Over the years we have heard much about Troy Tulowitizki’s admiration for his boyhood idol Derek Jeter. He wears number 2 as an homage to his hero, and plays shortstop just like him. You could make a fair argument that Tulo, when healthy, has been a better player than Jeter in his prime years, but that’s where the comparisons stop.
Tulo yesterday via the Denver Post:
"I think that’s why I came out numerous times and said I want to win. It doesn’t mean I want out of here. It means I’m sick and tired of losing. Something needs to change. Hopefully that comes fairly quickly. You can’t force it. But at the same time, we’re all frustrated with this year…especially me."
And this from earlier in July:
"I have the utmost respect for Todd (Helton), but at the same time, I don’t want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn’t have a chance to win every single year"
Here’s Derek Jeter from all the way back in 1995:
"I love Don Mattingly and respect him more than anyone, but I don’t want to have a Don Mattingly type of career, I want to win … every single year."
Yeah, he didn’t say that and never would.
In the 20 years that Derek Jeter put on the pinstripes, I can’t recall him ever saying the wrong thing. He was always good with the media, would stay quotable but never, ever, even remotely questioned his teammates or his front office.
All players want to win. Once you reach star status, that doesn’t mean you’ve earned the right to start firing directives towards your front office about finding ways to do it.
Troy Tulowitzki starts a six-year, $118 million extension next year. He’d be wise to go back to emulating his idol.