Troy Tulowitzki was shocked to learn that the Colorado Rockies had traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
"I felt like I got blindsided a bit. I thought I was in the loop, in the conversation," Tulowitzki told The Denver Post. "So it definitely caught me by surprise. I was shocked, and it caught me off guard. I think maybe I was a little naive to think I would be so connected to the [trade] process."
Tulowitzki, 30, had spent his entire nine-year career in Colorado after he was drafted seventh overall in 2005. He was pulled in the ninth inning on Monday night's game against the Chicago Cubs as a deal was finalized.
"They told me they would keep [me] in the loop, and that if anything got serious, they would talk to me about it," Tulowitzki added. "So, to get pulled out of the game in the ninth inning and be told I was traded, I was shocked."
Walt Weiss, who also was caught off guard by the move, delivered the news to Tulowitzki, and the two spent an hour together in the manager's office after the game.
"I knew their GM [Alex Anthopoulos] had kept tabs on me for a long time, so it feels good to know they wanted me this much," Tulowitzki said, according to the Post. "I had heard all the media reports, and I never heard Toronto. You always hear the Mets, or the Cardinals, but to hear I'd been traded to Toronto was surprising."