If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time then you have obviously noticed that there hasnt been a blogpost since last Oct. Well there is good reason for that. Since the announcing of the hiring of Walt Weiss as manager of the Rockies I right then and there decided it was time to emotionally detach myself from this team. So that’s what I’ve done. No postings, no photos, no following the team online, watching the games on ROOT Sports, etc. I’ve even went as far as to unfollow players on Twitter and unlike players and the team on facebook, even the players I like the most like Carlos Gonzalez, Rafael Betancourt and Dexter Fowler.
I have nothing against Walt Weiss, but we all know that his hiring back in the fall was a joke if you ever saw one from any professional sports organization. A string of them from 20th & Blake come almost as often as a marijuana dispensary opening in Denver on any given day. I do admit that a number of the players I still do care about, Gonzalez, Fowler, Cuddyer, Betancourt and from the bleachers I in my heart hope they will play well day in and day out and that they have a great deal of success. So I’m still connected to the team in those aspects, but still not emotionally and to tell you the truth not being connected emotionally has brought me great relief. I dont worry about the score of the games, The losing streaks dont bother me as they once did, stupid moves by the front office dont even register because I’ve known what to expect and not to expect out of this team and organization from previous seasons. Ask me on any given day who’s pitching and I cant even begin to tell you. I dont even know the order of the rotation! The last thing I can tell you is that Francis is pitching from the bullpen now(scary thought) and Betancourt is on the DL. I dont lose sleep over watching the games stupidest mascot run up and down the stands or as he sits behind home plate in the 9th inning, which by the way should be outlawed by the league for all teams, but especially for Dinger. My wallet has gotten a little heavier as well this season for once. No more $9 beers, disgusting Rockie dogs, undercooked pizzas, overpriced tickets and the like. I dont even celebrate when the Rockies do win, it is what it is basically.
Call it what you want, call me a fair weather fan if you like, but even those who sailed on the Titanic knew when it was time to jump ship. The Rockies have hit the iceberg the hull is cracked and the ship is certainly taking on water heavily. Now I’m in no way comparing the Rockies to the Titanic at all. The Titanic was built as a great spectacle a great wonder mind you. The Rockies on the other hand were built as a great source of revenue for those who own a share in the team, nothing more, but you get the picture either way.
Will I write again in the future? Probably so, but the more that I’ve stayed away from being emotionally attached the better I feel to be honest. I dont feel stressed and even my doctor says that my blood pressure and cholesterol have both gone down. OK that part is a lie, first of all I dont have a doctor and second I dont like doctors, well most of them anyway. So to write again and follow the Rockies could be in the cards for next season. I do love to write! But maybe from a different persepctive, one I havent figured out just yet. But there is the chance that I decide to shut down Inside the Humidor all together and wash my hands of the Rockies completely and the stress of staying up late at night and getting up early in the morning to get my side of the story out there about the Rockies and their ways or winning or losing on and off the field. Who knows what path I will take? Guess you’ll have to stayed tuned and find out.
The Denver Post reports tonight that the Rockies actually fired someone (story here), just not who fans would’ve guessed to be fired more than anyone else within the organization. We all know that Dan O’Dowd should’ve been the first one fired, but within the Rockies front office no one gets fired, they just get reassigned to a new position.
The Rockies dismissed hitting coach Carney Lansford and third base coach Rich Dauer, with possibly more dismissals to come as this offseason already begins to drag on. So let’s see no manager, no hitting coach and no third base coach, and oh yea let’s not forget no pitching coach either. If you’re in the market for a major league job, I will tell you now that you are a fool to want to work for this organization. But there is a fool born every minute.
From the “This just in” department (thanks to my buddy Chris for the text alert), Jim Tracy has resigned as manager of the Colorado Rockies. Story here.
Honestly can you blame Tracy? And I say that not because of the teams record and underachieving performance last season, but from the standpoint of that Tracy understands that the Rockies as an organization from upper management to ownership are a joke and that’s being nice about it. So why not forfeit 1.4 million in his last year of his contract and at the same time forfeit himself of the massive migraine headache that O’Dowd, Geivett and the Monforts are.
