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Monday, July 28, 2014

O’Connor: Tulo looks more A-Rod than Jeter

Now if only the Yankees had a Nolan Ryan to give up for Tulofregosi…

Tulowitzki happens to wear No. 2 in Jeter’s honor. Tulowitzki also happens to play shortstop for the last-place Colorado Rockies, who happened to be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday while their disabled star was sitting nine rows behind home plate inside Yankee Stadium—one day after those Colorado Rockies misspelled Tulowitzki’s name (they forgot the “t” between the “i” and the “z”) on 15,000 jerseys in a giveaway promotion at Coors Field, of course.

Tulowitzki has made it fairly clear he wants to play Jeter’s position, in Jeter’s house, in 2015, and by taking in Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4 among 45,062 fellow fans, he all but rented a plane and put it in writing across the Bronx sky.

“Wow,” one baseball official said when notified Tulo was in the crowd for Paul O’Neill’s bobblehead day. “It’s not many times when someone in the stands is better than what is on the field for both teams.”

....But really, Tulowitzki should’ve known better. He should’ve known he’d come across looking a lot more like Alex Rodriguez than Derek Jeter.

Everyone around baseball knows Tulowitzki respects Jeter above all peers—“He once bought my cologne for all his teammates,” the Yankees captain said—and would love nothing more than to find himself on the fortuitous end of an offseason trade that allows him to earn the final $118 million guaranteed on his deal in pinstripes.

Tulowitzki said so himself at the All-Star Game, where he was reminded the Yankees would be in the market for a shortstop worthy of replacing Jeter.

“No doubt—I think everybody knows that,” he said. “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 for right now, it’s just talk until it gets closer to happening in the offseason.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. eddieot Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4758941)
The guy spends an off-day taking in a baseball game with his family and he's suddenly the moral equivalent of A-Rod? What?
   2. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4758961)
I can't imagine anything I would want less than Derek Jeter cologne.
   3. SG Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM (#4758975)
Ross Grimsley cologne?
   4. BDC Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM (#4758976)
I can think of two dozen scents I'd want less, just from the 1998-2000 Yankees.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4758992)
I can't imagine anything I would want less than Derek Jeter cologne.


Derek Jeter's (alleged) herpes?
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4758997)
I would imagine the Jeter cologne has little range - but if you get one hit right at you, then you'll scoop it right up and make the right play every time. and it works as well in October than it does in the spring and summer.
   7. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4758998)
I can't imagine anything I would want less than Derek Jeter cologne.

Jorge Posada's hand sanitizer?
   8. frannyzoo Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4758999)
Tulo had some good ideas but went too far, unlike Jeter obviously.
   9. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4759007)
Number one, more A-Rod than Jeter is not an insult.

Number two, Tulo is more Barry Larkin than either: a great player for 125 games a year.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4759019)
I would imagine the Jeter cologne has little range

Derek Jeter's Regression.©
   11. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4759025)
I'm so sick of all these ballplayers like Troy Tulowitzki and Albert Belle with all their going to Yankee Stadium and distributing Derek Jeter's cologne and everything.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: July 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM (#4759030)
I can't imagine anything I would want less than Derek Jeter cologne.

Joba Chamberlain bug spray.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM (#4759037)
looking a lot more like Alex Rodriguez than Derek Jeter.


Easy way to tell: COUNT THA LEGGZ.
   14. Canker Soriano Posted: July 28, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4759060)
Number one, more A-Rod than Jeter is not an insult.

Yeah, I had the same thought, even though I knew before reading the article that the author would mean it as a slight against Tulowitzki.
   15. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: July 28, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4759066)
Joba Chamberlain bug spray.

Glenallen Hill imaginary bug spray?

Nice one, 13.
   16. Batman Posted: July 28, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4759072)
There comes a time in every shortstop's life when he has to decide if he's going to be Jeter, A-Rod, or Jerry Dybzinski.
   17. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 28, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4759095)
Ross Grimsley cologne?

Great article, but it didn't mention "Scuzz's" signature habit of not changing his "lucky" underwear during a winning streak.
   18. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 28, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4759113)
The guy spends an off-day taking in a baseball game with his family and he's suddenly the moral equivalent of A-Rod? What?

It is odd that he was in Yankee Stadium while his team was playing a game in Colorado. Does being on the DL mean you can do whatever the #### you want in life?

