Wells shrugs off 250th home run

Wells shrugs off 250th home run

NEW YORK -- Vernon Wells didn't know he hit the 250th home run of his career on Saturday until he walked into the dugout and a teammate told him.

To him, the milestone meant little to nothing.

"It is a round number," Wells said, before shrugging it off. "Individual stuff is meaningless at this point. It's just a matter of winning. Whatever comes during that process is great. But individual stuff loses its value after a while."

With Wells' homer, the Angels joined the Yankees as the only team with four players on its active roster with at least 250 career homers. Torii Hunter, Albert Pujols and Bobby Abreu are the others on the Angels, with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez making up the Yankees' quartet.

Wells, batting .233 heading into the series finale, did keep the ball, which will be put in his display case along with roughly 75 others -- a mix of personal milestones and autographs of his favorite players. His favorite ball from that collection was autographed by Willie Mays, who signed it after Wells met him at Yankee Stadium a few years back.

"That's been the ball that's actually lasted me the longest," Wells said.