After ducking the media following Friday night’s 4-3 walk-off win against the Detroit Tigers, Alex Rodriguez graced reporters with his presence prior to Saturday’s game and spoke about the reaction that he received from fans in his first game of the season at Yankee Stadium.
“It was awesome,” Rodriguez said. “It was an amazing experience. The fans were incredible. They brought such great energy, such a great response. It was pretty overwhelming. I was having a hard time keeping my emotions in check.”
A-Rod was met with a mix of cheers and boos when he stepped to the plate for the first time, but an 0 for 4 performance with three strikeouts led to more boos as the game wore on. Still, the embattled third baseman chose to focus on the positive responses.
“For the last 14 years, there’s always been a mix,” he said. “Do you ever get 100 percent of anything? Even Chicago was a mix, Boston will be a mix – well, maybe not Boston.”
Rodriguez, clearly in damage control mode in the wake of his recent 211-game PED-based suspension, repeatedly referred to New York as “the greatest city in the world.” He mentioned feeling support from fans, teammates and even opposing players, but it’s getting harder to believe that anything he says isn’t scripted at this point.
A-Rod also contradicted yesterday’s report from ESPNNewYork.com, which stated that he received a note from the Yankees disciplining him for seeking a second opinion on his quad issue last month without their authorization.
“It has not happened,” he said defiantly. “Maybe they sent it to my lawyers, but I’m not really going to talk about that. Anything else about baseball, guys?”
Ah, baseball. It’s getting harder and harder to focus on that these days, too.
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