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Our long national nightmare is over: A-Rod just hit #600

Aug 4, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez just hit a home run off Shaun Marcum in the first inning of the Blue Jays-Yankees game. Our long national, er, make that our short, strange local nightmare is over.

Now Kevin Kernan is going to have to trash his “A-Rod’s failure to hit his 600th home run is prolonging the recession” column he’s been working on all morning.

  1. aleskel - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I’m a Yankees fan, but I wouldn’t mind so much if they lost the game today just to disprove that schmuck’s theory

  2. YankeesfanLen - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    To HBT commentors: Remember you heard it here first, down to the inning, a few days ago. Do not go to Vegas this weekend. They’re broke.

  3. Simon DelMonte - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Remember, though, how it seems like no one cared? I guess that’s changed.
    But that’s over and we can all switch to FavreWatch 2010, America’s best and most popular annual ritual.

  4. Shademan - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Your no Yankee fan if you wouldnt mind losing a game in the middle of a pennant race.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    What PENNANT RACE??????? You Yankers fans are insane. You are 5.5 games up in the wild card race, which is really all that matters…it actually may HELP YOU to win the Wild Card because wouldn’t you rather start with the Rangers over the White Sox??? You are the freaking Yankers…you are the Borg…you don’t need no stinking division to win the World Series!!!
    Repeat after me Yankers fans…THERE IS NO PENNANT RACE…THERE IS NO PENNANT RACE…THERE IS NO PENNANT RACE!!!

  6. aleskel - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    1) Yankees are still on pace to win 100+ games, reversion to the mean is a real thing, losses happen.
    2) It’s hard to call it a “race” when it’s the first week of August and the Yankees are still on the inside track for a playoff spot.
    3) “Your” vs. “you’re” is an important grammatical concept that is useful to know for day-to-day situations.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Here’s something a lot of correspondents to HBT could use. I keep mine right on the shelf by my desk:
    http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-4th-William-Strunk/dp/0205313426/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280944822&sr=1-2

  8. NicoSamuelson2 - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Wow. That’s true. *bowing*

  9. YankeesfanLen - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    So is a thesaurus. As W. C. Fields once said when asking for a clean glass of water to dip his fingers in after every shot “I never like to use the same bathwater twice”.

  10. funkygoorilla - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Phewwww! Now that thats over, START WINNING AGAIN!

  11. Ditto65 - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    You seem to be a very angry person.

  12. YankeesfanLen - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Yeah, but I really love the ponies: Always bet your age on the Daily Double.

  13. Ditto65 - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Must be nice, havin’ a desk and all.

  14. RichardInBigD - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    The only reason to WANT to start with the Rangers is if you have other plans for week 2 of October…

  15. Proudly Canadian - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Why? I hope that the Yankees do not make the playoffs.

  16. YankeesfanLen - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I like the Rangers, White Sox would drive themselves nuts, we’ll go there.

  17. Ditto65 - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Perhaps the funkygorilla is a Yankees fan?

  18. King Ding-A-Ling - Aug 4, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Screw A-Rod.

  19. Md23Rewls - Aug 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    For people saying that there is no pennant race or that the Yankees have a playoff spot secured or that there’s no reason to even consider otherwise–there are still two months to go. It’s August 4th. A 5.5 game WC lead, while nice, is far from a guaranteed playoff ticket given how much time is remaining, and given the current shakiness of the Yankee rotation. At this point, which Yankee starters are really trustworthy outside of Sabathia? Burnett is still trick or treat, Hughes is inconsistent, Pettitte is hurt. Really, Vazquez is probably the second most dependable starter right now, and he’s still Javier Vazquez.
    So yes, 5.5 games is a fine lead, but it’s far from insurmountable, not when you have two months to go and a ton of interdivisional games in the toughest division in baseball. I know people hate hearing Yankee fans freak out, but don’t tell me that they have something locked up on August 4th when they don’t.

  20. Old Gator - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    It is. Gives my wife something to stand on when she gets frightened by a palmetto bug.

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