HOUSTON -- Monday marked the 13th anniversary of Carlos Lee's Major League debut, which occurred May 7, 1999. And coincidentally, Lee entered the day with 1,300 RBIs, which means he's averaged 100 RBIs for more than a dozen years.
Lee's debut came for the White Sox in a 7-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Starting in left field, Lee homered in his first Major League at-bat and wound up going 1-for-4. He said he never imagined he would have played 13 years.
"Honestly, no," Lee said. "You never know. There's so much going on in this game. You're happy to go year by year and do your best."
Lee homered off A's knuckleballer Tom Candiotti, hitting a 3-2 breaking pitch on a line and out of new Comiskey Park. Lee retrieved the ball and gave it to his mother in Panama.
Lee entered Monday hitting .286 for his career, with 351 homers and 2,156 hits in 1,977 games in six seasons with the Astros, six with the White Sox, two with the Brewers and one with the Rangers.
"I'm very proud of my career," he said. "I just want to keep going. As long as I can feel like I can help, I'll keep going and see where I'll end up."