Today in Padres History: The Boone Brothers Go Deep

20 Apr 2000: Bret Boone #29 of San Diego Padres at bat during the game against the Houston Astros at Enron Field in Houston, Texas. The Padres defeated the Astros 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Chris Covatta /Allsport
20 Apr 2000: Bret Boone #29 of San Diego Padres at bat during the game against the Houston Astros at Enron Field in Houston, Texas. The Padres defeated the Astros 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Chris Covatta /Allsport /
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We take a look back at memorable game in San Diego Padres history between to two Boone brothers in which both went deep.

On May 11, 2000 the San Diego Padres took on the Cincinnati Reds at Cinergy Field in what would end up being a great early season game.

But in this game, you had a matchup of brothers who would both have a big impact on the game of baseball over this stretch.

Bret Boone had already appeared in one All-Star game and was coming off a 1999 season in which he helped the Atlanta Braves reach the postseason by hitting 20 home runs.

After that 1999 season the Braves traded Boone along with Ryan Klesko and Jason Shiell to the Padres for Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders, and Quilvio Veras.

And let’s not forget, Bret had already spent five seasons with the Reds where he made his first All-Star appearance in 1998.

Now not only is he facing his former team, but a team that his both is playing on.

Aaron Boone had played with his brother in Cincinnati from 1997-1998 before the Reds traded Bret to Atlanta.

The younger Boone was still trying to establish himself at the big league level, but his biggest moment would come in 2003 when he made the All-Star team and then went on to hit one of the biggest home runs in postseason history with the New York Yankees.

But on this May 11th day in 2000, the brothers made history once again as both hit a home run in the same game. It was the second time to two had recorded the feat.

Bret hit two home runs for the Padres that day, one of them being an inside-the-park home run helping San Diego build a 9-6 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

However, much to the displeasure of Padres fans, it was the younger Boone who would get the last laugh showing his flair for the dramatics by hitting a walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

That Padres team finished fifth in the NL West with 76 wins and Bret became a free agent after the season. In his  lone season with the Padres he hit .251 with 19 home runs in just 127 games at age 31.

Aaron Boone is now the manager for the New York Yankees.

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Hopefully you enjoyed this trip down memory lane even though the ultimate outcome wasn’t great for the Padres. Let me know if you have any fond, or bad, memories from the Bret Boone days in the comments below.

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