The fly ball that scored Nick Swisher from third gave Rodriguez 100 RBIs for the 14th time in his illustrious career -- more seasons of 100 RBIs than anyone else in Major League history. He broke a four-way tie with legends named Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx.
"It feels good," Rodriguez said, any excitement for the personal achievement apparently drowned out by the Yankees' 4-3 loss to Baltimore. "You try to come out and be consistent every year, so it's nice."
Manager Joe Girardi was a bit more effusive with his praise.
"It's amazing. It's an amazing number," Girardi said. "It just shows you how consistent he has been, how healthy he has been in his career to be able to do something like that. It's a pretty amazing feat."
In the process, Rodriguez tied Gehrig and Foxx's record by driving in 100 runs for the 13th consecutive season.
The third baseman entered the day with 98 RBIs, adding to his total with a long solo home run in the fourth before hitting the sacrifice fly.
Last season, Rodriguez famously extended his streak of seasons with 30 homers and 100 RBIs with a pair of long balls and seven RBIs on the final day of the season. He may need similar theatrics this season to reach the 30-homer mark, since his blast on Monday was just his 22nd of the season.
Asked whether he thinks at all about the streak, Rodriguez replied, "I just want to be productive and help the team win."
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less