Happy Birthday Álex

The year 2006 has seen a rough couple of months for Álex Rodríguez, or at least as tough as it can be for someone who will gross $25,680,727 playing baseball this year before incentives and endorsements. With no game to play today, here´s hoping he stays far away from the newspapers and the TV and enjoys the day-off on the first day of his 31st year on the planet. He has earned it, hitting his 451st career home run last night, more than anyone else in the history of the game by that age.

The Babe hit 405 home runs after turning 31. What’s the over-under on how many ARod will get from here on out? Will most of them be as a Yankee?

14 comments… add one
  • Head on over to espn.com front page and check out the video clip of “Yankee fans” wishing ARod happy bday.

    yankeemonkey July 27, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • YM – I can not find said video and I must see it. Link please?

    LocklandSF July 27, 2006, 5:05 pm
  • I think this is the only video worth watching today:

    YF July 27, 2006, 5:12 pm
  • YF: what the hell is that??
    Lockland: go to the espn.com main page, look on the right where the espn motion player is, scroll down the list of clips.

    yankeemonkey July 27, 2006, 5:24 pm
  • Got it, thanks YM.
    And WOW, Japan knows good TV. Have any of you seen the one, it’s a team game, they make a guy sit in ice water, up to his neck, until his team can answer questions right. Then the other team does it, then the winning team gets to spank a chick wearing a diaper and bra, for what seems to be like 10 minmutes with no real point, then back in to the ice water for another round of questions.
    Simply amazing stuff.

    LocklandSF July 27, 2006, 5:49 pm
  • Excellent! That’s going to fast become a viral video…
    They should do that for Yankee beat writers: “Should A-Rod be traded?” Anyone answering yes gets a slap in the knackers.

    Sam July 27, 2006, 5:49 pm
  • Oh, sorry, what makes the game funny is the guy in the ice water is constantly trying to get out, but his team has to hold him down in the water until they answer all the questions.

    LocklandSF July 27, 2006, 5:50 pm
  • I’m not gonna make an over/under prediction AG, but I do not think it’s far fetched to say that Arod could very well end up MLB’s alltime HR leader by the end of his career. I just got back from vacation where I had the chance to read a Ruth bio titled “The Big Bam”, by Leigh Monteville, the same dude that wrote “Ted Williams”. It was a fantastic read, great insight. That said, I thought about how Alex might age and how he treats his body compared to Ruth. Arod’s diet and off-season training regimen is well documented. The guy, being the primadonna that he is, treats his body like a temple. Injury wise, Rodriguez has been one of the most durable in the game. People may say what they will about Arod, but no one can say he does not work his ass off, or take excellent care of himself. I think these factors point to Arod passing Ruth, Bonds, and eventually Aaron. Although I do believe that a certain ballplayer named Pujols may be heading in that direction as well. Who knows? Only time will tell.

    bloodyank78 July 27, 2006, 6:38 pm
  • A-Rod will be the first player to hit more than 800 runs, and will still be a Yankee when he does it.
    As for Pujols – BY78, I would agree if I actually believed that the guy is 27. I think he’s actually A-Rod’s age, which means that his decline in the years ahead will be more accelerated than people assume and thus he’ll always be behind our third baseman.

    Sam July 27, 2006, 6:45 pm
  • That’s assuming Pujols isn’t on HGH, and, sorry, I think he is…
    A-Rod will reach 755 (and it will still be a record), but only if he leaves the Yankees and goes to a team where fans will actually appreciate the once-in-a-lifetime talent that he is. The ridiculousness in the Bronx is clearly affecting him this year…

    Paul SF July 27, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • LOL!! Pujols; another Danny Almonte, what’s up w/the Dominicans and their birthdates?! And another thing, if anyone on this site can authenticate Julio Franco’s true age I’ll take him to the Yank/Angel game on Aug.25th.
    (That is if you live, or will happen to be on the Leftcoast on that date.) And I won’t accept Aug 1958 either, I call BS on that date. :P

    bloodyank78 July 27, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • Hey Attack; wonderful to have your voice on top of the soapbox! What a great addition to the YF camp. Sorry if this is delayed, I’ve been out of loop, congrats man.

    bloodyank78 July 27, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Thanks, BY. It’s my honor. I have such a great time here and learn so much about my favorite game and other’s opinions about said same. I’m truly thankful.
    To celebrate, the lady and I are going to watch the AAA Beavers play tonight at PGE Park here in lovely downtown Portland, OR.
    As for the original post question, I am figuring ARod to finish somewhere around 830, leaving the Yankees in about seven years and transitioning to splitting time 1B/DH as he eventually becomes full-time DH ala Edgar Martinez and playing for about four or five more.

    attackgerbil July 27, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Christ willing, if Arod leaves the Yanks in seven years its w/a couple of Rings while he was at it in Pinstripes. I’m Irish/Italian, my one Grandfather always said God smiled on the Yanks because they had so many Italian players; Lazzeiri, Joe D, Rizzuto, Berra, you get the drift. I hope God smiles on self-obsessed Dominican-Americans; LOL!

    bloodyank78 July 27, 2006, 10:39 pm

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