   19. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 28, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4759121)
he had a medical appointment out in new jersey I think.
   20. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4759124)

medical appt in Philly

the author of this article also literally wrote the book on Jeter, fyi

WFAN's Mike Francesa just said that this "tells you something about Tulowitzki's character."

a caller challenged him to elaborate. he stammered, then speculated that he wants to be traded to Yankees immediately. then said Tulo would have to DH, because "they're not moving Jeter" off SS.

   21. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 28, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4759180)
I read TFA, so I saw he had a medical appointment in Philly. Which, I guess, means he can do whatever the #### he wants.
   22. billyshears Posted: July 28, 2014 at 03:22 PM (#4759200)
I have to say - this seems unnecessarily provocative by Tulowitzki. His name has been swirling in trade rumors recently and the Yankees have been a focus of that speculation (in return for mythical prospects, of course). Then he makes a comment at the all-star game about how following Jeter with the Yankees would be a perfect story and now he shows up at the stadium. Maybe I'm forgetting a bunch of stuff, but I can't remember ever seeing a player going to see a another team play a regular season baseball game.
   23. Lassus Posted: July 28, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4759207)
If they trade for Tulo and then keep Jeter at SS that would be pretty hilarious.
   24. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2014 at 03:29 PM (#4759210)
Well, Francesa speculated that maybe Tulo was mad that the Rockies spelled his name wrong on that t-shirt giveaway the other day. which strikes me as absurd, but I concede that his unusual decision may lead to such wacky thinking.

I think he just likes baseball and Jeter is his hero, and he realized he had a remarkably unexpected chance to see him play in person. I'm not sure I wish someone had told him, "Troy, I get it, but critics are going to criticize..."

Lassus, agreed and it also would be hilarious if they made 84 OPS+ Jeter the DH.
:)
This whole Jeter farewell think has worked well for the Yankees - sure, he's hitting an empty .270, but that AVG doesn't look bad for an SS (and isn't). They also have no one better, really. Acquiring Tulo now just would cause unneccesary complications that I think they'd rather avoid.
   25. catomi01 Posted: July 28, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4759237)
Lassus, agreed and it also would be hilarious if they made 84 OPS+ Jeter the DH.


He'd be taking the spot of (presumably and if beltran can move back to right) 82 + OPS ichiro...so actually, it would upgrade two spots...and the only other remotely viable option would be zealous wheeler there.

Right now, as scary as it sounds, jeter is definitely one of 10 best options the yankees have in the batter's box...and the only one of those who can actually remotely play short shop. Haven't looked all that closely at AAA - I know there are a couple of guys who can out hit him down there too - (pirela and refsnyder immediately come to mind) - but if they aren't using them to take brian robert's spot or to fill in while tex is out, there's no reason to think they'd bump jeter from the lineup.

On top of all of that, it all just a waste of brain cell's unless the rockies are out of their mind stupid - the yankees just do not have anywhere near enough to trade for tulo.
   26. puck Posted: July 28, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4759253)
So, any comment on Tulo wearing a "always money in the banana stand" t-shirt? I didn't know he had a sense of humor.
   27. Walt Davis Posted: July 28, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4759280)
Jorge Posada's hand sanitizer?

So close Shooty but to score 100 on the Groucho-ometer, this needed to be Moises Alou.
   28. Zach Posted: July 29, 2014 at 03:04 AM (#4759523)
I can't imagine anything I would want less than Derek Jeter cologne.

Because Derek Jeter could never quite close the deal with the ladies...

   29. Bhaakon Posted: July 29, 2014 at 08:58 AM (#4759549)

So, any comment on Tulo wearing a "always money in the banana stand" t-shirt? I didn't know he had a sense of humor.


It's clear sign that he wants to be traded to the Yankees in order to manage a frozen banana concession.
   30. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 29, 2014 at 09:46 AM (#4759567)
So, any comment on Tulo wearing a "always money in the banana stand" t-shirt? I didn't know he had a sense of humor.

He made a huge mistake.
   31. bobm Posted: July 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4759573)
I can't imagine anything I would want less than Derek Jeter cologne.

How about George Brett's Runs? Smells like pine tar and, well ...
   32. Nasty Nate Posted: July 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4759681)
Tulo should have listened to his agent: "Take to the sea!"
   33. Howie Menckel Posted: July 30, 2014 at 08:09 PM (#4760935)

in the ultimate irony, bush just gave Jeter a framed photo of them together

check that, it's George W Bush who just did that

darned Twitter!

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