When today’s game ended, Alex Rodriguez left Yankee Stadium and began making his way to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to check on David Huff. Before Rodriguez could get there, Huff was released from the hospital and was back with his teammates in time to catch the bus to the Indians hotel.
Rodriguez asked for Huff’s phone number so that he could call him this evening. Rodriguez wasn’t at the stadium to speak to the media, but he talked to Yankees media director Jason Zillo who passed along Rodriguez’s statement.
“Your heart stops,” Rodriguez said. “You want so badly to take it back. You’re scared. You think of him. You think of his family. You think of a million other places that the ball could have gone other than where it did. Why there? I mean, we’re playing a game. I know it’s a business too, but for all of us, playing it should always be a game first. When something like that happens right in front of your eyes it makes you think long and hard about things much bigger than throwing or hitting a baseball or running around the bases for a few hours a day.”
Associated Press photo of Rodriguez with third-base coach Rob Thomson.