Troy Tulowitzki and Ubaldo Jimenez being separated after Jimenez hit Tulo on the first pitch. denverpost.com
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw the video. Hoping it was just an April Fools joke, I was quickly reassured by fellow colleagues on the Twitter. He actually did it. Once a favorite Rockie of mine, I have lost all my respect for Ubaldo Jimenez when he plunked Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow, then immediately threw off his glove and motioned towards him. Tulo and Jimenez shared a few words and the benches cleared, separating the two. This was all after Tulowitzki called him out this Spring for not trying at all last year because he was bitter over not getting a new, fat contract as he and Cargo had. This lackluster performance was what eventually got Jimenez traded to the Indians for Drew Pomeranz and Alex White. Upon speaking to the media, Jimenez claimed it wasn’t intentional, but that was about as fake as his stupid grin he always wears on his face.
He had a right to be upset for not receiving a new contract, but after a 15-1 start with 2.20 ERA first half of 2010, he is 14-20 with a 4.24 ERA since. Those are not ace caliber numbers. He may bounce back, yes, but he has not been proving that so far in Spring Training with a near 7.00 ERA. What intentionally hitting Tulowitzki proves is that he is not a genuine a guy as perceived, and that he is willing to slack off and sink a team that some had picked to win the World Series a year ago to get what he wants. It was a heart break to see it go down in such a way. I had remained a huge Ubaldo Jimenez fan despite him no longer being on my team, but that is no more. He could have gone about his business with the Indians, but now even they are questioning if trading away two top prospects was worth getting him. The Rockies may have dodged one there had they signed Ubaldo to a long term deal.
Tulowitzki was taken to a local hospital for x-rays but they revealed to structural damage, meaning he will be fine to play on Opening Day Friday. Jimenez, even though the umpires did not eject him from the game, received a 5-day suspension beginning Opening Day, so he’ll miss his first start of the season. Unfortunately, the Rockies and Indians will not meet in inter-league this season. That is unless they meet in the World Series, which won’t happen for the Indians with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching for them.
To check out Tulo’s reaction video to being hit, click the link below: