A-Rod (Finally) Hits 600th Home Run

At 34, he's the youngest to ever do it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 1:31 PM CDT
Derek Jeter congratulates A-Rod on his 600th home run during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Aug. 4, 2010.   (Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – You can stop holding your breath, world. Alex Rodriguez at long last hit his 600th home run today. It's been 12 games since Rodriguez hit his 599th round-tripper, a stretch that seemed even longer because of the hype surrounding the impending milestone. But it's probably unfair to complain too much, since he is the youngest player to ever hit 600. It's also happens to be exactly three years to the day since A-Rod's 500th homer.

A-Rod clobbered a 2-0 pitch in the bottom of the first, giving the Yankees a two-run lead (you can see the play here). The ball sailed over the center-field wall and landed in Monument Park, reports the AP, allowing a stadium worker to grab it for Rodriguez. The slugger raised his hand a bit in celebration as he rounded the bases. It's A-Rod's 17th homer of the year. He's gone 9-for-46 in the games since he hit his last one.

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