Nolan Arenado was not at Rockies Fest on Saturday. Don’t read too much into that. After all, there were plenty of other players (Wade Davis, Ian Desmond, Daniel Murphy, and Ryan McMahon are just some of the names that come to mind) who weren’t there either.
Still, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t plenty of talk about Arenado and his situation coming from the fans who walked through the gates at Coors Field. Many fans wanted answers, and they didn’t get them from general manager Jeff Bridich or owner Dick Monfort.
Bridich and Monfort were both reportedly on hand to shake hands with fans and welcome them to Rockies Fest but it was made very clear that they would not be answering questions about Arenado. Neither were made available to the media to help ensure that.
Those fans who tried to ask about Arenado were reportedly stonewalled by the duo, in a nice way of course. Bridich was reportedly asked several times by fans after meeting them at the front gate but the topic didn’t continue.
There’s a huge elephant in the room and Saturday didn’t help in shooing it away at all. There has been no comment from the Rockies front office since Arenado lashed out earlier this week and it seems that, for now, they’re content to try to sweep it under the rug under spring training starts.
That’s not what Rockies fans want, and that was very clear on Saturday. Something will need to be done in order for the tension to be eased. It’s up to the Rockies front office to make that happen.
Who did answer the questions about Arenado? It was up to the players and manager.