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What if the Colorado Rockies are good?

The Colorado Rockies probably won’t be good in 2014. They were bad last season and they will likely be no better than average next season. At least that’s my opinion.

This is a commonly held opinion. As such, you don’t have to look far among Rockies fans to find significant unrest. Frustration. Full-blown anger.

The call is a familiar one: this front office needs to be fired. This team is going nowhere with the current owners. This franchise is a joke. How can anybody take them seriously?

I get it. I get all of it. I’m mad.

I believe Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett should be fired, and I will probably write about it over the course of the next eight months or so. In that context, I want to pose a question. I am being serious when I ask you:

What if the Colorado Rockies are good?

What if the front office got it right?

I don’t bring this up to debate the merits of signing Justin Morneau or trading Dexter Fowler. I bring it up to consider what it would be like for fans if, after an off-season of absolutely skewering this front office, they were right about these moves and the Rockies end up being good.

If that unlikely scenario plays out, it should be nothing but fun for fans, right? Being a sports fan is supposed to be fun. You’re supposed to be happy with your team wins. I love the Colorado Rockies. For my part, I try my best to curb my frustration so that I can still just sit and cheer for my team.

Nobody gets to tell anybody else how to be a fan, but I would just ask this: are you so mad at the front office that you’re not going to be able to enjoy Rockies victories? If so, what’s the point?

It’s not up to me how anybody cheers for the Rockies, but I just think this is an interesting question to consider.

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  • Eric Garcia McKinley

    I think we all are able to compartmentalize a bit. Last year I certainly wasn’t thinking about Dan O’Dowd when Nolan Arenado was making spectacular plays and Todd Helton hitting walk-off home runs. I’m not so angry at the front office that I won’t enjoy the victories, but I’m skeptical that there will be fewer victories to enjoy, and for that I lay some blame on the front office. In the end, I don’t exert energy criticizing Jack Zduriencik because I don’t care much about the Mariners. Relationships with sports teams are bittersweet.

    • Hayden Kane

      Hey Eric – these are some great thoughts, thanks for the comment. I agree that you can be mad at the front office because you think these moves won’t work out, but that doesn’t mean you cheer against the team when you watch them night after night. Or at least that’s how I feel too.

  • Christian Lucero

    I have no problem believing that the Rockies could be playing meaningful baseball in September. Things simply have to fall into place, just like any other mid-market team. The talent is there — I’d put our healthy lineup and a healthy 1-2-3 of J. Chacin, JDLR and Anderson against anyone.

    I’m not a medical professional, but I think that’s asking a lot. So the lack of depth is disappointing, especially with all the highly-drafted pitchers the Rockies have missed on. But wins will hide a lot of that resentment.

    • Hayden Kane

      Great points, Christian. Good injury luck might mask some of the shortcomings of the last few seasons. And if that’s the case, hopefully we will have some more wins to enjoy.