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Let my Tulo go, go, go

John Reidy | June 27, 2014

“Release this fine ball player and let him seek his destiny somewhere else because it certainly isn’t here in Denver. Todd Helton whiled away his career in Colorado, putting up great numbers but never really tasting victory other than when the wax wings of the 2007 season melted so brutally in the World Series.”

Moses commanded Pharaoh to let his people go and thusly I command the equally grand Monfort brothers to trade Troy Tulowitzki.

Not because I think he sucks, is overrated or some irrational notion that pops up when fans get frustrated with the team. No, I think the Rockies should trade Tulo because it’s the right thing to do.

Release this fine ball player and let him seek his destiny somewhere else because it certainly isn’t here in Denver. Todd Helton whiled away his career in Colorado, putting up great numbers but never really tasting victory other than when the wax wings of the 2007 season melted so brutally in the World Series.

So before Tulo becomes another Todd Helton, the Monforts should trade him as soon as possible and let him be great on another team.

At one point I had convinced myself that trading Tulo was the right thing to do, simply because I felt he had peaked and they wouldn’t get more for him than they would at that moment. But then you remember the team is sitting on probably one of the best players in the game – and with those not coming around that often – you keep those players when you want to make a serious a run at a title.

But the Rockies aren’t going to make a serious run at a title. Not now and not in the near future. So there’s no point in keeping someone like Tulowitzki around except to sell tickets. And they don’t give you a trophy for selling the most tickets. Not one we get to see anyway.

The Monforts kept Todd Helton chugging around the bases because they knew fans wouldn’t come out and spend money on a no-name squad that was losing games at a frantic pace. But if “Mr. Rockie” was out there every day, fans had something to cling to. Denver sports fans are loyal and they like to support someone who works hard for them. The Toddfather kept them coming back. And after millions of dollars and years of declining production from the Helton era, the Rockies have found a new anchor to keep the fans coming back: Tulo.

And anchor is right. Tulo has a huge anchor around his neck because he probably wants to be the leader of the Rockies but knows he’s wasting his prime years toiling at Coors during multi game losing streaks. He probably wants to be traded, but he’d probably also like to stay and take on that mantle of “Mr. Rockie” as long as the team was competitive. But it won’t be. Not now, and probably not ever. At least not while Tulo is in his prime.

So as a fan, whether you’ve griped about Tulo’s lack of “clutchness” or you’ve simply enjoyed watching him play this whole time, you have to realize it is now time to let him go. Trade him now so he can realize his potential and let his hard work and skill pay off somewhere else. It’s only fair. And hopefully the Monforts look up from their pile of money long enough to realize it’s fair as well so Tulo can make his own Exodus to another MLB promised land.

Written by John Reidy

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