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Rockies: Final (baseball) days of the Toddfather

Published: September 25, 2013, 12:57 pm, by Paul Klee

The Rockies mowed an enormous No. 17 into the Coors Field outfield.

Teammates and opponents and Peyton Manning have offered their appreciation.

The tributes will continue tonight in Todd Helton’s final home game.

“It may be tough when spring training rolls around,” Helton said of his retirement.

I’m guessing not that tough, though. Hunting trips and early mornings on the ranch have a way of soothing things.

“I’m ready to be done,” he allowed Tuesday.

If I had one Rockies wish, it would be this: That today isn’t the final home game at Coors Field for the Rockies’ best player, Troy Tulowitzki. Yes, that scenario is entirely possible.

Talked to Tulo about the Rockies and his future with the club on Tuesday. Here’s that column. After three straight losing seasons — and 14 of their 21 seasons — it’s easy to forget the Rockies still have star power. It starts at shortstop and continues in left field, with Carlos Gonzalez.

Cross your purple-foam fingers that today isn’t another farewell, too.

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