Another thing about Darth Vader? We knew the guy had the Force flowing through him at a very young age. I mean, long before he turned the dark side, Anakin Skywalker was showing how he could not only use his skills in pod racing, but also have the Force make those skills even more complete as he grew older. There’s a reason why Obi-Wan Kenobi said of Anakin, “He was the best star pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior.”
With that in mind, give me Trevor Story in terms of using the Force at a young age and improving with it as he gets older (as well as having that warrior mentality). At the age of 23, Story made his historic Major League debut. Despite playing in just 97 games that season as a thumb injury sidelined him, Story finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year balloting.
I mean, come on, Story was showing the Force already as 2016’s spring training came to a close.
Now preparing for his fourth season, Story is coming off two consecutive All-Star Game appearances and Silver Slugger wins. He’s also on the verge of winning his first Gold Glove.
You may have forgotten with all of the COVID-19 news in recent weeks, but the Rockies inked Story to a two-year, $27.5 million contract over the offseason that will make him the third-highest-paid Rockies player in 2021 (behind Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon). Finding a way to keep Story beyond the 2021 season (as well as Arenado with his now-infamous opt-out clause) is one of the biggest tasks that lies ahead for Rockies management.
Anakin may have been the star pilot in the galaxy, and Story has already been dubbed as MLB’s best shortstop by MLB Network’s Shredder. Yes, the Force is very strong in this one. Let’s just hope we never see Story turn to the dark side and play somewhere else.