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February 2, 2007 12:00 AM

Groundhog Day

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The snow and the Monforts. Two things we just can't seem to get rid of.

I don't think I've ever done a groundhog cartoon but this one just seemed to be the right time to use the little guy. Groundhogs, moles, Monforts. Same difference. Too bad the Monforts have to crawl out of their little holes this time of year to pester us with their tightwad ways, but that's the way it is sometimes.

So I'll just have to wait until April. That's when they hold the NFL draft you know.

Drew



Discussion

  • February 2, 2007

    5:56 PM

    Tom writes:

    The Monforts don't care. it's very simple.

    The only way to get them to sell the team is to make them lose a LOT of money. If people keep buying tickets, they are happy.

    So....the simple solution is for fans to stop buying tickets and any kind of merchandise related to the Rockies. Hurt them in their bank account. Otherwise....everyone can stop complaining.

    It's very simple.

  • February 2, 2007

    8:27 PM

    Pat writes:

    I like the cartoon!!!!!! To bad there is not a simple fix for the Rockies. Maybe someone will find one before the Devil Rays win a World Series.

  • February 2, 2007

    9:10 PM

    Dwayne writes:

    Yeah, great idea Tom....stop buying tickets, and anything Rockies, so the Rockies can become the next Montreal Expos, and end up playing elsewhere....good solution. Way to think it through, considering ticket sales have been down for the last few years.

  • February 2, 2007

    10:08 PM

    Mike writes:

    Dwayne,

    I take issue with your statements. Your argument is to continue the status quo mediocrity.

    Tom is right. The only way to encourage market change is through changes in consumer behavior. The more often you pay to watch a badly run baseball team, the less likely you are to encourage its owners to change.

    At this point, the Rockies are suffering due to poor ownership and lack of funds. It is not the responsibility of the fans to hand over more money. They have done that for the last few years and seen no improvement in the team, its ownership, or its payroll. Why should the fans keep paying for the same poor quality product?

    You would not keep going to the same restaurant if it served you bad food. You would stop going to the restaurant. The owner, in response to a loss of customers, would either commit the resources to improve the food or close the doors. Why should the Rockies be any different?

    It is up to the Monforts to choose to improve. If, instead, they choose to move the team, the Monforts will be telling fans that 1) they can no longer make money selling bad baseball in Denver; and 2) they would rather dump the same bad product in a new market.

    Do you really want to continue paying for bad baseball and be known for a sucker?

    I'd rather have no baseball and keep my money for other high-quality sporting events. If the Monforts choose to leave, so be it. Denver would not lose a professional baseball team. Denver lost its professional level baseball team years ago.

    Mike

  • February 3, 2007

    12:31 AM

    Jason writes:

    Check out Forbes.com and their special report on the business of baseball. The Rockies aren't a small market team. That's a total lie. The Rockies actually had higher revenues than the Chicago White Sox the year the Sox won the World Series. That includes all the post-season games and revenues. The Rockies have the lowest proportion of revenues spent on payroll of any team in MLB save one. Its not a matter of how much money they have. Forget Charlie Monforts nonsense about not being able to compete, its a lie. The Monforts once closed the Greeley meatpacking plants for two years just to avoid unionization. Their solution reopen with illegal immigrant labor. Same old Monforts...

  • February 3, 2007

    2:24 PM

    Baseballnut writes:

    WOW I had know idea it was this bad, I go to quite a few games year, hoping we'd get better every year. I thought it was because of the so called altitude . I came to realize that our owners are set on mediocrity. It sounds as if they would move the team to a bigger city to make money if it was possible. I dont know what to do right now . I love the rockies and the game of baseball in town What to do??

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