May 11, 2003

Good for Rafe

Maybe 500 home runs ain't what it used to be, but still--rather impressive. And it was cool he did it on his last bat at home before a road trip:

Texas slugger Rafael Palmeiro hit his 500th career homer in his last chance to get it at home.

Palmeiro hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Cleveland right-hander David Elder to become the second player to reach the milestone this season as the Rangers beat the Indians 17-10 Sunday.

Source:Yahoo! Sports

Posted by Steven Taylor at May 11, 2003 07:19 PM | TrackBack

Yes, as I mentioned, it appears as if Palmiero -- who seems to be a rather good role model -- earned his milestone while playing a football game.

Posted by: John Lemon at May 11, 2003 07:25 PM

No joke.

Posted by: PoliBlogger at May 11, 2003 07:57 PM

Quite impressive. Although, to be honest, I now am more likely to think "Viagra" than "500 homers" when Raffy's name comes up. Um, is mentioned.

Posted by: James Joyner at May 11, 2003 08:42 PM

Unfortunately, yes.

Posted by: PoliBlogger at May 11, 2003 08:46 PM

Hmmm... I didn't know Palmeiro (spelled correctly this time) advertised for Viagra. Now all the more reason to consider him a good role model for myself!!

Posted by: John Lemon at May 11, 2003 11:40 PM

Raffy is a great guy, on and off the field. We ran into him last fall at one of his son's baseball games. He took the time out to talk to my 14 year old son, sign his ball cap and chat for a few minutes.

Now, you might say that a lot of athletes do this, but, Raffy not only talked to my son, but commented that he saw a couple of his at bats in his game, and gave him a few pointers.....just an all around good guy.

Posted by: Doug at May 12, 2003 02:03 AM

Palmeiro may be all well and good, but should his 500 HRs guarantee him a place in Cooperstown?

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at May 12, 2003 11:31 PM

A good question--and a big debate of late. I lean yes, but know it isn't a slam dunk.

Posted by: PoliBlogger at May 13, 2003 07:09 AM
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