Gonzalez ranks 5th in club history; does it in ex-teammate's return to Colorado
By Ben Weinrib
DENVER -- While moving alone into fifth-place on the Rockies' all-time home run list Monday night, Carlos Gonzalez trotted right past the man he left behind -- Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Gonzalez's sixth-inning homer, the 189th of his Rockies career, helped spur a comeback in their 9-5 victory over the Jays. Next on the list is Dante Bichette (201), followed by Vinny Castilla (239), Larry Walker (258) and Todd Helton (369).
"'Tulo' did special things for this organization," Gonzalez said. "And it showed when he stepped to the plate in the first at-bat. It was pretty special for him, and for the fans, to see that."
This was Gonzalez's second straight day with a big home run; his grand slam Sunday gave the Rockies their first lead in a 9-7 victory over the D-backs. He has five extra-base hits in his last four games, including a pinch-hit double Friday.
"We've seen that around here for a long time," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "When he gets rolling, that's what it looks like. Even when he's scuffling, it feels like he's one at-bat away from getting back on a roll."
Gonzalez and Tulowitzki formed a formidable middle-of-the-order duo for nearly seven seasons before Tulowitzki was traded to the Blue Jays last July. They had nearly identical power numbers while playing together -- 155 home runs and 506 RBIs for Tulowitzki, 152 home runs and 482 RBIs for Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is happy in Colorado despite persistent trade rumors involving him. In his mind, he's been traded enough, sent from Arizona to Oakland in the Dan Haren trade before he made his debut, and then to Colorado less than a year later in the Matt Holliday trade.
"I feel like I've been a Rockie for life," Gonzalez said. "I don't remember the last time I was wearing a different uniform. That was back in 2008. I was young. When that happened, I played for the Diamondbacks my entire Minor League career. I always thought that I was going to be playing in Chase Field with the Diamondbacks.
"Then later I get traded here. It's nice as a player. You always want to be established. You want to be comfortable. That's great for me now, and I'm happy."
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.