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Tampa native Gary Sheffield joins elite 500 home run club as Mets beat Brewers

NEW YORK — Gary Sheffield became the 25th player with 500 homers, belting a drive to left in the Mets' 5-4 win Friday over the Brewers.

The Tampa native, leading off the seventh and pinch-hitting for Sean Green, hit a full-count pitch from Mitch Stetler. The homer, his second as a pinch-hitter, tied the score at 4

"Now that I'm in the club, it's like getting your degree," said Sheffield, whose other pinch-hit homer came July 20, 1994, while with the Marlins. "Nobody can take that away from you."

After the ball went over the fence, Sheffield pumped both arms in the air as he approached first and rounded the bases. He touched home and pointed to the sky with both arms.

He received hugs and high-fives from his teammates, who came out of the dugout as fans gave the former Hillsborough High standout a prolonged ovation. He raced up the dugout steps for a curtain call.

"That was just a great reception," Sheffield, 40, said. "I was so numb at that time."

With the score still 4-4, Carlos Delgado doubled to start the Mets' ninth. He went to third on a one-out groundout and scored when Luis Castillo beat out an infield single.

Mets 5

Brewers 4

Tampa native Gary Sheffield joins elite 500 home run club as Mets beat Brewers 04/18/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:16am]
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