The "Coors Shield" that Colorado Rockies fans know and love will be on full display tonight (maybe) when DJ LeMahieu (starter), Nolan Arenado, and Troy Tulowitzki suit up for the National League All-Stars in Cincinnati.
Although it was Tulowitzki who only made the squad by virtue of injuries to other players, he remains the guy for whom the term All-Star most applies. This fifth entry into the game ties him with Todd Helton for most appearances in the summer classic in Rockies history.
In a way, seeing Arenado and LeMahieu move ahead of Tulo in All-Star voting seems a bit like the first time a father gets beat by his son in a pickup game.
"Those guys... ," Tulowitzki said of Arenado and LeMahieu over the weekend. "When they were young I did my best to try and put my hands on them and help make them good baseball players and understand the game. Hopefully they say that I helped them."
"Now, they are going to the All-Star game and I wanted to join them," Tulowitzki added. "Hopefully we will get a chance in the game to play with three Rockies infielders. That would be pretty cool. I don't know if anybody has ever done that. It would be neat for the organization and for us because we are so close and good friends."
Where Tulo ultimately has been here before and is more excited for his son to get to experience it, Arenado is using his first time to soak in as much as he can.
"It's going to be so much fun," said Arenado. "I'm going see a lot of guys that I've looked up to."
There are a few players in particular that fit the description.
"Maybe Zack Greinke," he said. "See why [Greinke and the Dodgers] get me out all the time. He's a great pitcher."
"You're not going to be good without being smart, so you can learn a from guys like him and Matt Holliday, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner," Arenado added. "The whole thing is going to be great. Being in the clubhouse and taking ground balls with these guys, stuff like that is going to be the best part."
I mentioned at the top that it was a maybe on these three playing together. Bruce Bochy told Mike and Mike on ESPN this morning that he would likely only use Tulowitzki in a pinch-hit situation if needed.
My first reaction was "What a Giant jerk!" (get it?), but upon further review, if I was Walt Weiss I might have made a phone call saying "Y'know ... he doesn't have to play."
It would be great to see the whole crew out there but LeMahieu starting makes that unlikely. The only thing that will disappoint me, personally, is if the Gold Glove second baseman doesn't notch a base hit through the right side of the infield. That just won't feel right.
|NATIONAL LEAGUE||AMERICAN LEAGUE|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF, Pirates||Mike Trout, CF, Angels|
|Todd Frazier, 3B, Reds||Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays|
|Bryce Harper, RF, Nationals||Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks||Nelson Cruz, DH, Mariners|
|Buster Posey, C, Giants||Lorenzo Cain, RF, Royals|
|Anthony Rizzo, DH, Cubs||Adam Jones, LF, Orioles|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS, Cardinals||Salvador Perez, C, Royals|
|Joc Pederson, LF, Dodgers||Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Rockies||Alcides Escobar, SS, Royals|
|Zack Greinke, SP, Dodgers||Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros|