So, it means something that A-Rod is going to join the 600 club. It should mean more to me than it does. But it doesn’t.
Waiting for ARod to hit his 600th home run is yet another Fool’s Errand. Yes, the 600 Home Run Club is as exclusive as it comes, but the achievement has become muted and eroded due to the circumstances and amplifiers we experienced over the last two decades. No question, hitting 600 home runs takes extraordinary skill, talent, luck, perserverence and it shouldn’t be ignored. However, I’ve got to admit, the live look-ins and the constant focus on a singular, personal achievement is grating on me.
The Yanks are winning and are being chased like mad by two very talented teams. AJ Burnett has turned his awful June around with a nifty July (I said it then: “if Eiland can fix both AJ Burnett and Javy Vazquez in one season, he’s vastly underpaid“). Jeter’s season has been fits and spurts, three good games followed by many more poor ones. Granderson seems to be finally getting himself into a groove. Joba… I’m sick of the Joba chatter. Pettitte has been out yet team hasn’t missed a beat. The team owns the best record in baseball and the best Run Diff at +134.
Yet, the focus is on one home run, and it’s not a record-breaking home run. Yes, as I said, #600 is huge, no question. The good thing, to me, is that ARod seems to be focused on hitting, rather than hitting a home run. His liner up the middle yesterday to score Teix was perfect. I haven’t seen him take too many at bats that were obvious “I’m going for it here” swings. ARod’s comments sure pleased me:
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