Remember Rafael Palmeiro? He’s Back and Still Hitting
Rafael Palmeiro is member of a lot of exclusive clubs. Gold Glove Award winners. 500 homers. 3,000 hits. Viagara spokesman.
And now, add the Sugar Land Skeeters to that illustrious list.
Palmeiro laced up his cleats once more and returned to the baseball field last night, playing alongside his son Patrick for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In his first game with the team, Palmeiro played the DH role in Sugar Land's 10-4 win over the Camden Riversharks.
Having joined the team on Thursday, Palmeiro has a very eventful debut. He finished the night 2-for-4, with two singles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. His offspring batted just ahead of him in the lineup, and delivered the crushing blow with a grand slam being the highlight of a 2-for-5 evening.
For the 50 year old Rafael Palmeiro, it was his first professional baseball game since 2005, when he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles. That season, Palmeiro picked up his 3,000th career hit, an accomplishment that was marred by the revelation he had taken anabolic steroids, mere months after famously testifying to Congress that he had "never used steroids. Period."
The Skeeters are no strangers to famous visitors donning their uniform. Like Palmeiro, Roger Clemens played alongside his son in a Skeeters uniform, with the younger Clemens, Kolby, actually catching for his father. In addition, former NBA superstar Tracy McGrady donned the uni when he went out for professional baseball last season.
Geoff Magliocchetti is a great admirer of independent baseball, or "Indieball". Share your Indieball memories with him @GeoffMags5490.
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