So, what exactly is to make of this?
Earlier this season, Rodriguez hit home runs number 660 and 661 of his career, tying and then passing Willie Mays for fourth on Major League Baseball’s all-time list. “I just feel like I’m in a better place and more explosive than I’ve been”.
As confusing as that may be, the Yankees’ DH is just one RBI behind Bonds, so Rodriguez would most likely be moving up the list anyway.
It’s a testament to his natural talent that Rodriguez has been able to come back at age 39, after essentially two years off, and still be an effective offensive talent. It is truly a compilation of a set of player’s that are considered the best ever.
New York is certainly benefiting from Rodriguez’s production this season.
Soon, perhaps even tonight, Rodriguez will jump Bonds for second on this list (he currently sits one behind at 1, 995).
There wasn’t much smiling in the Yankees’ clubhouse after they let the A’s surge from behind late and beat them, 5-3, at O.co Coliseum.
He’s been one of baseball’s biggest surprises, and assuming he stays healthy-a big assumption considering his lingering hip issues-Rodriguez could very easily hit 30 home runs for the first time since 2010. However, this season has been perhaps the most intriguing out of all of Rodriguez’s in pinstripes.
“It is any player’s dream”.
His shortcoming and unfortunate PR mishaps are countless, surely.
So that’s left the Yankees in an awkward position: Do they celebrate a record they don’t think was reached without drug use? But as Rodriguez is now into his third decade of jaw-dropping performances, does anyone still remain who can actually point to that as the cause of all of this?