If these five players ever suited up for the Colorado Rockies, we still think it would be hard for fans to cheer for them because of some past performances and/or grievances against the Rockies.
So what kind of a year was it in 2020? It was the kind of strange and warped year where Colorado Rockies fans found themselves cheering for Matt Kemp, one of the players who has haunted the Rockies throughout his playing time.
Maybe, just maybe, Jerry Seinfeld got it right…
Yes, Rockies fans began to cheer for Kemp when he put on the purple. But are there players who they would not root for if they put on a Colorado uniform? After doing some very informal research among Rockies fans (online and offline), there are seemingly five players who would make it tough for Rockies fans to truly get behind.
Now granted, any of these five players coming to Colorado is a long-shot, now or in the future. However, we didn’t think Kemp would ever suit up in Denver, did we?
The first is Manny Machado, who has played for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, antagonizing the Rockies with both teams since coming into the National League at the 2018 trade deadline.
Machado hasn’t exactly crushed the Rockies when he has faced them (slashing .283/.347/.444 with six homers and 27 RBI in 202 plate appearances). However, it has been the countless comparisons to Nolan Arenado that has Rockies fans rolling their eyes. Colorado and San Diego fans have countless disagreements about who is best (despite Arenado’s number of Gold (eight) and Platinum Gloves (four) compared to Machado’s two and one, respectively). Call it the “little brother” syndrome perhaps?
Can attitude make someone despised by a fan base? According to plenty who I talked to, the answer is yes and that’s Machado’s biggest detriment.