DENVER — On Saturday, the Colorado Rockies kicked off the 2020 season with fan fest at Coors Field.
It was the first time fans had a chance to meet the new team, which included shortstop Trevor Story.
"It feels good, I enjoyed my time here," said Story, who is close to a new two-year deal with Colorado. "I enjoy playing in front of these fans."
Not in attendance at fan fest: star third basemen Nolan Arenado, who’s public feud with general manager Jeff Bridich is a major story line heading into the season.
Whether the team likes it or not, they’ve got to deal with the drama between the front office and the Rockies fan favorite.
"The players are focused to play," said Rockies manager Bud Black. "Once we get to camp, I think the focus is going to be on baseball."
"I love Nolan. I can’t really speak for Nolan right now," said Rockies outfielder David Dahl. "Right now my focus is on just getting ready for the season and helping the team however I can."
Ultimately, after a 71-91 season, the Rockies will do a lot of things better in 2020 starting on the mound. In 2019, Colorado ended the season with a 5.56 ERA, ranked second worst in baseball.
"You know for us to get to where we want to be, we need to pitch better. The bullpen has to pitch better and the starting pitching has to be more consistent," explained Black.
Mark your calendars, Rockies pitchers and catchers report February 11th, with the season opening at San Diego on March 26th. Those same Padres coming to Denver for the home opener on April 3rd.