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Troy Tulowitzki attends Yankees game while on DL

Troy Tulowitzki Yankees game

Troy Tulowitzki has made no secret that he wants to play for a contender, and that reality seemed pretty evident Sunday when he decided to attend a New York Yankees game.

Tulo is on the DL with a left hip injury that does not seem to be improving. He flew to Philadelphia to see a sports injury specialist and checked out the Yankees-Blue Jays game while he was in the area.

Tulo’s Rockies are 43-60, while the Yankees are 54-49 and in the playoffs pretty much every season. It sure seems pretty evident that he wants to play for them and be their next great shortstop, replacing his idol Derek Jeter.

Doesn’t it just seem weird to see a current player attending the game of another team while his team is playing on the same day? You just don’t see something like that. Tulo’s a franchise icon for the Rockies, not some spectator or fan who should be out watching another team play. This tells me he has checked out of Colorado.

Oh, and bonus points to Tulo for wearing an “Arrested Development” shirt.

H/T Jeff Passan

Troy Tulowitzki’s name misspelled on Rockies giveaway T-shirts

The Colorado Rockies held a Troy Tulowitzki T-shirt giveaway on Saturday night, but there was one problem — the shirt manufacturer misspelled the star shortstop’s name:

Troy Tulowitzki misspelled shirt

As if it weren’t bad enough that fans don’t get to see Tulo because he’s on the DL, now they’re stuck with a misspelled last name on the shirt. What, like Tulowitzki is a tough name to spell?

Actually, this might not be a bad thing. Sometimes mistakes make items better collectibles. Horray for the first 15,000 fans who got this bum shirt!

Photo: Twitter/PurpleRow

Rockies DJ plays ‘I Saw the Sign’ after Troy Tulowitzki sign stealing accusations

Troy-Tulowitzki-errors-mentalColorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is seeing the ball so well this year, particularly at Coors Field, that San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow wonders if the shortstop is cheating.

Earlier this week, Krukow told the KNBR morning show that he believes Tulowitzki is stealing signs.

“I swear he’s getting signs,” Krukow said, per MLB.com’s Thomas Harding. “There is no way you can hit like that, for this long. I mean, if you hit .571, that’s for a weekend or a week. But you don’t do it for six weeks. That’s insane.”

In response to those accusations, Tulowitzki changed his walk-up music to “I Saw the Sign” during Thursday’s game.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss also mocked Krukow for his comments.

“We’ve got a light bulb on the scoreboard we flash,” he joked. “Keep an eye on Dinger (the Rockies’ mascot); he’s involved. We switch out the balls. We’ve got the umpires in on it. I love it when other teams talk about that. I think it just feeds the beast.”

Tulo’s walk-up music may not have been the best walk-up song we have heard this year, but it was probably the most clever. Can’t a guy just be red hot at the plate? Don’t take anything away from him if you have no evidence.

H/T Sporting News

Cardinals, Rockies reportedly will discuss Troy Tulowitzki trade

Troy TulowitzkiThe Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals will discuss a potential trade involving Troy Tulowitzki at this week’s GM/owners meetings, according to a report.

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the teams have already had “informal talks” about a potential trade and that the Cardinals have shown “significant interest” in Tulo. Passan also indicates that the Cardinals will inquire with the Texas Rangers about Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.

It sounds like the Cardinals are interested in getting a shortstop to replace Pete Kozma and that this deal is being initiated by them, which is different from the Rockies actively shopping Tulo. Colorado may not have a serious need to dump the shortstop’s salary, but they may be open to the right deal depending on the package.

Tulo has $134 million guaranteed to him over the next seven years (his 2021 season is a club option with a $4 million buyout). He has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal, but St. Louis would likely be an appealing destination.

The Cardinals have won the NL Central seven times since 2000 and reached the postseason all but four times during that span. The Rockies have reached the playoffs twice in that span, made the World Series once, and have finished last in the division the past two seasons.

The Rockies may feel that trading Tulo, who is homegrown and one of the most popular players on the team, would be difficult to do to the fans, but could be worthwhile depending on the return. The Cardinals have a hoard of talented young players, and the Rockies could get back three major leaguers for him: Matt Adams, one of the young starters like Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller, and one of their relievers like Kevin Siegriest or Trevor Rosenthal. That kind of return would have to appeal to any baseball team.

St. Louis obviously seems intent on getting a new shortstop and feel like they have expendable talent depending on what kind of upgrade they can make. For an MVP-type player like Tulo, trading all that talent might be worthwhile. The question is whether Colorado thinks it is.

Troy Tulowitzki grabs teammate’s nuts in postgame handshake (GIF)

Troy Tulowitzki nut grabOh nothing, just Troy Tulowitzki grabbing teammate Rafael Betancourt in the nuts after the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday. Tulo hit a two-run single in the sixth, while Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth. Betancourt initially put up some resistance to Tulo, but the shortstop would not be denied.

Between Tulo and Jeff Francoeuer, this is turning into the year of the nut shot.

Forearm bash to Deadspin

Rockies fan with the crazy mohawk goes Troy Tulowitzki this time (Picture)

Rockies-fan-Troy-Tulowitzki-mohawk

Colorado Rockies mohawk dude is back for another season. This time, he is paying homage to All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki with his ridiculously high hair.

If you remember, this same fan was in attendance when the Rockies played the Arizona Diamondbacks in the playoffs last season. We also showed you several pictures that prove he uses his mohawk to support all of the other collegiate and professional sports teams in the Colorado area. This guy has found a unique way to show his fanhood and he keeps rolling with it. I ain’t mad at him for that.

Photo via Reddit

Troy Tulowitzki admits his fielding errors have been a mental issue

Through the early part of the season, Troy Tulowitzki has been uncharacteristically shaky in the field. Typically one of the best defensive players in the game, the Rockies shortstop committed six errors all of last season and won his second straight Gold Glove. Through only 11 games this season, Tulowitzki has already tied last year’s total and is six errors away from posting a career high with 151 games left to play. The problem, he admits, is in his head.

“I’m taking the field and thinking about it,” Tulowitzki said after being held out of the lineup Wednesday according to MLB.com. “I never thought about defense. I just go out there and play, and if I make an error, I made an error. But I wasn’t worried about it. So, yeah, I think about it. It’s in my head. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t in my head. I think about it because I care.”

Perhaps a day off will serve him well. Tulowitzki obviously isn’t going to continue on his current pace, or he’d finish the season with nearly 100 errors. We know that isn’t going to happen. Veteran teammate Jason Giambi says he has been there before and understands how a few errors can start to weigh on a player mentally.

“I showed him some highlights of him playing and said, ‘That’s you.’” Giambi said. “I said, ‘I know. I’ve been there many times, the deer in the highlights look and you’re just reeling.’ He’ll get through this just great. He’ll be fine.”

So much of defense is being confident that you can get to every ball and make every throw, and Tulowitzki is missing that element of his game right now. Given his history, I suspect he will rediscover it sooner rather than later.

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