Sweet T Makes History in Front of Me
7/22/09 D-Backs vs Rockies Game 3
This one was the later, I didn’t want to leave.
If you know anything about me or my blog Todd Helton can do no wrong here on the Rant. I like all of the Rockies but Todd is my guy.
Today was his day, he owned it and I was able to witness it. The initial words that come to mind are “F*CK YEAH”.
Here’s a picture of Todd at bat in the third inning. You all know what happened next.
Check out the guy in the yellow shirt just to Todd’s right. Guess he “picked” the right game to be at :)
So did Mylee and I, but you don’t have to wash your hand after you shake mine.
We arrived at Coors half-an hour after the gates had opened. Not because I wanted to arrive fashionably late but because I haven’t quite mastered the Nederland to Coors Field drive time.
I’m still trying to figure out the exact equation to use to calculate the “Tourist”(also known as gapers) factor into my scenic mountain drive.
As Mylee and I entered the first row of the pavilion batting practice was in full force and the D-backs were scattered all over the outfield. Although not a D-backs fan whatsoever, I’d like to give props to one player who tossing baseballs to all different parts of the stadium just for sh*ts and giggles.
Here he is tossing a ball into the seats.
This guy probably tossed ten baseballs into random parts that have never seen a baseball before.
Mylee and I watched him toss one into the Rockpile meant for a specific kid.
It rolled all the way down to the front and some pot-bellied goofy looking older guy picked it up and stuffed it into his pocket. The player who tossed it up yelled for the guy to give it to the kid, but the funny shaped guy just stood there with a blank look on his inconsiderate face and played dumb.
So what did the D-Backs player do? Well he tossed up another baseball and the intended recipient snagged it that time.
Extremely cool and something you don’t see all that much. The D-backs were acting really confident as if they were on top of the world
I wasn’t digg’n on that too much. If you want to be cocky and confident be that way in your own stadium.
The D-Backs suck at hitting batting practice homers and It looked like Mylee and I were on our way to a shutout today. On a seriously cool note, right before the D-backs left the field one of them walked up and handed Mylee a ball.
I would love tell you these players names but a lot of the D-backs had their names and numbers covered. Sorry D-backs, I don’t have time or enough brain cells left to memorize your entire roster or any teams entire roster for that matter.
We both thanked him.
After he gave Mylee the ball I noticed something weird on the fence in front of me. Check it out, you might want to shield your childrens eyes.
I’m not sure but I think these two dragonflys are “doing it” and taking in a ball game at the same time. How romantic is that?
It’s either that or this kinky fence thing is a dragonfly’s version of a 69.
What a great idea…sex and baseball…we all could learn from bugs :)
That was it, BP was over and Mylee and I went for a walk to see what was to be seen. When we noticed the huge crowd beside the Rockies dugout we decided to skip autographs and started looking for a shady spot to sit, relax and wait for the game to start.
I noticed that usually in the 8th inning when there is a pitching change they play a Rockies clip of the Rockies making catches and shots of fans from previous games. I recently found out that I’m in that clip along with Robert. It’s for a brief second but you can clearly see Robert and I. It’s a shot from when Robert caught Spilborghs homer earlier this season.
Here’s the video, if you pause it you can see us around the 45-46 second mark.
Seeing that brief shot of the old man and me on the big screen made my day.
Mylee and I had great seats today (Thanks R-Luv) in the pavilion. Dan was kind and hooked Mylee up with a booster seat so she could see over the railing, thanks Dan.
I called my buddy Chuck to verify he would be at the house warming this weekend and also because I had a strange feeling he was at this game.
He answered and said “Hey I was just thinking about you”. I said “Funny, I was just thinking about you”.
I mentioned in a bragging sort of way about the great seats Mylee and I were sitting in for this game. Chuck informed us he was acting as the host for a group of people today who had rented a suite.
Here’s a shot of Chuck looking at me from his fancy suite from behind home plate.
Chuck came down and visited us in the front row for a while.
And in the 8th inning he called me and invited us up to visit the air-conditioned suite. Here’s a shot of us after the game.
The best thing about the suite other than the shade is the free peanuts, you can’t beat that. Other than that, I’d rather be in the pavilion trying to catch a home run ball.
Ok the view is pretty sweet too. When the game was over we watched the stadium empty out. Let me just say this, the atmosphere at Coors was electric and I was thrilled to be part of it.
Lets go backwards a bit.
Ok, it’s the third inning and Todd Helton walks up to the plate. I’m thinking, should I bust out my camera? Reality hits me and I realize that any of Todd’s future at bats could be the big one and if I’m not ready, I’ll miss the historic moment.
I whipped my camera out just as Todd took his stance at the plate. Here is a shot just after he hit the baseball. Look at the dude in the blue shirt to Heltons right shoulder in this picture. The baseball looks like it’s stuck to his glasses.
At first it looked like he hit a home run but it wasn’t long before I realized this was gonna be it. This was going to be his 500th double and I scrambled to get a shot of Todd reaching second base.
I managed to get the picture just as Todd is touching the bag, it was perfect. I remember looking over at Dan and mumbling something about he did it.
Here is the video of the Coors Field aftermath.
In my opinion Helton is one of the most humble baseball players out there. It wasn’t hard to tell by his stance that all he wanted to do was keep the game going. I heard he didn’t even want second base after they removed it and kept it for him.
Todd said he didn’t have a place to put it…That is humble.
Sorry Todd, you deserve this buddy. This city respects the hell out of you and whether you wanted it or not, you got your well deserved props on “your” day.
This game had the perfect baseball ending. In the 8th inning with the game tied 3-3 Helton hits a walk off home run and wins the game for the home crowd. It’s like it was meant to be.
Here are some of the pictures I took of this game, please enjoy.