Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tigers Release Former Yankee Gary Sheffield with 499 Home Runs


The Detroit Tigers have released Gary Sheffield today, just one home run shy of a hallowed milestone.

Sheffield was hoping to become just the 25th member of the 500 home run club.

It is a feat which once automically enshrined a player in Cooperstown before the backlash of the steroid era.

A fiery competitor who is menacing with a bat in his hand, Sheffield was one of the league's most dangerous hitters for well over a decade.

It is uncertain what logo Sheffield will have displayed on his helmet when he jogs the bases for the 500th time.

However, there is a part of me that hopes it is with the Cleveland Indians on April 16.

What better way to kick off the legacy of the new Yankee Stadium than with a milestone home run in its first regular season game?

It would be interesting to see how an abuser of performance enhancing drugs would be received in Yankee Stadium after reaching a respected power landmark.

Sheffield could perhaps help to foreshadow the reaction of Yankee fans on the day Alex Rodriguez hits No. 763.

I'm sorry, but i couldn't resist.

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