Usually, Trevor Hoffman leads the clubhouse ceremony when a player reaches a personal milestone. He did it for Mike Cameron last season when Cameron became the 20th Major Leaguer to reach 250 home runs and 250 stolen bases. He made a particularly touching tribute to Jason Kendall after the catcher’s 2,000th hit.
On Tuesday, it was the Brewers’ turn to honor Hoffman. He finally notched save No. 600 in a 4-2 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park.
“We made him get up there and say a few thoughts,”said shortstop Craig Counsell, who converted the final out. “He was great, as usual. And, as usual, he defers everything to the team. It was special because of the respect everybody has for how he does his job and who he is as a person.
“To be a part of it was great because of how much admiration we all have for Trevor,” Counsell said. “That’s what makes it special. Hopefully, that came out [in the celebration]. The way he does his job is the way we all try to do ours.”
The ballclub honored Hoffman on the field immediately after the game and presented him with an oil painting commissioned for the event. The team sold out of 1,000 “Hoffman 600 saves” t-shirts in about 20 minutes of the final out, but expect to have more in stock by Thursday or Friday.
And that now-famous banner will remain at “600 SAVES” through the end of the season, a tribute to Hoffman’s career achievements.
Here are more images from Hoffman’s big night, courtesy of Brewers photographer Scott Paulus.