Rockies hoping for return of '07, '09 magic

ARNIE STAPLETON AP Sports Writer Published:

DENVER (AP) -- Todd Helton is glad nobody's talking about the Colorado Rockies this year.

At this time last year, it seemed everybody had already anointed them the NL West champions after a busy offseason in which they committed nearly $300 million to their budding stars.

Amid all that optimism, they led their division for 38 days before the bottom fell out and they plummeted to a 73-89 record in what was easily the most deflating season in franchise history.

High hopes always seem to get dashed in Denver.

Today, not many pundits are predicting the playoffs for Colorado, and that's just fine with the rejuvenated Rockies.