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.”