Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660 Friday night against the Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez: 'Special' to hit HR No. 660 at Fenway Park

Ryan Hannable
May 01, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Alex Rodriguez's major league debut came at Fenway Park on July 8, 1994, so it was only fitting a milestone home run occurred at Fenway Park as well. Stepping to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning in a 2-2 game, Rodriguez laced a Junichi Tazawa 3-0 offering into the Monster seats, proving to be the game-winning home run in the Yankees' 3-2 win. It was also the 660th of his career, tying him with Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. "I don't know what it means," Rodriguez said after. "I'm just very excited. I'm still in the moment. Good to do it in a good team win. I got emotional after." It was his first career pinch-hit home run, and just the third homer he's hit on a 3-0 pitch. He said doing it at Fenway Park was special. "It's special to do it in a winning situation, late in the game," Rodriguez said. "Against the Red Sox. Just a lot of irony to it. I started my career here in 1994 when I was 18." In typical Boston fashion, the fans let him hear it before he stepped to the plate, and Rodriguez heard them loud and clear. "You usually don't hear the difference, but that boo was pretty intense," he said. "It was pretty passionate. Like I said, I have  the utmost respect for Red Sox ownership, the fans, the players, it was nice to do it and get a big win." Rodriguez got emotional after the homer, saying he was thinking about all the people who stayed by his side when things were tough over the past few years. "Just thinking about my girls, wondering if they were up or if they were sleeping back home," he said. "My mom, all the folks that stayed with me over the last few years. Just grateful. Grateful to the fans, to the Yankees, to my teammates, to major league baseball." Rodriguez now only trails Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762) all-time.