Colorado Rockies: How a Coors Field boycott may work
By Jordan West
Over a month ago, the Colorado Rockies practically gave away five-time All-Star third baseman, Nolan Arenado, to the St. Louis Cardinals. The trade came after a year-long rumor that Arenado had lost faith in the Rockies organization, and general manager Jeff Bridich’s direction for the organization. While it’s quite believable that this was the case, Arenado has since denied those rumors.
It’s clear that trading Arenado was the last straw for many fed-up Rockies fans. Over the years, we all have grown evermore frustrated with the organization’s questionable moves. While some moves did in fact work out in our favor, painfully consistent losing seasons and some pretty-hard-to-ignore roster moves have brought many fans to a line in the sand. Losing Arenado pushed them over. Fans took to Twitter to voice their frustrations.
Within hours, #RockiesBoycott was trending all over Twitter’s Sports section. Fed up with poor management, fans called for the firing of Bridich. Additionally, fans called for Rockies owners, the Monfort brothers, to sell the team after implying that they had no interest in improving the Rockies organization unless it lined their pockets. Rockies fan Aaron Ellis was one of the many fans that took to Twitter.
Over a month later, the Rockies upcoming season still looks bleak as many fans have favorited a new MLB team or are just boycotting baseball altogether. While there will always be die-hards, the Rockies fan base has taken a huge hit this year and some speculate the pain might not be over yet.
And the trade rumors have already been circulating around Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.
It’s undeniable that trading Story now would be a devastating blow that Rockies fans just can’t handle after the last dagger to the heart. After losing Arenado, the Rockies can’t afford to give up another star talent that has much of what the team needs to build around.
Although, not all hope is lost, yet.
Per MLBTradeRumors.com, “The Rockies don’t expect to trade Story before the season starts, but they also haven’t discussed a long-term deal with the 28-year-old.”
For my own sanity and peace of mind, I’m going to remain optimistic that the Rockies will, in fact, re-sign our best remaining player to a fair contract. The 2021 season will be crucial to the Rockies organization.
But perhaps, a boycott will work as it could give the Rockies management the push it needs to bring fan support back to Coors Field in future years.