What was Clint “Deer Meat” Barmes hiding from the rest of us? Is there a drinking problem within the Helton household? Apparently driving 4×4′s under the influence of alcohol – allegedly – isn’t the only thing Todd Helton drives when inebriated. Unfortunately.
Helton has been the face of the Colorado Rockies since the late 1990′s. The one constant that Rockies fans can root for year in and year out. Other than some unfortunate comments by ex-Rockies broadcaster Wayne Hagin suggesting Helton used PED’s, Helton’s name has been pretty darn clean in an era of dirty names.
In the last four to six years Helton’s offensive contributions have diminished in the power department. Once a 40 home run threat, Helton has had a hard time hitting 20 bombs in a single season for a while now. Helton is always a threat to bat around .330 and earlier in his career he even threatened .400. His lifetime average is spectacular and even for a guy who has lost his power playing a power position on the diamond, when he hits .325 he still has value to the organization.
While Helton is quiet and avoids the public eye, doesn’t give great audio for TV or great quotes for the paper, he is loved in Denver. His at-bat music is country and he lives on a large ranch and hunts. He is an outdoorsman and that endears him to many of the folks who root for the Rockies and love horses and the outdoors themselves. (How about that for a generalization…if you love horses you must be an outdoorsman.)
But, now….c’mon man! You can’t drive drunk. No one should drive drunk.
Let’s just say he was driving home from dinner on a Wednesday night after having a couple of beers – and I’m talking a couple, two, not 12 – and was pulled over and barely blew over the limit. While this still isn’t right, it is somewhat easier to stomach. But that isn’t is the case – Helton was driving to the store to buy lottery tickets!!
This guy has made over $160MM playing baseball and who knows how much more from corporate sponsorships. I am willing to bet that the Ford pickup he was driving that night was a gift for all the TV commercials he does. Why does a guy with all that money need a lottery ticket?! Leave some for the rest of us!
How much would that piss off the public if a guy like Tom Cruise won the lottery?? One of those mega-millions jackpots worth like $300 million is won by Kobe Bryant. What?! F OFF KOBE!! Is what I would say. Leave some for me.
Driving drunk is stupid no matter the situation, but driving drunk to go to the store to buy a lottery ticket when you already won the lottery by making a damn good career out of baseball is dumber than Barmes hurting himself “carrying deer meat up some stairs”.
Does this change your opinion on Helton? I know most of us wish he would step aside and let Michael Cuddyer play first to make room for Tyler Colvin on the roster. But what does this do to your opinion of Helton and his career with the Rockies?