Saturday, August 04, 2007

A-rod's 500th

The bottom of the 1st inning finally ended in Kyle Davies' first start for Kansas City. He has already given up a single, a double, a triple, and a home run that was kind of a big deal for the Yankees. It's 4-0 New York, and Davies has thrown 34 pitches. I guess what I'm bitterly trying to say is...

Welcome to the team, Kyle?

I'm glad that A-Rod got #500 at home. I find it sad when an athlete or a whole team accomplishes something great in someone else's ballpark. If a player is going to reach a lofty and impressive goal, he should have the luxury of his home crowd right there to support him. I don't like A-Rod and you should know I hate the Yankees, but I'm not stupid -- I know he's talented. And I know that statement was a gross understatement. He's not some aging DH who is celebrating his 40th birthday along with his 500th home run. The man just turned 32; he has a ton of good baseball left in him and will eventually become the all-time home run king. I'm okay with that.

At first I was a bit miffed when Rodriguez stood still in the batter's box after making contact with what turned out to be his home run ball. Then I realized he has hit a few of those in his career and was probably sure that the ball had the distance, and was just waiting to see if it would stay fair. For once in my life, I will forgive a lack of hustle, because baseball has the tendency to reduce grown men into young boys who want to stand and watch the highlight-reel long balls just like everybody else. I suppose Rodriguez deserved to watch this particular ball leave the park from the best seat in the house.

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