A-Rod ‘Really, Really’ Loves Living In Miami, Playing In New York

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was beyond excited to play in the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark on Sunday.

But that doesn’t mean he’d prefer knocking home runs in his hometown over the Big Apple.

“I really, really love living here,” A-Rod said of Miami. “I love playing in New York.”

Rodriguez was in the lineup Sunday for the first game between two big-league clubs at the new $515 million Marlins Park, an exhibition between Miami and the Yankees. New York came out on top, 10-8.

“I don’t want to be corny or cheesy because it is a spring training game and all that, but for me this is a very special day,” Rodriguez said. “To be able to grow up in these streets, in these square blocks … I never imagined, as a child, that such a beautiful stadium would be built in the middle of Miami. So I’m very proud of the city of Miami and the Marlins to be able to achieve this in my hometown.

“This is kind of like, ‘Hello, major league baseball. We’re here,'” Rodriguez said.

The Yankees and Marlins play again in the building on Monday, before the real opening comes for Miami against the reigning World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

A-Rod arranged for tickets for plenty of family and friends for this two-game exhibition series, helping a list that included names from Westminster Christian — his high school, about 25 miles south of the ballpark — to the University of Miami and members of the Boys & Girls Club. On Monday, he said he would take a tour of the whole park with his daughters and a couple of friends, just to soak in everything the place has to offer.

“I’ll tell you, I get chills,” Rodriguez said. “I’m a little emotional because I’m right down the street. I get to share this with my family and friends today, my two daughters will be here and they’re super excited. Look, we know what Yankee Stadium means to us in New York. It means the world. It’s been a big success for us. And I really hope that it’s a huge success for not only Major League Baseball, but for (owner Jeffrey Loria) and the Marlins.”

Does A-Rod truly have the best of both worlds? Be heard in the comments below…

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  • http://theclambelly.wordpress.com theclambelly

    Congratulations to the Marlins. When I was a kid growing up in Miami, my grandfather would take me to the old Miami Stadium to watch the Cuban teams play the MIAMI MARLINS. No, not this team, formerly named the Florida Marlins. It was a triple A farm club of the Philadelphia Phillies, and many really good major leaguers came through the system there. Satchel Paige pitched on the mid-50s team. Also on that team was a great 3rd baseman, Woody Smith, and another eventual major league pitcher, Don Cardwell. Anyway, although I have been a lifelong Yankees fan, I became quite excited at the prospect of not only building this gorgeous new stadium, but the condition that came with that decision: to rename the Florida Marlins the Miami Marlins. Anyway, good luck to the Marlins–my 2nd favorite team, in their new home.

  • sdfsd

    the marlins wish that too…

  • pattyboy

    I wish they trade him to the Marlins!

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