DENVER - Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort has issued a public apology for an email earlier this week and promised he would never move the team.
The controversy began with an email Monfort sent to Mike Ferguson, a Grand Junction man who brought his family to Coors Field to see the game against the LA Dodgers. The Rockies were shut out 9-0 that night and our partners at The Denver Post reported that Ferguson left a disapproving comment on a feedback form.
Two days later, he was emailed a message signed by Monfort saying, "If product and experience that bad don't come!"
The Denver Post reported that Monfort had since sent Ferguson an apology e-mail and offered to have a conversation with the fan by phone. Then, on Friday afternoon, the team's public relation office sent this longer public apology:
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. 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.
Our fans throughout our city and state are the greatest in all of sports. 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.
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.