A-Rod, persona non grata

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
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Alex RodriguezAP Photo/Kathy WillensAlex Rodriguez is surrounded by reporters before the Yankees' Opening Day game.
The media stood outside the Yankees' clubhouse, boxing out for position, in front of a Yankees banner where group interviews often take place. The team usually has three main choices for where planned pregame talks are conducted: the clubhouse, the news conference room or just outside the hallway, in front of the Yankees banner.

For Alex Rodriguez's re-appearance, a fourth option was created. He was right outside the clubhouse doors with no visible Yankees logo behind them. A team spokesman said this was coincidental, not planned, but it seems a bit conspicuous considering the bad vibe surrounding Rodriguez these days.

Rodriguez was not expected to be introduced prior to Monday's game, which everyone involved painted as his decision. It is odd for injured players not to be announced to the crowd on Opening Day, but this is the relationship between Rodriguez, the organization and the team's fans.

As far as what Rodriguez said, there was not much. Wallace Matthews chronicled it in a news story.

"I don't need to be introduced to feel like I'm a part of this team," Rodriguez said. "I'll tell you what, when I get introduced, I want to be on the field and not look back."
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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