Tulo went 0-for-4, with his eighth-inning, double-play groundout signifying the end of the impressive 41-game feat. After the game, Tulowitzki talked with reporters in the clubhouse about the end of the streak. The Q&A session sparked this quote:
Troy Tulowitzki after another #Rockies loss: "Hopefully I can be into every single pitch and pretend like something is on the line."— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) July 22, 2015
Later, Groke, his Denver Post cohort Patrick Saunders and MLB.com's Thomas Harding clarified the quote, which was not about the Rockies -- as the context-less version makes it sound -- but was about the on-base streak. That didn't stop Yahoo! Sports' Chris Cwik from jumping on the story and giving us this:
He's said all the right things thus far, but that quote after Tuesday's loss speaks volumes. Losing is tough, and it's rare that a player openly admits how difficult it is to be motivated for a game when there's nothing on the line.
Of course, that quote doesn't actually speak volumes, because it turns out it wasn't about what people seemingly wanted it to be about.
I'm not here to pile on Groke. He's an excellent beat reporter. We all make mistakes -- hell, I do that more than I get things right, it seems. And it's not like he altered the quote.
But perhaps Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich wasn't completely wrong last month when he said that the trade rumors surrounding his star shortstop were a media production. Tulowitzki has done nothing but say that he wants to be with the Rockies long term. The team has reciprocated that.
Maybe it's not for the best for either party. But that doesn't mean we can twist the story to fit a narrative that -- surprise! -- just might not be there.
Rockies' Tulowitzki: 41-game streak made me better player
Patrick Saunders provides additional context to Tulo's comments.
Troy Tulowitzki wants to stay in Colorado | rockies.com
Tracy Ringolsby wrote this well before the now-infamous quote. Doesn't sound like a guy who would be dogging his team to the media, though let's be honest: could you blame him?
Chad Bettis has inflammation in right elbow | rockies.com
There is no structural damage in Bettis' throwing elbow. Great news. However, we've all seen this too many times to think he's out of the woods just yet.
Charlie Blackmon on Beating the Shift | FanGraphs Baseball
Blackmon told Eno Sarris that he mixes in a bunt every now and then to keep defenses honest. That's a large part of why he's able to continue to pull pitches for hits as often as he does. Good read.
Zach Wilson: Now and Later - Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
The Rockies' director of player development spoke with J.J. Buck about pitching depth and the club's organizational pipeline as a whole.
Here's A Crazy Thought On Colorado Rockies' Starter Kyle Kendrick - Rox Pile
The Rockies should have at least tried to put themselves in a position where they could get someone to bite on Kendrick, writes Bobby DeMuro. Sadly, that's not going to happen. The question now is, will they allow him to stay on the roster and pitch horribly through the remainder of the season?
Competitive Balance Lottery
The Rockies will find out today when they'll pick in the competitive balance rounds of the 2016 MLB Draft. Colorado has the second-highest chance of getting the top pick, behind only the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rox had the first Competitive Balance Round A pick in 2014 and picked second this year. It's worth noting that those picks, unlike all others, can be traded.