Francisco Rodriguez had waited a really long time to experience the emotion he felt recording the final out of Saturday's victory.

Rodriguez became the 25th player in Major League Baseball history to record his 300th save, as he worked a scoreless ninth in Milwaukee's 2-0 victory over Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

Fittingly, the man they call K-Rod achieved his coveted milestone with a strikeout, getting Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman swinging to end the game. Years of waiting for this moment were unleashed with one single fist pump.

Rodriguez is now tied with Jason Isringhausen and Bruce Sutter at exactly 300 saves, as Doug Jones is next on the list at 303 saves. Mariano Rivera tops Major League Baseball's all-time saves list with 634, followed by Trevor Hoffman (601 saves) and Lee Smith (478).

"It feels great, definitely," Rodriguez said. "You have no idea how happy and excited that I am right now. I'm blessed to be able to accomplish this milestone. Now I have to continue to work hard and hopefully stay healthy and play many years to come."

A milestone that once looked like it would come easily to Rodriguez eventually had a realistic chance of not happening at all. On Sept. 2, 2008, Rodriguez became the the youngest player in baseball history to hit the 200-save plateau.

Averaging 30 saves a season when he was 26 years old in 2008, Rodriguez seemed primed to blow past 300 in the near future. After setting the single-season record with 62 saves in 2008, Rodriguez signed a three-year, $37 million contract with the New York Mets.

He had 35 saves in 2009 with the Mets, but also posted what was the highest ERA of his career at 3.71. After posting 25 saves in 2010, Rodriguez had 23 saves for New York as the All-Star Game approached in 2011.

That's when everything changed.

With New York out of the race, the Mets traded Rodriguez to the Brewers. He wasn't coming to Milwaukee to be the closer, as John Axford was in the middle of a breakout season. Rodriguez had 291 career saves at the time of the trade in 2011.

Very quickly, Rodriguez had went from the game's best closer to not closing at all. Rodriguez was a big part in Milwaukee's run to the National League Championship Series in 2011, going 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 31 games for the Brewers, but had no save opportunities.