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Alex Rodriguez hits 600th Home Run and nobody cares!


Have you ever seen less fanfare surrounding an important home run in major league history leading Photo: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/story/2010/08/04/sp-jays-yankees-gm3.htmlup to Alex Rodriguez's 600th home run this afternoon? At 35, he became the youngest player ever to reach this milestone in baseball- and I don't know a single person who cares.

Remember when there was a countdown to Mike Schmidt's 500th home run? Back when moments like this actually meant something.

Truth be told, I was quite surprised by the lack of hype surrounding Rodriguez's eventual "milestone." Maybe it's because it took A-Fraud quite some time to do this, but something tells me otherwise.

Of course, when Barry Bonds was staring down the barrell at Hank Aaron's coveted (and now tarnished) all-time home run record, Major League Baseball had to act like they gave half a crap. I was so "intrigued" on the night of  that "historic feat" that I chose to drop off my cousin at his house after a Phillies game rather than both of us deciding to stay at McFadden's to watch it. I then went home, watched a 10 second replay of the home run on Sportscenter, and turned on that night's episode of "The Bronx is Burning,"  without even blinking.

There is nothing about Alex Rodriguez that is genuine. He tries SO hard to be SO perfect to where reporters and teammates alike smell his phoniness a mile away. Because Derek Jeter is a classy guy, he will never publicly express how much he really dislikes A-Rod.  Jamie Moyer even called him out after last year's Mitchell Report debacle. For wanting out of Texas after signing an outlandish $252 million dollar contract in which he "artificially enhanced" himself for three years (most likely his three best years in baseball), from all the stupid hand gestures he makes on the field as if to tell everybody "Hey look at me, I know what I'm doing," from trying to slap Bronson Arroyo's glove in Game Seven of the 2004 ALCS, to yelling at infielders in Toronto  or running across the pitcher's mound in Oakland, from lying straight-faced to Katie Couric on 60 Minutes  in regards to steroid allegations, how can anybody really say (without crossing their fingers) that they are legitimate A-Rod fans?

I know even hard-core Yankees fans who despise him. Being that he currently has the Who in the WORLD would pose for a picture like this?  Photo: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://baseball.contentquake.com/files/2009/02/gay-arod.jpg&imgrefurl=http://baseball.contentquake.comsecond highest selling baseball jersey (behind Jeter) in all of baseball, I guess there are people who do like him. You just look at A-Rod and you know immediately that he's one of those guys who "doesn't get it."  Read Joe Torre's book "The Yankee Years."  You can tell Torre doesn't dislike him, but he feels sorry for him. The ultimate baseball justice would be to have had him choke in the 2009 playoffs like he usually does in all of his previous post season performances. However, every blind squirrel finds a nut now and then- it just so happened to be against Brad Lidge in Game Four of last year's World Series against the Phillies.

Make no mistake, Rodriguez obviously has legitimate talent to play in the majors, but his 600th home run, like the historic home runs of Bonds and Mark McGwire (and I was a BIG McGwire fan), are not entirely legitimate and should have an asterik right beside it. Who knows? Rodriguez might be trailing Fred McGriff on the all-time home run list right now if it weren't for that "additional help" during those years in Texas.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to avoid watching ESPN and try to find "Gossip Girl." I have never seen this show, don't know what night it is on, and I have no idea what it is about. However, anything is better than watching Jeter hug A-Fraud and act like he means it. Besides, I'm much more interested in the Phils getting Mike Sweeney.

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com