On this Halloween night, we check out the three scariest moments of the Colorado Rockies season.
Happy Halloween Rockies fans. While it’s scary enough that this is the last day of October baseball for the year, here at Rox Pile we thought we’d delve into the scariest moments of the 2021 Colorado Rockies season.
Hopefully, the 2022 season is more of a treat than a trick.
1. Nolan Arenado Trade
This will likely forever be the first and foremost scariest moment in Colorado Rockies history.
Trading a disgruntled star who wants to win is one thing. Trading your best player arguably ever who wanted to win in Denver for prospects not many hold in high esteem is a whole other conversation.
To compound things, the Rockies gave the other team $50 million to take their best player and having the GM resign just a month into the season is beyond coherent analysis. It’s inexplicable. This trade seems like a lifetime ago and feels like it happened just yesterday all at the same time. It feels like a perpetual terrifying nightmare.
2. Not trading Trevor Story and Jon Gray at the Trade Deadline
Maybe these Colorado Rockies greats didn’t get traded because there was an interim GM and the organization was still reeling from the backlash of trading Arenado. Of course, no Rockies fans want to see Story and Gray go. They are arguably some of the best to ever do it at their position in franchise history.
But not trading them doesn’t make sense for the future health of the team. Story is likely to leave in free agency this offseason. He was at a loss of words as to why he wasn’t traded at the deadline. We all were. The front office likely thinks getting a compensation pick for him is enough but it’s too bad Story wasn’t given more of a chance to compete. Even if that chance came on another team. He more than deserves it.
Same with Gray. He mentioned he’d like to resign here in the offseason. That’s great. It makes sense though to trade him to a contender and get prospects back and if he truly wants to resign make him an offer after the season. Once again, the lack of movement at the deadline felt like an old familiar ghost here to haunt Rockies fans every year.
*Also who could forget the scariest moment of all with Rockies Cat coming to town which happened in the second game of the season.
3. Bill Schmidt dropping the Interim title
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that has anything bad to say about new Colorado Rockies GM Bill Schmidt.
He has brought tremendous value to the organization as a scout. He was named interim GM when Bridich stepped down at the beginning of the season. You’d also be hard-pressed to find anyone that was surprised when the team named him the permanent GM moving forward.
It’s not really an indictment on Schmidt whatsoever when the fanbase and media question and feel disappointed by the decision.
To some of Schmidt’s credit, the team didn’t have a losing month since May but by naming him GM before the penultimate game of the season shows that they were never serious about looking at candidates outside of the organization for a much-needed new perspective.
It feels like Groundhog Day more than Halloween that not much is going to change looking beyond the horizon for this club.
Bonus Scare: If Ryan McMahon doesn’t get the Gold Glove
Get this man some hardware. No one else in the league had to follow Arenado’s huge shadow at the position. He handled it better than anybody could anticipate. His season will not soon be forgotten.