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Rockies give out shirts to honor 'Tulo', but spell his name wrong


(Reuters) - Ebay may soon heat up with searches for baseball jerseys honoring Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, after his own team managed to spell the top hitter's name wrong.

The team gave out 15,000 of the shirts to fans attending a home game at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday, spelling as "Tulowizki" the name of the player tied for first for the highest batting average in Major League Baseball.

Some of the jerseys with the misspelled name were already bid up to more than $40 just a few hours after being offered on the eBay auction site.

One listing described the item as "wrapped in plastic to preserve this wonderful mistake," with the added exhortation: "Own this piece of epic fail history!"

Other sellers were offering the shirt for as much as $300. By comparison, Tulowitzki shirts - with the correct spelling - can be purchased on the site for as little as $11.99.

Fans posted pictures on the Internet of themselves or friends all wearing the already-notorious shirts.

The Rockies posted an apology on the team's Facebook page, saying they decided to go ahead and hand out the jerseys "acknowledging that many fans came to the game for the jersey" and not wanting to disappoint them.

Fans who wanted to exchange the blooper jerseys will be able to do so in September and will also receive a free ticket to a Rockies game, the team said.

Tulowitzki, who is batting .340, leads the Rockies in home runs with 21 this season and is tied for 10th in the Major Leagues in that category.

Not everything came out wrong on Saturday for the Rockies, currently in last place in the National League's Western Division. By a score of 8-1, they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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bbekampis July 28 2014 at 1:17 AM

must have something to do with the grass in Colorado

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ram4131 July 27 2014 at 2:56 PM

Wouldn't want to be the t-shirt maker if it was my fault.

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rockymtnhikerCo July 28 2014 at 9:52 AM

So ask me if I care!!! I'm a native of Denver.The Rockies suck overpriced ball park weenies!!They are 14 games back,last place in the western nationl league,why would people waste their money to watch them lose yet another game anyway?

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Tuhloola11 July 27 2014 at 5:57 PM

Why am I not surprised??? The Rockies are a total embarrassment, on so many levels ! Thank God we have the Broncos !

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failte9 Tuhloola11 July 27 2014 at 7:33 PM

Annnndddd, you don't think that the Broncos loss in the Super Bowl with a score of 43 to 8 was an EMBARRASSMENT???? Ha!!!!
Practically, the whole state of Colorado is an embarrassment, given how many people here are quite stupid, ignorant, and COMPLETELY unsophisticated. Far too many are country bumpkins & hicks.
If it weren't for Tulowitzki, the Rockies would need to go hide in total shame AND EMBARRASSMENT. And, so it goes.

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mortwiw failte9 July 27 2014 at 8:15 PM

failte9, take your attitude about "practically the whole state of Colorado is an embarrassment", saying too many are unsophisticated along with the multiple other insulting terms and names you called us and kindly get the H#!! out. Those of us who are down to earth, rurally rooted or country living true Coloradoans would be quite pleased to see you and the majority of the California and similarly minded immigrants all leave and let our state get back on track.

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kate failte9 July 28 2014 at 12:23 AM

I feel so bad for Colorado. Way to many ex-Cali ultra-lib warm and fuzzy nut jobs have turned the Denver metro area into Cali east.

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whats2hunt Tuhloola11 July 28 2014 at 8:19 AM

failte...... "given how many people here are quite stupid, ignorant, and COMPLETELY unsophisticated."
As the libterds like to say... if you don't like it "here" then move out - certainly Cal need one more stupid, ignorant and unsophisticated lemming.

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fritolaye July 27 2014 at 7:11 PM

and this is what making weed legal does

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landslowrance fritolaye July 27 2014 at 11:02 PM

Your assuming that the T-shirts were made in Colorado. Could be made in China.
You shouldn't assume. Just get the facts before you engage the mouth, or keyboard.

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bbekampis landslowrance July 28 2014 at 1:18 AM

Relax Bozo...it was obviously a joke

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rcsyes July 28 2014 at 1:37 PM

Stupid miserable team and state making pot smoking legal.....Now when people get high on weed, the smoke they exhale affects everyone around them....Only a dirty rotten scoundrel government looking to destroy itself would make pot legal....

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drlolipop2 July 27 2014 at 5:42 PM

This is the level of quality control I've come to expect from the incompetent monster that is corporate America.

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mccarthycubs July 27 2014 at 5:35 PM

Sounds WAY more like something the Cubs' organization would do. . .

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petpetdon July 27 2014 at 5:05 PM

Bud Selig approved the shirts and we all know how stupid he is.

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failte9 petpetdon July 27 2014 at 7:35 PM

If Tulowitzki were JEWISH, Bud Selig would've gotten the spelling correct, you can bet your matzo balls & gefilte fish.

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ozarksjohn July 27 2014 at 3:04 PM

This was an "epic failure". There you go...I continue to live an learn. I always though an epic failure would be the Challenger Disaster or security when 911 occurred. But now I know. The real meaning of "epic failure" is when an athlete's name is misspelled on a shirt. Thank you for teaching me this valuable lesson.

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