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Alex Rodriguez homers in rehab game in Trenton, vows to “keep fighting”

Aug 2, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, recovering from a grade 1 quadriceps strain, continued his laborious climb back to the Majors in tonight’s rehab game with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Facing Phillies top prospect Jesse Biddle of the Reading Fightin Phils in the third inning, Rodriguez hit a long home run to left field. ESPN’s Andrew Marchand writes that left fielder Kelly Dugan didn’t even bother to move as the ball quickly sailed beyond the fence. In his only other at-bat, he struck out looking at a curve from Biddle. The Thunder went on to win 6-2.

Speaking to the media after the game, Rodriguez said he will play on Monday when the Yankees open up a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. He added that he thinks he can play another five years, which would take him into his mid-40’s.

Rodriguez also spoke about “entities” conspiring to prevent him from playing baseball. He was asked why he thinks he is being singled out, to which he replied, “I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. I think that’s the pink elephant in the room.” Later, he said, “When all this stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract, that’s concerning for me.”

Rodriguez is among a handful of players expected to be suspended by Major League Baseball. Details will be revealed on Monday. Players have until 6 PM ET Sunday to settle with MLB. Rodriguez promised to “keep fighting“.

  1. rcali - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    This guy is as crooked as a New York stock broker.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      takes a crook to know a crook.

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Takes a dog to eat a dog.

        Or is that it takes a dog to eat a hairball?

  2. kmgannon - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    “The pink elephant in the room?” Dude can’t even get his clichés right.

    • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      He’s orange so why can’t the elephant be pink?

    • dondada10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Don’t stress it. He’s gonna make like a tree and get out of here.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        It’s leave, you idiot, make like a tree and leave. You sound like a damn fool when you say it wrong.

      • dondada10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        That’s about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Don, fear not, I got the reference.
        Kevin, check google.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Gamera, check IMDb quote pages.

        dondada, It’s screen door on a submarine, you dork.

      • kinggeorge96 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        someone nedds to brush up on their BTTF quotes….

      • jrbdmb - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        All of these posts are about as useless as tits on a duck.

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Kevin, it’s morning. A new day. Has it occurred to you yet that you were getting your chain wound?

      • Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        If so, I really don’t get it.

      • sabatimus - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        I wonder what happened in the cafeteria after he made like a tree and got out of there…did Ms. Bates have meathooks on her again?

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      I hope he keeps on fighting, where is his player rep, where is the MLBPA Executives who
      work for the players, they sure are a bunch of pussies getting fucked by MLB and the piece
      of shit Bud Selig.

      • knicksmets - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        I hope he doesnt so the Yankees will still be responsible for at least some of his remaining contract

      • theskinsman - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:52 AM

        I hope the Yankees get to pay him every penny they owe him, and get caught leaking stuff to Selig so they can get fined again. Then we can wait for the rest of the news on Cano…

  3. steelers88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Bye Bye Arod.

    • bigharold - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Wanna bet?

  4. bosoxfan15 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    He just keeps putting his foot in his mouth. Just shut up cheater. You’ve let your team and your fans down.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      look whose talking, the guy with the only clean team in the Mitchell report.
      hey, look at another Bud Selig foolish worshipper.

      • jwbiii - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        There were no Red Sox in the Mitchell report. Except for Paxton Crawford, Manny Alexander, Jose Canseco, Mo Vaughn, Eric Gagne, Brendan Donnelly, and Roger Clemens. None at all.

    • jdrew506 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      I am not defending A-rod, however this coming from a fan of the Red Sox who had Manny on the team, who you might remember actually got caught 2x juicing. Maybe you should take your own advice and just shut up.

      • Glenn - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        Both times after leaving the Red Sox. Manny’s PED taint is all post-Red Sox.

      • jdrew506 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        Hey Glenn if you actually believe he wasn’t juicing while on the Red Sox, I have the deed to the Brooklyn bridge you want to buy it?

    • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Don’t you mean he keeps putting his foot up his ass?

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      The saying is the following: the only time he opens his mouth is to change feet

  5. knicksmets - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Why should he keep fighting, if he does it will be likely he will be banned for life, he should accept the ban until the end of next season so he can keep playing

    • dondada10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Thumbs up for the name.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      wtf do you know, you sound like the other idiots who say Alex failed a drug test.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Do you have to fail a drug test, in order to be known as a cheater? He has told so many contradictory stories, the only one the public can believe is the one in which he admitted he took drugs. Time, place and reason are irrelevant. He took drugs to cheat.
        Have any of you pro Rodriguez people stopped to think that because he increased his BA, RBI’s, Home Runs, he adversely affected the stats of the pitchers he faced and demeaned the accomplishments of the other batters who didn’t use drugs?
        He did better and the pitchers and batters had to appear to do worse because he drugged himself.

