DENVER – Trevor Story’s farewell to Rockies and Coors Field is taking a little longer than expected. But as long as he stays around why not use the time to regain his momentum?
Story homered twice on Thursday afternoons in a 6-5 win over the Cubs. The first was a typical pull shot in the first inning, the second a two-run, opposing shot in the fifth when 30,462 spectators got their bonus chance to cheer him on.
“It’s always good to be able to hit home runs and it’s always good to play at home in front of these fans – always a good time,” said Story.
The Homers were Story’s first at Coors Field since July 4th – not counting, of course, his participation in the Home Run Derby during the All Star Game celebrations. And maybe Story addresses some of the offensive issues that gave other teams a break before the close of trading when the Rockies didn’t bow to offers and held onto the option of a compensatory draft pick next summer in case he declined a qualifying offer and left as a free agent.
When the rumors leading to the close of trading stayed void, Story, who had expected to be sent to a postseason race, recorded a game in San Diego. Since then, the story of nearly six seasons in Rockies uniform has gradually emerged again.
Whether a right elbow injury that cost him 11 games in May and June affected overall performance is an open question, thought scouts from other teams. But with Thursday’s 2-for-4 performance, Story is 7-for-19 (.368) with two homers and three doubles since returning from a day to “reset”.
In three games against the Cubs, Story beat several outside courts in the opposite direction. His second homer, Jake Jewell’s center right, was just his first shot on the other field of the season. His first homer of the day, the pull shot, came from starter Jake Arrieta.
Here is Story’s home run spray table that comes into play on Thursday.
On the second homer, not only was the inside-out stroke predominant, but also the strike zone control. The count was full and a 10-pitch at-bat ended.
“I feel good about it,” said Story. “It’s very natural for me when I feel good and move properly with a good balance in the penalty area. That will show. It’s not enforced, but it’s obviously something that is a good sign to me. I take care of the pitches I want to take care of and finish the at-bat the way I want.
“I would agree, I haven’t felt that consistently throughout the season. I felt that shortly before I was injured. “
While the Rockies have said they hope story stays, the odds are considered slim. So his good works will be included in the tender rather than helping the Rockies beyond this year. But a few people who will be there next year – Connor Joe and Sam Hilliard – went deep on Thursday too. And all three players had the chance to model the “Home Run Shades” that Hilliard ordered when he typed “Sick Shades” into the search bar.
The story is all about the dugout fun.
“You’re horrible to look at, but it’s funny, man,” said Story. “It’s something we can focus on.”
The dispute over the deadline didn’t affect the way Story was viewed by his teammates.
“Trevor has always been and will always be loved and respected on our team,” said Rockies manager Bud Black. “When someone goes deep, it’s a great feeling because everyone likes each other. But when one of your big boys goes deep, the guys like it because they know what it means to this team. “
Story can find his way back into his role with the only team he knows.
“I think I’m in this mode,” said Story. “It’s a lot easier to do now that these things are over. That’s what I want to play this game because I enjoy it. Then I’ll be in top form. “