On Sunday, the New York Yankees announced that they would be releasing third baseman Alex Rodriguez from his contract this week. On Friday night, the three-time American League MVP, 14-time All-Star and the man who basically carried the team to their 2009 World Series title played his final game in pinstripes, and likely his final game as a player. He made the most of his final game and even got to be the hero one last time in front of an adoring crowd.
A-Rod served as designated hitter and batted third in the lineup on Friday. In his very first at-bat, he laced a double that plated the tying run, pulling the Yankees even with the dreaded and feared Rays.
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And don’t worry, A-Rod got all the customary standing ovations you would expect from the Bronx faithful, who never change their opinions about anyone and never engage in any revisionist history, because COUNT DA RINGZ.
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The Yankees ended up winning the game, 6-3, but it all started with Rodriguez’s RBI. A-Rod ended up going 1-for-4 in the game with a strikeout.
Rodriguez has an open offer to move into a role as a consultant for the Yankees, although there have been some rumblings that contending teams like the Marlins would be willing to take a chance on one of the greatest players of his generation — a player who is currently still just four dingers shy of joining the 700 home run club.