NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Well here’s something you don’t see every day.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was in attendance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday for the Bombers’ 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays.
The four-time All-Star is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a hip strain, and he’s set to meet with Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia on Monday.
Yep, Philadelphia — not New York. So what was the slugger doing in the Bronx?
“It’s a short drive from Philly,” the 29-year-old told The Denver Post. “I’m with my family. I wanted to see (Derek) Jeter play one more time.”
Tulowitzki is a huge Jeter fan — and has been since he was a kid — and wears No. 2 in the captain’s honor. Colorado’s star clearly wasn’t concerned about being seen, as he took in the contest just nine rows from home plate.
Tulowitzki’s teammate, Carlos Gonzalez, said he doesn’t understand what the uproar is all about.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal for me — the guy’s on the DL,” Gonzalez told MLB.com. “He had an opportunity to watch baseball, watch his favorite player. Why not? I don’t think people should make a big deal about it.
“When he’s healthy, he concentrates on the Rockies, he concentrates on being a good player. That’s all you can ask for. He gives 100 percent. That’s people trying to make things out of it, and that’s the last thing we need,” Gonzalez added.
With Jeter playing his final season, there has been speculation that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will target Tulowitzki in the offseason to fill the void.
And Tulo is admittedly intrigued by the notion of taking over for the iconic future Hall of Famer.
“Everybody wants that perfect story, whoever it may be,” Tulowitzki said earlier this month. “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.”
After the game on Sunday, Jeter was asked if he had ever went to another club’s game to watch an opposing player in-season. His answer was as predictable as his everyday demeanor.
“What do you think?” Jeter said. “No, I haven’t.”
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