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Alex Rodriguez homers off Justin Verlander

Aug 11, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez slugged his first home run of the 2013 season — a second-inning solo shot — Sunday off Tigers ace Justin Verlander. It was A-Rod’s 648th career homer and pushed him into a tie with Cardinals legend Stan Musial for sixth place on the all-time RBI leaderboard. Rodriguez is now just 12 home runs behind Giants great Willie Mays (660) on the all-time home run list.

Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games (through 2014) by Major League Baseball but is in the process of appealing that sentence and may be allowed to finish out the season on the Yankees’ active roster.

  1. apkyletexas - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    As usual – if you homer, the home fans will cheer. Doesn’t matter if you are the world’s best dad, or a juicer, or a wife beater. And people wonder why Bonds is still beloved in San Francisco…

    • brazcubas - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      And what’s wrong with that, contrary to what some like to believe, baseball is not a morality play. Those folk get paid to win games, not to set a righteous example.

      Sure, it would be great if only good, upstanding people made it to MLB (assuming we could all agree on a definition for good and upstanding), but that’s not how it works. So put down your righteous indignation, put on your favorite team’s cap and enjoy some baseball.

      • apmn - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        I don’t understand why you think that morality should be absent in any aspect of life.

      • brazcubas - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        I would explain it to you, but I don’t actually believe that, so I can’t.

        To expand on my point, though, we don’t make a moral judgement when hailing a cab or deciding on a cashier at the supermarket, because they’re not there to provide us with moral guidance, neither are baseball players (or any other athlete, for that matter). They’re there to entertain.

        If a for-profit organization behaves in a way that you disapprove of then stop giving them your money and move on.

      • American of African Descent - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Where do you draw the line with respect to morality? Is it moral to eat meat knowing the suffering inflicted on the animal with factory farming? What about using cell phones and computers knowing that the people who mine the rare earth elements live and work in horrid conditions? Drive much? Because much of the cheap oil is coming from parts of the world where the inequality is even worse than it is here. . .

        To get upset about some professional entertainers drug use (and remember, they still have to hit, throw, and catch the ball) because of “morality” seems at best to be focusing on the small things while ignoring the big things and, at worst, hypocritical.

      • apmn - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        You are right, AoAD, morals of this sort are not universal. Which is exactly why you can’t call hypocrisy on those who feel that PED use crosses a line.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      …and there is a difference between cheering because something good just happened for your favorite team and cheering for an individual player per se. Rodriguez is not nearly as popular in NY with the Yankee fans as Bonds is in SF–and that was even true in 2009. Are Yankee fans supposed to boo when the Yankees score?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      You mean like rooting for the Pirates after the cocaine scandal in 1985?

      • apkyletexas - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        nah – 1986 was NOT a good year.

        1990 however…

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      A juicer, or a wife beater.

      Nice equivalency.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        I said “the world’s best dad, or a juicer, or a wife beater”. Clearly I wasn’t going for “equivalency”, as the three have nothing to do with one another.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      ESPN also reports that A-rod farted 3 times in the field,spit 20 times and scratched his peas 6 times.

  2. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Booooooooooo. Deer antler spray!!!!!!!!

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    He should be ever so proud of his accomplishments.

  4. theinconvienenttruth - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    What an ejection of that ball by an injection in the ass

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I noticed that honest Andy cold not get out of the 5th inning. The Yankees are probably rather concerned about that.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Seems like everyone but Kuroda is having difficulty getting out of innings. Hughes couldn’t induce any weak contact yesterday, so it was either a foul ball or a hard hit ball. Pettitte, even when get outs, was fly ball outs to the outfield.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Another blown save for Rivera. Is that 3 in a row? At least this time he did get the win.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Yes, first time ever in his career he’s blown back to back to back saves, iirc.

      • yournuts - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        I think that Ivan Nova has pitch really well for the pinstripers. Hughes is lost on the mound. I would love to see him and Chamberlain back in the minors to try to figure it out. It is time for some changes. Yanks win 2 out of 3 from the Tigers, even with 2 blown saves by Riveria. Not to shabby… Seems like Gardner has come into his own and has become clutch.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        Rivera retires after this year, next year it will be Montgomery making everyone look foolish, guy has the best slider since Carlton and will be a strikeout machine, something the jays flat out don’t have

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      why should they be? Andy is retired next year!! Dickey and Johnson and Romero, and Rogers, and the rest of the gas cans will NOT BE!!! That’s where the real concern should be!! The future of the jays is in the dumpster big time brother!!

