August 2, 2006 12:00 AM
I'll give them credit. The Rockies at least made a veiled attempt to make a move to better the team. But if you ask me, they left the bases a little empty. I'm not sure trading Ryan Shealy was in their best interests since we have not seen the Todd Helton of old now for the better part of two seasons. They got a marginal reliever in return, but marginal relievers are all they have anyway. So the team motto under the Monfort Brothers regime remains "Mediocre and proud of it."
On a side note my last visit to Coors Field was reflective of an ownership that is out of touch with its fan base and quite frankly doesn't seem to care about the experience fans have at the ballpark. Besides the food being horrendously overpriced ($4 for a scoop of ice cream at Madeline's in center field is criminal), the service provided was worse. Long lines jammed concession stands, and I watched as worker after worker just stood around doing nothing. Clearly, the Monforts seem to care nothing about our night at the ballpark. They sit in the comfort of their first base seats oblivious to the mess. I would be willing to bet that Mark Cuban would be behind a concession line serving you hot dogs and peanuts and Cracker Jack if he thought you would walk away from your night at Coors Field with a smile on your face and a desire to come back right away. If it seems I'm harping, I am. The seats we sat in were 42 bucks, and for the most part we had a pretty lousy time. Not because the product on the field was bad, but because no one employed at Coors Field seemed to care about the 20-minute wait for a hot dog and a soda. I'd love to hear from you if you have had a bad experience at a Rockies game. Or a good one, for that matter. Though after my recent night there, I'll bet there aren't many of those.