Don't start shaking your head no just yet. We won't know for sure if the ball A-Rod stroked just short of the fountains in Kauffman Stadium was actually his 499th career blast until Friday night. That's when the Yankees finish their suspended game in Camden Yards, a game which you'll recall was halted by rain on June 28th. Whatever the result of that game it will go in the books as the game of June 28th, that's the date of any stats that players earn and, as Peter Abraham explains, that could make for quite the statistical conundrum.
It will be in the top of the 8th inning with Derek Jeter on second, two outs and Hideki Matsui up. Alex will be on deck, which means he will get at least one at-bat in the game.
If he hits a home run, it would count as a home run in Game 76 on June 28. So that homer he hit against the Royals last night would then become No. 500.
Even if he hits "500" tonight against the Royals an A-Rod homer the next night in Baltimore would save Jorge De La Rosa the ignominy of being victimized for two of his milestone taters. When A-Rod comes to the plate at the Stadium his music tells the crowd that "this is why, this is why, this is why I'm hot." He's so hot, in fact, that he may have already hit his 500th home run and the space-time continium hasn't caught up to the fact yet. Put that in your DeLorean.