Troy Tulowitzki has been a star for a long time. He’s also had one important fan for a very long time.
The Tornoto Blue Jays shortstop has been married to his high school sweetheart, Danyll Gammon, since 2009 and the pair have faced the sometimes up-and-down career of professional baseball together. Now, the long-time couple will face the MLB postseason, with their sights collectively set on a World Series run.
Here’s what you need to know about Danyll and her relationship with Tulowtizki:
1. Troy & Danyll First Met When They Were in High School in California
Troy and Danyll have known each other for a very long time. In fact, it’s been decades.
The pair first met while they were in high school and began dating while they attended Freemont High School in Sunnyvale, California. Tulowitzki stayed close to home for college, playing three seasons of baseball at California State University, Long Beach. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2005 and moved up to the big show the next season.
2. They Were Married in November 2009
Danyll and Troy became Mr. and Mrs. Tulowitzki in November 2009 in a ceremony held near their home town in Portola Valley, California.
Tulowitzki’s father, Ken, served as best man during the ceremony said that his son’s relationship with Danyll has always been a major factor in his life. “It really meant a lot to see him with Danyll,” Ken told The Denver Post. “Every time I looked at him that day, I thought of how proud he has made me.”
3. Troy Credits Danyll For Much of His On-Field Success
It isn’t easy to become a professional baseball player. Sometimes it’s even more difficult after you’ve become a professional baseball player.
After facing the uphill battle of rehabbing a handful of injuries during his time in Colorado, and singing a $31 million contract in 2007, Tulowitzki said that he realized he needed to keep his friends close and his inner-circle tight. That, of course, included his wife. He told the Denver Post:
Danyll was there from the beginning She was with me when I was nobody. And she’s a special person to put up with how crazy I am about baseball.
And now that Tulowitzki has found a new baseball home in Toronto, you can fully expect Danyll to be right there with him again. Although his hitting hasn’t been quite up to the All-Star level he was playing at with the Rockies, Tulo is just as confident as ever and a lot of that has to do with Danyll’s consistent support no matter what his batting average may be.
4. Danyll Gave Birth to the Couple’s First Child in 2014
The Tulowitzki’s became first-time parents in January 2014 when Danyll gave birth to the couple’s first son – Taz. The brand-new label was a major moment for both Danyll and Troy and also offered the then-Rockies shortstop a chance to, once again, brag a bit about his family. He was regularly spotted wearing t-shirts with his son’s name on it during spring training that year.
So, did becoming parents change the couple? Not quite. At least not when it came to how Tulowtizki approached finding a balance between fatherhood and playing baseball. He told The Denver Post:
At times, there are bigger things in life than the game, and that was hard for me to realize for a long time, because I care so much about this game. I will be happy to see him when I get home, but I will still be upset. Maybe, for a lot of people, fatherhood changes things that way. But it won’t change me. Knowing me the way I do, seeing my son will put a smile on my face, but I won’t forget I lost the battle that day.
In other words, Taz and Danyll better hope that the Toronto Blue Jays have a long postseason run or Troy might not be a ton of fun to be around at home.
5. She Also Played Sports & Was a Standout Basketball Player in High School
Troy isn’t the only athlete in the Tulowitzki family. Danyll was a standout in her own right while the pair were both in school and while Troy was dominating on the baseball diamond, she was finding success on the basketball court.
Danyll lettered in basketball in multiple seasons but gave up on the sport shortly after graduating from high school.