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Ruf blasts into history with 38th homer
When Darin Ruf addressed the crowd at America’s Classic Ballpark before Reading’s final home game of the season, he told the home fans that he has had more fun this season than he has ever had playing baseball.
Ruf continued the party Thursday night, blasting his 38th home run of the season to break the club record set by Ryan Howard in 2004. The homer — Ruf’s 20th in the month of August — was part of a four-RBI night for the Phillies’ No. 12 prospect as he led Double-A Reading to a 7-2 win over Binghamton.
The 23-year-old was modest when questioned about his accomplishment, quick to point out that Howard, who has since become a three-time Major League All-Star, his his 37 homers in only 102 games and finished the 2004 season with a total of 46 after being promoted to Triple-A in late July.
But Ruf did say that breaking the record — especially in front of the home crowd — was a very special feeling.