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08:07 AM ET 11.12 | New Rockies manager Walt Weiss has more difficult matters than fixing a hitting slump or filling out lineup cards. Somebody has to slap the defeatist nonsense out of this team and get Colorado's mind right. The Rockies are scared of playing at 5,280 feet above sea level. "We can't run away from it. We've got to confront it," Weiss said. As a desperate act of self-preservation, Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd has fed hogwash to franchise owner Dick Monfort, and the boss has lapped it up. Colorado has adopted the approach that nobody can pitch at 5,280 feet. Altitude wrecked Ubaldo Jimenez. Thin air makes any investment in a legitimate staff ace a waste of money. Yada, yada, yada. It's a defeatist attitude.

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Troy Tulowitzki, Icon Sports Troy Tulowitzki, Icon Sports
November 12, 2012  08:34 AM ET

And it's an attitude the media has played up for years so maybe they should look at themselves 1st.

November 12, 2012  09:12 AM ET

They only won 29 games on the road last year, the bottom line is the Rockies now are the worst team in the NL since the Astros have left.

November 12, 2012  10:10 AM ET

It's also a poor excuse for failure.

November 12, 2012  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It's also a poor excuse for failure.

just ask the Yankmees ...

November 12, 2012  02:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They only won 29 games on the road last year, the bottom line is the Rockies now are the worst team in the NL since the Astros have left.

Good point, Toad.

If you look at the problems of pitching at altitude the media says you are being defeatist. If you don't look at the problem, they say you are a Pollyanna or burying your head in the sand.

Pitching in a little park like Fenway is a problem, too. But the Red Sox have managed to find ways to deal with it. Pitching in Texas with a little park and brutal heat presents problems, but the Rangers have managed to figure out a way to make it work.

I think I like Weiss' attitude better than the reporters.

November 12, 2012  08:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Good point, Toad. If you look at the problems of pitching at altitude the media says you are being defeatist. If you don't look at the problem, they say you are a Pollyanna or burying your head in the sand. Pitching in a little park like Fenway is a problem, too. But the Red Sox have managed to find ways to deal with it. Pitching in Texas with a little park and brutal heat presents problems, but the Rangers have managed to figure out a way to make it work.I think I like Weiss' attitude better than the reporters.

Not to mention the launching pad in Philly.

November 13, 2012  03:32 AM ET

The colorado rockies are an embarrassment to Major League Baseball.

Loading up their own baseballs in the humidor without Selig's consent? They are the only team in the league allowed to juice balls. It took Tim Lincecum calling out the entire organization on national television for there to be any regulation on what game balls actually make it to the humidor.

21 out of 22 games to finish the season in 2007? It makes sense now.

Build a dome or relocate. Until then, the rockies are just a disappointment. Feel bad about it colorado.

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November 14, 2012  07:26 PM ET
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