DENVER (CBS4)– Troy Tulowitzki has been the face of the Colorado Rockies for years and a hard-hitting, slick-fielding fan favorite. While not surprised, they are sad to see him go.

“It’s really sad. I don’t know how it’s going to affect the franchise and the Rockies. It’s demoralizing for sure,” said Tulo fan Julie Sutton.

The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays orchestrated a blockbuster trade late Monday night that sent Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

The shortshop earned five All-Star honors. Many fans see him as the face of the team.

“The hero of the city as far as baseball goes, kind of sucks that he’s gone,” said Tulo fan Jon Clapper. “People aren’t going to be as happy anymore. I mean, all the people with the T-shirts, what are they going to do now?”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The upside for Tulo fans, buying gear with his name on it will be discounted. Some plan to wear that gear with pride.

“That’s part of being a Rockies fan, you have to accept some heartbreak, frequently,” said Tulo fan Tara Wilson.

While some are sad to see him go, some fans believe it could be a good change.

“Obviously we’re going to lose a star player but he wasn’t playing up to his potential,” said Rockies fan Alex Stamatis. “The point is we’re trying to rebuild and try to get more out of our new players than we did out of Tulo.”

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