TulowGit2Quit – A Marriage of Bat Cracks and Beat Drops

Troy Tulowitzki hammered balls out of Coors Field for nearly a decade and MC Hammer’s the biggest comeback hit was 2 Legit 2 Quit, after one of the best-known songs of its decade.

While Tulowitzki was one of the top shortstop fantasy producers in the mid-2000s, Hammer made it big in the late ’80s/early ’90s with massive hits like You can’t touch this, they put me in the mix, and Turn off that Mutha.

Silver Slugger and the Grammy winner have both had rapid rises and falls at the top of their game.

Hammer may have had more than 15 minutes of fame, but it wasn’t too long than the 14:37 length of the video above for his comeback single. The epic was basically a short film, full of tasty 90s cheese, with cameos from everyone from David “Bud Bundy” Faustino, Henry Winkler aka The Fonz, Tony Danza of who is the boss and the infamous lip syncs Milli Vanilla. Sure, you have to blame something, but a rain delay isn’t it.

2 Legitimate 2 Exit was one of the most expensive music videos of all time. Maybe not as expensive as the 10-year, $157.75 million deal Tulow had with the Rockies, including the $38 million the Toronto Blue Jays were responsible for when they released the former fantasy stud often injured in 2018.

That being said, MC, better known as Stanley Kirk Burrell when he wasn’t wearing his baggy hammer pants, made $33 million in 1991 alone.

The dancing machine spent $70 million and filed for bankruptcy in 1996 after spending lavishly on music videos, stage shows, massive entourages and lots and lots of stuff. He never found the same level of musical success again, unless he counted a karaoke contest on the surreal life on par with sold-out stadiums.

Hammer’s fantastic namesake partner never reached the same heights after his prime in the Mile High City. The five-time All-Star had a decent season in Toronto, but essentially finished in baseball at the age of 32.

The Oakland rapper, however, shared some of Tulowitzki’s familiarity around a baseball field. He got his nickname from none other than Mr. October Reggie Jackson. At age 11, Lil Hammer, or maybe hammer or mini mallet is more appropriate, was the batboy for the Oakland Athletics. Jackson gave Burrell the nickname because the Hall of Fame slugger, although young Stanley, looked like a longtime home run king Hammer Hank Aaron.

It is unclear whether Tulowitzki also owned 21 racehorses and 17 luxury cars, like Burrell once did, or whether the The AS you saw the singer may hit a curveball in the major leagues, but the team wedding was a game in heaven. So kneel down, give thanks, and with Hammer to the fantastic gods for a fruitful rest of the season… you know what to do.

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