One more milestone, one more 'asterisk'. Gary Sheffield luanched home run #500 in Citi Field for the New York Mets. Here is what the New York Daily News says:
"Everything happens for a reason," Sheffield would say. "There's a reason I hit 19 homers instead of 20 last year. Doing it on the biggest stage, it makes it that much more special to me." Then he talked a bit piously about "a higher purpose" and "a bigger reason."
Sheffield is only the 25th player to enter the 500 Club, the fourth oldest, yet his accomplishment deserves one of the larger asterisks handed out in the steroid era. His election to the Hall of Fame is far from assured, despite this statistical feat. Sheffield has admitted to using a performance-enhancing cream back in 2001 while claiming he had no idea at the time about its chemical makeup or potency. He is named in the Mitchell Repor
If the feat sells more caps and jerseys and tickets it's all OK. Like one big MLB Ponzi scheme. Of Sheffield recieved one penny for each home run, he could buy one share of CitiBank Stock...