Wednesday, August 17, 2005

 

Editor's Note: According to BaseballReference.com, through the 2004 season Australia had sent sixteen players to the Major Leagues, or roughly .01% percent of all Major Leaguers. I don't know what percentage of fans of MLB are Australian, one imagines that percentage is about the same but it doesn't make them any less as fans. There is perhaps no better evidence of that than today's guest writer, Phil Coorey. An Aussie, Phil is nonetheless a diehard member of Red Sox Nation and another Baseball Think Factory regular. Phil has made not one, but two trips to America for the express purpose of seeing baseball games; he describes one of the trips here. Today Phil discusses his appreciation for a man that many of his fellow Sox fans regard as emblematic of the Evil Empire that plays to south of them.



August 17th, 2000

Alex Rodriguez Homers

On this day in 2002 years ago Alex Rodriguez became the first infielder to compile five consecutive 40 home run seasons. While he is not a favourite of many fans these days with some on field antics. He is truly an amazing player whose feats are being undermined by stupid tabloid journalism.

He would repeat the act in 2003 with 47 home runs and tie the record of 7 consecutive seasons with 40 or more home runs in a season set by none other than Babe Ruth.

Unfortunately his quest for 8 straight seasons fell 4 home runs short as he adjusted the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium. This year he has 36 home runs already and barring injury will repeat the amazing feat again.

I hope when the dust settles on his career that people realize they witnessed one of the greatest players ever to play the game of baseball.




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