Tulowitzki to receive triple-play ball

Tulowitzki to receive triple-play ball

DENVER -- Rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki turned the 13th unassisted triple play in history on April 29 against the Braves, but he didn't have the ball long. He'll get his hands on it again Friday, although he doesn't expect it to be for long.

The ball wound up in the hands of radio station 850-AM KOA's Steffan Tubbs, co-host of Colorado's Morning Show. Tubbs will present the ball to Tulowitzki at the station's headquarters at 4695 South Monaco in Denver at 11:05 a.m. MT Friday.

Tubbs will cut briefly into the Mike Rosen show to make the presentation live. Rockies officials will be there with an affidavit and will obtain Tubbs' signature and immediate notarization.

But Tulowitzki thinks possession will be temporary. His jersey and cap have been sent to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"I'm sure the Rockies will have a Hall of Fame or it'll end up in Cooperstown," Tulowitzki said. "I guess it's cool to have your jersey and your hat in the Hall of Fame. I guess I'll get memories of turning a triple play. I'll carry them with me my whole life."

After catching Chipper Jones' line drive, stepping on second to double off Kelly Johnson and tagging Edgar Renteria, Tulowitzki threw to first baseman Todd Helton. It was more reaction than anything, since there was no out to be obtained.

Helton, also out of habit, flipped the ball into the stands behind the Rockies' dugout the way he would at the end of any inning.

"Right after that, someone came up to me and asked me where the ball was," Tulowitzki said. "Todd just put his head down and said, 'Oh, man, I threw it into the stands and didn't even think about it.'"

Tubbs grabbed the ball, and it was verified that he had the actual one.

"I was just as shocked to get that ball as I'm sure Tulowitzki was to see Helton toss it into the stands," Tubbs said in a statement released by the station, which broadcasts Rockies games. "I knew immediately that this ball belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame or in the hands of Tulowitzki himself, and I've wanted nothing more than to get it back to the Rockies and to Troy."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.