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Thursday Rockpile: Phillies repeat as NL champs; Monforts seem financially healthy

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After watching the Phillies pound through the Dodgers in five games by an average score of 7 to 3.2, I don't feel so bad about the Rockies losing their series against the Phils by an average score of 5 to to 3.75. Ha, we played the NL champs better than you did, blue boys.

So, other than the Patrick Saunders report of Dan O'Dowd's extension that BlakeBomber posted last night, there's not much new going on with the Rockies this morning. I guess we could talk about ownership's financial health, as it was reported that an LLC managed by Rockies co-owner Dick Monfort purchased a chunk of bad loans from the New Frontier auction yesterday. The basic premise of mentioning this here is that if the Monforts are financially healthy and not getting into any Bernie Madoff type of Ponzi schemes, and a new investment like this seems to indicate as much, or going through messy divorces to carve their empire, than the Rockies will continue in stability and general health as a franchise. 

The Colorado franchise itself still seems to be a great investment for all concerned ownership parties, as there have been no reports of limited partners wanting to jump ship or cash calls being made. Given a larger payroll and the lower average sold ticket price, it's quite possible the team actually lost money this year as claimed, but another playoff appearance by a young team that Denver fans are warming up to, combined with a slowly recovering economy suggests that 2010 should see a rebound and perhaps we could see another bump in payroll for 2011.

I suppose this is a good place to put what should be a basic tenet for anybody wanting to do some 2010 hot stove fantasy rebuilds of the Rockies:

1. IF YOU WANT TO SEEM CREDIBLE, DO NOT SUGGEST A 2010 ROCKIES TEAM THAT REQUIRES A HIGHER PAYROLL THAN WHAT WE SAW IN 2009

We should come up with more of these.