Alex Rodriguez broke a deadlock between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. In doing so, he surpassed Willie Mays in their slugger stalemate on the home run list.
Alex Rodriguez hit number 661 Wednesday night in the Bronx. The third-inning shot to left center puts A-Rod ahead of Willie Mays on the all-time list.
The controversial player looks up at just Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds on the list. Ruth, whose marker in Monument Park Rodriguez’s homer approached, falls next, if at all, after A-Rod hits 54 more dingers.
“Nobody will ever pass Willie Mays,” A-Rod said after the game. “I’ve talked about him being my father’s favorite player. There’s only one Willie Mays; not only what he did on the field, but what he meant off the field. He’s a legend. He’s also a role model for all of us.”
While Yankee Stadium awarded A-Rod with curtain-call cheers, the Yankees say they won’t award him with the money allegedly promised upon surpassing the milestone in the designated hitter’s contract. The dispute likely puts Rodriguez in yet another off-field fight.
Rodriguez’s shot helped the Yankees defeat the Orioles 4-3.