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Jim Thome Approaching 600 HRs in Style

Jul 18, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

Jim Thome hit his 596th career home run over the weekend, and holy sh!t was it a blast.

As far as former Phillies goes, Jim Thome has to be near the top of the list of guys-I-always-really-liked-and-still-really-like-despite-him-playing-elsewhere. So I’m happy to see the slugger approaching 600 career home runs and doing it in style.

Thome hit number 596 on Sunday and it’s safe to say he killed that baseball. The broadcast says it traveled a remarkable 490 feet, way up into the upper deck of Target Field.

[watch the 596th home run blast here]

In a fun piece of television, they went up to the fans in the upper deck during the game to talk to the fans who almost caught the ball.

Also, this GIF is simply fantastic. Watch the on-deck circle’s reaction.