Alex Rodriguez is on the verge of turning 40 years old, but that didn't stop the New York Yankees third baseman from turning back the clock in an 8-5 win Saturday night against the Minnesota Twins.
Rodriguez ripped three home runs, including a solo shot to center that tied things at five in the top of the ninth inning.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Saturday marked the fifth time in Rodriguez's career that he hit three home runs in a single game. It was the first time he boasted the accomplishment since a 2010 showdown against the Kansas City Royals. Furthermore, Rodriguez now sits one game back of Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize for the most three-home run games of all time, per ESPN Stats & Info.
He also joined some exclusive company in the process of hitting three dingers that each traveled at least 420 feet, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
NBC Sports' Aaron Gleeman provided some staggering historical context regarding A-Rod's achievement:
The first home run of Rodriguez's evening was arguably the most impressive. Facing a 2-0 count in the top of the fourth inning, Rodriguez bombed a Tommy Milone offering into the third deck in left field:
Rodriguez then followed up that at-bat by blasting a two-run shot into left-center field to cut the deficit to two.
Not bad for the league's sixth-oldest player.
"He's been remarkable," general manager Brian Cashman said, per the New York Times' Billy Witz. "Forty is a big number. Bottom line: Normally you're not in a position to be evaluating 40-year-olds anymore in this game because they're usually out of the game."
As ESPN.com's Mike Mazzeo noted, Saturday's MLB slate was packed with statistical anomalies:
Catcher John Ryan Murphy followed Rodriguez's lead in the ninth and proceeded to crush a three-run homer to right field to cap off a thrilling victory for the AL East-leading Yankees.
Given the way Rodriguez has performed at the plate following a year off due to a PED-related suspension, it's possible the Yankees could soon stake their claim as the cream of the American League crop as they seek to snap a two-year postseason drought.