By hitting 14 homers over 15 games coming into Sunday, Tulowitzki equaled the modern-day marks of Barry Bonds from 2001 and Albert Belle from 1995, reports Elias.
Off the top of his head, Tracy couldn't recall the record runs by Bonds and Belle. But he did remember the prowess of another slugger, from the 1970s.
[Tracy said:] "Kelly Leak, maybe. Kelly Leak in 'The Bad News Bears' — he was on a tear like that. That's the one guy I can think of."
Any time a major league manager references the "Bears" saga, my ears prick up.
Tracy's analogy is spot-on, too, from one point of view: Kelly Leak was a man amongst boys in those movies. When he wasn't smoking, gambling, riding a motorcycle or picking up women twice his age, Leak was hitting bombs in a Southern California Little League.
Conversely, Tulo might be emulating Leak's stroke, but aside from the mullet he's been growing for charity, he's no budding criminal.
Tulo failed to homer Sunday in the Rockies' 7-6 loss — and it wasn't because the Los Angeles Dodgers intentionally walked him every time up, like Leak's overmatched opponents started doing. Tulowitzki went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Of course, 14 homers in 15 games as a "record" is something of a manufactured achievement because of it's arbitrary endpoint — but it's impressive anyway, and just the kind of thing Kelly Leak could pull off.
Tracy, for what it's worth, reminds me a bit of the absent-minded gardener whom the kids propped up as their manager so they could take a road trip in "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training."
It wasn't the greatest sequel ever, but it was no "Bad News Bears Go To Japan." Tony Curtis, no!
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