Right on schedule, Alex Rodriguez hit career home run number 599 last night for the Yankees versus the Kansas City Royals. Since the All-Star break, A-Rod has hit one home run every third game, and if he keeps up the pace, he will hit HR 600 on Sunday, July 25 in the final game of this Yankees home stand.
As seen in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Buster Olney's ESPN blog, YES Network and more, SeatGeek and Hit Tracker have predicted where A-Rod is going to hit his 600th home run. Yankee fans and baseball fans alike have checked out the report, in order to ensure that they witness in person this historic home run, and maybe even catch the ball - if they are sitting in the correct seat or section.
SeatGeek and Hit Tracker has predicted that in Yankee Stadium, the section with the highest probability of the ball landing there is Section 136, and "The Money Seat" - the individual seat with the highest probability of the ball landing there - is Section 135, Row 18, Seat 6. See the full report here!
Meanwhile, SeatGeek has also launched a contest for a chance at free tickets to a game of the winner's choice, up to $100 value. The terms of the contest have changed from the original rules. Now, fans can guess on Twitter or Facebook where they predict which section in Yankee Stadium A-Rod's 600th home run will land in. The winner will be randomly selected amongst all of the correct entries, and will be announced after the milestone HR is hit.
To enter the contest on Twitter, click here to be redirected, and enter your prediction! If you entered the first time around, you will be eligible to win the original contest and will be automatically entered into this contest (you may also have one more guess...). For contest details, check out the original contest post.
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As we wait for A-Rod to hit number 600, we have continued to update our data regarding the home run. As of today, there is a 54.3 percent chance that Rodriguez will hit 600 in one of the next three games at Yankee Stadium. While the original prediction was July 25 (which will still occur if he continues to hit one HR every third game), it's looking like it may come sooner. There is a 22.3 percent chance career home run 600 is hit tonight (7/23), a 17.9 percent chance its hit tomorrow, and a 14.2 percent chance its hit on Sunday.
A-Rod will face starting pitchers Brian Bannister, Kyle Davies and Anthony Lerew, respectively. In Rodriguez's career he has faced tonight's starter Bannister ten times, and has three hits - all home runs! Also, A-Rod hit career home run 500 versus tomorrow night's pitcher Kyle Davies. Both of these notions affect the percentage chance that A-Rod will hit 600 during one of the upcoming games.
In the event that he does not hit his 600th in NYC, the Yankees travel to Cleveland to play four games versus the Indians, and then Tampa Bay for three games against the Rays. SeatGeek and Hit Tracker have updated data which looks at the best sections to catch the 600th HR ball, as well as a new "Money Seat" for Progressive Field and Tropicana Field (let us know if you want a sneak peak at the charts).
Yankee fans should hope that A-Rod hits number 600 on this home stand, so that they can witness the historic event, and A-Rod can share the moment with the hometown crowd. If he goes homerless in the next three games, there is only a 7.6 percent chance he does not hit the home run while he is playing in Cleveland or Tampa Bay.
If you want a chance to catch the ball and witness history, but don't have tickets, SeatGeek is the place to get them. Currently on SeatGeek, there are seats available for each of the next three games in both Sections 135 and 136, where you'll have the highest percentage chance to catch A-Rod's 600th. Click on one of the event page links below for ticket deals and also track how Yankees ticket prices are fluctuating on the secondary market:
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