While the day ended uncomfortably, at least for one Mr. Todd Helton, it began in such a way that RoxWalkOff regular TJinPhoenix gave the first full workout his seal of approval.
TJ sent me a few quick texts, and some pictures, of the days workout. His update helps those of us, that weren’t able to just drive down the street and catch some baseball in our backyard, get a feeling for what we were missing.
Todd Helton “looks in shape“, TJ texted, and he looked like he was moving really well after his surgery.
Todd seemed the most uncomfortable behind the microphone, as he held a press conference, post-workout, to explain his DUI:
Last week I got behind the wheel of my truck after I had drunk. All I can do now is apologize and ask for forgiveness. I spoke to my teammates earlier today and they were very supportive of me and my situation. I’m very grateful to my wife, my family, my teammates and the Colorado Rockies organization for their support. I am determined to learn from my mistakes and I’ve gotten help. Part of making a monumental mistake, like I made, is recognizing the mistake and making sure you are doing all you can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m doing that. I’m doing everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Overall it’s been positive. There is nobody harder on myself than me…I was more disappointed in myself than anybody. We were planning on heading down here the next day, so it was a matter of time, a matter of gathering my thoughts to make sure everything I said that I could backup. Obviously it is a tough situation, dealing with this, but it’s something in my mind that I don’t know how far behind I want it because I want to always remember it. That’s how you are gonna learn from it. As far as baseball, I’m ready to go. Why would I not be ready to get on the baseball field after this.
TJ also mentioned that Tulo, himself coming off of season-ending surgery, also looked very good during the day’s workouts. He said that they had, “Tulo showing a little range” and that there was “definitely no loss on Tulo’s arm. I’m right behind 1st base and it is a cannon!”