Alex Rodriguez belted a home run in his first at-bat off the disabled list on May 8 in Baltimore.
But as he stepped to plate in the 11th inning today, he was 2 for 24 since that home run. But Rodriguez had drawn nine walks, a sign that he was maintaining his plate discipline and not wildly swinging away to try and make his mark on the team. “For me swinging at strikes is so important,” he said. “That always sets me up, swinging at strikes.”
Then — kaboom! — there it goes. The Yankees win with a walk-off. Mark Teixeira set up the home run by drawing a walk. Craig Breslow had to throw strikes and his second pitch was crushed by A-Rod.
“I gave you guys something to talk about and write about in the 11th inning and I didn’t have to open my mouth. That’s the way I want things, to stay out of my own way,” Rodriguez said.