A-Rod: Memorable moments with Yankees
July 24, 2004: The brawl
With the Yankees leading Boston 3-0 in the third inning the day after Rodriguez drove in the winning run, Bronson Arroyo hit him with a pitch. They jawed before catcher Jason Varitek stepped between them and hit A-Rod in the face with his mitt, touching off a bench-clearing brawl. The Red Sox won, 11-10.
Oct. 19, 2004: The slap
With the Yankees trailing 4-2 in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the ALCS, Rodriguez hit a soft grounder down the first-base line. Arroyo fielded it and went to tag Rodriguez, who slapped the ball out of his glove. Rodriguez was ruled safe as Derek Jeter scored from first as the ball rolled into rightfield, but after a long conversation among the umpires, Rodriguez was called out and Jeter was sent back to first. The Yankees lost, 4-2, then lost Game 7.
October 2006: Dropped in order
Rodriguez went 1-for-14 in a four-game ALDS loss to the Tigers. Joe Torre batted him sixth the first two games, then cleanup against lefty Kenny Rogers before moving him to No. 8 in Game 4.
Aug. 4, 2007: 500th homer
He became the youngest player (32 years, 8 days) ever to reach 500 home runs against the Royals at Yankee Stadium.
Sept. 28, 2007: 54th homer
Rodriguez’s 54th home run broke his 2005 Yankees record for most by a righthanded batter.
Aug. 7, 2009: Walk-off homer in 15th
In the 15th inning, Rodriguez drove a 2-and-1 slider from Junichi Tazawa over the left-centerfield fence to give the Yankees a walk-off, 2-0 victory over the Red Sox.
Oct. 4, 2009: Powerful finish
A-Rod’s two home runs and seven RBIs on the final day of the season gave him his 12th straight year with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. He ended 2009 with those exact numbers despite not playing until May 8 after having hip surgery.
October 2009: At last, Mr. October
After a string of disappointing postseasons in pinstripes, A-Rod hit .365 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. He had a tying homer in the ninth inning against the Twins in the ALDS and a tying home run in the 11th against the Angels in the ALCS. The Yankees won both games en route to their first world championship in nine years.
Aug. 4, 2010: 600th homer
A-Rod became the youngest player (35 years, 8 days) to get 600 with a first-inning shot over the Stadium’s centerfield fence. It took him 46 at-bats from 599 to 600, the longest wait of the seven players to reach the mark.
June 19, 2015: 3,000th hit a blast
Rodriguez drove the first pitch he saw over the Stadium’s right-centerfield fence for his 3,000th hit. Noted ballhawk Zack Hample caught the ball, which he exchanged with A-Rod two weeks later for a signed jersey and a bat, and the Yankees donated $150,000 to “Pitch In For Baseball.”