Troy Tulowitzki’s glove has been in the spotlight for quite a few years now because of the use he accumulated on his prior glove (eight years’ worth). However, we are going to feature Tulowitzki’s new glove, one that is actually a lot different from his past model in many facets.
A Look into Troy Tulowitzki’s Glove
The most fascinating part (in our eyes) of Troy Tulowitzki’s glove is how Tulowitzki took to using the pattern he has been using his whole career.
The History between Tulowitzki and the TT2
When Tulowitzki first broke into the major leagues after being drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft, he was searching for a pattern that fit his unique need at shortstop – an 11.5” pattern that plays extremely flat. After searching around for the perfect design, he went with a pattern that garnered zero attention at the time and had never been released: Adam Kennedy’s AK2.
The more ‘Tulo,’ as he is frequently called, used the AK2 pattern, the more he fell in love with it. In fact, he used the same AK2 pattern glove for over eight seasons (unbelievable, right?) before finally switching over to a new glove just last year when his old one finally fell apart. This new glove was fittingly named the ‘TT2,’ commemorating the sole user of this funky pattern, and from now on, Troy Tulowitzki’s glove will be marked “PROTT2” instead of “PROAK2.”
Why are We Calling the TT2 Funky?
As stated earlier, Troy Tulowitzki went looking for a pattern that played flat and finally chose the AK2 (now TT2), he was not joking at all about finding that perfect-for-him pattern. He chose a pattern that has fingers that are completely straight when new, unlike the other patterns (even the considerably flat NP4) that feature a bit of curvature in the fingers.
Another strange feature of the TT2 pattern is that it plays so shallow at the beginning but then becomes as so deep after some use. Just feel the stock Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROTT2 new and you will not be able to close the glove around the ball at all, and then feel the pocket naturally transition into something even outfielders envy.
Tulowitzki kept it simple with his glove with a full tan colorway and tan split welting (as opposed to his former gray split welting); however, this choice means much more than what it looks like on the outside.
Why the Colorway Matters for More than Looks
Just like any other ballplayer, Tulowitzki wanted a glove that featured the best leather (regardless of color) for the best durability. Therefore, he went with Rawlings’ Code 55 Horween leather on his first AK2 and then took on the classic color that comes with this tan-colored leather.
Eight years after that excellent decision, he can look back and smile at the great choice he made when he was young so that he can still have his precious glove, despite its great use. So, when designing the glove that would replace the glove that got it done for him for eight years, he followed the statement “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and stuck with the Tan Horween leather.
Finally: Gold Labels
Sandwiched in-between the eight years of use out of his first glove were two Gold Glove awards (2010, 2011), an honor reserved for the best fielders at a position. However, Tulo never made the same move we have seen guys like Francisco Lindor and Brandon Crawford do lately – get the gold labels stitched on their last year’s games. Instead, he stuck with the classic red patches; I figure he just wanted to preserve the good streak he had with his old glove and not mess with it too much.
As you can see above, Troy Tulowitzki’s glove finally features the gold patches. And, boy do I have to admit that was a sweet move by Tulowitzki to finally get those labels on his glove, as they are delicious on the tan Horween leather.
What does the Embroidery Mean?
Just like he has done in the past, Troy Tulowitzki got “TAZ” embroidered on the thumb of his glove to serve as an in-game remembrance of his son. Besides the fact that that name is cool (yet admittedly odd), the embroidery is a nice tribute that seems to be growing in popularity across the MLB (i.e. Adam Jones).
You can Get Your Own TT2, too
After waiting for what seemed like forever for the re-release of a TT2 model, Rawlings finally did release a stock Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROTT2 with some extra goodies – most notably Horween leather (something that has been absent for a while as well) and a gold thumb label with the red/gold wrist patch:
While it is not the exact same thing as Troy Tulowitzki’s glove, I think it still is an awesome option (arguably even better than Tulo’s glove) if you are looking for a TT2 for short or second. Check below for some more resources to learn about and buy the stock PROTT2.