Suzanne Solheim, known to her friends as Sooze, is a long-time baseball blogger who lives in St. Cloud. She blogs about the Twins for startribune.com and also writes about the game on her other blog, Babes Love Baseball. Follow her on Twitter @babeslovebball

Jim Thome launches career homers 573, 574

Posted by: Suzanne Solheim Updated: July 4, 2010 - 2:23 PM

 

Congratulations to Jim Thome, who tied and passed Twins legend Harmon Killebrew for 10th on the All-Time Home Runs list with career longballs No. 573 and 574 Saturday afternoon.

During the second inning of the Twins crappy 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Thome took a Wade Davis fastball over the left field wall to give his team an early 1-0 lead.  Two innings later, with his very next swing, he belted the same pitch a long ways to take sole possession of 10th on the All-Time list.

Harmon Killebrew then delivered a flattering congratulatory message to the old school slugger over the Target Field big screen.  Not gonna lie, I teared up a little.

What I find most impressive is that Thome mashed all 574 of those taters without the use of performance-enhancers.  Speaking of which, his next target on the list is Mark McGwire, who sits at ninth with 583 career home runs.


P.S. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July everyone!

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