Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th career home run today, and proved nobody cares. Steroids have tainted Alex Rodriguez’s 600 career home runs, and the milestone means almost nothing at this point in baseball. At 35-years-old, Rodriguez also became the youngest player to get 600 career home runs, but some would also argue that he set a record for most steroids used by someone with that many home runs. It was just back in February of 2009 when Alex Rodriguez admitted to using PED’s (performance enhancing drugs) to further his game, which was not too long after he lied about it on national television. He partially came clean, but hopefully he didn’t expect us as the fans to forget what he helped do to the game of baseball.
The question that will dog Rodriguez for the rest of his life is why he felt the need to lie to Katie Couric. In December of 2007, Rodriguez sat down with Couric, and stated that he was never even tempted to use performance enhancing drugs, and that he never needed to use them. That should be the video played before every highlight that Rodriguez has on Sports Center for the rest of his career, especially when he kept stating that he was a very strong player and dominant in the game.
The second question that fans of baseball will also have to weigh on for the rest of Rodriguez’s career is whether he would have admitted to ever using steroids if he didn’t get caught. When he and his team criticized Sports Illustrated and publicly attacked writer Selena Roberts (who broke the story on his steroid use) it just made him look like a deplorable human being when he finally partially admitted use.
Back to the story at hand: Rodriguez became just the seventh player in baseball history to hit 600 home runs during his career, but he is on one side of the aisle, with Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds sitting next to him. On the other side of the aisle are Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr.
Is it ironic that Rodriguez joined this rare group on the same team that Babe Ruth did it? Or is that just sad? Shouldn’t Yankee fans be more upset about a player in pinstripes stripping down the accomplishments that Babe Ruth achieved without allegedly purchasing illegal drugs? Rodriguez just accomplished something that will increase the accolades on the back of his baseball card, but, as for his place in baseball history, he might want to get to know Pete Rose and Joe Jackson a bit better.