Nolan Arenado celebrates being awesome with the St. Louis Cardinals. Image from Purple Row.

From a Winner on a Losing Team to a Winner on a Winning Team – Arenado is One of the Best to Play the Game

I’ve grown up a lifetime fan of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. I have the first ever draft pick’s Rookie card (he never amounted to anything with the team). Over the course of nearly 30 years I have had my share of heartbreaks (2007 World Series loss) and memories I will take to the grave (2007 NLCS Game 4 with my dad). And I have seen some incredible players come through the organization (Hall of Fame outfielder Larry Walker, Todd Helton, Jason Giambi, Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki).

But none come close to the caliber of player that Nolan Arenado is.

A third baseman drafted by the Colorado Rockies, Nolan Arenado quickly moved up the organizational depth chart following in the footsteps of “Hey these guys are good oh wait no they’re not” players like Garrett Atkins and Ian Stewart. Entering the league in 2013, Nolan Arenado didn’t find his stride in offense for a couple of years. But his defense was quickly on display. How good of a defensive player is he? Nolan Arenado has won the NL Gold Glove for third-basemen every single year since 2013 when he started playing in the majors.

Nolan Arenado was traded from the Colorado Rockies to the St. Louis Cardinals before the start of the 2021 season. He won his 9th consecutive Gold Glove just last week. I bought a red Colorado Rockies hat after he was traded – both to continue to show my support for my hometown team (who needs a new owner by the way, but that’s another story) – but also to show support for my favorite baseball player of all time.

Ken Griffey Jr. move over – Nolan Arenado has taken my top spot. And if you’re a baseball fan, there’s a chance he just might take yours too.

Look at EfnCool trying to write about sports! LOL