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Ex-Duck Wells knows about being part of history

Former Ducks pitcher Kip Wells served up Barry

Former Ducks pitcher Kip Wells served up Barry Bonds' 600th home run. Credit: Handout

When Barry Bonds became the fourth player to reach 600 home runs, former Ducks pitcher Kip Wells was inducted into an equally exclusive group: pitchers who allowed No. 600.

Names like Blaeholder, Corkins and Perry may not ring like those of Ruth, Mays and Aaron, but they are forever linked in baseball history. The groups have since expanded with newest members Alex Rodriguez and Shaun Marcum receiving their respective inductions Wednesday as A-Rod hit his 600th.

While playing for the Pirates in 2002, Wells - who left the Ducks Wednesday after a three-week stint - threw a fastball down and away that Bonds hit into the centerfield stands at Pac Bell Park for his 600th homer. With fireworks going off, the game was stopped to honor the accomplishment, as both hitter and pitcher joined opposing 600 clubs. It's a group that Wells, who also allowed Bonds' 597th homer, doesn't mind being a part of.

"I don't have any ill will or bad feelings towards it," Wells said recently. "I don't mind being linked to other people's milestones."

After serving up a historic milestone, Wells says there's only one thing a pitcher can do.

"At that time you are kind of just observing it all," he said. "You are kind of in an out-of-body experience more than anything. You're not going to stop and clap and go shake his hand."

Wells believes that the achievement has lost some significance considering Rodriguez is the fourth player in eight years to reach 600, but he did offer advice to Marcum. "Just take it for what it is. It's over," Wells said. "Good players like A-Rod don't get caught up with the details of what records they are breaking, they're just going to keep breaking them."

Wells sent Bonds a note the day after allowing the home run, asking for something to remember the occasion by. Bonds complied by sending back an autographed bat personalized to Wells.

"It cost me an earned run," Wells said, "but at least I have something to remember it by other than turning on SportsCenter every five years and seeing myself give it up."

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