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Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was spotted at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, an unusual sighting given his injured status and the fact he does not play for either the New York Yankees or Toronto Blue Jays.
Further fueling conspiracy theorists is this quote from Tulowitzki at the All-Star Game after he was asked whether he would be interested in replacing his idol, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, next season.
Via the New York Post:
No doubt, I think everybody knows that. Everybody wants that perfect story, whoever it may be. Whether it’s me or somebody else who took over for Derek, no doubt, it makes for a great story.
But right now it’s just talk until it gets closer to happening in the offseason. I think I’m not going to comment on that further. I think it’s one of those things [where] right now, I’m just about the second half of the season.
Making matters worse for the last-place Rockies was their public relations meltdown Saturday when the club printed 15,000 replica Tulowitzki jerseys missing the second letter "t".
Tulowitzki is on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain and the club confirmed the four-time All-Star is visiting a specialist in Philadelphia. It would explain his presence in the Bronx given the geographical proximity.
The 29-year-old is owed at least $118 million through the end of 2020.