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.
Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension.
No matter how much the Yankees don’t want Alex Rodriguez’s return to baseball to be a distraction at spring training, this isn’t their first rodeo. They know it will be and they are prepared for it.
It’ll be A-Rod, A-Rod, A-Rod all spring. And that, ironically, means good news for the pitchers and anyone else who doesn’t wear No. 13.
This isn’t just about A-Rod or the public’s contempt for him. This is a treatise on the fall of two empires — A-Rod the man and brand, and the Yankees.
Alex Rodriguez is really sorry, you guys. You can feel it in his smooth cursive. Unfortunately (for him), Twitter exists.