What do you get for a retirement present when you are the best player in the history of the Colorado Rockies organization? How about an actual horse. Todd Helton received a horse last night prior to the the team’s matchup against the Boston Red Sox.
It was a cool sight to see the very humble athlete receive his gift while the crowd stood and cheered for him like they did every other home game in his 17-year career. It’s hard for the soon-to-be-retired star as he will miss out on the playoffs in his last MLB season. The Rockies sit in last place in the NL West and haven’t made the playoffs since 2009 and have made it just twice when Helton was in town.
As you can see, the horse made somewhat of a cool picture as Helton stood out there with his family. I’m guessing they gave this to the future Hall of Famer because it symbolizes him riding off into the sunset — ending his career on a high note.
Many players are happy to retire because they can spend more time with their family and it’s obvious he is a family man. However, you can also tell he’s the kind of guy who will have a hard time giving the game up because he loved it so much and will always do so.
How did he respond to receiving the gift? He knocked a homer out of the park in the second inning — his 226 career home run at home.
What a way to send Helton off.