Helton Springs into Action
By Kyle Galdeira
March 13, 2007
Hi Corbett Field
On the first leg of our Spring Training trek through Arizona, HWB alum turned Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton did his best to put on a show. The former Maui Stingray cranked a 3-run home run over the right field fence and helped Colorado notch a 5-5 tie in a 10-inning contest against the San Diego Padres.
After the game, Helton sat down with HWB to discuss everything from his hopes for success in Colorado this season to some of the memories from his days in Hawaii.
HWB: What did your experience with the HWB League do as far as launching your career and propelling you to this level?
Helton: Coming out of college, I had a really bad year at short-season (class) A. It was good for me to get away and go to Hawaii and actually start all over. Once I got there, it was a lot of fun and good competition. I learned a lot while I was out there.
HWB: How important is the HWB League in helping the Rockies develop talent, such as Dexter Fowler and Duke Sardinha who participated in the league last fall?
Helton: We've got a good minor league system, but those guys have got to come up and prove themselves. We're excited to get those guys out and let 'em get the experience. But, it's the Big Leagues, and it's a different level.
HWB: How are things shaping up with the Rockies, and what can fans expect to see this season?
Helton: Every baseball season is different, but I'm excited just to see where our team ends up. We've got a good bunch of guys, and it should be a lot of fun.
HWB: What are some of your fondest memories of Hawaii and playing in the HWB League?
Helton: I've got a lot of good memories. If we had Mondays off, we'd go on the road to Hana (Maui). Just getting to see the different islands ... and it was good baseball. Overall, it was a really good experience.