On Thursday night, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez moved within only one home run of a milestone that has eluded all but six baseball players in major league history.
A-Rod's seventh-inning shot off the Royals' Robinson Tejeda was a solo blast that bolstered the Yankees' lead to 6-4. For the 2010 season, Rodriguez now has 599 career home runs. Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Sammy Sosa are the only players to smash over 600 career homers.
To date, the youngest player to hit his 600th career home run was a 36-year-old Babe Ruth. Rodriguez celebrated his 35th birthday on July 27th.
With only one home run left to hit, Rodriguez's Yankees play the remainder of Thursday night's game, as well as the following three games, against a Royals team that possesses one of the weakest pitching staffs in baseball.