A-Rod now has 563 homers, matching Reggie Jackson for 11th place all-time.
“It’s quite an honor to tie Reggie,” Rodriguez said. “I’m sure Mr. October will have a lot to say about it.”
The important part is this: after a 4-for-40 skid, Rodriguez is 5 for 15 with eight RBI over the last four games. Tonight, believe it or not, was his first multi-hit game since May 25.
Rodriguez said something interesting before the game. For the first time he acknowledged that the hip surgery and subsequent recovery could hold his production down.
“I’m going to go out and do the best I can every night. Sometimes it’s a couple of walks and a hit. It doesn’t have to be a 500-foot home run, it just has to be good at-bats, situational hitting and play good defense. I do have my limitations,” he said.
Perhaps admitting that will take away some of the pressure he was under. He certainly looked like a different player the last few days.
Or maybe the untimely passing of Michael Jackson will prove inspirational to Alex moving forward. After all, he wears one glove to perform in front of large crowds, altered his body in unnatural ways and is the target of much tabloid gossip. He and MJ had a lot in common.
(I’m just kidding, calm down.)