An A-bomb! From A-Rod!

Yeah, I happened to be on the go as the Yankees-Blue Jays game began, so
I tuned in on XM Radio and heard John Sterling’s call of #600. I must say, I’m glad that this thing is finally over with–now we can get back to focusing on important stuff. Or should I be unhappy? After all, the grind of this media spectacle seemed to have worn on the Yankees. The facts:

  • When A-Rod hit #599 on July 22, the Yankees led the AL East by 4 games over the Rays. The Rays now lead by one game. Actually, this isn’t quite true. The Yankees’ win on July 22, on a Rays off-day, extended the Yankees’ lead to 3 games. In the next 12 days, the Yanks went 6-6 while the Rays were 10-2. However, the Yankees did have a 4-game lead during that stretch, as the Rays lost on the 23rd while the Yankees won. So the point about the Yankees going from a four-game lead to a one-game deficit during the stretch still technically stands–they just had to expand the lead ever so slightly first.
  • A-Rod himself had been slumping as well, coming into the game 9-for-46 (.196) since hitting #599 and mired in an 0-for-17 slump.

On the plus side, A-Rod’s 600th home run was a 2-run shot in the first inning, which apparently has been a bad omen for the Yankees as of late. Today marks the fourth time in six games that the Yankees have taken a 2-0 lead on a two-run first-inning homer. The previous three all resulted in losses.

One final bit of trivia: Today is also the three-year anniversary of A-Rod’s 500th home run.

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