ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Alex Rodriguez is the fifth player in major league history to have 150 RBIs and 50 homers in a single season. He is especially proud of the runs that he has driven in.
The Yankees third baseman surpassed the 150-RBI mark on a his 53rd homer Tuesday night, a grand slam off Tampa Bay's Jason Hammel. That allowed him to join Sammy Sosa (1998, 2001), Jimmie Foxx (1932, 38), Hack Wilson (1930) and Babe Ruth (1921, 27) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
``For the first time all year last night, I was pretty giddy about it simply because I've never done that before,'' Rodriguez said before Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay about topping 150 RBIs. ``It's something I'll cherish. A home run is an individual thing. The RBIs, the runs scored, that's more involved with the teammates. More of a team effort.''
Rodriguez is also the fourth Yankees' player to have 150 or more RBIs in a season. The others are Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.
``That's pretty awesome,'' Rodriguez said. ``It's hard to compare eras, but anytime you're mentioned (with those three), that gives me chills. You talk about those names, they're like angels.''
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