Rockies laugh off SF broadcaster's Tulo comments
DENVER -- Explaining Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's torrid hitting at Coors Field is difficult, but Mike Krukow, the Giants' analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and NBC Bay Area television and KNBR radio, offered one: He's cheating.
"I swear he's getting signs," Krukow said on the KNBR morning show Tuesday, hours before the Rockies' 5-4 victory at Coors Field. "There is no way you can hit like that, for this long. I mean, if you hit .571, that's for a weekend or a week. But you don't do it for six weeks. That's insane."
Tulowitzki dropped to .522 in 19 home games after going 1-for-4 Tuesday. Tulowitzki smiled, shook his head and politely declined to comment on Krukow's words.
Before Wednesday's night's game, Krukow, a former Major League pitcher who brings his old competitiveness across in his broadcasts, attempted to clarify when asked by MLB.com.
"It is as if he's getting signs -- as if," Krukow said. "No pitchers are fooling him with anything.
"I am applauding his hard work. I don't think he is a Coors Field hitter. He's better. When I watch a game, I watch a hitter and I watch his back leg. It tells me what pitches he's on or not. His back leg never slides, doesn't matter what pitch. He's so locked in. It's like he knows what's coming."
When asked whether Tulowitzki was being fed inside info, Rockies manager Walt Weiss had fun with any and all possible dastardly acts the team could be pulling. He even invoked the mascot's name.
"My response is we do it all," Weiss said. "We've got a light bulb on the scoreboard we flash. Keep an eye on Dinger; he's involved. We switch out the balls. We've got the umpires in on it. I love it when other teams talk about that. I think it just feeds the beast."
Asked if he believed the Giants were the Rockies' chief accusers, Weiss said, "I'm not going to single anybody out, but in general I love when opposing teams start making those accusations."
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, whose .279 batting average is lower than he and the team expects, rolled his eyes.
"I should be hitting .390, too," Gonzalez said. "I'm going to talk to him. I want the same guy to tell me what pitch is coming."