Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/31/13
Hitting and Todd Helton have always been a good fit. It's a hobby that creates comfortable misery. He's a one of a kind. He came up the hard way in Knoxville taking swings in his garage until his timing was right running straight from football practice at the University of Tennessee into the batter's box. Helton is purposeful and maniacal. He's hit in batting practice until his hands bled. He's been so upset with his performance that he deprived himself of food. And once in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium he was so eager and desperate to change his luck he shaved his goatee in between at-bats. "He's on his own program" said Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki shaking his head. "There's no one like him." Helton was born to hunt and hit. When kids ask why Helton will be in the conversation for the Hall of Fame a DVD of the Rockies' 9-6 blistering of the Reds on Friday night will suffice. All signs point toward Helton retiring which means Friday could go down as his last breathtaking performance. He belted two home runs for the first time since April 26 2011 at Chicago. These weren't fence crawlers either. In the Rockies' five-run fourth inning the 40-year-old crushed Bronson Arroyo's 82-mph changeup into the Rockies' bullpen. In the seventh inning he belted Logan Ondrusek's 92-mph fastball into the right-field seats. "The old guy can still do it" said manager Walt Weiss. "I got both home run balls back" Helton said. "You never know which one will be my last." Helton tied his career high of six RBIs last accomplished May 29 2003 against the Dodgers. A standing ovation from the paid crowd of 29415 greeted his last at-bat. The fans made it a moment appreciating the history at stake. Sitting on 2499 hits Helton spoiled a nasty slider worked the count full and fanned on a high fastball from Zach Duke.
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