WATCH: Verlander, Leyland among those to congratulate Miguel Cabrera for 500 HRs

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(97.1 The Ticket) -- The anticipation was killing us all. It had been nine games and nearly 40 at-bats since Miguel Cabrera hit his 499th career home run, but now he’s officially done it.

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On Sunday afternoon, he became the 28th member of Major League Baseball’s 500 Home Run Club, with a game-tying solo shot in the sixth inning.

Social media was abuzz Sunday afternoon, as baseball legends, former teammates, fellow Detroit athletes, celebrities and more shared their thoughts on the historic moment.

Cabrera was welcomed to the 500 Club in style, with the likes of Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, and even one-time Tiger Gary Sheffield offering words for the historic occasion.

Bally Sports Detroit shared videos of former Tigers manager Jim Leyland and former teammate Justin Verlander offering their congratulations to Cabrera.

MLB Network released a lengthy tribute to Cabrera showing some of his career highlights, including winning the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins at just 20 years old.

Now that Cabrera’s quest to reach the 500 Club is complete, the countdown for another milestone is winding down as well. He is now within 45 hits of becoming the 33rd player in MLB history to reach 3,000 career hits.

In doing so, he would become just the seventh player to eclipse both historic marks, joining Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.

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