NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday night an at-bat after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch.
The New York Yankees star hit a liner off Baltimore’s Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.READ MORE: Sources: Suspect In Shooting Of NYPD Officers Had Multiple Weapons, Including AR-15 With 20 Rounds Hidden Under Mattress
“I wish my father was here to see this moment,” A-Rod told WFAN’s Suzyn Waldman after the Yankees beat the Orioles 4-3. “I’ve told you many times, Willie Mays was his favorite player. I may have passed him in the charts, but nobody will ever pass Willie Mays. What he did on the field, what he did off the field at the time that he did it in, really created an open path for all of us to come out and do what we do. I love Willie Mays and he’s a great role model for all of us.”