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Passionate (and Not) Twitter Reactions to Walt Weiss's Rockies Resignation

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The most telling aspect of the response to news about Walt Weiss's resignation as Colorado Rockies manager after three years on the job? How measured most of it was.

On social media, a platform made for impassioned reactions (and overreactions), most of those who bothered to weigh in did so with the online equivalent of a shrug. And the blame for that should be placed on Rockies ownership, not on Weiss.

Back in October 2015, when Weiss and his staff were brought back for another season despite a mere 68 wins and another fifth-place finish in the National League West, Rockies Nation reacted with anger and frustration. But even though the Rockies improved their record this year, notching 75 wins and finishing third to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, and DJ LeMahieu won the National League batting title (albeit by sitting out four of his last five games), plenty of Colorado baseball lovers didn't seem to care. Sure, thousands still go to Rockies games, but mainly to enjoy the atmosphere and the party deck at Coors Field. Otherwise, they seem largely disengaged from the squad, despite Denver being one of the great sports cities in the country.

The Rockies, for their part, didn't exactly treat Weiss's did-he-jump-or-was-he-pushed departure as headline news. Two days after the Rockies' Twitter account marked the season's end with the message "It's not 'goodbye,' it's 'see you later'"....

...the team made it clear that it was indeed goodbye for Weiss:

Dozens of the Rockies faithful replied to this announcement, but only a few of the messages overflowed with emotion.

While some were sad to see Weiss go and others were pleased about it, only a handful felt strongly one way or the other.

The next Rockies manager will no doubt want to change that. Still, without a commitment to improve the pitching staff and otherwise push to compete for excellence, not ho-hum mediocrity, fans will continue to treat the team as a way to get a suntan, not as a way of life.

These twenty Twitter responses to the tweet above will show you what we mean.

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