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#23 Never A Doubt, This One Was Mammoth
It would be difficult to imagine a Yankees players who was more controversial in his time than Alex Rodriguez. Overshadowing everyone on the Yankees teams he played on; he still maintained the respect of his colleagues in the dugout and clubhouse.
This, despite his penchant for garnering the back page of the local papers as well as Page Six in newspapers across America. Embroiled in an ongoing steroid investigation, Rodriguez managed to concentrate on the game he professed to love.
Fresh from his achievement as the youngest player to ever reach the plateau of 500 home runs in 2007, he plowed forward in pursuit of another milestone, a 600th home run.
Ironically, at 35 years, eight days, Rodriguez became the youngest player in history to join the 600 Club, and the seventh player in baseball history to reach the milestone.
Following his eclipse of 600, a subdued Rodriguez told ESPN:
"“[I’m] definitely glad it’s over and I definitely enjoyed that moment and enjoyed the win,” he said after the game, a 5-1 Yankees victory that prevented a Toronto three-game series sweep. “We needed a win today … we needed to stop the bleeding a little bit. That’s a very good team over there.”"
Fittingly, Rodriguez’s 17th homer of the season sailed over the center-field wall and landed in Monument Park. A monumental blast to be sure.