After the events of this offseason, it’s safe to say there are not many Colorado Rockies fans, if any, who don’t want to see General Manager Jeff Bridich lose his job.
What at one point could have passed for merely gross incompetence is looking more and more like intentional self-destruction. What would drive someone to such insanity is beyond me but frankly it makes more sense than any of the decisions the GM has made over the past couple of seasons.
Whether it was letting star second baseman DJ LeMahieu walk away when he actually wanted to stay in Denver, inexplicably non-tendering young All-Star outfielder David Dahl without even attempting to trade him first, paying the St. Louis Cardinals $50 million to take Nolan Arenado without getting anything in return while even Nolan says he likely wouldn’t have exercised his opt-out after this season, or thus far refusing to even attempt to engage in extension discussions with the new face of the franchise shortstop Trevor Story, Bridich is presiding over an “everything must go” fire sale where every item is seemingly marked “free.”
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Not to mention, he hasn’t signed a major league free agent in two whole years. Not one … in two years. To be fair, his free-agent market track record is disastrous so I doubt even if he did sign someone that it would benefit the team, but it is his job–and he hasn’t done it in two years.
But despite this train wreck, team owner Dick Monfort said he has no intention of firing Bridich and that’s because team ownership shares Bridich’s convoluted vision–whatever that vision is. What has been known for years was just made that much more clear. Team ownership needs to go.
As stated before about Bridich, I don’t think you’ll find a fan who disagrees with this sentiment either. Well, now, there might be something you can do about it. Sort of.
A Colorado Rockies fan has created a GoFundMe page with the intention to make the team community-owned, similar to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. You can check it out here. The page creator admits, “it’s (mostly) a joke,” but we can dream, right?
According to the page, a donation of $1 million would get you on an advisory board, donors of over $100,000 would be listed as partial owners, and a donation over $5,000 would make you a season ticket holder. Of course, all of this is only if the team actually became community-owned, which is a long shot, to say the least.
But if you’re ready for a change in the Rockies’ front office and you’ve got a few million dollars lying around, this is your chance to make a difference and become a part-owner of the Colorado Rockies in the process.