Monday, August 5, 2013
Clubhouses react to A-Rod decision
By Doug Padilla, ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez returned to the field Monday night against the Chicago White Sox and the reaction from both clubhouses was mild.
A total of 13 suspensions were handed down in the Biogenesis scandal, including a 211-game ban to Rodriguez, who appealed and was allowed to play Monday night.
Here's what was said before Monday’s Yankees-White Sox game:
YANKEES OUTFIELDER VERNON WELLS:
"When you talk about 50 games and some of the dollars that are associated with a 50-game suspension, that's pretty big. If that doesn't stop you, I don't know what will. For the most part a lot of guys have tried to go about their business the right way and unfortunately we have to talk about a certain few that didn't."
WHITE SOX CAPTAIN PAUL KONERKO:
"The game is going to survive. It always will. I look at it big-picture wise. I try to look ahead to five, 10 years from now. You'll look back and these are all little pieces. Talking about the drug-testing stuff, it will always get better. This is the evolution of it, the progression of it. It doesn't happen overnight when you’re dealing with a huge operation. Really it's a short amount of time when you talk about six, seven years of implementing something and perfecting it. When you look at it in a big scope like that, it's maybe not as dramatic. These things take time, and years from now it will all make sense. It's all good in that it's moving in the right direction."
NEW YANKEES OUTFIELDER ALFONSO SORIANO:
"I didn't surprise me the names, it surprises me that people keep trying. They know that if Major League Baseball puts in that rule they can't keep trying. If you try to do something wrong, sooner or later they will catch you. I don't try to do something wrong in baseball because maybe they will catch me. I don't want to do that because I have a family and have friends and I don't want to let my friends and family down."
WHITE SOX GENERAL MANAGER RICK HAHN:
"You've seen this [White Sox] team play recently. I've got 99 problems and A-Rod ain't one of them."
YANKEES INFIELDER LYLE OVERBAY:
"We've all made mistakes. He's made a mistake. He's a teammate and we're going out go out there and [try to win]. I don't know him enough or been around here enough, and he hasn't been around, he's been out rehabbing. But just knowing him as a teammate and as a player, that's what's frustrating that he's so good that he doesn't need to do all this stuff. That's what's frustrating to me."
WHITE SOX INFIELDER/DH ADAM DUNN:
"It's been frustrating since Day 1, since the first guy got caught. I don't think anything's changed other than guys getting caught multiple times. It's not very smart."