Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place in major league history with his 660th home run, breaking an 8th-inning tie with a pinch-hit shot that sent the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win.
James Loney hit a go-ahead infield single in the 13th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the New York Yankees 3-2 Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.
It’s a big deal because it’s Willie Mays. And because it’s Alex Rodriguez. And because it’s never been done before. Not like this, anyway.
During his surprisingly powerful start to this season, the Yankees have virtually ignored the disgraced slugger’s pursuit of Willie Mays.
You may not always agree with Mike Francesa, but the baritone bard of New York City sports is spot-on about one thing: the Subway Series was planned by a blind man.
The stage is now set for a fascinating scene Friday night, when the crosstown Mets bring the majors’ best record and a team record-tying 11-game winning streak to Yankee Stadium.
“I think it would be wrong to be celebrating,” King said, “since for all we know, hundreds of those home runs probably occurred when he was taking steroids.”
“I’ve been booed for 15 years, buddy,” Rodriguez told Jeff Riger of 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. “I don’t know if you haven’t been around. It’s been one long boo for 15 years.”
The Mets — yes, your 11-3 Mets — are indeed the core of the Big Apple. They are younger, hungrier and better.
Whenever I’m slightly objective about the Yankees, I’m branded nouns unsuitable for family programming — particularly on Twitter, the toxic waste of human dialogue. Well, then I’m writing this in my HAZMAT suit.
There was an emphatic anti-A-Rod crowd for the series opener in Baltimore, led by 56-year-old Tolbert Rowe, who stood and turned his back for each and every one of Rodriguez’s at-bats.
It’s expected that the Yankees will fight a series of bonuses due to Alex Rodriguez by ignoring the milestones. If that’s the plan, they’re sticking to it.
Alex Rodriguez went into Monday night batting .300. He finished at .250 after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Yankees’ win over the O’s.
“My godfather means the world to me,” Bonds told USA TODAY Sports. “I love him to a T. But when Alex hits No. 660, I’ll be happy for him. Willie will be happy for him.”
Baltimore could again find itself in a slugfest Monday night should the Yankees replicate the offensive outburst they showcased their last time out.