New York — You could almost see the smoke coming out of his ears.
Justin Verlander stood behind the mound with his arms folded as Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez first circled the bases in a celebratory fashion, then was mobbed by his teammates and finally as he stepped back out of the dugout for a curtain call.
That's what it feels like when you are on the bad side of history.
Rodriguez hit the first pitch he saw from Verlander in the first inning, a 95 mph four-seam fastball, into the seats in right field.
It was his 3,000th hit and 667th home run. He is the 29th player with 3,000 hits.
"It's an elite group," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before the game. "There's not a lot of members in that fraternity. He's been an excellent hitter for a long time."
"Twelve of those hits were against me," David Price said before the game. "He'd still have 12 to go, so I contributed."
Rodriguez has gotten his share off Verlander, too. That made him 11-for-35 with five homers against Verlander.
Rodriguez turns 40 next month. The three-time AL MVP has enjoyed a resurgent year as a designated hitter after sitting out all of last season while serving a drug suspension.
He became the first player in the big leagues to get 3,000 hits since Yankees great Derek Jeter (Michigan, Kalamazoo) homered from the very same batter's box in 2011.
With the crowd at Yankee Stadium standing in anticipation, Rodriguez sent a high drive to right field. He held onto the bat as he took a few steps toward first base, and right fielder J.D. Martinez bumped into the wall as he backed up.
The crowd roared as the ball sailed a half-dozen rows into the seats. Rodriguez was greeted by Mark Teixeira and other teammates between the plate and the dugout, and got a big hug from manager Joe Girardi.
The only other players to hit a homer for No. 3,000 were Jeter and Wade Boggs.
Rodriguez began the day with a .299 lifetime average in 21 seasons. He joined Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players with 600 homers and 3,000 hits.
Earlier this year, he passed Mays for fourth place on the all-time homer list and eclipsed Barry Bonds for second in RBIs.
The plate umpire, Ed Hickox, coincidentally was behind the plate for Rodriguez's first hit, as an 18-year-old with the Mariners in 1994.