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August 03, 2007

A-Rod Will Hit #500 Tonight

When I switched jobs last year, I put myself into a position where I now have a nightmare of a commute, on most days. Since then, I’ve tried to come up with ways to deal with that issue – and, six weeks ago, I finally bit the bullet and decided that the best way around it (at least coming into work) would be to get up at 4:45 AM (ET) each morning and just get into work very early (and before the morning rush on the roads). And, it’s worked – in terms of cutting down the time I have to spend in my car in the morning. However, there’s a trade-off to this decision. Being a person who was more inclined to sleep as late as possible and then stay up each night until around midnight (or later), this "get up early thing" has caused me to shift my night-time patterns. In fact, most nights, it’s a huge struggle for me to stay awake past 10 PM (ET) – since I’m getting up so early in the morning these days.

About a month ago, some of my old-time buddies and I decided that we would go to see the Somerset Patriots play on August 2nd (which was last night). Since it was a night game, and fireworks night, and knowing that by friends like to hang around after the game in the parking lot and shoot the bull for a while (as we rarely see each other these days), I knew that this was going to be a challenge for me – in terms of getting home late and getting up for work the next day at 4:45 AM. But, I only see these guys maybe twice a year now – and I wanted to make sure that I joined them at the game.

At the same time, I had tickets for tonight’s Yankees game as part of my season package. Thinking this over, last month, I decided that I would probably be better off not having back-to-back days of getting up at 4:45 AM and then getting home around 11 PM ET (and probably not falling asleep until closer to midnight). Two days in a row like this, just getting about 5 hours sleep each day, would have not been an issue for me twenty years ago. But, these days, at my age, I’d just be setting myself up for a weekend where I would be totally gassed, in a fog, a crank, etc.

Therefore, 16 days ago, I sold my tickets for tonight’s Yankees game to a friend of mine.

Now, had I known, then, that tonight would be a night where Alex Rodriguez could hit his 500th career homerun, I would have manned-up and kept the tickets, lack of sleep be damned, and went to the game this evening. But, who knew then that tonight could be the night for A-Rod?

Since I’m in the spot now where I had tickets to the Yankees game tonight, and I sold them – trying to do the “adult thing” and looking at the bigger picture – I’m sure that the baseball gods are going to send me the reminder that you never pass on a Yankees game, if you have tickets, unless it’s some reason of great importance. And, that message will be “You missed being there when Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career homerun because you wanted to get a few hours sleep instead.”

Therefore, it’s a foregone conclusion. Tonight will be the night that A-Rod gets #500.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 3, 2007 08:34 AM


Steve, don't worry. When he is on #599 in a few years, then you can go to a few games in a row to see him hit #600.

I was in the park for Clemens' 300th, and it was nice then, but the lustre faded pretty quickly. You'd have to be a pretty big A-Rod fan to really lament not seeing him hit his 500th.

I also think it will happen soon, in this series certainly, but not necessarily tonight. The Yankees have to be so gassed from yesterday and the Royals are pretty fresh--yesterday's game in Minneapolis was canceled Wednesday night, so they presumably have been in NYC for awhile now. Hopefully they visited some (as the NY Post likes to say) "mammary meccas" last night.

Posted by: Matty D [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2007 09:24 AM

~~~When he is on #599 in a few years, then you can go to a few games in a row to see him hit #600.~~~

Man, I dunno, I just can't see myself going to an Angels-Red Sox game in July 2010. [wink]

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2007 10:53 AM

Well, I have an extra for tonight if anyone is interested.

Posted by: Jen [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2007 11:06 AM

He can't hit it tonight Steve. I am going to the game tomorrow!

Don't get me wrong I hope he goes 10-10 with 27 RBIs, I just don't want him to hit a homer until tomorrow. That way Hughes can get his first Stadium win and A-Rod can get #500 on the same day.

Posted by: Mike [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2007 11:48 AM