Saturday, July 20, 2013
A-Rod 'excited' for Texas reception
By Ian Begley
MOOSIC, Pa. -- What kind of reception does Alex Rodriguez expect in Texas on Monday?
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"I have no idea. It shouldn't be boring," Rodriguez said with a sheepish grin on Friday night.
With A-Rod, it never is.
If Rodriguez makes it through his next two rehab games with Triple-A Scranton without incident, he is expected to be called up to the Yankees on Monday for the start of a three-game series in Texas.
Rodriguez, who is embroiled in baseball's Biogenesis saga, would likely be booed in any road park in the bigs. But he has a unique history with the Rangers faithful.
Texas fans have been vocal in their displeasure of Rodriguez after he was traded to the Yankees in 2004 and failed to play out the entire ten-year, $252 contract he signed with the Rangers. The relationship between A-Rod and Rangers fans further soured after Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas for a three-year period beginning in 2001.
So A-Rod paused for a moment when a reporter asked him about the reception he expects on Monday.
"It should be pretty exciting," he said. "I'm excited."
NO FEAR: A-Rod said he won't be playing with any trepidation or fear of injury over the next two games, which are expected to be the final two of his 20-day rehab stint.
"No, you just go in there reckless. You go have to go out and play exactly how you would play Monday. If there's any reservations, you have to get rid of them," he said.