The Yankees slugger went 1 for 2 with a walk in a spring-training loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, another step forward as he tries to resume his drug-scarred career.
“Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise,” Alex Rodriguez said after his spring debut.
A-Rod returns on Wednesday for his first game in 17 months, slated to be a designated hitter for two or three at-bats against the Phillies at Steinbrenner Field in New York’s spring training home opener.
The Yankees begin exhibition play Tuesday against the Phillies. Manager Joe Girardi said he’ll announce Monday whether Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the game.
In addition to cheering, many of the about 500 fans in attendance Thursday called out A-Rod’s name as he moved from drill to drill and in and out of the batting cage.
If the old man ever heard the new-age, “I’m OK, you’re OK” stuff coming out of Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner’s mouth lately, he’d blow his top.
“Hopefully this spring he can contribute, that’s the bottom line,” Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ co-chairman, said. “He can hit. He’s a natural. Hopefully he can still do it.”
The Yankees have said Alex Rodriguez’s days of being an everyday fielder are over. But that didn’t stop him from showing off the old glove and arm on Thursday.
At the risk of public redundancy and personal duplicity, I say give Alex Rodriguez a chance. A chance to show his face. A chance to swat a single to win a game.
Inside the Yankees fridge, there’s a plethora of leftovers. The lobster isn’t fresh. The filet mignon is long gone. But, this is it. Hal’s done shopping.
The man considered MLB’s true home run king told Newsday earlier this week that he wants to see A-Rod come back strong after serving a yearlong suspension for PEDs.
Alex Rodriguez started his second day of workouts at the Yankees’ minor league complex by hugging Chase Headley, the player signed to replace him at third base.
“He’s learned nothing,” an unnamed baseball exec told the New York Daily News. “He’s the same old guy. He just did what he wanted to do.”
Days after releasing a handwritten apology to fans, A-Rod may have created another reason to say he’s sorry by not giving his bosses a heads up that he was en route to spring training.
Craig decided he wants the entire morning show staff checked, going on to predict that based on his escalated age, Boomer’s level would be the lowest.