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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Yahoo! Sports: Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit 100th career homers on same night

The biggest Upton sports news since Ziegfeld star Frances lent her fiancée Bert Bell the necessary $2,500 to move the moribund Frankford Yellow Jackets to Philadelphia in 1933…

Incredibly and ironically, the brothers would make a little more history together on Friday night, each connecting for solo home runs about one hour apart to give their teams 1-0 leads.
That’s not historic you say?
Well, you’re right. What is historic, however, is that the home runs were the 100th of their respective careers, making them the sixth brother duo to achieve that milestone according to Elias, and without question the first to do it on the exact same night.

Historic, yes, and also pretty darn neat. I think Rays manager Joe Maddon would agree that assessment.
‘‘Congratulations to the Family Upton,’’ Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. ‘‘That’s an incredible feat. Mom and Dad have to be really proud tonight. The brothers have to feel great about it, but just think about being the parents at that moment. That’s pretty neat.’‘
Justin Upton reached the century mark first, connecting off Philadelphia Phillies hurler Kyle Kendrick in the second inning of Arizona’s 4-2 victory.
‘‘I definitely wanted to beat him to it,’’ Justin Upton said. ‘‘It really felt good. I’m happy for him. It’s a big night for the family.’‘

About 44 minutes later, B.J. Upton caught up to his brother and reached triple digits himself with a fourth inning blast off Baltimore Orioles starter Tommy Hunter, which was Matt Moore and the Rays bullpen needed in their 2-0 win.

AndrewJ Posted: August 04, 2012 at 07:35 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: diamondbacks, history, rays

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   1. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 04, 2012 at 09:17 AM (#4200427)
Now if they got traded for each other, that would be pretty cool.
   2. Mattbert Posted: August 04, 2012 at 10:15 AM (#4200443)
That's not historic you say?
No, but I do say it's not ironic.
   3. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 04, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4200445)
without question the first to do it on the exact same night
I mean, they either are or they aren't, and you already looked up the answer. Without question, the capital of Australia is not Melbourne.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 04, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4200500)
That's fantastic. Baseball never runs out of ways to amaze.
   5. Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Posted: August 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4200519)
Yeah, I love stuff like this. So cool.
   6. Ebessan Posted: August 04, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4200536)
It's kind of sad that B.J. didn't reach 100 in 2009 or 2010, really.
   7. Kiko Sakata Posted: August 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4200541)
It's kind of sad that B.J. didn't reach 100 in 2009 or 2010, really.


My first sentiment was the same as #4 and #5 - very cool. But then part of me wonders if B.J. isn't a little bit disappointed that his little brother got to 100 first.
   8. Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM (#4200556)
Weird.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4200587)
Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit 100th career homers on same night


I believe the preferred term is "African-American."
   10. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM (#4200601)
rimshot
   11. Cooper Teenoh Posted: August 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4200621)
I just had to explain to my 11 year old why that made me laugh. He says, "Nice one, RoyalsRetro."
   12. Walt Davis Posted: August 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM (#4200643)
Without question, the capital of Australia is not Melbourne

Let me assure you that Canberra is the most boring place on the planet while Melbourne is absolutely fantastic. Well, Melbourne is fantastic if you are young and rich so it's a fantastic place to go on holiday for a week and pretend you're young and rich.

Sydney would be a great place if you're young and rich and have no taste.
   13. chisoxcollector Posted: August 04, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4200644)
This is almost as cool as when Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit their 300th career home runs back to back in the same game.
   14. shoewizard Posted: August 04, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4200651)
The real news here is that Justin Upton turned on an inner half fastball and crushed it to left field. Most of his homers lately had been going out to right on pitches out over the plate. He has been bailing out and pulling off the ball all season. The only thing he was pulling is pitches down and in. belt or up and in he was popping up, and grounding out mildly...if he hit it at all.

My theory is all the beanings finally got to him and got him in some bad habits. But the last few games he has not been pulling off at all. Could be poised for a real good stretch here.

   15. T.J. Posted: August 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4200657)
shoewizard, as a JUp owner in Roto: From your mouth to God's ears! Owning him has been a misery this year.
   16. Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted Posted: August 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM (#4200675)
Let me assure you that Canberra is the most boring place on the planet


Wel, somebody has never been to North Dakota.

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