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Tribute to Todd Helton

Yesterday was Todd Helton Day at Coors Field as the former first baseman made his journey back to his former home away from home to be on hand as the Rockies retired his number 17 in front of 42,000 fans.  The fact that 42,000 fans came out to pay tribute shows what kind of weight Todd Helton has with this town.  It’s not everyday that 42,000 fans come to the ballpark in August to watch a team with one of the worst records in baseball.  Of course… they weren’t there to watch the Rockies.  They were there to say goodbye one last time to Todd.  I was lucky enough to have a front row seat.

The Rockies mowed a big “17” into the field.  Pretty cool.

I moved to Colorado in 2009 and only started shooting sports in 2010, so unfortunately by the time I was able to start photographing Todd Helton, he was past the prime of his career, but it was still very cool to be able to photograph a 5 time All Star, 4 time Sliver Slugger, 3 time Gold Glove winner, a man who had a .316 batting average over 17 seasons and played all 17 of those seasons for same team.  Impressive.

After the pre game ceremony I photographed the rest of the game between the Rockies and the Reds.  The game had a little bit of everything.  A 25 min rain delay in the first inning…

Some diving catch attempts….

And misses.  :)

Some close plays at second base…

Some double plays…

Jordan Lyles, the Rockies starting pitcher didn’t have the best day.  He threw a couple wild pitches resulting in runs scored.  Not his best outing…

Sunday was also nice because Michael Cuddyer made his long awaited return to the Rockies.  Seems like he’s spent most of the season out with one injury or another.

Game ended with center fielder  Drew Stubbs hitting a walk off homer.

For his efforts he was rewarded with a bucket of ice water being dumped on his head during a TV interview after the game.  :)

Glad the Rockies were able to squeeze out a win for ya Todd.  Thanks for the memories!

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