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Alex Rodriguez will be with the Yankees on Opening Day

Mar 30, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

The Yankees thought it was best for Alex Rodriguez to rehab from hip surgery away from the team’s complex in Tampa this spring, but general manager Brian Cashman confirmed this afternoon that he will be with the team on Opening Day on Monday against the Red Sox. Just maybe not in uniform. Or where anybody can see him.

Rodriguez was booed lustily for his poor performance during the postseason and the reception doesn’t figure to be any warmer following his reported ties to PEDs and Biogenesis. While it would be fascinating to watch, it might not be worth the drama to have him out there on what should otherwise be a pretty happy day at the ballpark.

Rodriguez, 37, underwent hip surgery in January and is still aiming to return around midseason. The Yankees owe him $114 million over the next five seasons. He’s making $29 million in 2013, which is more than the entire Astros payroll.

  1. theskinsman - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Alex should be in uniform and introduced.The ultimate Yankee player. May he stay on the roster forever.

    • UgglasForearms - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      I don’t understand your post, but gave it a thumbs up anyway.

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Do you imagine that when he passes the team will wear a commemorative patch with a crutch or a centaur on it?

    • winningwarlock - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      maybe a syringe patch…

      • historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        too much

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Centaur with a crutch!

      • paperlions - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        …that is admiring itself in the mirror with a though bubble wondering if people like him.

      • nbjays - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        … while asking babes in the crowd for phone numbers.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        This has become a graphic designer’s nightmare.

  3. onbucky96 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    A-Rod will be part of a new opening day tradition @The House of the Evil Empire. Dozen Egg night meet overpaid ‘roider. Thank you Baseketball…

  4. buffalomafia - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Maybe Roget Clemens will inject A-Rod?

  5. nomoreseasontix - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I still have no idea how anyone ever thought he was worth that kind of money.
    After he retires, he’s going to be remembered more for being over-rated and over-paid than for anything he did on the field.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      Dude’s only one of the 15-20 greatest position players ever, but that’s totally not what people will remember him for.

      Right.

      • nomoreseasontix - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        No he’s not.
        Probably not in the top 150 all time.

  6. revansrevenant - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I’m surprised the Yankees haven’t figured a way to wriggle out of his contract. With all the penny pinching the Steinbrenners are doing, you’d expect them to have the team lawyers working overtime to find legal cause to give A-rod the boot.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      I’m not. Baseball contracts are fairly ironclad; short of participating in one of the activities that is explicit grounds for voiding the deal or being convicted of a felony, there’s not much a team can do to get out of a guaranteed contract.

    • badintent - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      The Bronx Gambino Mob buried Ed Halloran in cement. Yankees are in the Bronx. Just thinking out loud here……………………………………………..

  7. cackalackyank - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Unless he were crippled,or in prison he belongs at his teams home opener. If they don’t want him around the team they can release him. Which by the way is not happening. So say hey to the Red Sox for me Alex.

  8. scrock25 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    3 regular season league MVP awards, a World Series ring, and currently top five EVER in HRs hit ( should be top 4 or MAYBE three by the time he’s done playing). But yes, totally, TOTALLY over rated.

    Could people around here be any more idiotic??

    • historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Is that a challenge?

    • ptfu - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      That 2009 WS ring was no accident. A-Rod hit .365/.500/.808 over 15 postseason games. He hit 6 bombs, scored 15 runs and drove in 18, and stole 2 bases without getting caught. He even got plunked 3 times in the World Series–talk about grittiness and taking one (or three!) for the team. The man did it all. If that doesn’t get the nonexistent postseason monkey off his back then I don’t know what does.

      Regarding the all-time home run list: let’s assign some names to that list. A-Rod should pass some guy named Willie Mays by the end of this season, and he has an outside chance at passing the Babe (the horror! the horror!) when his contract ends after 2017. Outhomering the Babe. Yeah.

  9. sawxalicious - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I can’t say I blame A-Rod for going where the money is in his career, but I can’t help but think how vastly different his public persona would appear if he’d taken a little less money to stay in Seattle way back when. He’d still have more money than he could ever spend, and people would think of him more like Cal Ripken than Caligula….

  10. sportsfan69 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Hey A-Rod, now that the secret is out with your use of muscle enhancements. You can retire from the game as what you really are “a cheat.”

  11. twesty85 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    These people spouting out stats are forgetting one major stat: steroid use. In my opinion the single season home run record should still be Maris’s. It’s players like a-rod and McGuire who are ruining the game by breaking sacred records while cheating.

  12. twesty85 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Yankees fans will do anything to win whether it’s spending more than anyone else in the league or their players cheating.

  13. gibbskins9 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Hopefully it’s the first and last time we see A-Rod this season.

  14. scrock25 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Hey Twesty85, don’t forget Barry Bonds.

    Alex Rodriguez is hardly over rated. Please just shut up people.

  15. kw27p - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    The guy is a fraud. All yank fans can list his numbers but doesn’t mean a damn thing when your shooting up. Ask Clemens and all his pals

  16. scrock25 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Just like Barry Bonds is a fraud.

    Oh, and David Ortiz.

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