In response to a fans displeasure with the product on the field: “If product and experience that bad don't come!”
When a long time fan suggested he and the other Monfort were inept owners he replied: “By the way you talk maybe Denver doesn't deserve a franchise, maybe time for it to find a new home. Thanks.”
Major league much?
Monfort retracted that statement saying what he meant to say was that maybe the owners don't deserve a team. Now you're on to something Dick.
Another fan complained: “[the Rockies] charge major-league prices for a Triple-A team." To which Monfort responded: "If it is that upsetting don't come to the games, if I don't like a restaurant because of the food or prices I just don't go, Colorado Springs has a different experience, maybe that would be more enjoyable."
The Rockies AAA affiliate is in Colorado Springs.
Monfort has since apologized for his statements saying, "I want to express my sincere apology to Rockies fans that received a recent email response that was not consistent with our organization's values. I have always tried to be open, friendly and understanding. Obviously, at times I have failed. The fact that so many of you take the time to write to us demonstrates your tremendous passion for the Rockies. We're not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in the relocation of our franchise. A report last night stated that in an email I sent to one of our fans, I felt Denver wasn't deserving of a franchise. I want everyone to know that leaving Colorado has never been, and will never be an option. Our fans are our biggest asset and we do not take their support lightly. We're blessed to be a part of this great community and we want to bring a championship to all of our fans that they so richly deserve. I want our fans to know that our entire organization is committed to great baseball and a great experience. I'm sorry I created this confusion."
Most Rockies fans are calling for Dick Monfort’s head on a silver platter. Well maybe not that graphic but they are tired of him and want him gone. In my opinion it would probably be best for the team however, it’ll be tough ousting a majority owner. So maybe start with some changes in the front office. What about the general manager/executive vice president/chief baseball officer Dan O’Dowd. It’s been a rocky ride for the GM with a lot of busts in trades and player development. At some point you would think that enough is enough and that so much failure would result in a change up front because clearly the “chief baseball officer” is lacking in some baseball knowledge. When asked about O’Dowd and assistant GM Bill Geivett, Monfort had this to say:
“I have stuck behind both of them. I think they are really good baseball people. I think, if you are looking to make a change, there has got to be a better option. I am criticized by you guys for saying (O'Dowd) is a good baseball man. But I think Dan does a good job. I like the team we have out here. I liked the team in spring training. Why it's not performing? I don't have the answers.”
That’s a problem. That’s a big problem. You’re the owner of a major league baseball team. At some point people will stop showing up to watch mediocre baseball. You’ll stop selling season tickets. At some point you’ll have to lower ticket prices and then that payroll, that’s already pretty low, will have to go down. Clearly O’Dowd is no longer doing a good job and may not be the good baseball man Monfort thinks he is. So maybe it’s time for a change.
If Monfort doesn’t want to get rid of anyone in the front office why not evaluate the coaching staff. The Rockies do have a manger who they hired at the start of last season whose highest managerial position was at the high school level. All in all I think Weiss has done a fine job for the task at hand but some of his decisions (like last night’s [Tuesday] attempted squeeze play in the top of the tenth that failed miserably…see video) have not been up to par for managing a pro team. However, Monfort has made it clear that he’s looking to stand by Weiss. It's not like Weiss isn't familiar with the Rockies system. He is a former player of the Rockies and three other teams, AL rookie of the year, World Series champion, and special assistant to the Rockies front office before taking the high school job to spend more time with family. I don't doubt his baseball IQ but he may be trying to do too much with what he has to work with on the field.