I was impressed with Alex Rodriguez’ performance in the 2009 ALDS before he hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game.
Now I’m in taken aback. A-Rod just hit one of the most significant homers of his life. Not only were the Yankees losing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth at home, but they were facing Twins All-Star closer Joe Nathan. To hit a home run in that situation is Herculean. Or in baseball terms, moments like that turn great players into legends.
As exciting as A-Rod’s blast was, seeing his raw emotion as he touched home plate and leaped into the air, was even more thrilling (see photo below). It put the moment into perspective.
–Alfred Santasiere III