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“I wasn’t accusing him at all. I have too much respect for him to do something like that." -- Troy Tulowitzki on Madison Bumgarner
DENVER – It always makes for juicy drama when one player accuses a pitcher of doctoring the baseball.
But Troy Tulowitzki insisted that wasn’t his intent when he saw a black mark on the ball as Madison Bumgarner gripped it on the mound in the third inning Friday night.
“I wasn’t accusing him at all,” Tulowitzki said. “I have too much respect for him to do something like that. I didn’t think they were cheating.”
Tulowitzki said he noticed the mark and pointed it out to umpire Tim McClelland, only to suggest that they put a fresh one into play.
“You respect the game and there’s something on the baseball, so let’s get rid of it and move on,” Tulowitzki said. “You respect guys who compete. I have respect for him and hopefully he has the same for me.”
Bumgarner turned and appeared to say something to Tulowitzki, but insisted tempers never flared.
“I was just confused at the runner on first base asking for the ball to be checked,” Bumgarner said.
Did he think at the time that Tulowitzki was trying to get in his head?
“He didn’t, if he was,” Bumgarner said. “I didn’t take it that way.”
As for the mark on the ball, the Rockies TV broadcast got a tight shot of it and it did appear to be more of a transfer than a splotch of pine tar or some other foreign substance. McClelland tossed it into the Rockies dugout after giving it a quick check.
“It could’ve been fouled off a shoe or a bat or whatever,” Bumgarner said. “I mean, it was nothing.”