As the game's highest-paid player, and as someone who seems to possess a gift for drawing the wrath of other people, Alex Rodriguez regarded Monday night as just another shift at the office.
Well, pretty much.
The fan who stormed on the field during American League Championship Series Game 3 reportedly wanted to attack A-Rod, although the New York third baseman said he hadn’t heard that first-hand from the New York City Police Department.
“He’s very upset,” Rodriguez said with a smile Thursday of the man, identified in multiple reports as Grim LeRogue, who put up a strong fight against Yankee Stadium security officials.
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Asked if he has received threats throughout the years, Rodriguez responded, “Not too many.”
He could use the same answer to discuss his 2010 postseason highlights. Rodriguez enters Game 6 with a modest .333 on-base percentage and .235 slugging percentage for this series and .324 OBP and .250 SLG for the playoffs.
“I feel really good,” A-Rod said. “I know sometimes the numbers don’t say how I feel, but if I’m able to do exactly what I did the last two or three games if they come into the strike zone, I’ll hit the ball hard. If not, walk, pass the baton and use your legs.”
Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge signed an $11.5 million, two-year contract with the Tigers. Toronto Blue Jays All-Star Jose Bautista, who hit a team-record 54 homers, had surgery to repair a sports hernia and will need a month to heal. Sandy Alderson met with New York Mets executives for the second time in their search for a new general manager.