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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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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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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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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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Bill July 28 2014 at 11:51 AM

Even worse the Rockies are claiming they knew of the misspelling but didn't want to disappoint their fans who were expecting t-shirts. Either they were lying (possible) or they are so tone-deaf that they could not recognize that releasing the t-shirts would subject them to far more ridicule than the supposed disappointment that fans would experience (probable)

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gepiscitelli July 28 2014 at 1:55 AM

HMM... let's continue to outsource to China ,India instead of having AMERICA Print and MAKE the shirts.
Shame on the Rockies organization.
Everyone Look at the tag in the shirt. Did noone look at the shirts when they were sent back to the USA... Apparently NOT.. Shame...Shame.. Shame.. Not having an American Company make and Print the shirts. I'm sure NIke would have loved the opportunity. As there are many players that wear their shoes etc.

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cwren72550 July 28 2014 at 4:11 AM

Instant collectors item!

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acts4him July 28 2014 at 5:00 AM

Maybe they should have said it was a play on "Tulo-wiz-kid".

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rajaha674 July 28 2014 at 6:20 AM

how stupid can a team be in spelling a players name wrong. Whats wrong with management.

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Bill rajaha674 July 28 2014 at 3:51 PM

They can and are very stupid. The owner just a couple weeks ago sent an e-mail to a disgusted fan advising him that he should stop going to Rockies games if he doesn't like the team. He also suggested that maybe Denver doesn't deserve the Rockies. Management has employed the same GM for 16 years! It's not like the Rockies have been perennial division winners. In fact they are the only team in the division who have NOT won the division in that time. Yes, they scraped by and got into the playoffs and even a WS one year, but mostly they have been mediocre or worse.

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