May 20, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a double in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Tulowitzki responds to cheating allegations, he saw “The Sign”


Thursday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants made headlines because it was suspended due to impending thunder storms and even tornadoes. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning there was no other option but to stop the game.

The funny thing is that the weather overshadowed something that in Oakland, for example, would have been the talk of the town over any silly storm. That something was Troy Tulowitzki‘s response to Giants’ broadcaster Mike Krukow‘s allegations that Tulowitzki has been cheating, esp at home at Coors Field. His response? You will have to keep reading to find out but I promise you it is as good as Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick hitting a grand slam after striding to the plate to the tune of George Michael and Wham’s Careless Whisper. You’ve got to admit it, that is really hard to top.

Tulowitzki has put up incredible, almost unbelievable, numbers this season. He’s played in 45 games of 47 games for the Rockies and in just over a quarter of Major League Baseball’s regular season, Tulowitzki is batting .380 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI. His slugging percentage? .733.

It is quite remarkable.  So remarkable that Giants’ broadcaster Krukow accused him of cheating on Tuesday when he made one of his regular appearances  KNBR’s morning show, Mac and Murph. He had a lot to say regarding Tulowitzki’s statistics but the point came across loud when he said,

“I swear he’s getting signs. There’s no way you hit like that for this long.”

Tulowitzki had no comment on the subject Tuesday and manager Walt Weiss laughed as S.F. Gate’s John Shea tells it. When Shea asked Weiss about Krukow’s comment he got this tongue in cheek response,

“Yeah, we do it all. Yeah, we got the umpires in on it. We change the balls. We have light bulbs going off on the scoreboard. Our mascot (Dinger) is in on it.”

Tulowitzki may have had no comment after Tuesday’s game, even Wednesdays game. His thoughts about the cheating allegations were made quite clear on Thursday, however, when as MLB.com’s Michael Clair writes it,

“Tulowitzki walked to the plate with the soothing sounds of “The Sign” by Ace of Base soundtracking his steps.”

That might be the most hysterical and honestly, the classiest way to turn what SBNation’s Jordan Freemyer called  “another bit of annoying whining by someone tied to the Giants” into something funny. Better than Walt Weiss‘ tongue in cheek comment, better than standing up and defending such a ludicrous accusation with contempt and disdain, Tulowitzki used his walk-up song to make his statement. Apparently Tulowitzki did see “The Sign,” I just hope Krukow received it loud and clear.

 

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