It is one thing to reach the prestigious 500 Home Run Club. And it is yet another quantum leap to slug 600 homers in a career.
In fact, just eight men have attained that plateau, the latest of which was Minnesota Twins veteran Jim Thome during his team’s 9-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on August 15.
Regarded as one of the most unselfish and team-oriented superstars in the game, Thome expressed his gratitude and appreciation for friends and family, as well as the many fans who wish him well.
“It’s so great. My kids are getting ready to go back to school in about a week. They mean everything. It’s so special to have them here,” Thome told reporters after the amazing feat.
At the age of 40, Thome became the oldest of the eight ballplayers to reach the 600 home run mark. But he had the second-fewest career at-bats at 8,167. Only Babe Ruth had fewer- 6,921- when he reached the milestone.
Thome slugged two homers against the Tigers to reach the 600 mark. He hit No. 599 in the sixth inning against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello. The blast traveled 412 feet to left-center.
Thome’s 600th homer came in the 7th inning against lefthander Daniel Schlereth. This one was a three-run shot to left.
Next on the list for Thome to catch would be Sammy Sosa, who hit 609 homers.