Alex Rodriguez ties Willie Mays with home run No. 660 against Red Sox

John Tomase
May 01, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Put No. 660 in the books, courtesy of the Red Sox. Alex Rodriguez picked a good time to smack the first pinch-hit home run of his career on Friday night, lining a Junichi Tazawa fastball into the Monster seats to break a 2-2 tie and move him into one with Willie Mays for fourth on baseball's all-time home run list. The blast, Rodriguez's sixth of the season, gives him 660 lifetime homers. His next one will pass Mays and leave him all alone in fourth all-time, trailing only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. Rodriguez said before the game that he didn't want to let the pressure get to him and that he'd take 660 when it came. It turns out it came quickly, in a game he didn't even start. Before the game, he paid tribute to Mays. "I love to study baseball and our history," Rodriguez said. "You think about DiMaggio, Mantle, Ruth and Mays, I've said it before, he was my father's favorite player. In the time that he did it, there's absolutely no comparison of me or anyone else to Willie Mays. I think I've heard you say it; he's the greatest baseball player of all time. It's pretty exciting." The Red Sox did not stop the game to honor Rodriguez, who has been tainted by multiple admissions of performance-enhancing drug use. Boos rained down on him as he rounded the bases, and he could then be seen laughing wildly in the dugout.