Carlos Gonzalez sits roughly 10 feet away from Troy Tulowitzki in the Rockies' clubhouse at Salt River Fields. They share much in common. Both are stars, National League MVP candidates, and better when the other is playing. But their frustration over last season's debacle is much different, framed by their experiences.
One day after Tulowitzki expressed candid concerns about his future in Colorado if the team doesn't start winning — this coming after he went so far as to clean out his locker late last season — Gonzalez explained the differences.
"He's grown up as a Rockie. This is the only organization he's ever known. So it's harder to go through that," Gonzalez said. "To be honest, all I care about is winning. That's the No. 1 priority. We want to have success together. You know it's a business. I have been traded twice. So anything can happen. But what I want is to get us back to where we were in 2009."
Gonzalez's star took off that year, culminating with a breathtaking performance in the playoffs. He followed with a batting title in 2010, a season in which his peers voted him the game's most outstanding player in the Player's Choice awards. The Rockies put on a full-court press that winter, providing Tulowitzki with a contract extension that runs through 2020 and has $140 million remaining.
Gonzalez, who wasn't even arbitration eligible at the time, agreed to a seven-year, $80 million contract six weeks later. He has no regrets, despite the team having bottomed out since.
Carlos Gonzalez wants to turn back Rockies' clock to winning ways
Denver Post | Feb 26