Congrats to Rafael Palmeiro, someone I generally consider to be one of the genuine good guys in baseball (this is where all fo you tell me how he isn’t shattering yet another illusion), for joining one of the most elite clubs in baseball:
It was a fitting celebration for one of baseball’s perfect gentlemen: A champagne toast in the clubhouse for Rafael Palmeiro, not some crazy beer-over-the-head soiree.
Palmeiro became the 26th player to reach 3,000 career hits on Friday night, doubling in a run in the fifth inning before adding a sixth-inning single in the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.
“I was just trying to drive the runner in,” Palmeiro said. “I was trying to do my thing, keep it simple. I did what I had to do, and it was my 3,000th hit. I was numb going around the bases. I don’t remember much…”
Palmeiro has 566 home runs over his 20-year career, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players with 3,000 hits and 500 homers. Those magnificent numbers are likely to make Palmeiro a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Pretty good company.