Alex Rodriguez just met with reporters on the field during batting practice.
“Obviously I’m not happy,” he said. “And, obviously disappointed. You want to be in there in the worst way, but I keep (saying), this is not a story about one person. It’s about a team, and we have some unfinished business today. Our objective is to win one game and keep this thing moving.”
Is he mentally prepared to come off the bench at some point?
“Oh, yeah, without a question. As you know, 27 outs, a lot can happen, so I’ll be ready from the first inning on.”
Does he feel singled out?
“No. It is what it is. You don’t worry about that. I can’t control that. The only thing I can do is go out and have some quality at-bats and help the team win.”
Unhappy with Girardi for making the decision?
“No, it’s never about Joe. I always have to look in the mirror and do what I can do to do the best I can. Now don’t assume you’ve heard the last from us or me.”
Is it different being pulled for a pinch hitter vs. being benched?
“I’m not going to get into that. We’re ready to go today. We’ve got to win a game. I’m part of this team and I’m ready to roll. And I’ll be ready.”