Denver salutes Todd Helton for his final Rockies home game

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DENVER -- His impact on the Colorado Rockies can't be overstated.

Todd Helton has spent his entire 17-year career in Denver, and on the franchise record in nearly every offensive category.

Since announcing his retirement, Rockies fans have routinely given him a standing ovation at Coors Field.

On Wednesday night, fans gave Helton his final salute as the Rockies prepared to end their season on the road.

The 40-year-old said he plans to take a year off before even thinking about returning for a front office future.

The first 35,000 fans received a Todd Helton bobble head before the 6:40 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox.

Denver's City and County building was also lit purple in Helton's honor.

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