Stop the press; it has finally been accomplished.
Today, at roughly 1:25 p.m. on August 4 2010, Alex Rodriguez went deep off of Toronto's Shawn Marcum to achieve one of baseball's most coveted goals: the 600 HR club. He joins the names Sammy Sosa (609), Ken Griffey, Jr (630), Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762).
Now, detractors will undoubtedly cry "Steroids!", however, the fact that A-Rod came out and admitted it, (unlike Bonds and Sosa), should earn the man some respect; much like the comparison of Clemens and Pettitte.
A-Rod is also the youngest player to accumulate 600 home runs, at the age of 35. Many predict him to eventually surpass Bonds as the all-time Home Run King, and with A-Rod being locked up by the Yankees until the age of 42, hopefully producing 30-plus HR seasons, mathematically speaking, he is due to come very close to the all-time record.
With the stress and pressure now over for A-Rod and the quest for 600 over, perhaps he can start to look like the clean-up hitter he is and lead his team to overtake Tampa for the crown of the AL East.
Congratulations Alex Rodriguez.