We noted earlier this week that Rafael Palmeiro signed with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters to play with his son Patrick for the final three games of the season. The 50-year-old made his debut last night and showed that he’s still got it.
Palmeiro, who last appeared in the majors in 2005, went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk, and a run scored. He hit a punched a bouncer through the middle for his first hit and later hit one to left-center field to drive in a run. Meanwhile, 25-year-old Patrick went 2-for-4 with a grand slam. You can watch some highlights here.
Palmeiro told Brett Dolan of SportsRadio 610 after the game that while his “body hurts a little bit,” watching his son’s grand slam is something he’ll never forget.
“It was unreal,” he explained. “Something I will remember. I had some big moments and watched a lot of great things in my career but that ranks right up there as one of the greatest. Being in the on deck circle, bases loaded, to see that ball off the bat, it was a special thing.”
No matter what you think of the PED cloud surrounding Palmeiro, it’s cool that he’s getting the opportunity to play with his son.