Sosa Slams No. 600

Ranger becomes fifth member of exclusive club
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 7:09 AM CDT
Texas Rangers' Sammy Sosa sits in the dugout after hitting his 600th career home run, off of Chicago Cubs' Jason Marquis in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, June 20,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Sammy Sosa homered for the 600th time last night, becoming just the fifth man to hit the storied mark. As the Texas Ranger rounded the bases in Arlington, the theme from "The Natural" played and the scoreboard pictured the other men who've reached the milestone—Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays.

The onetime Cub took Jason Marquis deep in the fifth inning for his first round-tripper against his ex-club; Sosa has now homered against every major league team. Said the slugger, who waved to Chicago manager Lou Piniella from the basepaths and blew kisses to the fans. “It was like everything clicked." (Read more Sammy Sosa stories.)