Alex Rodriguez remembers losing the grip on his bat only two or three times in his career. It doesn’t happen to him often, but today he took a swing and his bat went flying into the stands. He thinks it hit a railing. Whatever it hit, Rodriguez needed a new one.
Which could have been an issue, because Rodriguez’s bats are no longer interchangeable.
“The tape is a big part,” he said. “Even though I didn’t get any hits, I still felt really good in the box, felt like I swung the bat with some authority.”
Rodriguez started today’s game with three bats taped, so he was covered when the first cracked. He said he’s planning to have assistant trainer Steve Donohue tape a few more before Monday’s game. The difference, Rodriguez said, is significant. In fact, he doubts he could drive the ball without the tape protecting his sprained left thumb.
The change of grip hasn’t been much of an adjustment, and it’s become so comfortable that Rodriguez didn’t even think that’s what caused him to lose the grip on his bat in the first place.
“Overall,” he said. “I felt really good.”
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