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Red Sox Game 23 reaction: YAY ROD

Highest WPA: Justin Masterson, .167 (6+ IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 3 BB)
Lowest WPA: Junichi Tazawa, -.205 (IP, 2 H, ER, HR)

Yeah, yeah, the Sox lost. Whatever. They’re gonna do that somewhere between 70 and 85 times this year. The important story, the only story, is that Alex Rodriguez, the greatest active baseball player and certainly in the discussion for the greatest of all time, hit the game-winning home run, the 660th of his career, tying him with known amphetamine user Willie Mays for fourth on MLB’s all-time home run list.

Justin Masterson and CC Sabathia both pitched well, which would make sense if this was, say, 2012. But again, the story was A-Rod. Although he wasn’t in the lineup against Masterson, he made his impact coming off the bench. With the game tied in the 8th, he crushed a laser beam into the Green Monster seats in left field. It wasn’t the majestic blast that we’ve come to expect from him, but it was absolutely crushed, leaving Fenway Park even faster than it came out of Junichi Tazawa’s hand.

As noted earlier, the homer ties A-Rod with admitted drug user Willie Mays on baseball’s home run list. Ahead of him are Babe Ruth, a drunk who never faced a black man or a slider and played in a league where the competition level was so bad that one could be a very good pitcher as well as a great hitter; Henry Aaron, another amphetamine user like so many in the middle of the 20th century; and Barry Bonds.

The historic shot did more than just hand the Yankees a victory over their most hated rival; it set the tone for the first in what could be many important matchups between the two teams at Fenway Park this season. Obviously, the games are still to be played, but the Bronx Bombers definitely have the mental advantage going forward, and they have just one man to thank.

  1. Barry Bonds
    May 1, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Great job Alex.

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