Helton’s Final Home Stand

When filling out the lineup card for tonights final home game of the 2013 Rockies season, Weiss can pick up a sharpie and confidently write in Todd Helton at first base. Helton, who announced he was retiring just over a week ago, will play his final game at Coors field tonight.

In last night’s win over the Red Sox (8-3), Helton was loudly cheered with every at bat and play at first. The ovation from the crowd as he took the plate was sustained and littered with whistles and “Helton” yells. Tonight the frenzy should reach a fever pitch as the hometown faithful exercise their right to “say goodbye” to the Toddfather, the Rockies franchise player.

His jersey number 17 will most assuredly be the first jersey number retired by Colorado (next to the requisite Jackie Robinson 42), and the debate over HOF worthiness will pick up in earnest, but nobody can deny that he is and always will be a class act, an excellent hitter in his prime and quite possibly the best glove that ever graced first base.

ROCKIES LINEUP
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
3. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
5. Todd Helton (L) 1B
6. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
7. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
8. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

IN GAME CHAT

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egossage
egossage
7 years ago

Going to the game tonight to say goodbye to Todd

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

If I can track you down I’ll pay my debt 🙂

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago

Nice lead, Jare. Enjoy! Chat not working tonight, was hoping for a little bit of community around the bittersweet night. G’bye to the home field, beloved 17.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Did Peavy groove that one for Todd? He’ll never tell. Whatever it was, it was a cool moment. Maybe I should’ve gone after all. Bye, Todd!

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

Nice to see Chacin rise to the occasion….

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

Tonight’s Rockies pitching, much like over his entire career, is the antithesis of Helton’s attributes. How ironic to have tonight’s game reflect that.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Only 3 gold gloves in 17 years. What a joke.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

If you’d asked me before the game I’d have said Helton has 5 or 6 gold gloves. That is just wrong. By the way, have the Rockies fixed Pomeranz by moving him to the pen? Working out of the stretch full time, velocity back up to what we were told it was when we traded for him, seems like a really talented pitcher again. I’m a big fan of trying new things like that — taking struggling starters and moving… Read more »

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

I don’t get it. What possible reason is there to run Oswalt out there tonight of all nights? Borderline disrespectful of Helton.

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

Actually, completely disrespectful.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Here is how the night will end: Helton hits a grand slam with 2 outs, then the Rox tie their record of 11 straight hits culminating with a hit by Helton to knock in the winner 16-15. LOL Of course it won’t happen, I just enjoyed doing the math to see that it was possible.

Bummer they didn’t turn the DP in the ninth with Helton getting the final PO.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

What a great night Todd had.Too bad the strikeout had to be his final home out.Two more extra base hits for 1,000 which would be great.Also closing in on #16 in doubles-might not quite make it-needs 3 or 4 I think.Great glove work all night long.Todd you will be missed.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Last night was certainly a microcosm of Helton’s career. Great effort on his part but surrounded by an outclassed bunch with terrible pitching. I hate to see baseball seasons end, but somehow I won’t miss the end of this one. Just like last year and the year before and…

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

Helton has only 3 gold gloves because the ball is easier to field and picks are easier at altitude. 😉

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Peavy grooved one for Todd! Kizsla in the DP confirms it: Helton says he thinks Peacy “did him a favor.” That’s as close to an admission as you’ll ever get. I wonder if it was pre-arranged? “Second pitch, I’ll give you a fastball right down the middle.” Or maybe just understood but unspoken. I noticed on the news replays this morning that Peavy’s “grooved” fastball was clocked at 87. He was consistently at 91 throughout the game. None of this… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Sitting there I speculated that he might have been served one up. Still doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of the moment. And his final double was almost as cool. It takes a retirement of our own legend to get Coors Field full at the end of the year since we haven’t put a good team on the field since ’09. The whole evening was special, despite the score. In between each half inning they would show some Todd tribute… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

What the hell is the fascination with Roy Oswalt. I think he looked good his first start and he still gave up a run an inning or something close to that. I had long turned off the game by that time although I did VCR it in case of something special. Helton’s first three AB’s were great, the homer, the sac fly and the head first slide into 2nd. I was busy watching CSI when he struck out so my… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Look around both leagues and you will see plenty of teams,including some with better records than the ROX,who have 1st basemen with stats worse than Helton’s.I’m not defending Todd who is a shadow of his former self,just saying there aren’t many superior choices out there-and probably none we can afford.Cuddy at first next year and try to groom someone in the minors for 2015 and beyond.What happened to the kid we were going to draft but went one slot before… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Gary, you’re right about Helton — he’s retiring now, but some smart GM could’ve squeezed another year or two of real value out of him. But I’m glad he’s hanging it up because that never could’ve been with the Rockies. I think he realized he couldn’t be a pure bench player here. When the Broncos signed Peyton Manning I thought: great, keep Tebow around to run some short yardage plays, maybe an occasional wildcat formation, etc. Why not? But the… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

All they’re doing with Oswalt is further convincing every other veteran pitcher that they have no business coming to Coors.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Charlie Monfort, town drunk? That’s what Kiszla says. How did I miss this? Check out the audio posted on the Denver Post website today. Kiz says that as early as 2007 Dan O’Dowd confided in him that they have to deal with Charlie’s drinking issues on a regular basis. Charlie used to be the face of Rockies ownership until Dickie started taking over a few years ago. Is that why? (I could never tell them apart myself, but I take… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

All I can say is Wow! If that’s true. Since Kizla and Les Shapiro work for different sports talk shows I don’t think Kiz would be just making it up to up his ratings. There are lots of shows in Denver and everybody wants to get somebody to listen to them instead of the other guy. I hadn’t heard about that. I actually used to know a couple of people who worked for the Rocky who might have know. But… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Yeah, Bill, I think if Kiz was way out of line one of the other reporters present would be out there correcting the record. It actually has the tone of Kiz saying “Charlie, you need help.” And don’t forget (I looked it up to confirm) Charlie had alcohol problems in the past including a .20 alcohol content DUI, and apparently that led to a 12-step thing that led to him becoming a serious Christian. So there seems to be something… Read more »

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