CarGo’s stomach better, wishes Ubaldo mess would end
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez said he didn’t sleep Saturday night and was throwing up Sunday morning.
But he was really sick about what happened during the game against the Indians he missed Sunday.
Former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez smoked shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the left elbow on the first pitch of a first-inning plate appearance. The two yelled at one another, and the benches cleared to separate.
“It’s not fun, of course, when something like this happens on a baseball field,” Gonzalez said Monday morning, when he was feeling much better. “We’re not trying to do that. We’re trying to play good baseball for the fans, trying to put on a good show. There are a lot of fans in the stands, a lot of kids watching everything we’re doing.
“I feel like I don’t even know what to say. It’s already done. I’m glad my teammate, ‘Tulo’ is good. Ubaldo is not even on our team anymore. Like I’ve said in the past, I wish him the best. All I care about right now is my team. It’s a good team that ‘Tulo’ is healthy and he’ll be ready to play.”
Relations between the Rockies and Jimenez deteriorated after Tulowitzki and Gonzalez received lucrative new contracts after big 2010 seasons and Jimenez didn’t. All three were quoted in a back-and-forth set of articles earlier this spring. Although Jimenez said he didn’t hit Tulowitzki on purpose, the exchange between the two Sunday showed this is clearly personal.
But Gonzalez said the last time he and Jimenez saw one another, it was cordial.
“I’ve seen him before,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve seen him in Scottsdale. I had the opportunity to talk with him two weeks ago. It was all the same, no hard feelings between me and him. But there’s been a lot of issues in the newspapers and stuff. We just need to be done with that.
“I don’t think there were any issues. It was right after I saw him when everything came out. We just need to start playing baseball and forget about that. For us we have more important things to concentrate on that me talking about the past. Whatever happens now, he’s pitching for a different team. He should be concentrating on doing his job there.”
Gonzalez believes the back-and-forth needs to end.
“For us, we should be concentrating on doing our job here,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not even like he plays in the same division, where we have to pay attention to what he’s doing. He’s in a different league. We have to think about ourselves and our team, how we’re going to make this team successful. We need to let that go.”