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#48 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 12, 2012
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A-Rod watches one of his 3 bombs (SportsVideoDaily)

Alex Rodriguez3 HR | vs. Anaheim Angels | 4/26/2005

In A-Rod’s 2nd MVP season a chilly night in the Bronx was the backdrop for his signature moment of the 2005 season.  In leading the Yankees to a 12-4 victory, Rodriguez hit 3 home runs and registered 10 RBIs, the most in the American League since the Yankees’ Tony Lazzeri pushed across 11 men against the Philadelphia Athletics on May 24, 1936.

A-Rod’s triumphant evening began with a 3-run shot to left center in the 3rd that scored Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui.  A-Rod tagged Bartolo Colon, the eventual Cy Young Award winner, for a second homer in the bottom of the 3rd, plating Sheffield and extending the Yankee lead to 5-2.  Then, in the 4th, A-Rod put the game away with a grand slam off of Colon that gave the Yanks a 10-2 lead.  In the 6th Rodriguez still had another hit in him as his single to centerfield scored Bernie Williams, giving the Yanks a lead even Carl Pavano couldn’t blow.

It was the 24th time a Yankee had hit 3 home runs in a single game.

Definitely tonight was one of those magical nights.  I’ve hit three home runs twice before, but nothing feels as special as this, doing it in New York, doing it in the pinstripes.

| Alex Rodriguez |

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