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DENVER (KDVR) — It’s nothing new for Rockies fans. From Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Holliday to Troy Tulowitzki, there’s a litany of home-grown talent traded away.

Every time one of the players on that list comes back to Coors Field, it’s more salt in the wound wearing a different uniform.

Thursday night, it’s Nolan Arenado’s turn to hear his name announced and step into the batter’s box in his first game back to Coors Field since donning a St. Louis Cardinals jersey. As for whether he expects a warm reception from the home crowd: “I hope so” the superstar said.

“I think they understand what I did, and they appreciate what I did. You’re going to get some fans that’ll probably be upset. I get that, but I think overall they’re going to appreciate it. I hope so,” Arenado said.

Arenado’s return does seem to cut the deepest, especially when you consider the caliber of player that he is. 

A gamer in every sense of the word, with his eight consecutive Gold Gloves, 251 career home runs and countless timely hits. The 30-year-old is on pace to be one of, if not the single great third baseman in the history of Major League Baseball. A shoo-in for Cooperstown when his time comes. Plus, he was a Rockie through and through — until, of course, he wasn’t.

Back in early February, the Rockies traded Arenado along with $51 million to St. Louis in exchange for a handful of lightly regarded prospects and starting pitcher Austin Gomber.

Tonight will mark game one of a four-game series between the Rockies and Cardinals. Antonio Senzatela (2.7, 4.76 era) will get the start for Colorado while Adam Wainwright (6-5, 3.59 era) gets the ball for St. Louis.  First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m.