The milestone home run has become less of a cause for celebration among fans since the steroid era was revealed. With no real answers as to what affect performance enhancers may have had on career totals, fans have become a bit jaded.
Or have they?
The home run ball Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th a couple of years ago sold for $103,579. Now, ARod is poised on the doorstep of a truly exclusive club. Just six other players in big league history have hit 600. As of Tuesday night, he stood just one away from joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa.
The fact that Rodriguez will reach 600 in Yankee pinstripes will likely turn it into a huge story.
No matter your beliefs on whether he was into PEDs or not, ARod has been less tainted by recent events than Bonds and Sosa. And Major League Baseball is treating it as a big deal. Just as with Bonds' chase of Hank Aaron, anything Rodriguez puts on, swings or hits the moment he gets to 600, will be catalogued.
It's all caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which delved into the business of authentication.