610 Is the New 600 for Alex Rodriguez

Jess K. ColemanContributor IAugust 4, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 04:  Fans of the New York Yankees hold up a banner in reference to Alex Rodriguez who earlier in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays hit his 600th career home run on August 4, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After about 50 chances at home run number 600, Alex Rodriguez finally became the seventh player in history to hit 600 career home runs. The fans went wild, the anticipation is over, and history is made. Yay!

But here is my question: What is so special about 600? Why does all the excitement come now? If you ask me, 599 is just as special.

Come on, he is still just the seventh player to hit 600 home runs. Isn’t that a big deal?

Well it may be, but he was also the seventh player to hit 599, and 598, and even 587. How is 600 any different from 601? If anything, 601 is more impressive than 600.

Anyway you slice it, home run number 600 didn’t do anything for A-Rod on the home run chart. He is still seventh all-time, and will be until he hits home run number 610, when he will pass Sammy Sosa. Don’t expect the same excitement for that, though. After all, why should we get excited if it isn’t a multiple of 100?