Tulowitzki's game, passion belie his rookie status
PHILADELPHIA -- Troy Tulowitzki has come a long way since spring training of 2006, when his Colorado teammates made him and fellow prospect Ian Stewart re-enact the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey finale from "Dirty Dancing." With the exception of wearing a dress to a Phoenix-area Cheesecake Factory during a September call-up, the incident marked the height of his early hazing ordeal.But he's still a rookie -- technically, anyway -- and the veteran Rockies are happy to put him in his place. They teased him enough about his Derek Jeter hero worship that Tulowitzki showed up one day with a bottle of Jeter's "Driven" cologne as a gag. A few Rockies even dabbed it on during a series against the Yankees in June. And sometimes Tulowitzki gets so worked up over a Rockies rally, you'd think he was back in the home dugout at Long Beach State's Blair Field, indulging the Dirtbag within.
Besides his talent, the thing that impresses me the most is his unbelievable will to win. Normally a kid comes up and he's thinking, 'I just want to stay here and do the best I can.' But this guy is like a veteran. He's way beyond his
--Rockies reliever Matt Herges on Troy Tulowitzki