July 21, 2011
Hideki Matsui Hits 500th Home Run
You see, the Oakland A's designated hitter became the first slugger to hit a combined 500 home runs in both Japan and here in the States.
25 Major Leaguers and eight Japanese ballplayers have reached the 500 mark. But for some reason...Matsui wasn't all that impressed with what he pulled off.
"It isn't like I've been aiming for this, because I don't really combine numbers from Japan and herem" the slugger told reporters after the game. "To me, they are two separate leagues."
Whatever. It's still wicked cool.
Oh...if you're keeping track, Matsui's blast (his seventh of this season) was number 168 of his Major League career. He hit 332 for the Yomiuri Giants.