Story would much rather talk about today’s game, his chances at a 30-30 season in 2021, or what Opening Day with fans at Coors Field might look like. But he knows that his contract situation is dominating the “what if” scenarios that often float in the minds of baseball fans and pundits.
“It’s something that I realized is part of the game,” Story said of contracts and the business side of baseball. “It just comes with being a baseball player. You have to kind of talk about your situation. When you realize that, then you can be okay with it. It’s not something that really bothers me or anything. I know that it’s part of the part of the gig and as long as it’s not very repetitive, I’m okay to talk about it.”
Story has often talked about baseball as a game and the joy he has derived from playing it. However, there are times like this where it is harder to separate stepping on the field for nine innings from who will pay you and how much for those nine innings of work.
“It’s always about baseball for me, the things I can do to help myself get better on the field. Those are the things I really focus on,” Story said. “Once it’s time to play, you go out there and trust your training and try to have fun.
“I’ve never wanted to play this game for anything other than the love of it.”
I ask Story if he can still have fun knowing everything that is swirling around him.
“Yeah for sure,” Story said. “It’s not something I think about a lot. I think about playing baseball, more than anything else. I don’t know if I’m weird that way but I try to really keep it about stuff I can do on the field and can control and that’s what I focus on.”