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Raul Ibanez notches 2,000th career hit in style

Apr 13, 2014, 12:10 AM EST

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Angels DH Raul Ibanez joined the 2,000-hit club in a big way in Saturday night’s game against the Mets. With closer Jose Valverde on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning to protect a 6-3 Mets lead, the Angels mounted a two-out rally. David Freese singled, then Erick Aybar walked to bring up the 41-year-old Ibanez. Ibanez took a ball, then took Valverde deep to right-field for a game-tying three-run home run to tie the game at six apiece.

In case you think the scene sounds familiar, you’re right. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS, Valverde (then with the Tigers) served up a game-tying two-run home run to Ibanez (then with the Yankees) to tie the game at four-all. History seems to have repeated itself.

With nine more runs batted in, Ibanez will become the 88th player in baseball history with 2,000 hits, 300 home runs, and 1,200 RBI in his career.

  1. brandonmauk - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Clutchest man in baseball. It’s ridiculous how many times he comes through

    • timsizzle83 - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Single handedly beat the Orioles in 2012.

  2. chaseutley - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    God bless the guy that a lot of Phillies haters call “the gimp.” Great career!

  3. miguelcairo - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Awesome. Raul’s the man.

  4. historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Who cares? Justin Verlander got his first!!!!!!

  5. renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Valverde bein Valverde… (BSM.) The known all time”Blown save man”, title debuted in 2012-current.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      I still flinch at his name.

      /throws salt over shoulder

      • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        Yeah… Managers and coaches should really consider changing his role there now, him bein a setup guy might not be a bad idea though.

  6. robertb655 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    2000th career hit at 41? Thats not an accomplishment. The only accomplishment is that he made it past 35 years old

    • missingdiz - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      Playing one game in the major leagues is an accomplishment. I’m betting 2000 hits is exactly 2000 hits more than you ever got in the majors.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      The fact that he stuck with his career and is still playing at 41 and has 2000 hits is a damn good accomplishment.

    • brandonmauk - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Dude didn’t become a full-time player until he was 29

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Considering he didn’t really get significant playing time until he was about 27, it’s pretty impressive. Stop trolling.

  7. nymets4ever - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Good resilient win by my Mets! Glad this game was worth staying up for unlike yesterday’s. Night all.

  8. Stiller43 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    “2000th career hit at 41? Thats not an accomplishment. The only accomplishment is that he made it past 35 years old”

    And how many big league hits did you rack up?

    • watchfullhose - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      This has to be one of the stupidest arguments ever made in the history of mankind rooting for baseball. By your metric you aren’t poised to comment on the merits of Mario Mendoza being worth of the Hall of Fame. Cause, you know, how many hits have you had?

      So I’ll allow you to celebrate Mr. Mendoza’s illustrious career, or GTFO.

  9. fezzy1 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    His career really didn’t start until he was 28 years old. No need to hate. Professional sports needs more guys like him. Leader on and off the field.

  10. watchfullhose - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Let me know when he gets 4,257

    • nbjays - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Let me know when you get 1

      • watchfullhose - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! :::fart:::

        I guess you’re quite the batsman yourself..eh, Chet? Sorry your panties got all bunched up.

  11. cohnjusack - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Not bad for a guy who didn’t become a full-time player til age 30! His 1,807 after the age of 30 are just 152 behind Craig Biggio for 10th on that list.

  12. jimmywho14 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Dude just keeps on going

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