Story Might Have Best First Week Ever

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You want to talk Trevor Story? OK, let’s talk Trevor Story. The Colorado Rockiesrookie shortstop slammed his seventh home in six games, a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth that gave the Rockies a 5-3 lead on their way to a 6-3 win against the San Diego Padres. There are all kinds of fun trivia related to his exploits and those of his teammates.

A few good ones:

— Story became the first player to hit seven home runs in his team’s first six games. Larry Walker (1997), Mike Schmidt (1976) and Willie Mays (1964) had each hit six. Pretty good company.

— Story has more home runs than 16 teams.

— Also, the Rockies are the second team to hit 17 home runs in their first six games, joining the 2006 Detroit Tigers.

How’s he doing his damage? Let’s review’s Story’s seven home runs, four of which have traveled 425-plus feet:

1. Off Zack Greinke: 0-1 fastball, line drive to right field.

2. Off Zack Grienke: 2-0 slider, fly ball to left-center.

3. Off Shelby Miller: 1-0 changeup, fly ball to left-center.

4. Off Patrick Corbin: 1-0 fastball, line drive to left-center.

5. Off Chaz Roe: 0-0 curveball, fly ball to left field.

6. Off Ryan Buchter: 3-2 fastball, fly ball to left field.

7. Off Brandon Maurer: 1-1 slider, fly ball to left-center.

You can see the impressive thing about these home runs: He has hit them against four different pitches. Sunday’s home run came against a hanging slider from Maurer that stayed up and over the plate. That’s what good sluggers are supposed to do — make you pay for a mistake.

It’s obviously too early to draw any kind of conclusion on Story. He has struck out eight times in 28 plate appearances and that was the knock against him coming up through the minors. Will his swing-and-miss tendencies get exploited at the major league level? While he had 70 extra-base hits in the minors last year, including 20 home runs, he also fanned 141 times in 130 games. He has just one walk so far but he hasn’t been overly aggressive and swinging at bad pitches. His chase rate on pitches outside the strike zone is 28.6 percent, just a tick above the major league average of 27.3 percent, and better discipline than teammates Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez.

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Rockies Rookie Sets Record

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After touching ’em all with a home run trot, Rockies rookie Trevor Story reached out and touched the one person who could not be there in person at the ballpark: his late grandpa, the milkman.

“His name was Darrel Story. D-A-R-R-E-L. He died in 2012, during spring training,” Story told me Wednesday, after exhausting all his words on how he rewrote baseball history by hitting four home runs in three games to begin his major-league career.

Every time he rounds third and heads home, Story offers a quiet, little salute to his late grandfather as he hops on the plate. Rather than bat-flipping braggadocio, which seems to be all the rage in baseball, the 23-year-old Colorado rookie gives humble thanks after knocking a homer over the wall.

The gesture is so subtle and subdued, you might miss this home run celebration if not looking closely. Story gently raises his right fist under the chin, as if to push his head toward heaven, then briefly points to the sky and thanks Grandpa Darrel, who drove a Borden milk truck for a living in Texas on too many sizzling hot summer days to count.

“My grandfather was a big part of my baseball life. It’s a salute to him,” Story said. “He was at every single game. He would travel with me all through high school. My grandma, his wife, Norma, is with me right now, in Arizona, to see me play.”

Within a mind-blowing span of less than 72 hours, Story became the hottest trending word of the young baseball season.

“It’s kinda surreal,” he said, after the Rockies’ 4-3 victory against the Diamondbacks.

For those of you too busy picking your jaw off the floor to keep score at home, Story has smacked a fastball thrown by a Cy Young winner to the opposite field, reached out to jack a nasty slider into the bleachers, blasted an off-speed pitch into orbit with a 433-foot moon shot and, finally, during a Wednesday matinee, staked Colorado to an early lead with another towering homer that ricocheted off an electronic billboard at Chase Field

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