Alex Rodriguez on baseball, competing, PED’s and the Yankees

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Alex Rodriguez reported to camp earlier today and worked out at the Yankees minor league complex, hitting batting practice home runs and taking grounders at third base–on his knees. Following his workout, he spoke to approximately 20 reporters on the street about coming back to the game, feeling ready to compete, the PED scandal he was involved in and his current relationship the Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez on his return to baseball: “It feels great to be back. Obviously it was a rough year, but I’m very excited that’s behind me and I have a chance to hopefully make this team.”

Alex Rodriguez on competing: “I love to compete. I’m here a couple days early to get a jump start. I love baseball. I just love to be in uniform and I’m so grateful to have an opportunity to be back in uniform.”

Alex Rodriguez on returning from a PED suspension: “I cringe sometimes when I look at some of the things I did, but I paid my penalty and I’m grateful that I have another opportunity. No mistake that I’ve made has any good answer or a justification. It’s unexplainable and that’s on me. I’ve dug a big hole for myself and paid a price. I’m fortunate for a lot of people – especially the Commissioner’s office, the players union and the Yankees – to give me an opportunity to play the game that I love.”

Alex Rodriguez on his relationship with the Yankees: “I don’t know; you’d have to ask them. I created a big headache for a lot of people, so I don’t blame whoever is mad at me. I understand.”

Alex Rodriguez on where he plans to play this year: “I’m willing to try whatever Joe [Girardi] wants me to try. I’m here to earn a spot on the team.”

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8 Responses to Alex Rodriguez on baseball, competing, PED’s and the Yankees

  1. Yankeesfan22 says:

    Arod needs to put up some solid clean numbers for team and fans . Then he might get some backing.

  2. well, i always had his back. that being said.. could we please move on now. stop harping on the past, he paid his dues, did his time, gave an apology to the yankees and to the fans. so…. let play ball..

    • hotdog says:

      i would feel better if he was 32 years old and still had something to give…to say that he could help the team doesn't say much about the team but I'm hoping he has something left in the tank…

  3. Terry says:

    I like his attitude and he seems to be saying all the right things.We'll have to wait and see if he can still catch up with a mid 90's fastball and still stay balanced enough to hit the off-speed stuff.Time will tell.I'm not an ARod hater but I admit I'm a doubter.We could use any bat that can help

  4. Alan Sobel says:

    I always taught my kids that when a person sincerely apologizes for an act and his contrition is real and honest, others have two options, accept the apology or not. His credibility is non existent. So he has to use deeds because his words are moot and hollow

  5. Alfred Patetta says:

    Maybe now that Jeter's retired he has a spot at shortstop

  6. cesar says:

    Let's move on and remember everybody he is A ROD

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