​A-Rod Mixed Reaction: Bronx Reacts To A-Rod Suspension​​

August 10, 2021

A-Rod returns to the Yankee Stadium for his first home game of the 2013 season with some mixed reaction among the Bronx crowd. Alex Rodriguez faces a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball following its investigation.

A-Rod Mixed Reaction

The investigation into the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal received a steady mixture of boos and cheers from the sellout crowd of 46,545 while going 0 for 4 at the plate.

Despite Rodriguez’s performance, the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, on the strength of a fine performance from starting pitcher Ivan Nova and a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning from outfielder Brett Gardner.

The win ended a four-game losing streak and improved the Yankees’ record to 58-56.

Before the game, Rodriguez took batting practice, fielded grounders and signed autographs as the press followed his every move.

“It’s something we’re used to,” said manager Joe Girardi of all the attention. “Are there more people in the clubhouse? Yes. But our players are used to that, because we do have a lot of coverage on a daily basis.”

Rodriguez started at third base Friday and batted fifth for the Yankees. His pre-game introduction, his inclusion in the traditional Yankee Stadium “roll call,” and all four of his at-bats drew roars of both appreciation and scorn from the crowd. Only after his three strikeouts did the booing wholly overpower the cheers.

“It was probably 50-50 (Friday), maybe a little more cheers,” Girardi said of the crowd’s response to Rodriguez. “But it’s something that he has to be able to put out of his mind.”

Girardi said he had been pleasantly surprised with how Rodriguez has looked since returning to the Major League team Monday for the first time following offseason hip surgery.

“I think his swing has been a little bit more explosive than I thought it might be,” he said. “You never know how a guy’s going to react off his second hip surgery. Honestly, he’s just missed a few balls. He’s squared up a few balls. I’m pleased with how his lower half is working.”

Rodriguez struck out in his first two at-bats against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, and Girardi pointed the credit to the pitcher.