PHOENIX -- While the current Rockies club tries to make its playoff mark, the squad that 10 years ago brought the greatest moments in team history is planning a rousing reunion at Coors Field.
First baseman Todd Helton, arguably the most beloved figure in club history and the only Rockies player honored with a retired number (17), will join 16 of his 2007 teammates and three coaches for the "Rocktober" reunion before Friday's 6:40 p.m. MT game against the Padres. With this year's Rockies leading for the second NL Wild Card spot, the organization will honor a team that won 21 of 22 games to make it to the World Series before a sweep at the hands of the Red Sox.
• Head to Coors Field Friday for the 2007 reunion
Joining Helton will be third baseman Garrett Atkins, infielder Clint Barmes, infielder Jamey Carroll, right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, right-handed pitcher Josh Fogg, left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis, left-handed pitcher Brian Fuentes, right-handed pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, outfielder Brad Hawpe, right-handed pitcher Matt Herges, right-handed pitcher Jason Hirsh, right-handed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez, right-handed pitcher Zach McClellan, outfielder Ryan Spilborghs, outfielder Cory Sullivan, catcher Yorvit Torrealba, bullpen coach Rick Mathews, bench coach Jamie Quirk and bullpen catcher Mark Strittmatter.
All of the participants except Helton will be handing out Rocktober Rally Towels at the five entrance gates for a limited time, while Helton conducts a news conference. Before first pitch, there will be a special extended pregame ceremony, featuring walkup songs, a brief Q&A and a highlight video.
Several 2007 players will participate with fans between innings, including the seventh-inning stretch.
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.