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The former Red Sox star went on the offensive Sunday after receiving several “vulgar and defiling” sexually charged responses to his tweet congratulating his 17-year-old daughter.
Why is Albero walking 1,200 miles? To raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Albero’s nephew, Gary, was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“I tried not to go too hard today,” Tanaka said. “The reason is, it’s natural once you get on the mound and once you’re facing batters you want to go hard. That’s what I was thinking on the mound.”
Alex Rodriguez will skip the Yankees’ exhibition opener against Philadelphia in Clearwater and is slated to make his spring training debut at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday.
He may be ready to become the man. At least that’s what the Yankees are hoping is Michael Pineda’s new mindset.
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.
The 34-year-old left-hander was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and didn’t pitch after May 10. He had surgery in July.
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.”
Don’t expect the Yankees’ slugger to start going the other way. The first baseman isn’t about to sacrifice his power.
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.
The Yankees are considering whether to give rotation pitchers an extra day between starts occasionally by using a sixth starter, an idea Tanaka thinks is good.
Does that mean he’d go full-blown Boss? Could there be an organizational shakeup? It sounds like he’s not ruling anything out.
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.