The Legend of Troy, the lost city that hosted the Trojan War, was for a long time believed to be a myth. Archaeologists and scholars combined forces over the years to eventually prove it’s existence. It was tiresome and fruitless, but ultimately led evidence to Homer’s epic poem and of course, proved the worth of the criminally underrated Brad Pitt movie. Now a new Legend of Troy is being proven, one that seemed on the verge of fading into a Colorado sky:
Troy Tulowitzki is playing like Troy Tulowitzki.
After acquiring the man Blue Jays faithful call (if somewhat un-rythmically) Tu-Lo in their drunken revery, the mythical player advertised never appeared. Instead, he hit a pedestrian .239 with 5 home runs in 41 games after being traded for in what will remain one of Baseball’s best kept secrets of all time. Despite transcendent moments that spoke to an untapped wealth of power, Tulowitzki never seemed to recover from his rough ejection out of the Rocky Mountains. Combine switching leagues, a loss of trust, and a cracked shoulder blade, and it’s easy to dig up excuses from number 2. Still, he’s Troy-freaking-Tulowitzki, where were the goods?
It turns out the wait would just be a little longer than expected. In his last 40 games, Tulo has hit .290 with 36 rbi and 11 homers. Extrapolated over a full 162 game season, and those power numbers translate to 145 rbi and 45 long ones. Now those numbers may seem high, even for Tulowitzki, but consider his career averages of .293, 101 rbi, and 25 hr and you’re not terribly far off. Mix in his fielding percentage of .9853 (that ranks first all time by the way) and fans are truly witnessing one of the greatest return to his dominant self.
There’s no mistaking his importance to the Jays. What felt like a token piece, a threatening name instead of a threatening skill set, has turned into arguably the most important player on Toronto’s roster over the last 40 games. His experience in the infield, dedication to the craft of the game, and steady presence as a leader have finally made it feel like Troy belongs.
Legends take a long time to build. They face adversity, battle injuries, and often return for a swan song before their final act. Here’s hoping the Legend of Troy can sing a few more notes.