Justin Upton didn’t even get bragging rights for one night.
Brothers Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both hit career homer No. 100 on Friday night, just about an hour apart and in different leagues.
Justin Upton connected for Arizona in the second inning at Philadelphia off Kyle Kendrick. Then it was his older brother’s turn. B.J. Upton went deep in the fourth inning for Tampa Bay against Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter.
”It was cool. I’m happy for him,” Justin Upton said after Arizona’s 4-2 win. ”It’s a big night for the family.”
B.J. Upton joins Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Cesar Cedeno, Lloyd Moseby, Eric Davis and Hanley Ramirez as the only players to amass 100 homers and 200 steals before age 28. Upton turns 28 on Aug. 21.
”I was just texting him,” B.J. Upton said after the Rays beat Baltimore 2-0. ”He said he got his before mine, but it’s all good. It was cool to do that on the same day.”
The Upton brothers also both hit their 99th homer in games on July 20.
”It was mentioned after the last game,” Justin Upton said. ”I definitely wanted to beat him to it.”