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  • OT: 2022 Colorado Rockies thread

    We're a Denver-focused board, so we'll do a Rockies thread, independent of the MLB thread.

    I am starting year two where I am attempting to put the Rockies out of my mind. Last year, I may have watched one full Rockies game - for the entire season. There is a cold, dark spot in my heart that used to be bathed in purple light, regardless of how good or bad the Rockies might have been. I grew up in Denver in the 1980s, when we felt we were deserving (and on a few occasions, right on the cusp) of getting an MLB team. Denver was always the city that was thrown out by team owners, wanting to get improvements to their stadiums. Twice, it was reported we'd be getting the Oakland A's - Marvin Davis would buy the team, and immediately move it to Denver. Each time, it fell through. As a result, I attended Bears and Zephyrs games, dreaming of something better.

    In April of 1991, I returned from a Latter-day Saint mission to western New York. On July 5th of that year, Major League Baseball announced the cities of Denver and Miami as winners of the MLB expansion derby. I remember sitting at my part-time job at the time, listening to the press conference in which it was announced, and crying. A short time later, when the team's name, colors, and logos were released, I, a poor college student, used any spare money I had to buy every piece of Rockies garb I could find - within a few months, you'd rarely see me wearing something that wasn't orange or purple. In the two, long years before their opening series against the Mets, I followed every prospect they obtained - from their expansion draft's first pick of pitcher David Nied, to their first pick in the amateur draft, John Burke.

    I just can't explain how much I loved the Rockies. There were many seasons where, if I was being honest, the Rockies owned more property in my heart than even the Broncos. I, like so many other Denverites, just had an unquenchable thirst for major league baseball at altitude.

    I stayed passionate about the Rockies until the day Nolan Arenado was traded. It wasn't just the fact that, once again, the Rockies lost a great player in the middle of his prime, it was the incompetence with which that whole trade happened. It's not like the Rockies hadn't had incompetent moments before. For whatever reason, the Arenado experience just resonated with me. Since then, every stupid decision they make seems to be bathed in sunlight in my mind, and I've just become angrier. The most recent one is a perfect metaphor for all things Colorado Rockies. After years of fans clamoring that the club get with the times and actually start paying attention to analytics, the Rockies announced last fall that they had hired Scott Van Lenten to put together a data analytics department. There was hope - not only that the organization might actually start trying to level the playing field with teams that had been making sound, data-based decisions for years; but also that perhaps Dick Monfort was showing a willingness to look outside the Rockies organization for front office talent. This week - less than six months later - the Rockies announced that they had parted ways with Van Lenten due to "major disagreements" between him and the organization. This is a guy that, by all available reports, was well-regarded in every job he's had, and well-respected in the industry. It was a guy who basically interviewed the Rockies when they offered him the job, because he was respected enough to have no shortage of opportunities in baseball. In an interview after his hiring, he said that in talking especially with Dick Monfort, he felt comfortable that the Rockies were truly going all in on using data to improve the team's performance. What could have happened to make his time with the Rockies go so quickly off the rails? It's not too hard to imagine. It was all lip service. When the rubber actually hit the road, the Rockies are just too set in their comfortable, ignorant ways to make meaningful changes. As embarrassing as it is for the team to fire a guy they'd just hired, suffering that embarrassment was apparently more palatable than following through with changing a stale system that has come to fit Dick Monfort like a comfortable, broken-in pair of cowboy boots. Pay no attention to the fact that the boots are out of style, worn out, and covered with all the collective shit Dick's stepped in over the past three decades.

    To replace Van Lenten, the team promoted Zack Rosenthal on an interim basis. Rosenthal's career with the Rockies goes back almost two decades.

    Screw you, Dick Monfort.

    Enjoy the money printing machine the city built for you in LoDo. It sucks, but Rockies "fans" are mostly content to drink a beer and socialize at Coors Field, no matter how bad the product on the field is. And on those frequent nights when the stands are overwhelmingly filled with blue or red-clad fans cheering against the home team, take comfort in the fact that even Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals, or (insert opposing team here) fans buy your tickets, beer, and food. Who cares if the folks in the stands are wearing purple, red, blue, or orange when the cash in your pocket is all the same, comforting shade of green? Thanks for the memories of all the 70-80-win seasons. We'll always have 2007, right?

