Even in this day and age, hitting 500 home runs is often the exclamation point on a long career coming to a close, but Alex Rodriguez is more intent on making history than becoming history.
Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 500.
Rodriguez became the youngest player ever to reach the slugging milestone when he hit No. 500 on Saturday, the same day Barry Bonds sent his 755th home run into the stands. Barely 32 years old, Rodriguez clearly has a chance to break the record for career home runs, wherever that marks stands when Bonds eventually passes Hank Aaron.
But for a player with numbers already fit for Cooperstown and a chance to do even more, Rodriguez always seems to find himself at the center of the storm. Is he defined more by his salary than his home runs? Is he free of the dark shadow of performance-enhancing drugs that hovers over this era? And what uniform will he be wearing as he chases down 600 and beyond?