It was a pretty large group that gathered around Alex Rodriguez in a Metrodome hallway this afternoon. Some wanted to know about last night’s game. Some wanted to know about facing Carl Pavano. Some wanted to know about being ahead two games to none.
Rodriguez wanted us to know that, despite the fact he was the only player interviewed outside of the clubhouse or the press conference room, this wasn’t about him.
“I think the most important thing for me is to go out and be in the mix somehow,” he said. “Get good at-bats and keep doing what I’m doing and not really worry about results.”
The highest-paid, highest-profile player in baseball wants to, “be in the mix somehow.” This is what writers and reporters are talking about when they say Rodriguez is more relaxed this postseason.
This afternoon, he talked about David Robertson (without being prompted to talk about David Robertson). He talked about Mark Teixeira (again without prompting). He said nice things about Pavano (obvously someone asked about Pavano). But Rodriguez said very little about himself.