Humble Helton draws high praise |

Humble Helton draws high praise

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post
Rockies slugger Todd Helton accepted congratulations from teammates in the dugout after he tallied his 500th career double in the third inning Wednesday. The Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 at Coors Field Wednesday afternoon, July 22, 2009. Karl Gehring/ The Denver Post

Ninety minutes before the start of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Todd Helton leaned back in his chair and talked hunting and hitting.

One, he does frequently. The other, he does better than anyone else who has put on a Rockies uniform. Helton strode humbly into the spotlight, rapping his 500th double and the game-winning home run in a 4-3 win Wednesday at Coors Field.

His personal history helped soothe the lingering pain of growing injuries. Jason Marquis’ next start has been pushed back from Friday to Tuesday because of a finger blister. And reliever Manuel Corpas could be lost for the season after revealing he will have surgery Friday to remove bone chips from his elbow.

As he has done so many times over the past 13 years, Helton provided comfort, a reason to watch, an accomplishment to savor. That he kept the Rockies in the wild-card lead entering Friday’s cage match with the San Francisco Giants gave his swings even deeper meaning.

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