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Four perspectives on chasing 600 home runs

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 23, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Joe Girardi
The manager who has said he hates the pressure of milestones

“I hope it happens tomorrow. I hope he gets it out of the way early so we don’t have to talk about it. Just see what happens. This is when you kind of get concerned because this one, it’s a homer, but for whatever reason it takes on such a big flavor because it’s 600 and there have been so few guys get there.”

Derek Jeter
The shortstop who chased Lou Gehrig’s hits record last season
“It’s a little bit different because you’re trying to get a hit every time up anyway. I really don’t know how often you go up there and try to hit a home run… (Rodriguez) seems like he’s enjoying himself. He comes to the field. He’s having fun. He’s trying to help us win. You’d have to ask him about his mindset, but he seems like he’s having fun.”

Mark Teixeira
The power-hitting first baseman with 260 career homers
“No chance. I’m not getting there. Alex’s numbers dwarf mine and will for the rest of his career and the rest of my career… I’ve never had any milestones like that. This is a monumental event. It’s going to be in his mind. Hopefully it’s going to be in a close game when Alex isn’t worried about a personal home run, he’s worried about, I want to drive in some runs here and help the team win.”

Alex Rodriguez
The guy who’s one home run away
“I have a different perspective on things. Early in my career I loved winning and I loved to win, but it was about accumulating numbers and hoping you got to the postseason. Now it’s just about one goal, and along the way you hope to get big home runs and drive in runs to help us win.”

Associated Press photo of Rodriguez’s 599th




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