So you think you got it all figured out, eh? You’ve analyzed the season and the one and only reason for the lack of any sort of run at the playoffs lies squarely at the feet of #2?
It would seem that for the past few seasons the talk, invariably, turns to Tulo and his “disappointing”, “frustrating” and downright “pathetic” play at times, and how it is the magic bullet in the Rockies losing record.
Some would point out that it is his attitude that is problem, others his uninspired defense and the rest of the detractors would say it is his horrible plate discipline. Whatever it is, bashing Tulo seems to be up there with slamming Dan O, Dick M and (enter current manager name here) in predictable practices of looking for a reason for the losing season.
So, what are some of the arguments and do you agree? Does Tulo deserve the lions share of blame, or is he just an easy target with his extreme decibel F-word screams after a strikeout and high and mighty walk right past autograph seeking fans?
It is obvious his play at short lately has been hampered by returning too soon from broken ribs. Why he rushed back to the lineup so quickly is a mystery, given that the team wasn’t tearing up the NL West at the time and a hurt Tulo is worse than a slumping Tulo, given that he usually aggravates said injury after a return (possibly on the diving 2nd base bag-tag tonight?).
Then there is the string of questioning calls and getting tossed. It is almost like he was going through the motions with the arguments, looking to just get tossed without really putting any effort into the argument. No waving of the hands, no red face, just a calm stream of words that struck a chord and it’s a “hit the showers kid” from Blue. For someone who can slam a helmet harder than most, his arguments with umpires is extremely anticlimactic.
The Renck report, that Bat Cat pointed out, said that Tulo had his locker cleaned out during the off-season thinking he might be traded, which is pretty telling. His, “Rockies Till I Die” like contract he signed through 2020 was touted as the perfect solution for the “team leader” and the Rockies. Tulo, on the other hand and in the same article, says that the title of “leader” was pretty much pushed on him and he tried to handle it as best he could. He seemed to regret being chosen to lead when he was just learning to mesh and possibly didn’t want the mantel until he was in his 30’s.
So, what is your take? Do you think he really is the failed leader of a team he never wanted to lead and just wanted to play his best on? Is he to be blamed for the horrible 2012 season, mostly from his absence and accident prone ways, as well as the main culprit for the 2013 failed season?
Or is he just an easy straw to draw?