“If he’s still looking for a place to crash, maybe he can crash at my apartment,” the New York Yankees star said. “Imagine the tabloids then.”
But it didn’t take long before A-Rod, like almost everyone else these days, was talking about the sudden success of Lin, the New York Knicks point guard who spent the night before his breakout game sleeping on teammate Landry Fields’ couch _ only because his brother’s place, where Lin had been staying, was unavailable.
Of course, now that his contract is guaranteed for the rest of the season, Lin has found his own apartment.
“Linsanity. Wow. What a run,” Rodriguez said. “You look at the Giants, you look at Linsanity and there’s been so many great things happening in New York. We kind of feel like we want to jump in the party.
“The great thing about Linsanity is that, it kind of reminds you of how fun the game should be,” he added. “For some of us that have been playing for a long time, it’s just the one second you take the game for granted, it makes you realize how much fun the game is.”
Rodriguez had knee surgery last July and his power numbers dropped off in the second half and postseason.
The 36-year-old third baseman had plasma-rich platelet injections in his right knee and ailing left shoulder in December. The treatments were done in Germany following a recommendation by Bryant.
A-Rod played in just 99 games last season and hit 16 home runs. He has 629 career homers.
“My knee does feel a lot better,” Rodriguez said. “Basically it was five injections right into your knee on five consecutive days. After the third day it felt pretty darn good. Kobe said, `Look, your third or fourth day you actually will start feeling a lot better,’ and he was exactly right.”
The Yankees gave their permission after vetting the process, saying the therapy is in “complete compliance” with WADA and Major League Baseball regulations.
“We’re in a no-excuses business,” Rodriguez said. “Last year, for me, was a disappointing year. I don’t think there’s one guy that at the end of the year, September, October, November, that’s going to say he’s 100 percent. I just didn’t get it done.”