Tulo Fans

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

PITTSBURGH — Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies look forward with Friday night’s second-half opener, hoping for a stunning comeback from a rough first half. But it’s a good time to look back at an impressive All-Star break for Tulowitzki.

With the Rockies at 40-55, being in Minneapolis with the game’s stars gave media from coast to coast a chance to question Tulowitzki whether he was willing to keep believing in the Rockies or force a trade. Tulowitzki held to his statement that it’s unlikely anything would happen before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and if there isn’t a turnaround, he would talk to the Rockies at season’s end.

He gave everyone a little something. If you want to believe he deep down wants to replace role model Derek Jeter with the Yankees, you could piece that together. If you believe he’s going to follow the path of the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday and work his way to a traditional contending market, it was there. If you believe that he wants to stay with the Rockies for the long haul, as long as they don’t go into full rebuilding mode, there was plenty of fuel.

Here’s a look at some of Tulowitkzi’s issues and answers of All-Star Weekend:

On handling the questions: “It’s easy for me, because I go out there and prepare in a similar way no matter who I am playing for. I want to do the same thing, so I won’t really care about the questions. If what’s ever on my table that day, that’s what I’m going to attend to.”

In response to a New York Post mention of a shortstop opening with the Yankees in 2014: “No doubt, I think everybody knows that. Everybody wants that perfect story, whoever it may be. Whether it’s me or somebody else who took over for Derek, no doubt, it makes for a great story.

“But right now it’s just talk until it gets closer to happening in the offseason. I think I’m not going to comment on that further. I think it’s one of those things [where] right now, I’m just about the second half of the season.”

To a St. Louis Post-Dispatch question about his relationship with Holliday, whom the Rockies traded to the Athletics (who later sent him to the Cards) when he didn’t commit long term: One of the things I enjoy is that I not only look up to him as a baseball player, but also as a person. He has taught me how to be a better father and just someone who tries to make the right decisions. I owe a lot to him.

“We have had a lot of similarities. We played in the same organization, obviously. But it’s different, with him having to leave. I have talked to him, but at the same time, I signed up with the Rockies longer than he had ever done. So we are in different situations. I think he understands that. More than anything, we talk about the game of baseball, not so much trade rumors and things like that.”

On his patience level after seeing the Rockies struggle since making the playoffs in 2007 and ’09: “Yeah, I got a reminder from my dad. We were both big Miami Dolphins fans and Dan Marnio made it to the Super Bowl his rookie year and I remember by dad saying, “You see this right here? That is one of the best quarterbacks ever and the only time he made it to the Super Bowl was in his rookie year.” So he tried to compare it to me making the World Series my rookie year, and sure enough, eight or nine years later we haven’t made it back and that gave me a reminder of how special that time was. So I never took it for granted.”

On whether a big market can bring happiness: “For me, it’s not about the market I’m in, it’s about winning. It’s about wherever I get the best chance to win. Hopefully that is in Colorado, but if they feel like they have to go in a different direction and get young and that’s where the organization is headed, then they will have to sit me down to talk about that. I would talk with them in the offseason.”

Source: MLB.com

Photos: All-Star Game

Posted by Jen on
July 16th, 2014

I’ve just added photos from last night’s All-Star Game, where Tulo went 1-3, into the gallery!

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• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 15, 2014 – All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS — Hitting third in the All-Star Game is both an honor and a burden, but one Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki embraces.

“Not too many guys can say they hit third for an all-star team,” Tulo said Tuesday, about three hours before the 85th All-Star Game at Target Field. “No doubt it’s cool, but if you are hitting third, the lineup is depending on you, so hopefully I get some good at-bats. Maybe I get some runners in scoring position and I make the most of it.”

This is the fourth time Tulowitzki has been selected to the All-Star Game, but only the third time he’ll play in the game. He was inactive in 2010 because of a broken wrist.

He’s approaching No. 4 with a cooler head.

“My first couple of All-Star Games, I was running around with my head cut off until 5 minutes until the national anthem started,” he said. “Now I understand a little better what I need to do to prepare. I’m giving myself enough time to go out there and prepare.”

Derby day. Tulo didn’t far particularly well in Monday night’s Home Run Derby, getting bumped out in the second round by Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier. He hit a total of six home runs.

Still, Tulo, who captained the NL squad, had a fantastic night.

“Whenever I think about the Home Run Derby, I think about my time as a kid, watching it on TV,” he said. “To have a chance to participate in it was something special. Obviously, competitive side would have liked to have done better, but at the same time, I enjoyed it and it was something I will always remember.”

Source: The Denver Post

Gallery Update (7/15)

Posted by Jen on
July 15th, 2014

I’ve just updated the gallery with game photos dating back to June 26th as well as the All-Star workout yesterday, the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game portraits.

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• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > June 26, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > June 27, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > June 28, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > June 30, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 2, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 3, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 6, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 7, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 8, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 9, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 11, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 12, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 14, 2014
• Colorado Rockies > Games > 2014 > July 14, 2014 – Home Run Derby
• Photoshoots > 2014 > All-Star Game Portraits