    So, back to this thread. Let's celebrate this 2022 Rockies team. Let's enjoy every moment of the inevitable 75 games we're about to win.

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    I mean do we even post in here after this? Maybe post bump memes to keep it up top?

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      Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
      I mean do we even post in here after this? Maybe post bump memes to keep it up top?

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      No. Totally post here. We can nickname it the 2022 Colorado Rockies Thread of Sadness, if it helps. I mean, I don't want anyone feeling negatively just because I may or may not have a few personal hang-ups about the team. I don't know if it came through at all in what I wrote, but I have some slightly negative feelings about the club right now. I tried to make sure that didn't come out in the message. I think I did okay. But who knows? Sometimes, it's hard to perceive how these things might be received.

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      • #4
        By the way, did I mention that the Rockies have never had a 100-loss season? It's one of the greatest accomplishments in all of sports. The Braves fans are all glowing from having just won the World Series. But do you know what that dumbass team was doing in 1988? They were losing 106 games. In 1977, it was 101 losses. What a worthless franchise. The Rockies have never lost that many games. Same thing with the Yankees. Their fans will boast and boast about their 27 world championships. But they seem to have selective memory loss about having lost 102 games in 1912. And for a real apples-to-apples comparison, let's look at the Rockies expansion brother, the Miami Marlins. They notoriously won two titles - both times, having a fire sale immediately afterwards. Well, in 1998, the Marlins finished 54-108. You know what the Rockies weren't doing that year? Losing more than 100 games.

        Safe. Prudent. Responsible. Risk-adverse. Those are the terms that come to mind when I think of this proud franchise. Also, Christian. And family.

        I have chills right now.

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        • #5
          Is there going to be a baseball season? I haven't kept up but last I heard it wasn't starting on time.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DomCasual View Post

            No. Totally post here. We can nickname it the 2022 Colorado Rockies Thread of Sadness, if it helps. I mean, I don't want anyone feeling negatively just because I may or may not have a few personal hang-ups about the team. I don't know if it came through at all in what I wrote, but I have some slightly negative feelings about the club right now. I tried to make sure that didn't come out in the message. I think I did okay. But who knows? Sometimes, it's hard to perceive how these things might be received.
            It's not you, Dom. It's me. If that helps.

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            • #7
              They've already disappointed me and the season hasn't started (well all of MLB) Was supposed to go to a Spring Training game on Tuesday and they didn't get their shit together in time

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              • #8
                I used to be a Rockies fan and quickly lost interest. They always get rid of their best players in their prime. If starting pitchers are good, the relief staff sucks or vice versa. Their refusal to spend money on good players will continue the demise.

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                • #9
                  Most Fans I know send a message to Monfort: "SELL THE ROCKIES!"

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                  • #10
                    Rockies Sign Jose Iglesias
                    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/...-iglesias.html

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                                  Rockies, Ryan McMahon Agree To Extension
                                  https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/...n-mcmahon.html

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by gunns View Post
                                    Is there going to be a baseball season? I haven't kept up but last I heard it wasn't starting on time.
                                    Unfortunately yes

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Mozzafiato View Post
                                      Only rationale I have is that there was a huge covid financial crunch and ownership lost its head. And are now making up for being idiots by being bigger idiots.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by DomCasual View Post
                                        Screw you, Dick Monfort.
                                        Just to grind salt in the wounds of being a lifelong Rox fan my wife left me this on my PCClick image for larger version

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                                          Blue Jays, Rockies To Swap Randal Grichuk For Raimel Tapia
                                          https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/...mel-tapia.html

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                                          • #22
                                            Interesting moves by Rockies management, though you could say the organization has always done things unconventionally.

                                            Sometimes it works, other times it ends in disaster. Rockies might be in the mix this season, certainly won’t make things easy for the Dodgers/Giants.

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                                                Originally posted by MBrent View Post

                                                Just to grind salt in the wounds of being a lifelong Rox fan my wife left me this on my PC
                                                So what you're saying is it came across your desk.

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                                                  Same old Rockies. Bottom of 9, down two, man on and good hitter up, He strikes out.

                                                  Same. Old. Rockies.

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