7:10 PM ET, April 17, 2009
Citi Field, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Gary Sheffield crossed home plate and thrust his arms in the air after unleashing his 500th homer with another vicious swing, and then the surly slugger was humbled by the site of his new Mets teammates pouring out of the dugout.
Sheffield Fast Facts
• Gary Sheffield hit his first career home run as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1988. His 500th home run comes againts the Brewers more than 20 years later.
• The span of 7,525 days between career home runs No. 1 and 500 is second longest to Ted Williams, who missed three full seasons due to service in the military druing World War II.
• At 41 years and 151 days, Sheffield became the fourth-oldest player to reach the 500 homer plateau.
• The Mets are Sheffield's eighth team (the most among 500-HR club members, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray both played for five teams).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Sheffield's first pinch-hit homer came on July 20, 1994, for Florida. ... The Mets placed C Brian Schneider on the 15-day DL because of a muscle strain in his back. They purchased the contract of Omir Santos from Triple-A Buffalo to fill his spot. ... The Mets gave the city's new archbishop, Timothy Dolan, a jersey before the game. Dolan was at the game with his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan.
Regular Season Series
|1st||C Delgado hit sacrifice fly to center, J Reyes scored, D Murphy to third, D Wright to second.||0||1|
|1st||R Castro walked, D Murphy scored, D Wright to third, R Church to second.||0||2|
|1st||L Castillo reached on infield single to shortstop, D Wright scored, R Church to third, R Castro to second.||0||3|
|5th||M Rivera hit sacrifice fly to center, M Cameron scored, B Hall to second.||1||3|
|6th||R Braun homered to left, R Weeks and C Hart scored.||4||3|
|7th||G Sheffield homered to left.||4||4|
|9th||L Castillo reached on infield single to shortstop, C Delgado scored, R Church to third.||4||5|
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|Stadium||Citi Field, New York, NY|
|Attendance||36,436 (86.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||59 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Brian Runge|