On this postcard-perfect night, Helton soaked in the moments, while providing them. By the fifth inning, he had been given a paint horse, high-fived Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in the dugout, hit a home run and a sacrifice fly, belted his 592nd double, knocked in three runs, and received four standing ovations and one curtain call.

“Big moments happen to special people. It was his day, and his night,” said reliever Matt Belisle, his closest friend on the team. “We all tried to act like it was a normal day … but …”

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The Denver Post By Troy E. Renck on September 25, 2013