The third emotion is fear. It’s the fear that Arenado is leaving and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. This is different than despair. Those in despair are assuming it’s going to happen. Those in fear think it might.
Is there a fear that Arenado could leave? Absolutely. I wrote about it before the season began when rumors began to swirl about how the Baltimore Orioles could shop Manny Machado. Could the same scenario happen with Arenado next season if he decides not to re-sign with the Rockies? Absolutely.
The fear of the unknown is a strange thing for all of humans. The fear of what has happened before will happen again is an irrational but rationalized concept for sports fans. Rockies fans are no exception. Last season, the Rockies made the big play or got the big hit to win the close games. Fans believed they were going to win, much like the 2007’s squad incredible run to Rocktober. This season, if it’s late in the game, Rockies fans have little faith in a good outcome thanks to an underperforming bullpen and Colorado’s lack of offense as the game goes along.
Believe this though … Colorado wanted to make Arenado happy heading into the season and that’s one of the reasons why Carlos Gonzalez was re-signed. Remember the photo of pure joy? The Rockies did what they could to show Arenado they cared about his happiness. There is no doubt the Rockies will continue to do that as this season and the 2019 campaign rolls on.
Here’s the bottom line. Is Arenado leaving? No one knows the answer to that and won’t for some time. Will Colorado management do everything they can to keep him? Absolutely. Arenado is a generational talent that any franchise could build a team around.
My advice, Rockies fans? Enjoy the ride. Enjoy Arenado playing for your team right now. Enjoy every amazing play in the field and every ball that is crushed over the fence. Enjoy the present because none of us knows what the future holds.