Former Vol Heading For The World Series

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Knoxville (WVLT) The national league pennant win for the Colorado Rockies last night means a Knoxville native and former UT Vol is hitting the road, getting set to play in the World Series.

Todd Helton plays first base for the Rockies.

He graduated from Central High School in 1992.

Helton played baseball for the Vols, and as many of us know was quarterback for the football team until an injury cut his career short.

Now, it's a wait and see game to see who the Rockies will take on in the World Series.

It will either be the Cleveland Indians or Boston Red Sox.

Cleveland leads the best of seven series two games to one.

Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman spent time at some of Todd's old stomping grounds, and noticed how much of an impact he made here.

Along with the cheers, Todd Helton and the Rockies have left lots of local fans "yawning" these days.

Central High School Principal Jon Miller was an assistant baseball coach when Todd played at CHS and says, "I'm not getting a whole lot of sleep watching the Rockies play in Colorado."

And Jon Miller's not alone.

"From teachers to coaches to administrators that still keep up with him, we're all just elated he's in the world series."

Chris Freeman was teammates with Todd at Central High and the University of Tennessee and says, "he deserves it. He's an awesome guy one of my best friends in the world I would say."

Chris Freeman and Todd were teammates at Central High and Tennessee and says watching Todd stirs lots of memories.
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"It was a really big game, close game and Todd was pitching, and there was a batter that came up and he fouled about three or four pitches off. And Todd turned around. I was playing short stop and he looked at me and said what do I throw now."

He may soon be throwing parties if his Rockies take the fall classic.

Something Todd may be destined to do after such a successful career dating back a long, long way.

Tim Priest coached Todd in his younger days as an all-star and says, "even at age eight, he was the best player. It was easy to see all the way through little league, youth ball, and UT."

And now with the Rockies.

"Todd was always the best hitter, the best pitcher, the best fielder on everybody's team."

As a baseball Vol, Todd Helton ran these base paths countless times.

Now he's on a path to a world series championship.

Priest adds, "at long last after 10-years with the Rockies, they're going to the world series. And I have no doubt they'll win the world series."


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