Alex Rodriguez Hits 600th Home Run

After 12 games of being stuck at no. 599, Alex Rodriguez finally became the seventh player in history to have at least 600 home runs, sending a 2-0 pitch from Toronto Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum over the Yankee Stadium’s center-field fence in the first inning of the Bronx Bombers’ 5-1 victory on Wednesday.

The 600th homer came almost two weeks since Rodriguez hit his 599th home run on July 22. He encountered a semi-drought going into Wednesday’s game, going hitless in his last 17 at-bats prior to no. 600. Rodriguez is the youngest among the seven members of the 600-homers club to reach the milestone. Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds are the only other players to reach the mark.

It was Rodriguez’s 17th homer of the season, and it puts him ten home runs short of overtaking Sosa for no. 6 in the all-time list.

Rodriguez said it was “a relief” to finally get over the hump after coming out empty in his first 103 tries to send the specially marked balls out of the ballpark. “There’s no question I was pressing ’cause I wanted to get it out of the way,” he said.

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