Frank Thomas became the 21st MLB player to hit 500 home runs, and Craig Biggio notched his 3000th hit (the 27th player to do so) last night, marking the first time in history that two very good players on teams no one particularly cared about reached important milestones on the night of a more entertaining NBA draft.
Thomas launched his 500th homer (13th this season) in the first inning, a three-run shot that gave the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead. But the Blue Jays squandered the lead, and Thomas was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing balls and strikes, and the Twins went on to win 8-5.
Biggio, meanwhile, collected five hits last night in the Astros' 11-inning win over the Rockies. He tried to stretch #3000, a single to right, into a double but was thrown out at second. But the Astros stopped the game for a little celebration, anyway, and it was all touching and crap. Then Carlos Lee hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th with the 'Stros trailing, and everyone lived happily ever after.
Now, of course, baseball fans can argue: do Thomas and Biggio belong in the Hall of Fame? And the correct response, of course, is omigod, can you believe the Spice Girls are having a reunion?