Helton reaches Coors Field RBI milestone

Helton reaches Coors Field RBI milestone

PITTSBURGH -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton not only ignited his team in Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Dodgers, but he made some home-field history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Helton's 752 RBIs at Coors made him the first player in 20 years to exceed the 750 mark at any park. The last player to do so was Royals Hall of Famer George Brett, who finished his career with 839 at Kauffman Stadium.

Helton is more concerned with the here and now than history.

"Honestly, I don't concern myself with home runs, whether I'm hitting them or I'm not hitting them," Helton said. "I concern myself with my approach at the plate, how I'm seeing the ball and how I'm swinging it. If I'm driving balls into the gap, hitting doubles, staying on pitches, that's what I'm looking at. "

Thursday's opener of four games with the Pirates meant a reunion with former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, who was his hitting coach in the Minors and the Majors before becoming the Rockies' skipper in 2002.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him, but playing against him is neither here nor there," Helton said. "Managers don't do much anyway."