Nolan Arenado, the All-Star do-everything third baseman for the Colorado Rockies, raised some eyebrows with some of the comments he made to Nick Groke of The Athletic in this article. For many Rockies fans, Arenado potentially leaving the Rockies when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 season is a numbing thought.
Considered the best in the game today at third base by many, there is no guarantee that Arenado will spend his entire career in a Rockies uniform. Knowing that teams with deep pockets such as the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and (yes) even the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants could make a run at Arenado, keeping the 27-year-old Silver Slugger and Platinum Glove winner happy is important for the Rockies if they want to keep him around.
However, it’s apparent in some of Arenado’s quotes, that his level of happiness could boil down to playing for a winning team. That has not been the Rockies in Arenado’s years, save for a way-too-brief postseason appearance in last year’s Wild Card loss in Arizona.
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With the 2018 team fighting to get back to .500, let alone compete for a division crown and postseason berth, Arenado’s quotes come at a difficult time for the Rockies. A gamble on an expensive bullpen seems to have backfired through the first half of the season and those late-game losses could come back to haunt the Rockies when the postseason picture is finalized.
I talked to several friends who read Arenado’s quotes and asked them for their opinions. There were plenty to go around, trust me. However, I think some of their thoughts encapsulate what many Rockies fans are feeling right now.
Using their comments, I broke down the emotional response of the Colorado fan base to Arenado’s quotes into three categories. Let’s take a look at each and what might happen if those emotions play out with Arenado leaving or staying.