Gary Sheffield’s first career hit with the Mets came in dramatic fashion.
Down one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Sheffield came in as a pinch-hitter and blasted the ninth pitch from Brewers reliever Mitch Stetter over the left-field fence to record his 500th career home run on Friday night.
The fated ball was the ninth pitch of Sheffield’s pinch-hit at-bat and traveled an estimated 385 feet into the stands at Citi Field.
Although the home run was Sheffield’s first hit with the Mets, the home crowd gave Sheffield a rousing ovation as he made his curtain call and customary tip of the helmet.
Sheffield is the 25th player in Major League history to reach the 500-homer mark and the first to do so in a Mets uniform.