Tulo Fans

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Watch Troy Tulowitzki on the baseball diamond during the carefree days of spring training and you realize that he’s still a kid at heart.

So it makes sense that Tulo would reach out to ailing kids to lift their spirits and induce some smiles.

Tulo is underwriting an all-expense paid trip to spring training for more than 20 patients from Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The group will visit spring training from March 6-8, the hospital announced in a press release.

“I have done it for the past couple of years,” Tulowitzki said. “It’s a chance to get them out here for a little mini-vacation. We give them a chance to meet some of the players. It’s a good little getaway.

“They are going through some difficult things and spending a lot of time at the hospital. … I’m looking forward to it.”

For many of the young patients, it will be the first trip away from home without their parents. Doctors and nurses will also be on the trip, but mostly it’s a much-needed getaway and a break from the hospital.

During the regular season, Tulo will see some of the kids at Coors Field.

“Some of them will be at the games and they will say hi and I try to remember their faces,” he said. “I remember them talking about how much fun they had at the hotel and playing at the pool. Like I said, it’s a chance for them to get away.”

Tulowitzki admits he often puts on a serious game face, but he lets his guard down around the kids.

“It’s because I like interacting with kids,” Tulo said. “I think people who know me, know that I can be pretty serious in the clubhouse, but you bring a kid around and I’m probably a different guy. I think I have the patience and I enjoy being around them.”

Source: The Denver Post

Troy Tulowitzki is Poised for a Big Season

Posted by Jen on
January 26th, 2015

Good news, Colorado Rockies fans! Troy Tulowitzki is getting ever closer to a return to the diamond after undergoing hip surgery last year. Despite constant rumors that Tulo will be shipped out of town as part of a Rockies rebuild, no trade was close and he’ll remain in Denver for at least the first half of 2015 and, if a bet had to be made, all season. Can Tulowitzki put all the injuries and the trade rumors behind him and have a MVP caliber season? Yes, yes and yes.

Tulo has always been a true professional, so the trade speculation shouldn’t bother him much. Every player of a certain caliber on a losing team will hear his name mentioned in those rumors come July or the offseason, when transactions of this sort happen. No trade will happen, as I’m sure Troy is aware of, so it shouldn’t really bother him enough to effect his play on the field.

The injuries will be a much tougher hurdle to clear. He was limited to just 91 games last season with the hip injury, and we all know how injuries have cost him hundreds of games throughout his career. Staying healthy has to be the main objective for Tulo in 2015, as the Rockies can’t get close to .500 without him on the diamond.

The good news, now, is that Troy has been hearing all of this for the last couple of offseasons. Shutting critics up is perhaps the greatest motivator in all of sports, and he’ll have that in spades this go round. An angry ballplayer is a good ballplayer. And when that angry ballplayer is already one of the very best players in the Major Leagues, you’ve got an MVP candidate on your hands.

If the Colorado Rockies get to .500 or above this coming season, Troy Tulowitzki will have played a huge role in their success. And unless someone in the NL goes absolutely berserk with the bat, Tulo may very well finish the season with the trophy in his hands.

Source: Sports Media 101

Both Rockies stars expected to be ready for Spring Training
DENVER — These cold January days are, in an important way, the brightest the Rockies have seen in some time. That’s because shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez are back on the field hitting, throwing and, in Tulowitzki’s case, fielding.

At close to the same time in August, Tulowitzki underwent surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum and Gonzalez had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee. Now doctors have cleared both Rockies All-Stars for activity.

“Tulo was in Denver last week just for a couple days for a routine checkup on his progress, and everything’s great,” Rockies senior vice president and general manager Jeff Bridich said. “He’s swinging fully, he’s taking full batting practice in the cage, and this week he’s starting to add taking ground balls in the infield and really starting to ramp up the pure baseball activity.”

Gonzalez revealed to a reporter from his native Venezuela this week that he has been cleared for on-field batting practice and straight-ahead running, and the star slugger will be allowed to change directions when Spring Training begins.

“In terms of being on schedule and recovering well, they’re really not having any hiccups — knock on wood. CarGo is in town right now,” said Bridich, who added that Gonzalez’s left index finger, where a benign tumor was removed last year, also has healed and the outfielder is throwing. “He’s going through the routine check-ins, and he’s exactly on schedule. We’re hopeful to get him on the field sometime soon. Obviously, it’s winter here, so it’s tough.”

Both Rockies stars are expected to attend Saturday’s Rockies Fest at Coors Field, but they will soon head back to better weather. Tulowitzki lives in Las Vegas, while Gonzalez resides in Orlando, Fla.

But don’t expect a large amount of activity from either during Spring Training games, especially early.

“It’s smart not to play these guys a lot in the spring, since I see them playing a lot during the season,” manager Walt Weiss said.

Bridich added, “Even if these guys were fully healthy and there were no issues with offseason rehab or anything like that, they’re starting to get into a period of their careers and lives where they can focus on working smarter rather than harder or longer.”

