Alex Rodriguez connected on the first pitch he saw today and smacked home run number 500 for his career, becoming the youngest player in Major League history to reach the milestone. With Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu on, Rodriguez ended a brutal homerless streak, hitting it off of newly-acquired pitcher Kyle Davies. In addition, Rodriguez also scored his 100th run of the season, a feat he has achieved 10 seasons in a row.
At 32 years and 8 days old, Rodriguez had plenty of time to hit #500 and still be the youngest to do so. Before Rodriguez, Jimmie Foxx held the record at 32 years and 338 days old. His 1,855 games to achieve the 500 home run mark is the third fastest in history behind Mark McGwire (1,639) and Babe Ruth (1,740). Rodriguez is now the third player to hit his 500th home run as a Yankee, joining Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle.