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Soriano met with some applause, no boos

May, 20, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Cubs slugger Alfonso Soriano said he wouldn’t mind the boos if they came. But he didn’t have to worry about it in his first at-bat during his return to Wrigley Field as a New York Yankee on Tuesday night.

Soriano was given moderate applause when he stepped to the plate to lead off the second inning. There were no audible boos, just some polite clapping and a few cheers. Nothing over the top.

“[Being booed] never bothered me,” Soriano said. “That made [me] a better person [and] to work hard and get better.”

Soriano played 6½ years in Chicago before being traded to the Yankees last July. He had a complicated relationship with fans, some of whom thought he should have played better -- especially in two postseasons -- after signing an eight-year, $136 million contract before the 2007 season.

“When I played here they focused on the contract, not the player,” Soriano said. “I just played every day with pain in my knee and tried to make the team better. They didn’t see that; they saw the contract.”

Soriano’s reputation improved over the years as he performed well while the team around him got worse. Eventually he became a mentor to other players and even improved in the outfield -- the position for which he often was maligned.

“When the team is doing bad and you're the face of the team, for any reason they start booing,” Soriano said. “I wish they can win soon. [The fans] need it.”

Soriano was hitting .248 with six home runs and 17 RBIs for the Yankees coming into Tuesday night’s game. He wants to play for two more years but only if it’s in a winning situation.

The promise of winning was the same reason he signed with the Cubs in November 2006 along with established manager Lou Piniella.

“That’s what I signed for,” Soriano said. “To win here.”

Before Tuesday’s game, Soriano was resigned to whatever crowd reaction was to be directed at him. Either way, he was all right. It’s the same attitude he has in coming to the ballpark every day.

“If they boo me, it’s another day,” he said. “They booed me a lot before. I’m happy. I like to play the game no matter what happens. If they boo me, that’s fine; if not, that’s fine, too.”

More court filings in A-Rod saga

October, 30, 2013
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If your name hasn't turned up in court filings, are you really involved in the A-Rod saga?

Stepping right up on the Wheel of Fortune -- misfortune? -- is Alex Rodriguez's former PR whiz, Michael Sitrick.

MLB has filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court that claims Sitrick has declined to hand over documents that baseball believes A-Rod, or people close to him, gathered for the "apparent purpose of preventing MLB from obtaining those records and from uncovering evidence of Rodriguez's use and possession of prohibited substances."

The New York Post and Daily News reported the information after it was filed in the Manhattan court Monday. The News' headline said MLB wanted the papers that "Alex Rodriguez used to rat out Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli."

This allegation -- which was originally levied months ago -- was then denied by A-Rod. On Wednesday, A-Rod's side again insisted it wasn't true, with some trademark pithy language.

“As we have said all along, Alex has never bought any documents related to Biogenesis, and he has repeatedly turned down offers from various individuals who approached him about buying them," A-Rod's lawyer Joe Tacopina said. "Alex unequivocally denies having exposed any players. This is MLB's desperate cry for help. What happened to the 'overwhelming mountain' of evidence against Alex? Having now rested its case against Alex, this effort makes clear to the world that MLB doesn't have what they said they have. What is perhaps most shocking -- and the best evidence of their desperation -- is that MLB would do this during the World Series.”

MLB, in its own statement, responded, "We continue to be at a loss to explain how Mr. Tacopina can take the position that his client has done nothing wrong. First, it was Mr. Rodriguez did not use drugs. Now, it is he did not obstruct the investigation. Those statements are simply and demonstrably inaccurate. The action we took yesterday was necessitated by continuing efforts by Mr. Rodriguez's lawyers to engage in a purposeful coverup.”

The World Series of PED appeals continues in Manhattan on Nov. 18. The Yankees may spend the whole offseason wondering if they will have A-Rod on the team -- and, more pertinently -- the payroll.

Video: Is A-Rod drama overblown?

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