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Can the Rockies save their fan base?
La Voz Photo by Daryl Padilla

By Brandon Rivera

The Colorado Rockies have had a pretty loyal fan base since their inaugural season in 1993. Since then the Rockies have accumulated a single National League Pennant, and one World Series visit, in nearly 28 years.

The Colorado Avalanche, too, have developed a pretty loyal fan base since the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado in 1995 and became what we know as the Avalanche today. The Avs, however, have offered their unwavering fans two Stanley Cup trophies, two Conference Championships, along with nine Divisional Championships, in 26 years.

While itĺs not expected all teams will have the same successes that the Colorado Avalanche have been able to produce, itĺs understanable the frustrations fans have had with the Colorado Rockies organization over the years, which has made it a habit of producing league-dominant players, and then dealing them to other teams in head-scratching scenarios.

The Rockies found themselves in yet another head scratching scenario, which included arguably the best 3rd-basemen in baseball, Nolan Arenado. Arenado was Coloradoĺs second round pick in the 2009 MLB draft, selected 59th overall. Since then the perennial 3rd baseman racked up seven Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, three Rawlings Platinum Gloves (including last year), and four Silver Slugger Awards. Arenadoĺs contribution to the Rockies success is something teams and fans have marveled at during his career in Colorado.

On Friday the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to acquire Coloradoĺs 3rd baseman two years after signing a seven-year, $234 million extension with the Rockies. Arenadoĺs relationship with the Rockiesĺ took a turn around the same time he signed his extension and expressed his displeasure regarding the direction the organization was headed.

In previous years similar situations occurred between Carlos Gonzales, Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies, which has left fans in ire. Arenado on the other hand has an opportunity with the Cardinals that he never got with the Rockies, a chance at adding World Series Champion to his hardware.

While fans are upset, they also know that Arenado is better off in St. Louis. The question for fans now is, how long do we continue supporting an organization who hasnĺt offered me what other teams in the city have offered their fans? Itĺs only a matter of time before fans give up on the Rockies, but when...when they trade off another farmed superstar?

In other sports the Denver Nuggets snapped the Utah Jazzĺ 11-game winning streak on Sunday, with Nuggetsĺ center Nikola Jokic recording his second 47 point game. The Nuggets led through the entire game outplaying the Jazz 117-128. The Colorado Avalanche lost in overtime Sunday night in Minnesota to the Wild in game two of four splitting the series at one apiece. The Avalanche are scheduled to play the Wild, Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Pepsi Center.





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