A-Rod on potentially passing Babe Ruth on HR list: ‘Overwhelming’
Alex Rodriguez stands only 27 homers shy of tying Babe Ruth on the MLB’s all-time home run list, something the 40-year-old New York Yankees designated hitter can scarcely wrap his brain around.
In an Q&A with the New York Post ahead of spring training, Rodriguez weighed in on several topics, but the notion that he would surpass the Sultan of Swat’s 714 career home runs if he replicates his campaign last season in which he tallied 33 round-trippers truly left him humbled, referring to the possibility as “overwhelming.”
“When you start playing baseball at 9 years old, you never think about tying anybody, let alone a guy like Babe Ruth,’’ he said.
Should Rodriguez be able to recreate the respectable season he enjoyed in 2015 — in particular in the home run department — only Barry Bonds (762) and Hank Aaron (755) would remain ahead of him as the most prolific power hitters in MLB history.
And while A-Rod’s already sullied reputation obviously took a devastating hit with his one-year suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, costing him the entire 2014 MLB season. How he miraculously transformed himself from baseball’s biggest pariah into arguably the sport’s biggest redemption stories is nothing short of impressive, although his many detractors remain vocal.
Rodriguez says he had to renew his love of the game simply to find himself in the position to eclipse Ruth.
“It was reconnecting with the game, reconnecting with the clubhouse,’’ he said. “I love the clubhouse. What I found is how much fun the game is and last year I had a lot of fun.’’