Perhaps he was feeling sentimental: Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez notched his 600th career home run exactly three years after he hit his 500th home run (in those days, he was Texas Ranger). ESPN says of the lofty achievement, "At 35 years, 8 days, Rodriguez became the youngest player in history to join the 600 Club, and the seventh player in baseball history to reach the milestone. He raised a hand slightly in triumph as he rounded first base, then completed his home run trot. He joined an elite club that includes Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630) and Sammy Sosa (609)."
The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 5-1, and A-Rod said, "[I'm] defintely glad it's over and I defintely enjoyed that moment and enjoyed the win. We needed a win today ... we needed to stop the bleeding a little bit. That's a very good team over there." Hal Steinbrenner issued a statement on behalf of the Yankees, "Congratulations to Alex on this great achievement and on adding another highlight to Yankees history. We are especially proud he accomplished his feat as a Yankee and here before the most loyal fans in baseball.”
Fun facts: The Daily News says Rodriguez won't make money from this milestone, "He will start earning $6 million for noteworthy home runs starting at No. 660, which would tie him with Mays." Also, the next youngest player to hit 600 home runs is Babe Ruth, who was 36 years and 196 days.