There were two elephants in the room with Alex Rodriguez in his season debut on Monday night -- the pressure of getting his first hit out of the way after such a long absence, and that whole suspension thing. Fortunately for A-Rod, the first elephant is gone, as he singled in his first at-bat. The second one, however, will be there for quite some time. It's something of an odd sight, seeing Rodriguez playing as though everything is normal when he's one dropped appeal from being persona non grata until 2015. Yankees fans are presented with something of a dilemma: Say A-Rod hits a walk-off home run in an important game. Would cheering be appropriate? Maybe they could settle on polite applause.
Suspended man walking
The remainder of this season could be the last time Alex Rodriguez suits up in a major league uniform for a very long time.
Cheer or boo?
Rodriguez received boos from White Sox fans on Monday night, but his being booed by opposing crowds is nothing new.
Jeter or A-Rod?
Derek Jeter's season has been progressing in fits and starts, while Rodriguez, though under the cloud of a lengthy suspension, seems to have made a full recovery.