GM, scouts, and staff here to win. It’s pitching coach Bob Apodaca, looking like he is just going through the motions in order to collect his paycheck. It’s this team, who has made so many ridiculous errors and mental mistakes on the field. It’s a squad who has a look of expecting to lose, and devoid of any real leaders. Manager Jim Tracy is someone I believe we should keep, but suffers when it comes to occassionally slamming doors and scolding players to get their attention. Tulo is hurt, and won’t be back for some time, Carlos Gonzalez is just a quiet guy in general, and Michael Cuddyer is too new here to take over the clubhouse. I am somehwat disappointed in Todd Helton. Helton has been here since 1997, and it really is his job to rally the troops, have a closed door meeting and call some guys out. I haven’t heard of anything like this happening, and his final days in a Rockies uniform are probably doomed to be losing ones. It pains me because I want to support and care about this team. But if they don’t, why should I?
Rockies fans, can you please find something else to do with the kids on a Friday night? Can you please go to Water World on a hot Sunday afternoon instead of taking the family to Coors Field? Not forever, just this year. Do you want to continually give the Monforts the idea that everything is ok and you are pleased with their product? Because that is what you are doing by buying tickets and consuming their hot dogs and beers. If I thought there was another way to make a statement to them, I would mention it. Unfortunately, it has come to this. Do your part Rockies fans, do the right thing for long term success….please don’t go.
Denver Sports by J Simp