TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork) — Last year when the Yankees started spring training, there was a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Alex Rodriguez.
As CBS2’s Otis Livingston recalled, there were questions about how much he had left and if he would even make the team coming out of Tampa.READ MORE: Gravity Of Gabby Petito's Killing Hits Long Island's Blue Point: 'It's Kind Of Like A Shattered Community'
Rodriguez was an outcast by Major League Baseball and in the eyes of some, the Yankees themselves.
A-Rod was coming off a season long suspension for PED use and before he could pick up a bat or a glove he had to answer a barrage of questions from the media.
“Last year was difficult, didn’t know what to expect,” A-Rod said.
No one knew what to expect, and certainly not the monster 33 home run, 86 RBI season that he put up while turning the boos into cheers and quieting the critics.
“I saw 12, 14 home runs. I didn’t expect to do what I did to be honest with you,” he said.READ MORE: Democratic Nominee Eric Adams Says If He Is Elected Mayor, He Will Rid The NYPD Of Bad Cops
The veteran is a valuable asset to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
“It’s just his love of the game,” he said, “Really big for our club.”
Now, he’s back with less baggage, hoping to take the Yankees on a trip to the World Series.
“We have unfinished business going into this year,” A-Rod said.
A-Rod said he feels good, but unlike Mark Teixeira he won’t be playing until he’s 45.MORE NEWS: Triennial Exhibition 'Estamos Bien' At El Museo Del Barrio Showcases Contemporary Works By Hispanic Artists
When asked if he would be managing after his playing days are over, he said he was eyeing a spot with his daughters’ teams or at the Boys And Girls Club.