06.09.05

Barmes : Bambi Did It

Posted in Baseball at 11:57 pm by

Maybe Clint oughta let Kellen Winslow Sr. handle the press conferences from now on. From the Associated Press :

Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop Clint Barmes says he was lugging a package of deer meat he got from teammate Todd Helton, and not a bag of groceries, when he fell and broke his collarbone.

“I just didn’t think it was right to bring Todd Helton into something like this,” Barmes said Wednesday, explaining why he gave the different version when he first recounted the strange fall that took him out of action for at least two months.

Barmes, who was leading National League rookies in most offensive categories, underwent successful surgery to repair the break in his left collarbone. Team doctors inserted a titanium plate and nine screws to help the bone heal.

Helton said he and Barmes had ridden four-wheel all-terrain vehicles at Helton’s ranch near Greeley on Sunday after the Rockies beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6. Helton said the ATV ride had nothing to do with the injury.

“I cannot say it strongly enough — he did not get hurt riding an ATV,” Helton said. “I was there. He never left my eyesight the entire time.”

Helton said he, Barmes and rookie teammate Brad Hawpe were riding about 5 mph.

Afterward, he treated them to a dinner that included deer meat, and Barmes liked it so much that Helton gave him a package.

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