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Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort believes he's fielding a contender ... again

In the Rockies' "Tweet 20" session on Monday, Monfort and general manager Jeff Bridich had some interesting things to say.

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All things considered, the Rockies' Twitter Q&A session on Monday went pretty well.

It was, however, overshadowed by some vintage Dick Monfort posturing. Monfort, the beleaguered owner who, for good reason, is given more guff than credit for his candidness, discussed the team's culture and status as a contender amid a few pretty good answers from Rockies brass.

Monfort first rather bluntly responded to a silly question about the team's culture:

This, in itself, isn't a bad answer. It's not like Monfort was, I don't know, suggesting he should move the team out of Denver or something. However, it was the answer to a follow-up question that should have been handled better. Here's Monfort more or less stumbling all over himself:

So is Monfort saying the players' character isn't up to par or was that just an oddly structured sentence? Either way, it was a poor answer, and one that fans just don't want to hear. It's great that the Rockies provide a ballpark experience that is nearly unmatched, but at some point, the product on the field needs to start resembling the positive stuff around it. There was a much better way to handle this question. Courtesy of our friend and should-be Rockies consultant Chris Chrisman:

Pretty hard, apparently. But at least Dick made up for it with this:

Oh, no. Moving on ...

Jeff Bridich said some interesting things about the pitch count mandated by the previous GMs, where the Rockies hope to be at the trade deadline and the team's use of analytics:

And finally, Walt Weiss chimed in with a few things, one of which made me want to bang my head against the nearest wall:

Weiss certainly isn't blowing smoke with that answer, but in this case, that's unfortunate. There isn't anything wrong with stealing bases as a whole, but the Rockies weren't very good at it last year, a fact that should have -- but didn't -- force them to stop trying as often as they did. Between failed steal attempts and position player sacrifice bunts, the Rockies gave away more outs than just about any other team in baseball in 2014. That needs to change.


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