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Rodriguez laughs as his commemorative sculpture tumbles

AP , NEW YORK

The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, right, poses for a picture with artist Peter Max on Monday at Yankee Stadium in New York. Max painted the portraits, which honor Rodriguez's 500th home run.

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Alex Rodriguez could only laugh as a sculpture honoring him for becoming the youngest member of the 500-homer club tumbled off an easel at Yankee Stadium.

Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

The New York Yankees paid tribute to Rodriguez before their game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, presenting him with the home plate from his 500th homer on Aug. 4 and a silver tray with an inscription from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

The Yankees also gave Rodriguez two portraits and a sculpture by artist Peter Max, who had some trouble with the covering on the bat-and-ball sculpture and accidentally pulled it down to the ground.

Max stood with his arms out briefly as the crowd gasped. Rodriguez, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Torre just laughed. The sculpture was quickly returned to the easel and appeared to be OK.

Rodriguez hit his 500th homer in the first inning of a 16-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals, becoming the 22nd player in the history of Major League Baseball to reach the mark.

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