Mostly homegrown Rockies built to last

Colorado is prepared to make a run at a third playoff appearance in four years in 2010

Originally Published: March 13, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Before Seth Smith emerged as a slugging outfielder with the Colorado Rockies, he was perhaps best known for backing up Eli Manning at quarterback at Ole Miss.

On most major league teams, this might earn a guy some stature, but the Rockies had already been there and done that with first baseman Todd Helton, who played behind Eli's older brother Peyton at Tennessee.

So what's a jock to do? As a high school basketball player in Mississippi, Smith once finished ...

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