St. Louis Cardinals superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado says that he has moved on from the trade that sent him from the Colorado Rockies to the Cardinals during this past offseason, according to ESPN’s Marly Rivera.
“I’ve moved on. That might hurt some people’s feelings over there, but I have,” Arenado said. “They’ll always have a special place in my heart, the fans — the people. Regardless of the people that don’t like me there, or I don’t like them, I appreciate every single one of them. I appreciate the love. I appreciate the hate. I know that I can look back at my years in Colorado and know that I gave everything that I had. I have no regrets. Now I’m here in St. Louis and I’m going to give them everything I have too.”
Arenado knows that a potential road to the World Series may have to run through the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, and looks forward to the challenge.
“[It] would be pretty cool to be in the NLCS championship in L.A. and playing against them and facing [Clayton] Kershaw and those guys,” Arenado said. “But we have to focus on Opening Day, and winning one game at a time. I think there’s a good chance that the Dodgers are going to be there. And they would probably say the same thing that I’m saying right now, that they have a lot of hard work to do and they have to focus on themselves and winning every game. We need to focus on that first, and then hopefully we can get to that point.”
While he misses his teammates in Colorado, Arenado says that he has embraced the “Cardinal Way”.
“I’m going to miss some of my boys in Colorado, the people that I care about over there. I’ve known them since I was a 17-year-old, or when I was called up at 22. But the sweet moment was coming here to a great organization with great history and with great players. Players that I’ve admired for a long time,” Arenado said. “It’s a different vibe. The meetings. The attention to detail. They talk about things that I’ve never heard before as far as rules, plays, how we need to approach the plays. How we need to touch a base to go to the next base. If there’s a first and third situation — how I need to go, where to be. We went over the stuff in Colorado. But the way they explain it or the way they want you to do it is different. I love it.”