“I’ve learned to stay in my lane,” he said.
Rodriguez wouldn’t take the bait about Jason Varitek keeping his mask on during their brawl, wouldn’t comment on the Ryan Braun situation and wouldn’t say much about Bobby Valentine’s comments. He said the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has nothing to do with random interviews from spring training.
“It’s because they have great players, great managers, great management,” Rodriguez said. “That’s why (the fans) care. It’s not for anything anyone says off the field.”
Rodriguez did comment on a few things. Nothing Earth shattering, but here you go:
On Michael Pineda
“All the potential in the world. When Cashman makes a move like this, and our front office makes a move like this, it makes you feel like a little kid again.”
On Raul Ibanez
“One of the classiest human beings you’ve ever met, right in there in the lineup with Mariano Rivera.”
On A.J. Burnett
“He is a great competitor. He has great stuff. Not only me, but all our teammates, we wish him the best in Pittsburgh.”
On Jorge Posada
“He belongs up there with the Yankee greats, and that’s a tough group to crack.”
On Robinson Cano
“He can get in a groove there where he can do some very, very special things.”
Rodriguez said more than one MVP is “very doable” for Cano.
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