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A-Rod finally hits No. 600. Yaaaaaawwwwwn.

Posted by Bill Koch on August 4, 2010

Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth must have been making Alex Rodriguez jealous.

We here at Ramble On know that A-Rod’s ego has no limits, so it had to be crushing to the most self-centered player in baseball that his name got knocked off the front pages by the ongoing pair of NFL melodramas. A-Rod had the spotlight to himself before he decided to do what he usually does – choke under a mountain of self-imposed pressure – and was stuck waiting for his 600th home run until Wednesday afternoon.

A-Rod finally got it done during a day game in The Bronx, blasting a 2-0 pitch from Toronto’s Shaun Marcum into Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey, Jr. in what used to be one of baseball’s most exclusive fraternities. The use of performance-enhancing drugs has now helped that club almost double in size, diminishing A-Rod’s latest accomplishment and robbing him of some of the credit that he so deeply craves.

Aaron, Ruth and Mays played in a forgotten era where steroids and human growth hormone weren’t waiting around every corner. There’s not an ounce of suspicion anywhere near those men, a trio who comfortably fall into the top 10 greatest players ever in the game. Griffey hasn’t been implicated in any scandal, making him the rarest of rare species coming into the 21st century – a clean baseball player. Bonds, Sosa and Rodriguez are forever stained.

I’d like to speak for all Red Sox fans in congratulating Rodriguez for reaching No. 600, but not for the reasons he would like. His 0-for-17 slump and 46 at-bat homerless drought were sickening, mainly because he put his own accomplishments ahead of his team (as usual) while Tampa Bay passed New York and moved into first place in the American League East. Boston goes to Yankee Stadium this weekend, and now we won’t have to hear another word about his choking, halting, self-strangled chase of his latest self-pat on the back.

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One Response to “A-Rod finally hits No. 600. Yaaaaaawwwwwn.”

  1. Chris Ross said

    It really was about time that A-Rod hit his 600th as it was almost getting to the point of being sad. With that said, I’m always rooting against A-Rod not just cuz of personality but also the fact that he used steroids. Is there any way we can really know that he didn’t use for much longer period of time. Look how his numbers have dipped. Bonds started racking up the homers after age 35 and now A-Rod is declining majorly. Age or steroids? Combo? I just can’t cheer for anyone caught using performance enhancing drugs, but that’s just my opinion. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/

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