New York Yankee, Alex Rodriguez hit home run 661 to pass Willie Mays on the All-Time Home Run list. Next on the list is no other then Baseball Great Babe Ruth. Yankees’ designated hitter moved I to sole possession of fourth place with a solo blast in the third inning of Thursday’s game at Yankee Stadium.
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“Nobody will ever pass Willie Mays. I’ve talked about him being my father’s favorite player,” Rodriguez said. “There’s only one Willie Mays; not only what he did on the field, but what he meant off the field. He’s a legend. He’s also a role model for all of us.”
Ruth is third on the list with 714, Hank in second with 755 and Barry Bonds in first with 762. The home run came off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman. The pitch was a hanging changeup and A-Rod belted it to runway between Monument Park and the visitor’s bullpen. The Home run broke a 2-2 tie and the Yankees eventually won 4-3. 661 was A-Rod’s 7th home run of the season. “It’s been a long time,” Rodriguez said of the adulation. “I certainly thought the days of curtain calls for me were long gone.”
Alex was hesitant to take a curtain call but was pushed out by his teammates. “I was a little embarrassed, and it was a little awkward,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t want the game to stop; I did not want to interrupt the game. (Mark Teixeira), like my little brother, was still in the on-deck circle. I looked at [manager] Joe [Girardi] and asked his opinion, and he said, ‘Get out there.’ I tried to do it as fast as I can.”
“All of this is pretty crazy,” Rodriguez added. “A year ago today, I never thought that I would ever get a curtain call or be hitting in the middle of the lineup for the New York Yankees, helping our team win.” A-Rod has made tremendous strides this since coming off his one year suspension and he has gradually won over the fans with his play. If Alex can stay humble and the Yankees keep winning games everything will be all right in the Bronx.