Pour One out for the Rockies’ Bridich, and then Throw the (Empty) Can at Him

The Colorado Rockies have been on a tear lately – winning five of their last seven games – and yet they still find themselves with the worst record in the entire National League. That is especially surprising given that the architect of the current Rockies is none other than self-described super genius Jeff Bridich.

Bridich didn’t win a lot of friends when he argued that beat reporters and the general public were too stupid to be considered fair criticism. And what little support he had teetered when he signed Daniel Murphy rather than re-signing D.J. LeMehieu (who went to the Yankees and immediately became an All-Star). But it was the Nolan Arenado “trade that ultimately collapsed Bridich’s house of cards – only the Rockies would trade away their best player of all time and pay another team $50 million for the pleasure of doing it.

Rockies owner Tricky Dick Monfort faced the obvious, finally, and Bridich has “mutually agreed” to not be allowed to be the GM any longer. So, if you are a Rockies fan, or even just a fan of Karma, enjoy a beer tonight to celebrate the end of the Bridich era.

Cision Survey Finds Journalists Have Love-Hate Relationship with Press Releases

Natasha Bach at PRWeek: “Journalists are overwhelmed by the number of press releases they receive, but underwhelmed by the content. That’s one finding from Cision’s annual State of the Media report, released on Thursday morning, which surveyed more than 2,500 journalists. However, journalists do like to receive press releases, according to the report. Seventy-eight percent listed them as the type of content they want to get from PR pros and brands, followed by original research (68%).”

“The report makes the case for more targeted media lists to ensure that reporters and editors are receiving relevant releases, noting that journalists are overstretched and under a lot of pressure, with many covering several beats and under pressure to generate traffic. To help them do their jobs, and get coverage for announcements, PR pros should anticipate, monitor and quickly act on trending stories, according to the report.”

Gov. Polis Appoints Alvina Maria Vasquez to Western Colorado University Board

Joey Bunch at ColoradoPolitics.com: “Gov. Jared Polis has appointed well-known Denver politico Alvina Maria Vasquez to the Western Colorado University Board of Trustees, the school said Tuesday.

“Vasquez was the political director on the governor’s 2018 core campaign team, building his network of key leaders and supporters. Vasquez is the founder and president of strategy and public relations firm Power Map Ltd. She is the former senior vice president in the Colorado office of Strategies 360, where she lengthened her resume on a variety of local and national campaigns. She was listed among the Denver Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40‘ in 2016.”

National Agency Havas Formula Opens Denver Office

Aleda Stam at PRWeek: “Havas Formula is set to expand its U.S. footprint with a new office in Denver. The Mile High City location will be led by SVP Alexis Anderson, who manages work for some of the firm’s high-profile clients such as RE/Max and JPMorgan Chase, and Amy MacFarlane, account director for Havas Street, the firm’s activation division. MacFarlane leads its Beam Suntory business.”

“Denver is the sixth location for Havas Formula, which is headquartered in New York City and has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego. Havas Formula is working virtually amid the pandemic, but will choose a physical office in Denver once the agency returns to in-person work.”

The Hits Keep Coming for DPS Board Member Tay Anderson

It has been a terrible past 30 days for Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson, and it keeps getting worse. Following allegations of sexual assault and confirmed retaliatory behavior while an employee of DPS, Anderson has now shared an apology with Westword related to his behavior while leading Never Again Colorado (NAC), a gun reform organization.

The apology follows a new complaint by six female NAC members that Anderson “created a work environment that made them feel unsafe by, among other things, ‘talking in code about female board members in front of them (with romantic/sexual subtexts), daring female board members to perform sexualized actions, having conversations comparing the attractiveness of female board members, and making lewd comments in private to female board members,'” according to Michael Roberts at Westword.

Anderson has always been a self-interested narcissist who clung to a veneer of legitimacy obtained by basking in the reflected light of real leaders like state Rep. Leslie Herod and community activists Elisabeth Epps and Brother Jeff Fard. Interestingly and tellingly, none have had a word to say about Anderson since the allegations surfaced.