After a week of mostly sitting on the bench and a start on Thursday, Alex Rodriguezplayed his final game with the Yankees on Friday night. It ended up a 6-3 Yankees win with a few high points for the DH/3B.
Yes, third base. Rodriguez got to play third for one out in the ninth inning. The crowd had been chanting "A-Rod" loudly and manager Joe Girardi sent A-Rod to third for the beginning of the ninth inning.
After a strikeout to the first batter of the ninth, Rodriguez was removed from the game to a huge ovation (well, after the boos for Girardi taking him out died down). He received a round of hugs from his teammates and waved goodbye to the fans before retreating into the dugout.
The shot of him taking the field with a huge smile was also surely a moment A-Rod fans loved. And, yes, there are lots of A-Rod fans. Yankee Stadium was full of them on Friday night. During every at-bat, every fan in the place was standing. They often chanted his name and then gave him a huge send-off after the game. He goes out looking truly beloved by Yankee Nation.
He also goes out with 3,115 hits, 548 doubles, 696 homers, 2,086 RBI and 2,021 runs in his career.
Rodriguez will now be released by the Yankees.
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