Outside of yet another Gold and Platinum Glove honor for Nolan Arenado, there hasn’t been a lot for Colorado Rockies supporters to celebrate in recent weeks. However, there was a surprise for Rockies fans when the FanSided 250 was announced on Tuesday morning.
For the first time ever, the Colorado Rockies have been named as a part of the FanSided 250, an annual compilation of what is described as “the ultimate ranking of fandoms — from sports to entertainment, celebrities to gaming.” The Rockies came in at number 205, in 21st place among all Major League Baseball clubs.
Two other National League West clubs were represented in the FanSided 250 this year, with the Los Angeles Dodgers ranking fifth (the highest MLB team ranking) and the San Diego Padres coming in 28th.
The overall top spot went to the Los Angeles Lakers while the final spot (number 250) went to the television series “Ted Lasso,” showcasing the wide-ranging pool of entrants in this year’s list.
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And yes, you read that correctly earlier, this is based on the amount of “fandom” surrounding a team, person, or entertainment icon. So, even though some argue this is the darkest period in Rockies history with the futures of All-Stars Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story staying in Denver in the air, as well as the recent cost-cutting decision to non-tender 2019 All-Star David Dahl and the likelihood that the Rockies will not be spending a great deal in free agency following back-to-back losing seasons, those who compiled the list at FanSided see the Rockies have a stronger fandom than NL West rivals San Francisco and Arizona, which neither one made the list.
While the Rockies as a team made the list, no individual players were named to the FanSided 250. Despite Charlie Blackmon’s iconic beard and Arenado’s defensive wizardry, they couldn’t match the nationwide attention drawn by the only three baseball players to make the list: Mike Trout (42nd overall), Fernando Tatis Jr. (181st overall), and Juan Soto (230th overall).
So why did the Rockies make the list? While we’re not on the inner circle at FanSided of those who compile this annual list, you can rest assured that the star power of Arenado, Blackmon, and Story, as well as the passion that has come in recent weeks on social media from Rockies fans about some of the club’s moves had a lot to do with the inaugural ranking.
We love the passion of Rockies fans, and that has been recognized with inclusion in this year’s FanSided 250. A tip of the cap to all of you for the energy you bring every day when it comes to your Colorado Rockies.