Cue The *600 Columns, A-Rod Finally Homers

Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Posted By admin 08:09 PM

Well, the wait is over. After going homerless for 46 at-bats while sitting on 599 career home runs, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has hit 600. A-Rod, who surprisingly only has 17 homers on the season, launched a straightaway shot to center field in the first inning of the Yankees’ game against the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon. With the blast, he becomes the youngest player in baseball history to join the 600 home run club.

Which means that it's now time to cue the 600 asterisk columns, because, you know, A-Rod is a cheat and baseball’s biggest villain. In all honesty, I could care less about the milestone—600 doesn’t mean quite as much as it once did, though the anti-steroid chorus needs to realize that most players in his era were cheating—and felt that the media, especially in New York, made way too big of a deal about his recent homer drought. The quest for 600, according to some writers, caused A-Rod to press—probably nonsense. Kevin Kiernan even went as far as to say that the entire team was playing poorly in recent nights because of A-Rod’s failure to connect and the extra attention that came with it. Which is absurd.

On the one hand, I’m happy the chase is over because it forces thee New York writers to come up with some other ridiculous angle to bring down a team that is stacked and headed to the playoffs with ease. Whether in the Wild Card, or as A.L. East champs. Had the drought gone on a few months, though, the talking heads would’ve become quite entertaining when analyzing the topic. All in all, this story isn’t big enough to merit the attention that it will receive nationally. I’d much rather hear about how Rodriguez missed the Yankees’ team photo yesterday. I mean, I just can’t to see what kind of photoshop job they come up with when the actual team photo is released. Hell, tauntr should be photoshopping him an A-Taur in there or something.