At the beginning of the season, it looked like the Colorado Rockies were good. In the midst of those good vibes, young third baseman Nolan Arenado was one of the main reasons to watch the team.
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Arenado delivered thrilling defensive plays and a franchise record setting hitting streak. For all of the hype before Arenado arrived in the big leagues as the organization’s top prospect last season, he was finally starting to look like that type of franchise cornerstone in the first few months of 2014.
With the end of the season approaching, the Rockies are no longer good. They are quite bad, in fact, with the worst record in the National League at a 52-77 mark. Even still, Arenado remains one of the best reasons to tune in and watch the Rockies night after night.
That matters, by the way. Zoom out from the debates, the frustration, and the analysis, and remember why so many people watch the Rockies or any other professional sports team in the first place. It is supposed to be fun. For many people it is a way to escape.
For me personally, it still makes me very happy to just sit down for a bit and see the Rockies on TV. Those basic reasons for watching can be lost in such a dismal season, however, which makes what Arenado is doing just a tad more important.
As a reward for his exciting play over the last handful of games, Arenado was named National League Player of the Week on Monday. Per the Rockies’ Twitter account:
There will be plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Rockies in the coming weeks and months, but one thing is sure: Arenado is not going anywhere, and he will be one of the top reasons to watch this team for the foreseeable future.