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Alex Rodriguez and 600 home runs

 Yup, it finally happened

No profound thoughts at this point. As a matter of fact, I'll just link again to the column I wrote on July 23, the first full night of A-Rod's attempt for 600.

I was at eight of the 14 games it took A-Rod to get here - included in that count is the July 22 game, when A-Rod hit number 599 and then doubled in his final at-bat of the evening - and I'll say this: Every time he came to bat, at home or on the road, the ballpark turned electric. 

For an event with supposedly no buzz, there sure was a lot of buzz.

UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: The Yankees won, in a game that, ironically, lost its buzz once A-Rod went deep in the first. Following the game, A-Rod was gracious in discussing his milestone, the long wait from 599 to 600 and - a recurring theme - the rebuilding of his career and image following his confession last year. I'll probably address that last part in my column.

Phil Hughes pitched decently for the victory, and four relievers - Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera - pitched shutout ball for 3 2/3 innings.

Until tomorrow...

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