New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez may have never dreamt of such feat, but he has joined a very elite band of baseball brothers as he hit his 600th homerun against the Toronto Blue Jays. A-Rod now comes abreast with big ball players and legends such as Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, and Sammy Sosa among others. And that is not the only milestone the third baseman celebrates – Rodriguez is also the youngest baseball player to ever hit 600 homers at 35 years old.
Aside from greetings from his current franchise, Rodriguez also got accolades from former managers and teammates, Leading the long distance greeting band is Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Torre could only muster “congratulations” to his former player.
Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon, who played alongside Rodriguez as a New York Yankee for four years, wished that A-Rod would garner 700 homeruns within the next three years. Unknown to many, Damon and Rodriguez have known each other since their teenage years.
I’m very proud of him, especially with everything that’s happened, but mostly because I’ve known him since he was 14 years old,” Damon said.
Rays pitcher James Shields is genuinely happy for Rodriguez. But he is extremely happy that it was not him who pitched the ball to Rodriguez.
“He’s one of the greatest players in the game. Congratulations to him. And I’m glad he didn’t hit it off me.”