Uh, Not Exactly a Quote You’d Want to Hear From the Owner
I think most MLB fans are sophisticated enough to know, going into a season, roughly where their team’s chances line up. Sometimes a team looks like a juggernaut. Sometimes a team looks terrible. Sometimes you’re in the juicy middle where you can hope for some good bounces and surprising breakouts.
So I don’t think it would be hiding the ball to say that, going into this season, things look challenging for the Colorado Rockies in the NL West.
But, I mean, it’s not like you want the team’s owner saying THIS:
Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort really talking up the ASPIRATIONS!!!
Imagine being a Rockies fan heading into this season and being asked to give your time, attention, heart, and money to a club that the owner says MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE at being .500, and thus missing the playoffs by 10 games instead of 20.
I have no illusions about the Chicago Cubs being one of those juggernauts this year, but they at least do fall into that juicy middle where .500 would actually be mildly disappointing. Instead, you’re hoping for .500 as something of a floor, with good bounces and breakouts pushing things up toward 87, 88 wins (and an outside chance at a playoff spot). Even that is keeping hopes in check, and it’s about a country mile from whatever Dick Monfort is doing.
Sorry, Rockies fans. That is not a fun situation – it hasn’t been for a long, long time – and it doesn’t seem like this season is going to be any better. It was already going to be bad, mind you, but when you’re stripped of (irrational) hope in January, that just sucks.