Colorado Rockies: The 3 emotions around Nolan Arenado’s tough words
By Kevin Henry
Surprisingly, I heard a lot about anger toward Arenado as well when talking to friends. Comments such as, “He can leave if he doesn’t want to play for Colorado” or “We don’t want someone on the team who is only looking ahead to when he can leave” were said. Of course, I vehemently disagree with this.
I liken it to when Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to chase an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors. Durant was criticized (and still is) for joining a super team to get a ring. However, Durant’s goal was winning an NBA title and he has succeeded in that while raising his own stature when the conversations of NBA greats is brought up.
Arenado’s goal is winning and playing in the postseason. It’s not selfish or crazy to consider, and I would venture to say that every player in that clubhouse wants the same thing. All of us want to put ourselves in the best possible position in our careers and Arenado may decide to do just that by going to a team in a major market. If it happens, he may well not only increase his chances of winning a World Series, but also scoring a major money deal while playing on national television much more than he currently is.
So if you had the chance to make an unbelievable amount of money and be at the top of your profession, would you? I don’t know of too many friends who have stayed at the same job for their entire career.
Again, let me state, there is no inkling that Arenado is leaving after next season. Yet I am finding a lot of people very upset with his comments already. My advice is simple: Don’t get mad about something that there’s nothing to get mad about. Save the hot takes for the end of the 2019 season … and see if they’re even still applicable then.