The New York Yankees welcomed back Alex Rodriguez after a year-long suspension.
The hitter was greeted warmly when he stepped up to the plate by a loud roar of cheers coming from the stands and also had a nice welcome from his teammates. Pre-game, many fans greeted “A-Rod” and overall appeared to support him as he was formally announced as the designated hitter and Number 7 hitter. The few scattered boos by disappointed fans were drowned out by the cheers.
When asked about the team chemistry after the incident, the Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi, said “In life, whether it’s Alex or Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera or myself, we’re never going to please everyone. It’s just not going to happen. So if your focus is on trying to please people, you’re always going to be disappointed. So focus on doing your job, and being ready to play.” He has also stated “People talk about, ‘What kind of distraction will he be in the clubhouse? What kind of distraction will he be for me?’ The players enjoy having him around. He has not been a distraction in our clubhouse.”
Over his career, Alex Rodriguez has managed to hit a total of 654 home runs, putting him in fifth place on the all-time list, just six home runs shy of tying with Willie Mays for fourth.
Rodriguez was the highlight of the night for the Yankeeson his return. The team lost to the Toronto Blue Jays with a final score of 6-1.