    • bigharold - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      The odds are he won’t be suspended for life.

    • pisano - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      I don’t think he’s concerned with playing, he’s more concerned with getting as much of that 114mil. the Yankees still owe him, being able to play is just a front, it kinda comes with the territory, it’s all about a buck for Arod.

      • knicksmets - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        If he’s suspended for life he won’t be able to get any of the money since he can no longer play,, sort of risky for him to keep fighting,

  6. spitfisher - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    suspend him for 6 years….end of story

    • pisano - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      I’ll buy that !

  7. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Here is a comment from Aroid from the NY Post, after the Trenton game:

    ““I think it’s pretty self-explanatory,” Rodriguez said. “I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PEDs. That’s a must. I think all the players, we all feel that way. ”

    I think it’s pretty self explanatory Aroid has no grasp of reality. He will probably feel a small jolt of reality when they slap a lifetime ban on his ass. That statement sounds like Skip Schumaker, Greinke, some of the clean ones who spoke out when Braun got his comeuppance. From Aroid, it is too pitiful to even scoff at. The quicker they get this f***head out of baseball, the quicker we will not have to read this drivel.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      so you too believe you can just slap a life time ban on him, that is so funny.
      MLB has all this evidence and they looking for Alex to settle, why is that?
      Fuck all the pussies at MLB’s Park Ave office.

    • pisano - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      I’m a life long Yankee fan, but I go along with all you said, good post.

      • Glenn - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        Of course you would – a lifetime ban would be good for the Yankees. They signed the cheater and now he is a shell of his former self. The rest of baseball fans would love to see the Yankees actually pay for that mistake.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Why does Rodriguez need more money? Has he blown all the millions he already obtained. (Can’t say earned.) My father had a saying: “How many toilets can you use at the same time?”

  8. jollyjoker2 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    he made a lot of money and through a lot of others via for his position out of work…other than his ego, not much else.

  9. jwbiii - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Triple damages are normal in labor disputes when the plaintiff can demonstrate malice before the action was taken against him. The Yankees and MLB have $342M on the table.

    Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013

    “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

    That was easy.

    Your move, Bud.

  10. cptnew1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    The Soviets in Stalingrad “vowed to keep fighting”. He is just trying to protect his money…

    • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Yeah, and the Soviets really kicked some French ass in the process, too.

  11. Michael Volkmann - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Reblogged this on Michael Volkmanns Blog.

  12. wpjohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Regardless of the outcome, assuming Bud ever gets anything done, Rodriguez will not get in the Hall of Fame.

  13. mjbostwick - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    The ban would just be for MLB. A-Rod should start brushing up on his Japanese.

  14. sysi45 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I have Yankee fan for life and I never felt the Yanks should have got AROD in the first place, but from what I heard this morning, AROD’s lawyers are not talking to MLB and are just waiting for the suspensions to come down. They will then go to Federal Court. If the case is so strong, why don’t they just suspend him and get it over with. Something smells here.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      I have Yankee fan for life and I never felt the Yanks should have got AROD in the first place

      Then you are an idiot. The Rangers were paying something like 25% of his salary before he opt’d out, and the Yanks got two MVP years and two really good years, all from a guy who changed positions for a worse player and never made a peep out of it.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged you forgot to add after “two really good years”…from a cheater.
        But of course you are a graduate from the Craig Calcaterra’s school of “Support Your Local Steroid and Ped’s User”

      • sysi45 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        He never produced when it counted and if he didn’t agree to change positions he wouldn’t have been a Yankee. He was most likely juiced during those MVP years when he hit the 48 and 54 dingers because he has been going downhill every since.

  15. thegonz13 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    To quote Dodgers manager Don Mattingly: “Let’s just get this over with.”

    Too much time, energy and space have been wasted on a guy who lied his derriere off about his steroid, PED or whatever he stuck in his system to perform better.

    Suspend him, don’t suspend him, either way I don’t give a crap anymore. At the end of the day, he gets what he wants, which is to have people and members of the media to talk about him.

  16. retief1954 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    He’s going to “keep fighting”? “Keep fighting” for what? To be the biggest hoser in MLB? This is like OJ’s vow to “keep trying to find the real killers”.

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