"My dad was hard on me, and I was an aggressive kid that didn't want to fail," Tulo said of the yearning for success passed down from father to son. "I don't know if I've ever been on a losing team. All my teams won. When you win all those years, winning kind of comes easy, but it's not that easy."Tulo fantasized about a career in law enforcement, noting, "It would be cool keeping the bad people off the streets and helping people at the same time." Nevertheless, at Long Beach State University he majored in kinesiology, hoping to learn more about his body and find another edge as an athlete. Perhaps it's that extra level of understanding that gives him the ability to make such acrobatic plays from deep in the hole at short. He still hopes to complete his final year and earn his degree, but the quickly maturing middle infielder who turned 23 on the eve of the NLCS opener is in no hurry to lose his zest for new challenges. His brother, Tyler, and sister, Tiffany, 11th and 7th graders at home in Santa Clara, Calif., help keep him "young," and Tulo is even learning to play the guitar from Tyler. Rock on, Tulo!
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.