Trevor Story just finished his second road trip as a Major Leaguer and he could definitely tell a difference between his inaugural road trip and the one he and the Colorado Rockies just finished against two National League Central foes.
Story burst onto the national spotlight in his first trip as a member of the Colorado Rockies when he hit four homers in three games at the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now well known around the country after his historic barrage, Story said he could notice a change when he took the field in Chicago and Cincinnati.
“There’s definitely a little more attention. A lot of heckling but I like that. That’s cool,” Story smiled. “It doesn’t really bother me. I kind of like to have fun with it. It’s good if they like to have fun with you.”
Story has cooled off since his historic home run start and, while those outside the clubhouse focus on trends and statistics, Story is taking the adage of “one game at a time” very seriously.
“One of my favorite parts about the game is that you play almost every night and there’s no time to really be down on yourself for a bad performance,” Story said. “If you have a good one, you still have to put it behind you and play the next night.”
He’s also glad to be settling into the part of the season where routine becomes even more important.
“We’re a couple of weeks in and I’m into my routine,” Story said. “I haven’t had a chance to reflect back much on those first weeks because you always have a game the next night. I don’t want to get too caught up in the past.”
Story nearly added to his home run total on Friday night in a 7-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers but was once again denied by the newly raised Coors Field fence in right-center field. It marks the third time that Story has hit what would’ve been a homer last year off what he dubbed the “Bridich Barrier” earlier in the season.
Friday night’s shot off the fence turned into a double by Story as he was thrown out at third by Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig on what can only be described as an amazing throw from deep right field that hit just in front of third base and allowed Justin Turner to apply the tag to Story.
“I didn’t think he (Puig) had a shot because Story is an above-average runner,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “I thought he was too far away to get the ball to third before Story got there but he’s a gifted player. That was impressive.”
Despite the new fence that has now robbed Trevor Story of a homer three times, Weiss believes hits off the fence will balance out for the Rockies and Story as the season goes along.
“I still think (the fences) are a good idea,” Weiss said. “I think it’ll even out at some point. It’s going to make for some more triples. It would’ve made for another one tonight if Puig hadn’t made that Superman throw.”