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O’Dowd still in charge…

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.


Early Spring Training…

The Rockies season as we head into the first series of September is over. Some like myself would say that it’s been over for a few weeks not if not months. So basically the next 4 weeks of September is really an early version of spring training 2012, just not taking place in Scottsdale, AZ.

While the D’backs look to run away with the division, currently leading the Giants by 6 games. I find it difficult to watch the Rockies, mostly on TV than in person. A team with so much promise has once again underachieved, and this underachievement might even be bigger than the 2008 season. Maybe the expectations of the fans, media and the baseball world were or are too much for the Rockies to live up to. Maybe if no one expects a team with this much talent to do anything, then they might be able to compete for a division title. Really, how many people honestly in their preseason predictions had Arizona to be the surprise team in the N.L. West? The freakin’ Dbacks?! Please!

I cant deny that I have turned most of my attention, as most fans this time of the year do, to the upcoming college and pro football seasons, while still somewhat keeping an eye on the Rockies. That’s usually not the case with me, but this year I guess I’m a little more fed up than usual. I have also turned my attention to Opening Day of 2012. Looking forward yet again to the grand feeling of extreme optimism that each Opening Days holds for every baseball fan of every team.

So Rockies fans you can stop looking for the Rockies to make any improbable run to win the division yet alone a wildcard, that’s not gonna happen. I’m not giving up on the Rockies, I’ll always be a fan. I just know that this season is a disappointment and there is very little to look forward to for the remaining of the season. Who gets called-up from where, I could care less. How well Alex White does this month has no bearing on what type of career he may or may not have with the Rockies next season and the seasons following. Bring on the off-season and the Winter Meetings so that we as fans can begin to have our own ideas of what type of team we will have next season. Who’s gonna play 3rd? Will somebody take claim and hold of being an everyday 2nd baseman? Will 2012 be Jim Tracy’s final season as manager of the Rockies? Can Troy Tulowitzki be more of a leader and put this team on his back for a season and not just a game or a series?

I will watch the remaining games with little interest, other than the occasional ROOT Sports shots of Alanna Rizzo, as the win and losses have little to no meaning. So treat the month of September for what it is Rockies fans, an early spring training.

I came across this video earlier today, that kinda puts it into a little perspective on this long baseball season. Enjoy!

Rockies win 6-3 over Nationals, end 4 game skid…

With all of the posturing and rhetoric going on in Washington over the last few days, weeks, months, years, however far back you want to take it. It was good to see Washington finally do something right for a change, like helping to put an end to the Rockies 4 game losing streak Thursday night.

OK, so the Rockies finally break their 4 game losing streak. But it was the Nationals, so there isnt really a whole lot to be excited about. Esmil Rogers had a decent outing after a rough first inning. Rogers pitched 5.2 innings, striking out 6 and walking 2 batters, earning his 5th win of the season. Offensively the Rockies were led by Troy Tulowitzki, who went 3 for 4 with a homerun in the in the 6th inning and also scoring 2 runs. Wigginton followed suit going 2 for 3 with an RBI and Chris Nelson going 2 for 4 with an RBI.

The Rockies desperately need these next 3 games. One to rebound from a 1-3 start to the current homestand already and second, to stop the continuous slide below .500 and third, to increase their chances of not having the attendance numbers decrease for the remainder of the season, despite the 35000+ paid attendance numbers they threw at us last night.

If you watched the game last night on ROOT Sports, you didnt see much of the game did you? From what I’ve heard and seen partially, was that they spent more time showing George Frazier and Drew Goodman, eating (again) as they for some odd reason like to broadcast from time to time, rather than show the game. The comments section over on seem to support my claim as well. Just because Dan O’Dowd has thrown in the towel on the season, doesnt mean that the broadcast team of Frazier and Goodman over at ROOT Sports, should be doing the same. You’re supposed to be professionals, so act like it. Stop your endless ramblings about things not related to Rockies baseball and stop showing the fans watch you guys fill your pieholes with at the same time! We deserve so much better.

Rockies hold off Mets…

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki powered the Rockies both with 3 RBIs each. And Seth Smith had a near perfect night, going 3 for 4 at the plate.

Now to look at it from a Mets perspective. Throw in a decent but not great outing by Jason Hammel (6 innings, 4 runs, 2 earned) and a struggling 8th inning for Rafael Betancourt (3 hits, 2 earned runs) and missed scoring opportunities (3 for 19 RISP, 12 LOB) and you can see the Rockies were more than lucky to come away from this game with a 7-6 win.

The Rockies so far this season are 2-2 in 1 run games, a slight improvement over 2010, but an improvement still. After the first 9 games last season the Rockies were 1-2 in those 1 run games, with one of the those losses coming at the hands of the Mets. The Rockies were also 5-4 after the first 9 games in 2010 and today at 7-2 are sitting atop the division, 1.5 games over the Dodgers. The two losses coming both in extra inning games this season, as mentioned by George Frazier and Drew Goodman last night on ROOT Sports

Esmil Rogers(1-0, 1.23) will face Jon Niese(0-1, 6.55). Game time 5:10pm MT.

Rockiesfest 2011…

An exciting day for Rockies fans, players and coaches was had today at Coors Field for the 3rd annual Rockiesfest. The players seemed to have more fun this year with the fans, especially in the Q&A sessions throughout the day. Autograph sessions were filled with long lines of fans waiting to grab the signature of their favorite players. The Rockies Museum was a huge hit as well as the tours of the players clubhouse, batting cages, weight room and training rooms. Players again this year played fans in Guitar Hero, while some younger fans got to enjoy storytime with their favorite players, whether they knew it or not.

The FSN Rocky Mountain Interactive Broadcast Booth is always alot of fun with our favorite Rockies on-air personalities. While we’re on the subject of FSN Rocky Mountain, they let the public in on a bit of a new rebranding that they have currently in the works. I had the chance to speak with Rockies analyst, Marc Stout about the rebranding efforts and basically he told me that FSN Rocky Mountain, along with FSN Northwest in Seattle and FSN Pittsburgh are all owned by Direct TV (and not FOX) and will all be known as ROOT Sports in the spring, beginning April 1st. News of this first came about a month ago, but I imagine most of the general public had little if any knowledge of it until today at Rockiesfest. Dont worry there will be no change in the on-air personalities. And I can still get my Alanna Rizzo fix, which I am certainly grateful for.  I can’t say the new name of the channel has grown on me yet, but I will suspect that by summer it will have. All and all it was a great day at Coors Field to be a Rockies fan.

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