Source: MLB.com

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Charlie Monfort, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies, smiled when The Post told him of the many Mets fans who would love to see Troy Tulowitzki get traded to Citi Field.

“It’s not happening,” Monfort responded.

Even as Tulowitzki has sent passive-aggressive signs that he wouldn’t mind leaving the team that drafted and developed him, the Rockies’ leaders, with both their actions and their words, have displayed how reluctant they are to deal their franchise player. Monfort re-enforced that notion Thursday at the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings.

“I can’t speak for him, but yeah, we want him,” Monfort said. “I think he’s strong and he’s worked hard and he’ll be back. He’ll be Tulo of old.”

The Mets and Rockies have engaged in trade discussions this winter, yet they haven’t progressed because Colorado has asked for significant talent in return, including current major-leaguers as well as young pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, and has not offered to pick up any of the $118 million that Tulowitzki has guaranteed through 2020.

Tulowitzki underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, and his durability has been his greatest liability in recent seasons.

Source: New York Post

Despite two major surgeries to his left hip and groin area in the past two years, despite the torn left quadriceps he sustained in 2008, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has no intention of switching positions.

“No, I won’t move,” he said in a phone interview. “I will retire before I move.”

Not to third base? Not to first base, a position that could save him from wear and tear and possibly prolong his career?

“No. It’s just who I am, it’s what I do, it’s what I have dreamed of as a kid,” said Tulowitzki, 29. “It’s all I know and it’s all I’ve ever worked for. So I guess when you have a dream and you accomplish it and someone tries to take it away from you … it wouldn’t be worth it for me to try and move somewhere else.”

Tulowitzki, considered the game’s best all-round shortstop — when healthy — will be due $118 million after this season on a contract that runs through 2020, with a club option for 2021.

Two weeks after undergoing surgery in Vail to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, Tulowitzki is still on crutches. Though he’s been cleared to ride a stationary bike, he’ll be hobbling around on crutches for another week. According to Rockies trainer Keith Dugger, Tulo’s hip operation was a success and puts him on pace to be ready for spring training.

“The hope is that fixing the labrum kind of stabilizes my hip so that it’s not the weakest link in my body, because the labrum was torn,” Tulowitzki said. “Maybe those muscles in my legs, which have been working so hard … can actually breathe now. I hope this works, so (the muscles) don’t have to take the brunt of the work.”

Rockies icon Todd Helton underwent a similar surgery in 2012 and his hip was pain free during his final season in 2013.

“I talked to Todd, that gave me some peace of mind,” Tulowitzki said. “We had some similarities in our hip, though maybe we didn’t have the same issues going on.”

Despite his many injury setbacks, Tulo remains convinced he can return to play shortstop at the level that earned him two Gold Gloves. During the first half of the season, Tulowitzki was being mentioned as a possible National League MVP candidate. He led all NL players in fan voting for the All-Star Game, garnering 5,349,456 votes. He also was captain of the NL’s Home Run Derby squad.

“I have always said that if I was playing (shortstop) and I wasn’t effective, then switching would be something I would talk about if I was hurting the team,” the four-time all-star said. “But for me, I am not even thinking about it, because I still think I have a lot of years left playing that position at a high level.”

After becoming a rookie sensation in 2007 and helping lead the Rockies to their only World Series, leg injuries became Tulo’s nemesis. Since suffering a torn left quadriceps early in 2008, Tulowitzki has been compensating for issues with muscles in his left leg. He battled groin problems near the 2011 all-star break, and was limited to 47 games in 2012 before undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue from his left groin.

Since breaking in with the Rockies in August 2006, he has exceeded 150 games played just twice, in 2007 and 2009, both playoff seasons for the Rockies.

This season, by sticking to an intense pregame and postgame routine for flexibility and maintenance, he played in 91 of Colorado’s first 97 games before yet another injury. He was on track for possibly the best season of his career. He was batting .340 with 21 home runs, a .432 on-base percentage and a .603 slugging percentage before suffering a left hip flexor strain while running out a groundball in Pittsburgh on July 19.

Tulowitzki underwent a dry needling procedure July 28 in Philadelphia. It was performed by leg and core muscle specialist Dr. William C. Meyers, and Tulo was hopeful the procedure would accelerate the healing process. Tulowitzki rejoined the Rockies and took batting practice, but there still was discomfort when he ran or worked on his fielding. At that point the Rockies shut him down for the season.

Surgery, he’s convinced, was the best option.

Although Tulo’s been able to spend more time with his wife, Danyll, and their 7-month-old son, Taz, of late he gets restless watching Rockies games on TV.

“Once I’m back moving around and we see the benefits of the surgery, it will put me in a little bit better mood,” he said. “But there is no doubt it’s tough to take when you see that your team is still out there playing games. You wish you could be out there with them and help them win.

“They are doing what you love to do. It’s not easy, but I keep on thinking about spring training and it can’t come quick enough. I will be out there soon and hopefully feeling better than ever.”

Source: The Denver Post