If you read Mark Kiszla’s article in the Denver Post this morning (here), he hit it right on the head (I cant believe I just agreed with an article written by Kiszla) in saying that Tracy needs to look out for himself and in resigning as manager of the Rockies, I believe that’s exactly what Tracy did. Did he want to leave the team, no. But how can you manage a team when you’ve got O’Dowd and Geivett calling the shots from pitching rotations to pitch counts, etc. Let’s face it, the Rockies have become the Charlotte Bobcats of Major League Baseball. YES I said it!
I wish Tracy the best of luck in his future as we now get to sit back and see how much more of a train wreck this team can become in the offseason.
The tentative Major League Baseball schedule has been released and has the Rockies opening the 2013 season on the road in Milwaukee with a 3 game series against the Brewers beginning April 1st. The Rockies home opener falls on April 5th against the Padres. Schedule highlights at Coors Field will be the Rockies hosting both the Yankees(May 7-9) and Red Sox(Sept 24-25). Rockies schedule here.
The Rockies announced earlier today that general manager Dan O’Dowd will be shifting some if his duties to his asst general manager Bill Geivett. Geivett will be handling the day to day operations of the Rockies and O’Dowd will focus on the minor league side and player development. And since the announcement social media has been on fire about the Rockies ownership, the Monforts and management and their lack of ability to do anything right, even firing O’Dowd.
How does a general manager let alone any employee with a work record that O’Dowd has, still manage to keep his job? The Rockies are a bunch of idiots to think the fans cant see the blind loyalty the Monforts, O’Dowd, Apodaca and Tracy have for one another. I’ve said all along that the Monforts and O’Dowd are each sleeping in the same bed with one another and as long as it remains that way, nothing will ever change for this organization and the team is concerned and they will continue to laugh all the way to the bank.
They’re all businessmen and right now business is good despite the second worst record in baseball this season. They’re averaging anywhere from 32-35 thousand fans (though most of them delusional and arent really baseball fans) every night. For example, the Rockies during the most recent series with the Reds averaged 36824 over the 3 game series, with Saturday night having an attendance figure of 42826.
All and all what this “shifting of responsibilities” is a smokescreen and basically means nothing. O’Dowd is still in charge as Geivett still will have to answer to his boss(O’Dowd) and despite Dan “focusing” on the minors and player development(which he is terrible at), he is still in charge of player acquisitions, etc. So spin it how you want Rockies ownership, this fan and a few others that I know and have spoken to arent buying it.
The Monforts arent selling the team and O’Dowd and company dont have the balls to look themselves in the mirror resign their positions. Why should they? Where else can you make money and not have to do anything, but pretend you’re building a ballclub for a fanbase that is made up of many who only attend games for the social aspect anyway and dont care about the club and dont even know what the score is at any point during a game. The hardcore baseball fans at 20th & Blake deserve better. Hell even the players deserve better!
Until that day comes, expect nothing more than the same old tired story year after year at Coors Field.
Oh and while we’re at it, can we get rid of ROOT Sports broadcast team with the exception of Marc Stout and Joel Klatt? The rest are tired and a joke to the broadcasting industry. The fans deserve better here as well.
The Rockies days over these last 2 months of the season are barely seen as being on life support. The Rockies were crushed by the Cards 11-6, in an awful start to the game by Jeff Francis, Francis gave up 5 runs in 4 innings of work, 4 of them coming in the first inning alone. Ottavino fared much worse in relief giving up 4 runs in 2.2 innings.
The Rockies offense despite 12 hits, managed only 6 runs, going 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position, as the Cards opened up the game in the later innings, scoring 6 runs between the 6th and 8th innings.
The Rockies fall to 37-64 on the season and as many of you know are headed to 100 loss season. My personal prediction for the season is a record of 55-107.
Surprising the Rockies remained inactive in any trades at the trading deadline yesterday. The rumors of Betancourt and one or two other players possibly being moved turned out to be just that in the end, rumors. Probably the best non-move of the season so far by the Rockies front office.