|Goodbye, Todd Helton. Thank you.|
The Dodgers long-time broadcaster started Sunday off with a rousing tribute to Todd Helton, the Colorado Rockies first legend. The broadcaster, who has a voice of silk and a baseball encyclopedia in his mind, filmed a tribute to Helton that was played before the first pitch. It wished him well and told him that Dodgers pitchers certainly won't miss him "mistreating" them.
Dodgers fans stood and gave Helton a long standing ovation. These are the same fans who routinely boo former Dodgers, whether they were traded or signed elsewhere via free agency. Helton tipped his cap to the fans at Dodger Stadium and went about his business.
Unprovoked, those same fans stood to their feet and cheered as Helton walked to the plate in the 9th inning for the final bat in his career. There was no video beforehand, there was no announcement from the loudspeakers, Dodger fans knew the situation and gave the Rockies legend his due.