,It’s been a strange week in Yankeeland cumulating with last night’s Alex Rodriguez pre-game ceremony which was of Biblical proportions. It began with a huge black cloud over the stadium, thunder in the background and a downpour which promptly ended all the pomp and circumstance. Yes, it rained on Alex, Hank and members of the Yankee family. Perhaps, the final indignity of Alex Rodriguez’s awkward farewell. A clean double to the gap was his last act of defiance. And a return to the infield was his final act as a New York Yankee.
The best part of the night doesn’t compare to Jeter’s walk-off hit or Jeter and Peittit taking Mariano Riveria out of the game, but as far as grand finales go, that was pretty awesome. A-Rod said after the game that playing third base was the best part of the night for him, and he thanked Girardi numerous times for the opportunity. He hugged his teammates as he walked off the field and waved to the crowd. It was pretty great. The television cameras caught him with tears in his eyes, and really, it was the first time Alex seemed human. He’s this kind of larger than life baseball playing robot who — let’s be honest here — comes off as a bit of a phony. A-Rod was very human in that moment. It was emotional and he couldn’t hold it back. What a way to go out.
So, no "farewell" tour for A-Rod. With his batting average under .200, the Yankees were letting him go in the middle of a season after one final home game, but It was as special as one could imagine with the tears, cheers, hugs and a Yankee victory. And there was that hug and kiss as Alex left third base and came into the dugout, from his manager Joe Girardi. That was closure. All is forgiven.
Both sides got what they wanted. The Yankees got a full house, national TV coverage and a dignified way to part ways with their polarizing ageing superstar and of course a win. Alex walked away with a sold out building repeatedly cheering his name, his family at his side, one last moment at third base, and his head held high. Oh and there was one other thing Alex got…forgiveness.
In the end, Yankee Stadium cheered, and chanted his name over and over and over again. Alex was truly overwhelmed by it all. And now we’re wondering, is Miami 2017 in his future?
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