Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sammy slams 600

Last night, Sammy Sosa became the 5th player in major league history to hit 600 career dingers, corked bats and all. After driving a 1-2 pitch to right-centre for a solo shot in the fifth inning of Texas' 7-3 victory, Slammin' Sammy bounced out of the batter's box with his trademark hop and thrust his right fist into the air before reaching first base. He was mobbed at home plate by his teammates while the scoreboard showed pictures of all five members of the elite club: Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sosa. "It was something that cannot be explained," Sosa said. "Getting my 600th against the Chicago Cubs, and my first team (was) the Texas Rangers. It's liked everything clicked. My emotions, I don't know what they are."

For those keeping score at home, this still leaves Sosa 19 dingers behind Manuel Lee on the all time list of clean home-runs hit.

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