Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton Hits 100th Home Run on Same Day as Brother Justin

Jamal WilburgCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2012

August 3, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton (2) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. This was  B.J. Upton (2) 100 career home run. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

B.J. Upton hit his 100th career home run, on the same night that his brother Justin accomplished the same feat for the Arizona Diamondbacks, just about an hour apart.

Rays communications assistant Patrick Kurish tweeted it marked the 13th time the brothers have hit home runs on the same day.

The two brothers had been running neck-and-neck in their individual pursuits to hit 100 home runs. They both hit home runs No. 99 on the same day back on July 20. When Justin reached the mark in the second inning of his game against the Philadelphia Phillies, it was up to older brother B.J. to match it. The elder Upton would match his little brother in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to the ESPN Stats & Info twitter page, they are the sixth pair of brothers to reach 100, but the first pair to do it on the same day.

The moment had to be rewarding for both brothers as they come off of the MLB trade deadline, still with their teams, after countless rumors of where they would be dealt.

B.J. Upton became the eighth player in major league history with 100 home runs and 200 stolen bases before his 28th birthday according to the Associated Press. He joins Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Cesar Cedeno, Lloyd Moseby, Eric Davis and Hanley Ramirez.

Baseball fans love records and moments that are highly unlikely to be duplicated. I have a feeling this is something that we may never see again.

Congratulations gentlemen, now who will hit home run No. 101 first?


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