Rockies Set To Retire Helton’s Number
According to Troy Renck of The Denver Post’s twitter page, the Colorado Rockies are set to retire Rockies’ legend Todd Helton‘s number on August 17th against the Cincinnati Reds. How fitting that the date is on the 17th — coincidence? I think so.
They are making a weekend of Helton’s number retirement. But official date it will be retired is Aug. 17 #Rockies
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) February 6, 2014
There is no doubt that the Rockies as an organization were going to retire Todd Helton’s number, but we didn’t expect it to be sooner rather than later. The 17-year veteran called it quits last season after finishing 74-88, last place in the National League West. Helton did what is so uncommon in any sport which was stay with the Rockies throughout his entire career.
Todd Helton’s last double at Coors Field against the Boston Red Sox:
Helton finished his career as a .316/.414/.539 hitter collecting 369 home runs, 592 doubles, and 2,519 hits to go along with 1,406 runs batted in. Helton did have the opportunity to play in the World Series one time for the Rockies back in 07′ and this is what he had to say.
“Obviously, yeah, I wish we did win a World Series,” Helton said. “But when I look at it, I think I was very blessed, fortunate to be in the World Series. I look at the lot of things we did accomplish and not the one we didn’t.”
It’s going to be an interesting opening day at Coors Field this season without seeing #17 occupying the position as newly acquired first baseman Justin Morneau sets to replace the potential Hall-of-Famer.