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.