Rodriguez tied Foxx on baseball's all-time RBI list on Friday with his 1,924th RBI, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and the name has been a familiar one throughout the course of Rodriguez's career.
"F-O-X-X, right?" Rodriguez said. "Any time I did anything special as a young player, it was always on pace with Foxx. Foxx did it a little younger. So I've always been intrigued by this Foxx guy."
Foxx played 20 seasons with the Athletics, Red Sox, Cubs and Phillies from 1925-45. A fearsome slugger whose best seasons came in Philadelphia with the A's and in Boston, Foxx had been baseball's youngest player to reach 500 home runs before Rodriguez bested him in 2007.
"I was compared to him in everything I did when I was young," Rodriguez said. "Now Bryce [Harper] has to worry about that."