Happy Valentine’s Day, Colorado Rockies fans! Despite the lack of moves this offseason and the ongoing tension between Nolan Arenado and the front office, deep down, we know you still love this team.
We see your tweets. We read your comments. Sure, the love between you and the Rox may be a little strained right now. And your devotion to the purple may be waning just a little after what has been a roller coaster of emotions these last few weeks. However, we will soon be able to actually talk about baseball being played rather than just how we think Wade Davis or Daniel Murphy might look in 2020. The first spring training game can’t come soon enough.
But let’s talk about February 14. Yes, we all know that Hallmark and commercials remind us constantly that Valentine’s Day is a time for love. Well, a year ago, you could feel the love between Arenado and his at-the-time situation with the Colorado Rockies. Take a look at the tweet below from Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post from February 14, 2019.
Here’s what Nolan Arenado wants #Rockies fans to know about his contract talks: “Everything is good. Front office has been great, super honest, really open to questions. If it doesn’t get done in spring it’s OK. Doesn’t mean it will never happen.”
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) February 14, 2019
Of course, it would be just 12 days later that the Rockies and Arenado agreed to a record eight-year, $260 million contract. And yes, that contract contained the now-infamous opt-out clause after the 2021 season. But never mind that. Hope sprung eternal because the Rockies and Arenado had put any potential strain of their relationship behind them, right?
But let’s go back to that tweet. One year after it was published, everything is not good at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The front office? Well, they’re certainly not open to questions right now, as Saunders found out earlier this week in Jeff Bridich’s first press conference at spring training.
On a day designed around love, we are reminded again that trust and openness is at the foundation of any relationship, be it personal or business. We’re also reminded again today that, no matter how much we love the players on our team, baseball is sometimes a cruel business that can play with your emotions and, potentially, rip a fan’s heart out.
A lot can happen in a year, and it’s been one eventful 365 days since we last exchanged Valentines, hasn’t it? Where will find ourselves on February 14, 2021? Let’s hoping we’re looking back on a season where the Rockies rediscovered their winning ways and Arenado’s masterful play was one of the reasons for the turnaround. Now that would get the collective hearts of Rockies fans beating again … for all of the right reasons.