The Colorado Rockies won a baseball game on Tuesday night, but that doesn’t do much to change the fact that they’re not a very good baseball team. Despite beating the San Diego Padres, Colorado is still 15 games under .500 and 12 1/2 games out of first place.
This is nothing new, though. The Rockies have finished last in the National League West the last three seasons and haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. As you might imagine, fans aren’t very happy.
One Rockies fan who saw the club blanked 9-0 by the Los Angeles Dodgers on the Fourth of July decided he’d give the team some feedback. Little did he know that he’d get a scathing response from the team’s owner.
News Channel 5 in Colorado reported the story of Michael Ferguson on Tuesday night. Ferguson dropped nearly $300 on Rockies tickets only to see the team get shut out on July 4. The frustration that followed led him to fill out an online comment card in which he expressed his displeasure with the team.
Surprisingly, he got a response — from Rockies owner, chairman and CEO Dick Monfort.
“If product and experience that bad don’t come!” the response email supposedly said.
“That was quite a shock. I never expected that,” Ferguson told the news station. “I figured it was just a bunch of people sitting around reading it. I might get an automated response or anything, but to get something like that, short and simple like that, it’s like, wow … almost feels like they don’t care about the fans.”
However, it appears fans haven’t stopped caring despite the Rockies’ poor record. Colorado ranks ninth in baseball in average attendance, according to ESPN.com. The Rockies have already surpassed 1 million in attendance this season and are averaging more than 33,000 fans per game. Colorado also ranked 10th in attendance last year despite finishing in last place and 18 games out of first.
(Hat tip to NBC’s Hardball Talk for the story)