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Jim Tracy says Ubaldo Jimenez hitting Troy Tulowitzki was most gutless act he’s seen in baseball

Bad blood rarely boils over during spring training games, but it happens. If not for Ubaldo Jimenez, we may have made it through an entire spring training without a bench-clearing incident. Jimenez, who now pitches for the Indians, drilled former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow on Sunday. The Indians insist the ball got away from him, but Jimenez reportedly threw his glove to the ground and started walking toward Tulowitzki once he drilled him. Couple that with the fact that there is a history between the two and that would make for quite the coincidence.

To say Rockies manager Jim Tracy is upset over the incident would be a massive understatement.

“It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball,” Tracy said angrily according to the Denver Post. “I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got away, I don’t want to hear any of that (expletive). He intentionally threw at him. He should be suspended. I am going to be very disappointed if he doesn’t get suspended. He deserves to be.

“Are you kidding me? Five days before opening day and you are going to take a potshot like that? It was the worst I have seen. I have lost respect for him and that’s a very difficult thing for me to say.”

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MLB Fan Cave finalist Shaun Kippins pranked by Troy Tulowitzki (Video)

MLB Fan Cave finalists have to do a ton to prove that they are baseball’s biggest fan. These guys and gals show off their hundreds of hats, t-shirts, and crazy tattoos just for a chance to take home the honors. As if that wasn’t hard enough work, Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies had to go and screw with finalist Shaun Kippins.

As you saw in the video above, Tulowitzki was talking to Kippins about his Evoshield arm bands when someone interrupted and acted like there was somewhere the Rockies shortstop needed to be. Tulo then asked Kippins to hold the Evoshield until he got back, but another Rockies staff member came along and said he would take it. Naturally, Kippins obliged. When Troy got back, he had Kippins thinking he was furious that he would let someone else take his Evoshield because it’s so awesome. As cruel as it was, the execution was nearly flawless. Somebody get that kid a change of undies.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Troy Tulowitzki: Ubaldo Jimenez Did Not Properly Prepare Himself for the Season

Ubaldo Jimenez was one of the best stories of the baseball season last year. The former Rockies pitcher went 15-1 in 18 starts before the All-Star break and was nearly unbeatable. He had a sub-1.00 ERA in June and had thrown a no-hitter. He rode a fastball in the upper-90s with crazy movement and a wicked breaking ball to unprecedented Coors Field success for a pitcher. Ubaldo finished the year 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA. He had established himself as an ace in the National League and he was expected to anchor the Rockies’ staff for the future. But it all changed this season.

Ubaldo entered the year reportedly dissatisfied with his contract situation. He had seen the franchise give Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez major contract extensions while he remained signed to a team-friendly deal. He got rocked on Opening Day and ended up on the disabled list with a finger injury. Turns out he was battling other nagging injuries since spring training, and it looks like a lack of proper preparation prior to the season is to blame.

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Troy Tulowitzki Switches At-Bat Music to Justin Bieber’s Baby, Hits Two Home Runs

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is a big Justin Bieber fan, as we’ve written here before. He’s one of a handful of ballplayers who are also teenie-boppers, as he, Cameron Maybin, and Nick Johnson have all used Miley Cyrus for their at-bat music in the past. Which brings me to Tulowitzki during spring training.

Tulo let Rockies fans vote to choose his at-bat music for the season, and Katy Perry won over Ke$ha, Bieber, and Chris Brown. Tulo unfortunately started off the season 0-for-8 and opted for a change over to Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”

The results have been magical.

Since the switch, Tulowitzki’s gone 3-for-7 with two home runs, three runs scored, three RBIs, and and a walk, and the Rockies have won both their games. As Rockies writer Troy Renck said on twitter, no way Tulowitzki switches away from Bieber with the way things have turned. Justin Bieber, good luck charm.

Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi go to Justin Bieber’s Movie, See Luis Gonzalez

You read that right — Colorado Rockies players Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi had some free time during Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona and decided to hit the theater. They did exactly what any typical bulky, muscular, All-American tough-guy ballplayers would do … watch Justin Bieber’s movie, Never Say Never.

But that’s not all — The Denver Post says Tulo and Giambino ran into former roider Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez at the theater.

See, Gonzo I could picture heading out to Bieber’s movie. He seems like a sweet, family type of guy who would find a chick flick charming. Tulo we already knew is a Miley Cyrus fan, so hearing he went to see the Biebs’ movie is no surprise. But Giambi? The Rick Vaughn of the Rockies, going to see Bieber?

Not only is it true, but he actually liked it saying “it was really, really good.”

Apparently the once proud prankster is changing, admitting that “The Big G’s getting old,” so maybe his idea of going out is different from what it once was. He sure seems a lot more tame than he used to be, and I for one am horrified.

NL Playoff Preview and Players to Watch

Also check out Alan Hull’s AL Playoff Preview

As the season wraps up and the National League contenders begin to separate themselves from one another, here is a look at some key players to watch down the stretch and through October.

ATLANTA BRAVES

Derrek Lee: There is no better way to add zeroes to the back of your next contract than to perform in the post-season when the stakes are the highest and all of baseball is watching. Lee will be looking to sign one last lucrative contract after this season. He had an opportunity to reinvent himself upon being traded to Atlanta, with the hopes he would replace some of the production lost when Chipper Jones went down. Lee responded by hitting a decent .289/.375/.433 since the trade. He will get another chance to start over in October and a few big hits will go a long way for his financial future.

Tommy Hanson: Tim Hudson has had a big season for the Braves, but has faded a bit down the stretch. Hanson, however, is the Braves most talented pitcher and has flown under the radar due to a mediocre win-loss record. This post-season may be a coming-out party for the 23-year-old future ace.

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