[Dallas,TX – June 20th, 2015]
Alex Rodriguez joined the 3,000-hit club in style on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez smiled as the ball cleared the fence, he slapped the air as he rounded first.
Derek Jeter, the Yankees’ revered former captain, had been the last player to reach 3,000 hits, doing so in 2011 with a home run. This milestone has placed A- Rod on the all-time home run list and now joins Mays and Hank Aaron as the only three players in baseball history with at least 3,000 hits and 600 homers.
“I was happy to get it out of the way, give us a one-run lead,” Rodriguez said. “So happy to do it here in front of our fans, and how great they’ve been with me. And I was especially happy that my two daughters were sitting behind home plate.
A man at Yankee Stadium who ended up with the ball that Alex Rodriguez launched for his 3,000th hit Friday is holding on to the prized souvenir. Zack Hample , 37 is a New York Yankees season-ticket holder and was in his favorite spot in right field – section 103, row 12, seat 24 – when Rodriguez connected for the solo shot in the first inning off Justin Verlander.
We wait to see what A- Rod does for the rest of the season after reaching this milestone.