The other shoe has finally dropped for Dirtbag and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He's in the midst of career year that has him leading a lot of Most Valuable Player watch lists after years of being hampered by nagging injuries.
Last week, the Rockies placed Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list for the first time this season with a left hip flexor strain. From 2008-13, he only played 690 of 972 games due to groin, wrist, thumb and quad injuries. Tulowitzki, who still leads the National League in batting average (.340), runs scored (71), on-base percentage (.432) and slugging percentage (.603), has played 130 games or more only twice in his eight-year career.
With the Rockies struggling in the standings, trade rumors have swirled around Tulowitzki. He fanned those flames on Sunday by showing up at Yankee Stadium in New York to watch Derek Jeter.
"It's a short drive from (Dr. William C. Meyers in Philadelphia," Tulowitzki told The Denver Post on Sunday. "I'm with my family. I wanted to see Jeter play one more time," Tulowitzki told The Denver Post on Sunday.
The New York Daily News ran photos of Tulowitzki in the stands, eight rows behind home plate, with a story explaining how the former Dirtbag could replace Jeter at shortstop of the Yankees. There are also plenty of other recent articles talking about how Tulo wants out of Colorado.
On the lighter side, Tulowitzki has also made news with his tee shirts. On Sunday in New York, he was wearing a blue "always money in the banana stand" T-shirt from the TV show "Arrested Development," that had the internet buzzing about the cult classic. This comes days after his last name was spelled incorrectly on promotional shirts given away by the Rockies at Saturday's home game against Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vance Worley kept it 100 on Monday night in a 5-0 complete game shutout win over the San Fransicso Giants. The former Dirtbag was an arm without a home after a 7.21 ERA in 2013 with the Minnesota Twins, but the "Vanimal" looked like a seasoned veteran on Monday while giving up just four hits in nine innings. Worley is now 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA and looks like a steal for the Pirates who gave up cash and a player to be named in the offseason of Worley's services.
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July has been good to Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim ace Jered Weaver. The former Dirtbag Friday Knight has dropped his ERA 20 points in his last four starts. He picked up his tenth and eleventh wins while only giving up 16 hits and getting back on track with 17 strikeouts in the last 22 innings pitched.
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In stark contrast, Millikan High grad and hot Houston Astros prospect Jon Singleton is hitting .153 in July. However, he has 11 RBI and six of his 11 hits were for extra bases and three of those hits were home runs. If his power numbers don't drop, the Astors will be patient if the batting average continues to do so.
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The Oakland A's called up Shane Peterson again and he was the No. 2 play on ESPN's Top 10 last night, forcing Long Beach State super fan Neil Everett to yell, "Dirtbag Nation!" on national television.