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Rockies misspell star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s name on t-shirt giveaway night

Jul 26, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

As the Rockies kick off a short two-game homestand against the Pirates, the club attracted fans to the ballpark by giving away t-shirt jerseys featuring their star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki. Only one problem: they spelled his name wrong.

Via’s Thomas Harding:

Off the mark just a bit.

[Update, 8:32 PM ET] The Rockies released a statement about the misspelled t-shirt. Via their official Facebook:

Our sincere apologies to the fans for the misspelling of the Troy Tulowitzki King Soopers jersey that was distributed tonight.

Acknowledging that many fans came to the game for the jersey, rather than disappoint them, we decided to go ahead and hand them out.

We have made plans to reproduce the jersey and fans wishing to exchange will be able to do so at a future date (TBD) in September at Coors Field or the Rockies Dugout Stores. In addition, fans exchanging the jersey will receive a complimentary ticket to a future game in 2014 or 2015.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    That kinda disrespect is certain to come up in trade talks.
    Still though, hundred bucks says he doesn’t get dealt to the Natinals.

  2. hoopmatch - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    So what was the incorrect spelling?

    • eschulhaus - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Were you the person who put together the t-shirt?

  3. Hard On For Harden - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    It’s missing the second “T”

  4. eschulhaus - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Seriously, Colorado? Let’s just take a second and stop to think HOW RIDICULOUS this is.

    You’re really meaning to tell me that at NO POINT during the process of putting together these t-shirts, a SINGLE PERSON noticed that the last name of their LONG-TIME FRANCHISE PLAYER was misspelled?

    It’s amazing how many people should be fired because of this. Absolutely pathetic.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      That does seem weird. I wonder if Mr. Baer like, looked up 3 different sources for the spelling just in case he spelled it wrong also.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      It’s like this all over though. I agree with you that it is pathetic.

      It’s a lack of accountability. When the higher ups make mistakes, they punish a person below them.

      Everyone scapegoats.

      There was NO reason for them to misspell his name. NONE, zero, no way it should have happened.

      Yes, folks are human and mistakes are made, but there are forms to fill out and the t-shirt maker wants to know the correct spelling and whoever in the Rockies organization that made the mistake did so because quite honestly they knew they could.

      Imagine if he person who misspelled the name KNEW he/she would have been fired for giving out the incorrect spelling? No way the wrong spelling goes out then. They’d have two or three others double check it before they submitted the info.

      That person didn’t have to worry about that though obviously.

      Look at the COST of this. Twice the amount of t-shirts, embarrassment, free tickets to a future game.

    • rbts2014 - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      I think we have to give the Rockies a little break – do you expect any Chinese to know how to spell TULOWITZKI? 😉

      what I do blame the Rockies for is not catching it sooner although there would probably not have been enough time to have the Chinese do a corrected batch and get it to Coors Field in time.

  5. christopherleone - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    So was #Rockiea in the tweet a deliberate typo as well, or just life imitating art?

  6. renaado - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    There’s always a refund.

  7. zemongoose - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I wonder who Monfort is going to blame for this?

  8. schmedley69 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    It’s not a typo. The guy responsible for producing the t-shirts used to work for Dial-A-Mattress, and decided to take the last T off for terrible, which the Rockies are.

    • schmedley69 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      I knew that one was a reach.

      • eschulhaus - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        It takes a big man to admit that.

      • steelerfan9598 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        Funny though. Problem is, very few of us will get the joke.

      • schmedley69 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Back in the olden days, before the Internet, people actually ordered things over the phone. There was a company called Dial-A-Mattress that sold mattresses over the phone (I actually bought my first mattress through them when I finally moved out of my parents basement and got an apartment). If you listened to sports talk radio in the 90’s, they played their commercials endlessly (especially WFAN in New York). Their slogan was “Just dial 1-800-MATTRES. We took the last S off for savings.” I knew that not many people would get the joke, but if I made just one person smile, then my work on this planet is done.

      • rbj1 - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        I remember those ads from Yankee games on WPIX in the 70s & 80s. You whippersnappers who don’t get it, get off my damn lawn!

  9. Brian Murphy - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    If they replaced the Z with an S, you can maybe let that slide if you are oh-so lenient.

    But leaving out the T is ridiculous. It’s kind of an important letter in his name.

  10. dawgpoundmember - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    If you say Tulowitzki without the second t, to me it sounds like too-lo-whiskey, maybe someone was taking a crack Monfort.

  11. gargamelsmentor - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    That just became the number one souvenir in Rockies history, having surpassed the I’ll-fated Dante Bitchette bobble-head night of ’98.

  12. sisisisisisisi - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    damn you autocorrect? 😉

  13. whatacrocker - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Aw, c’mon, give Colordo a break.

  14. tmc602014 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Found in Coors Field trash: Memo from Monfort, “Perhaps since he’s injured, Troy doesn’t deserve a ‘t’.”

    • coryrox78 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM


  15. disgracedfury - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Maybe if he played more than one week every month without getting injured they would remember to spell his name right.

  16. steelerfan9598 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    If they were going to spell it wrong, at least Tulowhiskey would have been cool.

  17. yahmule - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    I was at the game tonight. The Rockies played their best baseball in a while. Arenado made two beautiful plays and hit five rockets: three foul balls, a deep out to center and a screaming liner into the left field bleachers. That benching lit a fire under him.

  18. historiophiliac - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    After reading the Rockies’ apology there, I’m not at all surprised at a spelling problem. I know business writing isn’t always the best but the grammar on that was awful. They did, however, manage to slip in another plug for their sponsor, King Soopers, so I guess they took care of the important stuff…and forever linked the grocery chain with a spelling gaffe. I’m sure that’s what the sponsor wanted. Excellent work, Rockies.

  19. unlost1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Great idea to exchange the jersey in September when by then he probably won’t be on the team!

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