Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thank You Todd! Thank You Rockies!

I've been hoping for this day for almost two years.  The day where Todd Helton would put his money where his mouth is.  The day where Todd wouldn't just say winning a World Series meant everything, but he would actually show us how much it meant to him.

Today... Todd Helton showed us how much it means.

And for his sacrfice, the Rockies have guaranteed him two more years under contract.  As many Rockies pal on Twitter @  said "It's a win-win situation."

It really is.

Todd will still get paid, which he obviously deserves to be, and the Rockies gain flexibility to re-sign or add players that will keep this team in contention for the forseeable future.  It cannot be understated how important this restructering is.

And then you think about how special is it that Helton is almost guaranteed now to spend his entire professional career with one organization.  Amazing.

This move may or may not directly lead to a World Championship, or a division title, or even another playoff appearance.  But it damn sure puts the team a step closer to each.

My hat is off to you Todd Helton.  My hat is off the Rockies organization for stepping up and creating a situation that was mutually beneficial to both team and the player.  It would have been easy to just sit back, pay Helton, let things continue as they were.

The team and everyone involved stepped for the good of the Colorado Rockies.  That makes me proud to be a fan of this team and this incredible player by the name of Todd Helton.