Trenton fans show sympathy for A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez signed autographs before Friday night's Thunder game in Trenton. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

TRENTON, N.J. -- Alex Rodriguez may be the most hated man in Yankeeland, but he found some sympathy at Arm & Hammer Park.

A few fans interviewed before A-Rod's rehab game Friday with the Double-A Trenton Thunder expressed disappointment with the way Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball were treating Rodriguez.

"I think Bud Selig's trying to do a witch hunt here," said Bob Kelly of Brick, N.J. "It's terrible. They've got all these procedures and he's not following any of that, he's out for blood. It's almost as bad as with the Black Sox scandal."

Selig and MLB officials are deciding how to punish Rodriguez for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. A source told T.J. Quinn of "Outside The Lines" that Monday is the goal for a decision to be announced.

Kelly's mother, Darla, bemoaned Rodriguez's current predicament.

"I'm sad. I think it's a shame," she said. "Such a wonderful chance at a wonderful career [and] to have it end on such a bad note is such a shame."

Others came to the park to watch what could be the final games of Rodriguez's career.

"It may be his farewell tour," said 14-year-old Tommy Krosnowski of Allentown, N.J.

Krosnowski was asked how he felt about Rodriguez in light of his alleged involvement with Biogenesis.

"I kind of lost respect for him a while ago. At this point it's getting kind of old already," he said. "But if he can produce, he'll have all the respect back."