These are indeed the days that trouble the soul of the Colorado Rockies fan. Rumors about Nolan Arenado being traded and weeks of virtual inactivity from the front office seem to have Rockies fans in an uproar.
And you know what? It’s OK to feel like that if you’re a fan of the Colorado Rockies.
Being a fan of a sports team (or TV show or movie series or anything else for that matter) means that you have invested a piece of yourself into that team or genre. With that investment, you want some kind of return. You want the hero to win. You want some kind of closure at the movie’s end. You want your team to put itself in the best position to win … and then actually win.
When a team (or movie or TV show or restaurant or whatever you want to use here) lets you down, you feel like you didn’t get your investment back. You feel like the time and energy you spent cheering them on was a waste or unfulfilling. I get it. I’ve felt that way too. Hey, we all have at some point.
With the current state of the Rockies, it’s OK to feel angry or confused or frustrated or ambivalent or whatever emotional state or condition you want to throw out there. That’s part of being a fan … and it is OK to feel that way. It’s OK to love the highs and loathe the lows on the roller coaster ride you sign up for when you cheer on a certain franchise.
Trust me, there are going to be rumors ahead this year (some you may not want to hear), along with moments when you may want to jump for joy, bang your head against the wall or simply turn off the television. As a fan, you have a right to do all of those things. Anyone who tells you how to fan or that you’re wrong in how you fan is completely off-base and probably only trying to increase their own perceived self-worth.
Don’t listen to them. Be you.
We sometimes forget that these are human beings who play the games that we watch. We also forget sometimes that human beings with emotions are also the ones who cheer, boo, do the wave, buy a beer, purchase a T-shirt and visit 20th and Blake for more than just the sunsets.
Yes, fans have emotions, both during the season and out of season. You don’t stop being a fan when your team is in the offseason. Fans will cheer Trevor Story when he hits three home runs in a game. Fans will boo Ian Desmond when he strikes out to earn the “golden sombrero” at the plate. The same thing happens everywhere from Fenway Park to Dodger Stadium. And, again, that’s OK. It’s part of a right you possess when you’re a fan.
Will this season be a return to Rocktober or closer to last year’s 71-91 mark? I’m still waiting for the offseason to conclude before making my prediction. But, either way, I know Rockies fans will be there, in person and online, cheering on their team and/or grumbling about them when they don’t play well or don’t win. It’s part of the beauty of sports and part of the thing that brings us all together, whether we’re on Twitter, watching on television or sitting at Coors Field.
I truly admire the emotions Rockies fans are showing right now, whether it’s about Larry Walker and his quest for Cooperstown or Jon Morosi’s latest report. There is such passion for this team and franchise. I so often wish those who just shrug and says, “Coors” every time the Rockies are mentioned could understand how deeply fans care about this team.
So what am I saying? My job is to report what we see and give you my insights and opinions. Your job is to be a fan, complete with all of the emotions that come with it. Plain and simple. Don’t let anyone try to take that away from you.
Yes, my friends, get upset. Cheer. Threaten to never go to another game and then show up in June for a three-game mid-week series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Be a fan. It’s OK … and it’s exactly what the Rockies players and coaches need as 2020 spring training ticks ever closer.