Posted September 25, 2013 on AP on Fox
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The Colorado Rockies gave Todd Helton a horse -- a real horse -- to ride off into retirement. In a pregame tribute commemorating his final contest at Coors Field on Wednesday night, Helton caught the ceremonial first pitch from his daughter with his wife, younger daughter and good friend Peyton Manning watching from the field. Afterward, a cowboy emerged from the left field gate and trotted out Helton's newest teammate - a shimmering black and white gelding Paint horse named ''A Tru Bustamove.'' The horse came complete with a custom-made saddle that featured the Rockies' logo, Helton's number (17) and a silver embroidered handle. All the while, the fans showered Helton with applause as he wore purple pinstripes in front of the home crowd for the final time in his 17-year career. He acknowledged them with a tip of his cap before heading into the dugout to get ready for a game against the Boston Red Sox. He hit a solo homer in his first at-bat after the...
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