Todd Helton's 2,000th hit briefly gives Colorado a reason to notice the Rockies

The upper-righthand corner of today's Denver Post announces, "Helton's Day a Hit -- No. 2,000," echoing an article that topped the main sports section. An exciting accomplishment for Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, sure. But the fine print beneath this headline notes that he reached the milestone "in 8-1 loss" to the Atlanta Braves.

And so it's come to this. With the Rockies tied for last place in the National League West and "boasting" a record of 15 wins, 23 losses, the team is already being written off by most observers. Hence, individual accomplishments are pretty much the only reason to pay attention these days -- and now that Helton's batting odometer has rolled over, even more fans are apt to tune out. How long will the Monfort brothers, who own the team, allow this to go on before they relieve manager Clint Hurdle of his duties? Judging by the past, longer than most onetime Rockies fans would like...

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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