ARLINGTON – From the day he left his Metroplex home until Monday, when he returned with the Rockies to start a three-game series against the Rangers at Globe Life Field, it’s been a strange seven months for Trevor Story.
Story’s arrival for 2021 Spring Training was delayed by ice storms that caused much suffering in the Dallas area, where he grew up and is still alive. The season has been a well-documented fight on the field, which he confused with trade rumors that were not followed by a real deal.
“It’s pretty hectic,” said Story, who went in to hit .246 on Monday, well below his usual numbers, with 16 homers and 58 RBI. “It started pretty crazy and for me it’s been a bit inconsistent. This is the best way to describe it. But I feel good when I finish strong. That’s what I’m focusing on. “
Regardless of the riots, Story is at home in front of at least 30 family members and even more friends.
“It’s something my wife and I had turned the calendar around, and it’s already here,” said Story, who got the Rockies lineup clean up. “It’s great to see our family and be home for the next three days.”
This will be the second time Story has played at Globe Life Field, which opened last year on the street where Story grew up watching the Rangers, although this is the first time he has returned home to this park. Last year, the Rockies opened the abbreviated season here, against the Rangers, but due to the pandemic, the bleachers were full of cardboard scraps and Story was unable to spend time with the family due to the protocols.
Story scored twice in the last game of this series, with a 5-2 victory for the Rockies.
“I know what the Rangers mean to this city,” Story said. “For my family and friends they could see him in person (last year was tough), but I’m excited. No doubt I wish they could have seen the stadium open, but I think they are just as excited to see it now. ”
Story explains that the Rangers’ state-of-the-art park reminds him of the upcoming AT&T Stadium, the mansion where the Dallas Cowboys play football. Fans no longer add to the oppressive heat and humidity of Texas. History stopped at the old Rockies stadium in a 13-12 defeat against the Rangers on a hot 2018 Father’s Day.
As has often been the case this year, Story claims to have cast a spell on the past while trying to postpone visions of the future. Story had a 0-2 run that ended Sunday with a double in a 5-0 win over the Dodgers. And of course, with free agency at the end of the regular season, it’s almost inevitable that the hometown Rangers will be one of the teams chasing him.
“I try to be where my feet are, honestly, trying to finish strong and let the low season take over,” he said.
Asked directly about whether his feet could end up in Arlington next season, Story erupted in an ironic smile.
“They’re here in low season,” he said.