Rockies owner in email to fan: ‘Maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise’
With a 39-53 record and a fourth-place standing in the NL West, things have not been going well for the Colorado Rockies on the field this season. And the recent email antics by the team’s owner are not going to help the organization off the field, either.
In an incident that has “Public Relations Nightmare” written all over it, Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort fired back a vitriolic response to an email from an unhappy fan in an email where he allegedly intimated that perhaps the team should move because “maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise.”
An unnamed 57-year-old season ticket holder from Denver, who has asked not to be identified, allegedly sent a message to the Rockies fan feedback email account in which he argued, “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 unidentified fan did not expect a response, but received one humdinger of one when he received one the following day from allegedly none other than Monfort.
The Rockies owner allegedly attempted to one-up the critical commentary from the fan, reportedly writing in response, “By the way you talk maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise, maybe time for it to find a new home. Thanks.” Ouch.
The series of emails were obtained by Denver’s CBS 4 and reportedly occurred between July 5 and July 8. The message from Momfort allegedly was sent from the owner’s iPad.
When contacted by CBS 4, Monfort attempted some semblance of damage control.
“I sort of remember,” Monfort told the station on Thursday. “I do remember that. I was rapid firing it.”
Caught in the throes of controversy caused by hitting “Send” on an email when perhaps he should not have, Monfort claimed to not even be aware of what he was attempting to articulate by essentially insinuating the team should move.
“I don’t even have an idea what I meant to say,” he said. “What I meant to say was maybe we, the owners, don’t deserve a franchise.”
Monfort’s questionable defense of the email does not necessarily jibe with the text contained in it — there is no way “Maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a franchise” can be construed to mean “maybe we, the owners, don’t deserve a franchise.” That is, unless the owners’ share a surname with the folk singer John Denver. A person would have to be “Rocky Mountain High” to believe Monfort’s weak claims.
Monfort’s alleged email faux pas comes on the heels of another related incident just one week ago, when, according to reports, he fired back yet another fiery correspondence to an unhappy Rockies fan on July 4. In that instance, Monfort allegedly responded to a fan’s email decrying the poor product on the field by replying, “If product and experience that bad don’t come!.”
Some time apparently allowed the owner to cool off, as he reportedly sent a less hostile email to the same fan on July 8, in which he wrote: “I have no defense we have played poorly, this is a time where we all hang in together, we are all part of the team … my goal is to get us playing like I think we should.”
Yeah, even with the backtrack boogaloo Monfort has been pulling after the emails came to light, he may want to lay off handling the team’s fan feedback email account for awhile. You know, just to be safe. Maybe the Rockies need to play the concerned parent in this scenario and treat Munfort like a teenager who is misusing and abusing technology and take away his iPad or something.
[H/T Hardball Talk]