When the Colorado Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball had spring training stopped prematurely because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, there were questions left unanswered about roster battles and more.
With no definitive date set yet for the return of baseball, Colorado Rockies fans are feeling a little lost without the sport they love, especially with the original Opening Day (scheduled for March 26 in San Diego against the Padres) coming later this week.
However, we know that baseball will return. And, when it does, there will be questions that need to be answered.
Chief among them is the status of the relationship between All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado and general manager Jeff Bridich. The unexpected stop to spring training took the spotlight away from the “quiet game” that has been played between the two without talking with each other (according to last report).
Will the unexpected break give the duo a time to talk? If so, can some (or any) of the chill be taken out of their working relationship? If not, will it just be “business as usual” until the start of the season?
Of course, the delay of the start of the season means we’re not sure how many games will be played, what the schedule will look like, and when a trade deadline might be set, among other things. The talk of a potential trade is seemingly what sent the negative side of their relationship into the public’s eye in the days and weeks ahead of spring training’s start.
Certainly how the Rockies fare at the start of the season (whenever that is) will determine just how comfortable things might be in the clubhouse. Winning puts a lot of problems in the background while a tough start to the season (like last year) could put the Arenado-Bridich rift right back into the spotlight.
By the way, on Saturday, Arenado penned a heartfelt message to Rockies fans …
From Nolan— pic.twitter.com/mqrvNWtDYg
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) March 21, 2020