If you go to Colorado, there’s probably not one person that dislikes Todd Helton. In fact, if you can find a person that doesn’t like the Colorado Rockies‘ star, they probably don’t know a thing about baseball. Helton is one of the best players, if not the best, to ever suit up in a Rockies uniform and will remain that way for quite a while.
The 17-year veteran played in his final home game on Wednesday night as a professional baseball player and he did not disappoint with his exit. While he may not have gotten the same type of farewell tour that future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera received from around the league, Helton got treated like a king by his home fans — and that’s all that matters.
In his first at bat of his final home game, Helton stepped up to the plate with the fans standing on their feet, cameras record to record history. Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy wound up on the 1-1 pitch and set it toward home plate. Helton swung with his perfect form and sent one flying to deep right field and over the wall.
Watch the magic happen here:
Helton hit the ball into the right field seats and rounded the bases with class. The fans stood to their feet as he rounded every base and it looked like no one could have written up something better. In his first professional game with Colorado, he hit a home run. So in his last game it was only fitting that he hit another home run.
He finished his home career hitting .345 with 226 home runs at home.
Well done, Todd.