Todd Helton is an unclenched fist relaxed the source of both purposeful and unintentional humor. Retirement official he's been testing out slogans for his Columbine Ford dealership on teammates. "It's a steal of a deal" he bellows in a Velveeta-dripped FM-dee-jay voice.
They laugh. He actually smiled after batting practice Tuesday saying through clenched teeth "I am enjoying this."
The season has been a disappointment but Helton continues to make the most of his farewell. The Rockies blistered the playoff-bound Red Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night setting the stage for his final home game Thursday which is close to a sellout.
Helton delivered two hits knocking in the Rockies' second run against Red Sox starter John Lackey. The veteran first baseman has five hits in his past two games which have been a stream of standing ovations. On a night that hitting instructor Dante Bichette said he won't return next season to be closer to his family the Rockies delivered double-figure hits. All-st...