In the sixth-inning of the Yankees 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Mr. Alex Rodriguez walked up to the plate to the tune of Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, and turned on a 1-0 fastball from Daniel Norris and sent the ball sailing into the left field stands.
The home run cut the Blue Jays lead to 5-2, but more importantly it was Rodriguez’s first home run since September 20th, 2013 when he hit a grand slam against the San Francisco Giants.
More notably, it was his his 655th career home run, putting him five shy of tying Willie Mays at No. 4 on the all-time home run list.
Coming into spring training it was uncertain whether Alex Rodriguez had a spot on the Yankees roster. He came into the spring with a vengeance, and proved to everyone he belonged by averaging well above .300 with three home runs and a number of extra-base hits. Thursday night he was rewarded for his hard work, and was bumped up from seventh to second in the batters lineup.
As I mentioned above, A-Rod is now just five home runs short of tying Willie Mays’ 660 mark, which will trigger the controversial $6 million marketing bonus written into his contract from 2007. I wonder if the Yankees will re-visit their original plan of telling the media that they plan to breach the agreement, but I hope this isn’t the case.
The Yankees are now 1-2 on the season and are better off staying clear of any distractions that will get in the way of baseball. They have enough to worry about with the Red Sox on their way into town.
Alas, congratulations on number 655 Alex! But it’s time for this team to get back to work.
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