You know, if I had typed that title a year ago, it would have been total click bait. Honestly, if you had asked any Yankee fan if they thought Alex Rodriguez would be honored in any way at Yankee stadium ever, they probably would have laughed at you. To be fair, there are probably some that still think he shouldn't be celebrated in the Bronx, but that is neither here nor there.
The Yankees have announced that they will be celebrating ARod's 3000th hit on September 13th, in an on field pre-game ceremony, before the Yankees face off with the Blue Jays. This is good. It's good for the team, it's good for ARod, and it's good for the fans.Yanks to celebrate @AROD's 3,000th hit with special pregame ceremony on 9/13. Fans encouraged to arrive early & be in their seats by 12:30pm— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 14, 2015
ARod, who was suspended for the 2014 season, has had an incredible comeback season. Despite his current slump, he's hitting .268 with 24 homers and 63 RBI's as full time DH. Which is probably more than any of us expected. For the 40 year old to come back after a full season off, and hit so well has been phenomenal for him and the team. He's reached 600 homers, becoming one of three to ever reach the milestone, and 3000 hits becoming only the 29th ever to reach the milestone.
Since his 3000th hit, there has been some speculation over whether or not the Yankees would recognize it. ARod battles against the MLB and the Yankees was very public. But all of that has been healed it seems. Starting with ARod making his rounds during the preseason and apologizing to everyone involved for his behavior, to ARod staying out of the media and playing great baseball, it's fair to say that the organization has forgiven him. Hank and Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and even Joe Torre have had nothing but positive things to say about ARod this season.
It seems only appropriate, I suppose. A new chapter for ARod. He's made mistakes and it seems he has learned from them. He is a strong contributor to this team, and fans, for the most part, appreciate him for it.
--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer
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