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Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is silhouetted as he warms up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — On July 21, Trevor Story walked out of Coors Field after what he thought was his final home game with the Rockies. With the trade deadline in the middle of their 10-game road trip, Story, a free agent after the season, was certain he would not be returning with the team.

But the Rockies didn’t trade him. And now, he’s again approaching what will likely be his last home game Wednesday. This time though, his future is in his hands.

“It’s going to be a little bit sentimental,” Story said. “I’m going to try to be in the moment the best I can. I might get emotional on Wednesday.”

Story assumed, knowing the team’s track record, that he would be dealt at the deadline, just like how the team has handled players in similar situations in the past. That included a lopsided trade that sent Story’s good friend Nolan Arenado to St. Louis in February.

Story made his feelings clear about how he felt that day, taking himself out of the lineup for the first game after the deadline. He was confused, and admitted that it was a tough situation to deal with. He got only a minimal explanation from interim general manager Bill Schmidt, who later told the media that the Rockies did not receive any offers that were worth considering.

At the time, Story said the writing was on the wall concerning his future in Colorado. He’s not taking anything off the table, he said. But those feelings are still real.

He plans to make a list of teams he would be willing to play for. It’ll be a group decision, he said, with his wife factoring into the conversation. The Texas Rangers, their hometown, are among the teams that sources said plan to go after him. The Rockies are expected to make Story a qualifying offer, which, if he turns it down, will give the team an extra draft pick next year.

But most importantly, Story said he wants to play somewhere that shares his goals. He’s been to the playoffs just twice in six years with the Rockies.

“Above all, winning,” Story said of what he’s looking for in a team. “A winning culture and a plan to win is what excites me the most.”

“The consistency just hasn’t been there,” he added about the Rockies during his time.

The market for shortstops this offseason will be crowded. The Mets’ Javier Baez, the Dodgers' Corey Seager, the Blue Jays' Marcus Semien and the Astros’ Carlos Correa are among the others who are free agents after this season.

Story has not had his best season. His batting average before Tuesday’s game was .245, after three seasons in a row of hitting right below .300. He said he may have put too much pressure on himself early in the season, with the weight of trade talks hovering around him. 

But there’s also the case of his right elbow, which he hurt in May for the second time in three seasons. He was shut down for two weeks, and since then has missed a number of plays that would indicate that it’s not 100 percent. He has 14 errors, a career high.

Story said that he plans to rework his throwing program and take a deep dive into what’s been causing these miscues.

“It’s a lot better,” he said about his elbow. “It feels good.”

After Wednesday’s game, Story will walk across the Coors Field infield on his way to the team bus, passing the spot on the infield he stood for six seasons. Then he’ll get on a plane, and head to Arizona for the last three games of the season.

Beyond that is unknown. But he'll be the one who gets to make that decision. 

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