The long parade of genuflection in Carlos Gonzalez‘s corner of the Rockies’ clubhouse Wednesday night included shouted Spanish insults and a young catcher trying, feebly, to make fun of the slugger’s maroon leather jacket. It was all done in love.

Gonzalez, the Rockies’ longest-tenured position player, the slugger with the sweet swing, is on short time. A weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field, with a postseason berth on the line, likely will be his last homestand in Denver.

“It was going through my head when we got home (this week) and I realized it could be the end,” said Nolan Arenado, the Rockies’ all-star third baseman. “It breaks my heart. I love him. He’s like a brother to me.”

Gonzalez, a 31-year-old right fielder, likely is playing out the final days of a nine-year career with the Rockies. He will become a free agent the day after the final game of the World Series. Gonzalez and Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich had significant discussions last spring about a contract extension, but a deal fizzled and they haven’t talked about the topic since.