  6. mudhead123 - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    One user about to pass another (let the thumbing down commence for those that agree with players using amphetamines)

    • apmn - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Did Stan Musial use amphetamines? I find that hard to believe.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        He’s probably referring to Arod passing Mays

      • apmn - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        Duh, church. It was a rhetorical question.

    • electstat - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      PEDs were well used in sports already in the 60′s. Former players are lucky their hero blood wasn’t stored from their playing days with today’s technology to test.

  7. vader3234 - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    giants fan here and much love to Bonds and I don’t hate McGuire or Sosa or any alleged ped user. I as a fan was entertained and loved every minute of their era. I paid for entertainment, and got what I ordered.

  8. timb12 - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    ALL HAIL THE CENTAUR!!!

  9. cubb1 - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    He could hit 1000 HR, and he will NEVER get in the HOF.

    • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Which will just reduce the relevance of the Hall of Fame and its electors.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:07 AM

        And amazingly, both statements are probably true – he could hit 1000 HR’s and never get into the HOF

        AND

        the HOF and the writers are being reduced in relevance.

  10. southofheaven81 - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Unlikely to be, but if that’s his last homer ever, nice to get it off a pitcher like Verlander.

  11. rcali - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I don’t hate on A-Fraud for taking steriods. I hate on him for the same reason I hate on Braun. They both think we are all stupid and lie to us every time they open their mouth.

  12. papacrick - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    This more product of Verlander sucking as usual and that short porch in left. Looked like a routine pop up

  13. namriverrat69 - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    A-Rod is in the same class as Lance Armstrong. Canseco, and any other loser cheater who has taken PEDs. I grew up watching Mays, Musial, Colavito, Killabrew, Maris, Mantle, Yaz, Robinson, the end of Ted Williams career, Jackson, Schmidt, McCovey, Banks, Eddie Matthews, Eddie Murray, Stargell, Kaline, Snyder and Aaron. Some of these men I’m sure took amphetamines from time to time. That though, is a far cry from a career of extended periods of time taking PEDs.

    I think it would be a shame if A-Rod were allowed to pass the great Willie Mays before his suspension kicks in. Willie Mays was twice the player A-Rod ever could’ve been, from playing the field, hitting, baserunning and his off the field community contributions..

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Many, if not all of them, took PEDs. Willie Mays also got banned for a year from all baseball related activities due to his “off the field activities”.

      • jcarne9014 - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Hey church, get a clue. Mays, and Mantle by the way, were both banned from baseball…after they retired!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Yes, thanks for reiterating what I just said. So why should I get a clue?

    • American of African Descent - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      So, namriverrat69, you’re saying that you grew up watching and idolizing players that used a different type of PED. Good for you.

      Mays was a better player than A-Rod, though.

    • electstat - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Steroids, yes steroids, were already being used since the 30′s and were widely used in the Olympics by the 60s. Some of those players you mentioned, esp Aaron had some of their best years at the END of their career…something automatically tied to steroids today.

  14. greggatx - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Drugs or not you still have to hit them! Good luck to Alex Rodriguez!

    • tripleg3 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      so true. So many people forget steroids don’t make a superstar. Alex is one of the breast baseball players, and it wasn’t because of steroids!!!!!!! I hope he beats Bonds record.

  15. insidefastball - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Safe to say we aren’t quite seeing the same Justin Verlander this year. It will really hurt Detroit after that contract extension if 2013 already marks the start of his decline.

  16. crashdavis99 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Just for the record, Max Scherzer is the ace of the Tigers staff now not Verlander. Not a slam against JV, just fact. Too many weeks this year, Porcello has pitched better than Verlander. Yes I know Max gets more run support but he also makes the most of it by shutting down the opponent.

  17. gatorjr - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    A-Rod should be banned for life and his contract voided completely. He’s nothing but a spoiled rich BABY!!!

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