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Jim Thome unleashes monster blast for 596th career homer

Jul 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jim Thome’s monstrous three-run homer yesterday was the 596th of his Hall of Fame career and the Twins measured it at 490 feet, which would be the longest homer in the brief history of Target Field and the longest homer hit by anyone in the majors this season.

Oh, and it also turned a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 win for the Twins, who’re suddenly just five games back in the AL Central despite starting the season 17-37.

My favorite part of Thome’s homer may have been Delmon Young’s reaction to it from the on-deck circle, which is the perfect facial representation of “daaaaaaaamn.”

Thome needs four more homers to become the eighth player in MLB history to reach 600, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa. Thome is basically a part-time player at age 40, so in order for him to move above No. 8 on the list and pass Sosa with 609 he’d have to return for a 22nd season in 2012. As a Twins fan I’d certainly love to see him back, as his .965 OPS is the highest in team history among all hitters with 150 or more games.

  1. FC - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Will the Twins be Craig’s San Francisco this year? Stay Tuned…

  2. sknut - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    The catcher (Treanor)’s reaction was pretty classic too.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    That look on his face… One of shock and awe. Like the doctor just snuck a proctology exam into your normal checkup unexpectedly. Or do I mean “Shock and Ow”?

  4. IdahoMariner - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    awesoem, awesome picture. I could have skipped the article and still known what Thome had done.

  5. Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Here’s the video:

  6. APBA Guy - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Only 490 feet? That looked like it was headed for North Dakota. You’d have to put two A’s homers together to equal that distance.

  7. johnbaptistephilouza - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    In fairness, Delmon makes the same face when a ball is hit to him in left field.

  8. sdelmonte - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    I want some serious hype for Thome’s 600th. He’s earned it.

    • frankvzappa - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      I wonder if espn will cut to every single Thome at-bat when he is at 599 like they did with Ass-Rod. That was the worst. If they do it with Thome it will still suck, but not quite as bad. Seriously though, 600 may be a nice milestone but it isn’t worth getting your panties in a twist over.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        Seven people in the history of baseball have done it. If that number isn’t panty-twisting what is?

  9. bigharold - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I always wished that the Yankees had gotten Thome rather then Giambi. Hitting in Yankee stadium for four or five years he might be closing in on Willie Mays at 660 by now.

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