The little giant stands among the giant giants. He's 12, wears dark-rimmed glasses. He's polite, loves to read. He's wearing an oversized Air Force football jersey that's really wearing him. He's a little boy who could very well die.
From the living room chair where he sat reading around half past 9 on a May evening, Ron Baker heard the boom and felt his century-old Greeley farmhouse shudder, sending a menagerie of plastic horses toppling from a bedroom shelf.
It's one of the prettiest sights in baseball. Troy Tulowitzki scoops up a hot grounder, does a leaping Baryshnikov and strong-arms a throw to first base. Tulo defines himself by that play. He's a shortstop - now and forever.