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Watch Alex Rodriguez’s season debut at Yankee Stadium

Aug 9, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference in Chicago Reuters

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, currently in the process of appealing his 2013-14 seasons-ending suspension from Major League Baseball, made his much-anticipated season debut at Yankee Stadium tonight against the Tigers. Prior to seeing the first pitch from starter Rick Porcello in the first inning with a runner on second base and two outs, Rodriguez received a chorus of applause and boos. He quickly fell behind in the count 0-2, then fouled off a pitch before striking out swinging. The Yankee Stadium crowd showered him with boos.

You can watch A-Rod’s first at-bat here, courtesy

Rodriguez has hit safely in each of his first three games since making his season debut on August 5 in Chicago against the White Sox. He will look to continue that streak tonight in support of Yankees starter Ivan Nova.

Update: With a runner on third base and one out in the bottom of the third against Porcello, Rodriguez worked a 2-2 count before striking out again. Had he gotten a base hit or a productive out, Rodriguez would have moved into a sixth-place tie with Stan Musial at 1,951 career runs batted in.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Lol at the little bat flip.

  2. Stiller43 - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Much more applause before the AB than i anticipated.

    After the AB, obviously the boos will win – he struck out and ended the inning with a RISP. The previous applauders couldnt applaud!

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:01 PM


    • lazlosother - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      OH YEAH?!!, Well listen Mr. PC….. oh never mind, I really have nothing.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM


      • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        So far this season, A-Rod has emerged as a singles hitter. He has to get an extra base hit sometime. In the meantime the Yankees have an early lead.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        And so far this season the bluejay rotation keeps reaching new lows!! Here this should cheer you up pc, Esmil “please God put me back in the bullpen!!” Rogers had one hell of a pitching line tonight. 3 innings\only 7 hits and 7 runs, after he hit the showers then Gibbons brought in the bullpen and yes they brought in the Gas Cans!!! First it was Wagner who lasted 2 innings \5 hits\2 runs bu Juan Perez took the cake tonight. 1 2/3 innings\4 hits\5 runs\2 walks (Boy that’s a lot of base runners!!). But yea the jays don’t have a pitching problem at all, I hope they bring everyone of them back for 2014!!!

      • jwbiii - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        For all your talk about how bad the Blue Jays are, they only have a 5 game lead on the Yankees. I think the Yankees have enough talent to catch them.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        And lets say that does happen, the problem with that logic is the Jays were picked to win the AL east, at the very least they were expected to get a wildcard spot. They were the so called movers and shakers in the past off season and I didn’t read anywhere where someone said the Yanks were going to win the AL East and they didn’t make any big moves to do so. Any way you cut it the jays are the MLB’s biggest bust in baseball history no mater if they finish dead last or one spot above. So put that in your pipe and smoke it

  4. spedman24 - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Anyone that cheers this guy is a joke. I mean do you realize how stupid you look in cheering for him?

  5. bux1022 - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    He plays for your team you cheer! It’s called a fan you idiot!

  6. phillyphil005 - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Anyone who cheers or roots for this guy is a certified buffoon!

  7. bux1022 - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    As if Arod is the only PED user. This is knownas thE PED era. YOU WOULD HAVE TO BOO EVERY TEAM IN THE GOD DAMN LEAGUE! As a matter of fact if it wasn’t for PED use, not condoning it, no one would even be watching baseball!

  8. fearthehoody - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM



  9. miketreedy - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Why would i care to watch ARod’s season debut in NY?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Because you’re a Tigers fan?

    • Glenn - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Because you cared to post a comment to a blog entry about it???

  10. thebigtim2012 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    If his denial is as bad as I perceive it to be in arods mind the fans are probably booing the pitcher for not giving him a meatball to hit. Otherwise I just don’t see how this guy could continue playing productively given the hostility everywhere he goes. Personally I would prob go down with some “back injury” collect what money I could and call it a career. Cowardly? You betcha but in my head its better than what he’s going thru now. Or maybe we are all wrong and his passion for the game truly outweighs everything.

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