Rodriguez, only 3 for 23 in this postseason, was out of the lineup for the third time in New York’s nine playoff games. The star third baseman also has been pulled for a pinch hitter three times.
“That doesn’t mean that he’s done, that he’s finished, that he is not capable. He is still a big threat, but for whatever reason right now we are adjusting to what we are seeing,” he said.
“That’s all for another day,” he said. “All we are concentrating on is the here and now and what is best for us today.”
The 37-year-old slugger with 647 career home runs didn’t like his seat in the dugout.
“I’m not happy about it. Obviously, you come to the ballpark feeling you can help the team win. When you see your name is not in the lineup, it’s obviously disappointing,” Rodriguez said Wednesday night. “You’ve got to accept being a cheerleader and also make sure that you’re ready when you’re number’s called.”
While Rodriguez was surrounded by a pack of reporters on the field Wednesday, some Tigers looked on in bewilderment as Detroit took batting practice.
“I’ve played this game for a long time and bottom line is, anytime I’m in any lineup, I think that lineup is better. It has a better chance to win,” A-Rod said.
“I don’t care if it’s an All-Star Game. I feel I can bring that type of impact and I’m also at any point ready to break through. I thought my at-bats in some of those games got a little bit better. The last two, I hit two rockets. Anytime I’m in the box the game can change and everyone knows that,” he said.
The firestorm may not end any time soon. He has $114 million and five years remaining on his contract _ and a no-trade clause.
“You know, the one thing about this game, as we’ve all appreciated over time, is that you’re going to have some good times and you’re going to have some tough times,” Cashman said. “But when you’re going through the tough times, it doesn’t have to be the end-all and be-all. Opportunities will exist to continue to get back off that mat and get back in the ring and battle.”
Yankees president Randy Levine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria joked last spring about sending A-Rod to Miami. The conversation took place when the Yankees played a pair of exhibitions to open the Marlins’ new ballpark.