GJ Rockies talk about playing with Todd Helton

By: Krystle Sonmore Email
By: Krystle Sonmore Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - For many, it is a dream to be able to play with a professional athlete, but the injury of Colorado Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton landed him in Grand Junction.

The team is thrilled to be able to learn from one of the best and play alongside the five-time All-Star. And even those who have had to make some adjustments are happy for the opportunity.

"I just walked in the locker room the next day, and I had a new jersey," says pitcher Patrick Johnson who normally sports the 17. "That's always been my number, but to me it's not a big deal. Im just glad to switch numbers with him."

"To get these two nights off to watch him play five or six innings and then come in behind him," says first baseman Ben Waldrip, "I don't mind it at all because it's neat to be able to sit in the dugout right there, and watch his footwork, watch how he prepares for each pitch."

And first baseman Correlle Prime is also loving this time. "I'm used to doing everything with two hands... he's like everything one hand. Make it as easy as possible, and I'll take any advice he gives me."

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