DENVER — Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort says he’s sorry for his testy reactions to disgruntled fans, including telling one of them that maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a Major League Baseball team anymore.
In a statement released by the team Friday, Monfort said he has no intention of moving the Rockies and formally apologized for his prickly email replies.
In a series of responses to fans unhappy with the bad baseball they’ve been witnessing, Monfort suggested they not come out to Coors Field if they’re mad and that Denver might not deserve a team.
“I want to express my sincere apology to Rockies fans that received a recent email response that was not consistent with our organization’s values,” Monfort said in a statement Friday. “I have always tried to be open, friendly and understanding. Obviously, at times I have failed. The fact that so many of you take the time to write to us demonstrates your tremendous passion for the Rockies.”
Monfort added: “We’re not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in the relocation of our franchise. A report last night stated that in an email I sent to one of our fans, I felt Denver wasn’t deserving of a franchise. I want everyone to know that leaving Colorado has never been, and will never be an option. Our fans are our biggest asset and we do not take their support lightly. We’re blessed to be a part of this great community and we want to bring a championship to all of our fans that they so richly deserve.”
Monfort concluded by saying: “I want our fans to know that our entire organization is committed to great baseball and a great experience. I’m sorry I created this confusion.”
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