PITTSBURGH -- Aramis Ramirez hit a milestone home run during a 9-7 win Thursday that meant much more considering the other name in the discussion.
With his 337th career blast as a third baseman, Ramirez tied Hall of Famer Ron Santo for sixth place on the all-time list for homers from that position. The two became close after Ramirez was traded in 2003 to Chicago, where Santo was the Cubs' radio analyst.
"I was a big fan of Ron Santo all my years in Chicago," Ramirez said. "He was a great guy, always in the clubhouse, trying to give me advice, make me a better player. I admire the way he treated young players in Chicago."
Santo was posthumously inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, an honor Ramirez called, "deserving."
Ramirez actually has 340 career home runs -- he also homered twice as a pinch-hitter and once as a designated hitter in Interleague Play. Santo hit 342 homers in his career.