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Alex Rodriguez is "stuck" on 599 homers? Big deal

Aug 2, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

After striking out as a pinch-hitter yesterday Alex Rodriguez has gone 38 at-bats since hitting his 599th career homer and while waiting for career homer No. 600 far too many media members are acting as if it’s a drought of epic proportions.
In reality Rodriguez has gone more than 38 at-bats between homers 35 different times in his career, which is an average of 2-3 times per season. In other words, it’s not even close to a big deal.
In fact, Rodriguez has already had three homerless streaks longer than 38 at-bats this season and he went 64 at-bats between homers last year. His longest homerless streak was 101 at-bats in 1994 and he also went 74 at-bats between homers in 1997.
I realize that everything Rodriguez does gets magnified to an absurd degree and that applies ten-fold when whatever he’s doing is a negative thing, but he’s at least a week away from any homerless streak being even remotely noteworthy.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Forget it, A-Rod is toast. He hasn’t been “romantically linked” with any new hot blondes in over a month, and it’s no coincidence that his gopher total has fallen off at the same time. Stick a fork in him.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Aug 2, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Wednesday, August 4th, 1st inning.

  3. Fed up - Aug 2, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    A-Rod is an overrated bum. He is a steroid using, superficial Yankee. And, a Republican, I understand.
    Figues.
    A-Rod? YOU SUCK!!

  4. Simon DelMonte - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    I just want him to hit that homer so we stop hearing about it. Then we can move on to Joba, Darrell Revis, Jerry Manuel and other topics of limited importance.

  5. miked2 - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Persepctive is usually in short supply but apathy is not even an option with anything involving Alex Rodriguez.
    Love him or hate him, everyone pays attention.

  6. Florida727 - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    “Fed up”, sounds like you’re a Democratic. Using your logic, that makes me think that YOU suck. By the way, intellect apparently is another giveaway trait of identifying Democrats. Try spellchecker idiot.
    .
    As for A-Rod, while no Yankee fan, I live in Tampa, I’m glad he didn’t get it against us, glad we took 2 of 3, but will gladly tune in to watch when he does hit it. He’s not overrated. His stats back up his hype. And the steroid thing is over-blown, assuming he used them only when he admits he used them. Like anyone here would ACTUALLY know.

  7. Professor Longnose - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    What’s significant is that he’s hit 16 homers this season.

  8. Wayne - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Even if you’re from NY, why does anybody care? About 100-200 of those homeruns were while he was still injecting steroids. No baseball fan takes seriously anything that Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, and all the rest did, so what’s different with Rodriguez? Because he plays in NY? His stats are forever tarnished, and that will never change for any sports fan outside NY. If he was still in Texas, this would be a non-news event, quickly dismissed as being of any importance.

  9. Wayne - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Even if you’re from NY, why does anybody care? About 100-200 of those homeruns were while he was still injecting steroids. No baseball fan takes seriously anything that Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, and all the rest did, so what’s different with Rodriguez? Because he plays in NY? His stats are forever tarnished, and that will never change for any sports fan outside NY. If he was still in Texas, this would be a non-news event, quickly dismissed as being of any importance.

  10. Jonny5 - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    He’s no more than a platform for “journalists” to use as a launchpad for stupid articles. Wouldn’t number 600 be the tough one to hit? I’m thinking it would be. They use him, plain and simple to draw interest to their articles. Sucks to be A-rod huh? Well not nearly as much as it sucks to be any of us of course but in your realm of sports hero’s it must rate on the suck-o meter pretty well. Ok, so he still makes millions and is still very good, so I guess it doesn’t suck all that bad actually, to be A-rod…. I’m sorry if i find it hard to feel sorry for A-rod, I just can’t find it in me.

  11. John_Michael - Aug 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    ARod came from Texas too. He can’t hack it in the Big Crapple.

  12. Ditto65 - Aug 2, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    I am hoping he waits til Saturday, so I can be there.

  13. YANKEES1996 - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    There was no way that this was not going to be a huge production. A-Rod hasn’t hit a homerun in awhile and everyone and I mean everyone is in and extreme panic. If A-Rod never hits another homerun but continues to drive in runs like he has been then all is good.
    @Fed-Up – Man you need to relax, get yourself a hobby or something. If you don’t care for A-rod why the Hell are you so upset?, I hope your not a Yankees fan.

  14. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    “‘Fed up’, sounds like you’re a Democratic.”
    And while Fed Up is queuing up his spellchecker to correct what was obviously a typo, why don’t you open up your old junior high school copy of Elements of Style, blow the dust off of it, and correct your own confusion about the difference between nouns and adjectives and the correct place to put the comma in relation to quotation marks.

  15. mrfloydpink - Aug 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Hear, hear for Old Gator!

  16. haroldb - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    He’s a Yankee. Who cares?

  17. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Kudos are cheap. Did you bring me an apple today?

  18. burntorangehorn - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    It’s like watching George Costanza try to open a condom wrapper.

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