DENVER - Tonight will be an emotional and historic night at Coors Field as Todd Helton plays his final home game at Coors Field.
Helton is retiring.
The first baseman has spent all 17 years of his Major League career with the Rockies.
Helton ranks among the top 100 players all-time in hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, extra-base hits, total bases, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, according to MLB.com. See Helton's stats: http://ch7ne.ws/1b6TUmf
"I'll miss the anticipation of walking out of the tunnel and seeing the fans, and getting ready to play the game," said Helton. "That's going to be the toughest part to me."
"The fans of Colorado, I'd like to thank them," Helton said. "It's been an honor to be your first baseman for the last 17 years. I have grown from a man, to a husband and into a father. We have seen the good times and the bad. It's been a pleasure to share all of that with you."
In honor of Todd's final home game, the Rockies have mowed a giant "17" in center field and "17" is painted on both the first base and third base lines.
For most of Helton's career he was the Rockies representative on the national landscape. Helton was a five-time All-Star from 2000-2004, starting in three games from 2001-2003.
Helton's greatest professional moment was when he helped the Rockies get to their first World Series in 2007 against the Boston Red Sox. Boston would go on to sweep the Rockies in the Fall Classic.