DENVER — ‪Colorado Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado stands before more cameras than the club is used to seeing this time of year. He takes a deep breath.

“There was a little bit of depression,” he says about the aftermath the Wild Card game loss to the Arizona Cardinals last October. He stayed in Arizona for a while because he didn’t want to be seen in Denver. Arguably the best elite-level athlete in the state couldn’t bear to be seen in his own hometown.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that this is a team led by primadonnas with me-first mindsets.

“Not a week has gone by that I haven’t thought about that game,”‬ says Arenado. “I kinda hid a little bit… I went to a concert by myself because nobody wanted to go with me.”‬

Plenty of people would have loved an opportunity to accompany him. But clearly, the Rockies third baseman needed some time to reflect. It was the most crushing loss of his career. And there was only one way, after his short retreat, that he could think of to deal with it.

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Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition. Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization. A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts. Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party. The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.