It has been a magical night for Todd Helton. Having announced his impending retirement earlier in the week, Helton has been getting quite the send off. It might not be the Mo Rivera farewell tour but it seems to fit Helton’s personality perfectly.
Helton is widely regarded as one of the nicest guys in baseball. A class act for sure was demonstrated at a tearful press conference in which he thanked all of those that made his career possible.
In celebration of this game the Rockies painted a giant 17 on the field in his honor and when it was time to take the field his teammates pulled back and allowed for Helton to get the raucous applause from the Coors Field crowd. If he had known that his teammates were going to honor him that way I am sure he would not have let them. Kudos to his teammates for making sure he received the honor that he deserved.
When Helton came out to bat in the bottom of the second inning, he received another standing ovation that was prolonged when a classy Saltalamacchia went out to the mound for a minute to allow even more applause. When play resumed Helton delivered exactly what the fans wanted.
The home run was Helton’s 15th on the year and the 369th of his career. Helton’s numbers have always been delivered with an asterisk due to playing in the hitter friendly air of Denver, but he was an excellent hitter and one that should be celebrated after a fantastic career.