Now Commenting On:

Offseason work shows in Tulo's big play

Offseason work shows in Tulo's big play play video for Offseason work shows in Tulo's big play

MIAMI -- Plays like the backhand and across-the-body throw by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki that beat the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna to first base Tuesday night are both planned and spontaneous.

"It's reactions, it's instincts, but at the same time I practice stuff like that in the offseason," Tulowitzki said of a play that was quite popular on all matter of media. "I expect that out of myself. It's always nice to accomplish that in the game, though. You feel like you get some momentum on your side. The pitcher is pumped up. The team is pumped up. We came into the dugout with a little bit of a boost.

"It's satisfying for myself to know that all of the hard work that I put in pays dividends."

The first baseman at the other end of the play, Justin Morneau, said: "I'm not sure if I've ever been a part of one of those."

Tulowitzki credited Morneau for his footwork. He had to cross the bag into foul territory to make the catch.

"He definitely finished the play, did a great job of knowing where the bag was and what he needed to do to catch the ball," Tulowitzki said. "It was a pretty play by Morney."

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

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español