Very rarely does someone or something live up to the hype straight out of the gate. Troy Tulowitzki apparently made it his mission to dispel that myth during his Toronto Blue Jays debut last night.
It may only be one game, but Tulowitzki came exactly as advertised and then some. He collected three hits ( a home run and two doubles), scored three runs and picked up three RBI’s during his very first game in a Blue Jays uniform.
Tulo also batted leadoff for the first time in his career and yet it did not seem to phase him in the least. He absolutely crushed this pitch during his second at bat of the game.
According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, the ball traveled a distance of 460 feet. That would make it the fourth longest home run hit at the Rogers Centre this season, and the second longest home run of Tulowitzki’s career.
But Tulo didn’t stop there; below he connects on the first of two doubles on the night; a line drive that cashed in Josh Donaldson.
And not to mention, Tulowitzki also made and impressive play in the field with a force play at second base. I think a lot of people could get used to seeing his sure-handedness at shortstop.
All in all, not a bad way for Troy Tulowitzki to come to Toronto and kick off his Blue Jays career. Hopefully, it’s only a sign of things to come from the Blue Jays’ newly minted shortstop.
Oh, and by the way … not to dump on the man who previously occupied Tulowitzki’s spot on the diamond, but it didn’t take Troy very long to overtake Jose Reyes in this respect:
Troy Tulowitzki has 3 RBI and 3 runs in his debut with the Blue Jays. Jose Reyes never had a 3 RBI, 3-run game in 305 games with Blue Jays
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 30, 2015
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