Merry Christmas, Colorado Rockies fans! For those of you who celebrate the holiday, we hope it is filled with family and friendship. For those who don’t, you’re one day closer to the start of the 2019 baseball season so there’s something to celebrate!
Santa Claus made his way around the world last night and we are hoping that he left a few presents at the homes of some of the Colorado Rockies players … and even manager Bud Black. If we were writing out the list for Saint Nick, here is what we would have included for the Rockies this Christmas.
For Bryan Shaw, the gift of a rebound campaign to the seasons he pitched in Cleveland. The Rockies bullpen will need the Shaw of 2018 to not reappear in 2019.
To Ian Desmond, the gift of starting the season out strong and figuring out multiple plate appearances throughout the season that result in line drives rather than grounders.
To the entire Rockies rotation, the gift of health in 2019. They will be needed once again to push this team into the postseason and perhaps once again carry an offense that still has some question marks.
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While we’re wishing for an entire group, let’s hope that national writers also found under their trees and in their stockings the abilities to judge a Colorado hitter based on his abilities rather than where he plays his home games.
Nolan Arenado, we wish for you a new contract and a full career of playing third base for the Rockies. It’s that simple.
Same for you, Bud Black. We’re hoping you find a contract extension under your tree. Consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history should earn that for you, right?
David Dahl, the gift of a playing a full, productive and healthy season.
Ryan McMahon, the gift of a chance to show your skills in many more games in 2019.
Trevor Story, another productive season that not only results in offensive accolades but also a Gold Glove.
To Raimel Tapia, we hope you find even more swagger.
That’s our short list. What would you gift a Rockies player this Christmas? Let us know in the comments section below. Merry Christmas to all!