In the 1,140 previous home games the 17-year veteran played for the Rockies, his only Major League club, Todd Helton batted .345 and hit 226 home runs. This shouldn't come as a shock. And yet — the first baseman just turned 40, he'd hit just 14 homers this season and the Rockies don't exactly command an air of destiny.

You don't see many curtain calls for second-inning solo shots. But this one was a long time in the making.

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