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Rockies owner: “maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise . . . maybe time for it to find a new home”

Jul 11, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

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Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort has had a snippy week with the fans. Earlier this week we told you that he told one fan, who complained about the team, that maybe he shouldn’t bother coming to Rockies games anymore if he doesn’t like it. Now he has told another fan that maybe angry Rockies fans don’t deserve to have a baseball team in the first place. From Denver’s CBS4:

CBS4 has obtained a series of emails between the long-time season ticket holder and Monfort which occurred between July 5 and July 8. The season ticket holder, who is from Denver but asked not to be identified, sent an email to the Rockies fan feedback line July 5th, writing, “The Monforts have no business owning a baseball team and their missteps in hiring ‘the good old boys’ for front office and management positions is solid evidence of their ineptitude. They have ruined pro baseball in this region while generating millions of dollars in profit.’ ”

The 57-year-old man told CBS4 he did not necessarily expect a reply from the team. But the next day, July 6 at 6:47 p.m., Monfort personally emailed the fan the following: “By the way you talk maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise, maybe time for it to find a new home. Thanks.”

Monfort tells CBS4 that what he really meant was maybe that he, Dick Monfort, doesn’t deserve to own a franchise, not that fans don’t deserve it. But in light of that earlier exchange it sounds way more like he’s telling Rockies fans that they’re ungrateful. Fans who, despite some pretty poor Rockies teams of late, continue to make the Rockies a top-10 team in attendance.

Customer Service: how does it work? Don’t ask Dick Monfort.

  1. elliotlc - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Mondo as I try to defend the defenseless I agree in a way with your points but they do add value to the roster every year and this year I felt they were one of the most aggressive teams without blowing a budget out of the water. The party deck is a great addition to a great ballpark and I agree no one really asked for it or needed it but if they want to add to a great venue we are fortunate in that sense compared to the teams who are less fortunate like the cubs and a’s for example. The Rockies spend money on their organization as a whole with one of the best spring training facilities and what is said to be the best Dominican facility to help with development there. They may not have over $100 million in payroll but at least they spend on other aspects although the casual fan who fills there stadium doesn’t notice these assets. As a Rockies fan I hope there efforts bring positive results to the team on the field and they continue to build a strong minor league system while hopefully building their best major league product

    • yahmule - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      You need to keep in mind when you read guys like Tracy Ringolsby that they’re complete shills for the organization. Any local media source that criticizes this Mickey Mouse outfit finds their access immediately and aggressively restricted.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        I’ve been a non-fan of Tracy’s for quite some time.

  2. rbts2014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Monfort is a genius!

    Taking a page from the Donald Sterling playbook (except not be racist about it):

    Offend the fans, make it look like the franchise value is being demolished by the actions of the owner. Then some silicon valley richie rich with too much money in their pocket will come in and pay $2B+ for the Rockies and Monfort laughs all the way to the bank!

  3. yahmule - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    The Rockies aren’t kidding. They’re selling the team!

    • chrisernst82 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Cracked me up! Please ask for the biggest Dick in the building line sealed the deal for me.

  4. personalspaceinvader - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    As a Rockies fan, we know he’s obviously bluffing and frustrated. But the fact that Dick Monfort (millionaire, owner of a baseball team) is getting on his iPad and taking it out on a season ticket holder is reprehensible. Beautiful ballpark, good attendance, and fans that still follow the team after 20 years of a subpar on-field product (as a whole) and the Monforts don’t deserve any of it.

    Can’t you just sell the team for hundreds of millions of dollars and go away?

    • rbts2014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      I think it’s going to get ugly. I think the fans will treat the Rockies like the Dodgers fans did at the end of McCourt’s reign until hopefully Monfort sells.

      I will even feel horrible for rockies fans when Tulo is traded away to the Dodgers or whoever. I get how Tulo is well beyond fan favorite status in Colorado so that would be devastating to a rockies fan to get rid of Tulo.

  5. rcali - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Oh No He Di’ int!

  6. mikhelb - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    An angry fan wrote a “letter” and did not expect a reply? And now that he got a reply he is whinning harder than Whaaaavid Ortíz? What a dumbo.

  7. tmc602014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I endorsed this owner’s opinion yesterday, re: Cuddyer. In view of this and his earlier fan response, it looks like Monfort is ripe for a Tommy Lasorda – type rant (Bevacqua, Kingman). I can’t wait!

  8. timpaz - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    When the Rockies had their spring training in Tucson , used to enjoy all the fans that made the trip from Denver area, very good fans, but after this owner took over the team he quickly fired a great manager in Hurdle, dismantled a team loaded with talent and ten wondered why the fans turned on the team , wish the Coors family was still the owners.

  9. elliotlc - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Monforts have been part owners since 1992 I believe but did become full owners sometime in the 2000’s. They didn’t come in and blow the place up and ruin anything. This franchise moves slow with any management moves and doesn’t even believe in firing people. They prefer to reassign which is ridiculous but what they have brought over from their meat business. Tulo is not going to be traded they take too much pride in his play and fans aren’t going to stop attending games as much as people would want that. The stadium is filled by families and twenty something’s who like to drink and grew up hating baseball and now gripe about performance and the “talentless” team. According to casual Rockies fan they have no major league caliber pitching and never have and they will never win unless everyone is fired and they are sold blah blah blah

  10. yahmule - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I wish Dick would log on here and give us his side of the story.

  11. mazblast - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Obviously he attended the Dan Gilbert School For Firing Off Really Bad Messages.

  12. sdeberg - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    As long as people like to hang out in ballparks, get drunk and “cheer on” for the home team – in droves – the Rockies owners have NOTHING to worry about. Like a lot of us Cubs fans are hoping to have the masses learn – STOP GOING TO HOME GAMES – and paving the way for OWNERS to do NOTHING to help the team toward winning.

  13. yanmontreal - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Come in Montréal, we’re just waiting for a second chance!
    But Colorado? It seems to me lime a good concession no?

    Well good luck, we know how it feels to loose a team

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