Their .188 postseason batting average was the lowest ever for a team that played at least seven games. Rodriguez took the brunt of the blame.
Owed $114 million over the next five seasons, Rodriguez became the world’s most expensive pinch hitter during the ALCS, a platoon player against left-handed pitchers on a team facing four righty starters.
“I’ve never thought about going to another team. My focus is to stay here. Let’s make that very, very clear,” he said. “Number two, I don’t expect to be mediocre. I expect to do what I’ve done for a long time.”
“Take him. Tell me what you’re willing to do,” Levine said before the pair laughed.
Back in 1981, after the Yankees took a 2-0 Series lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers and lost four in a row, George Steinbrenner issued one of his most famous statements, saying: `’I want to sincerely apologize to the people of New York and to the fans of the New York Yankees everywhere for the performance of the Yankee team.”
Hal Steinbrenner, who succeeded his father as controlling owner, is less impetuous. He wants to get the team under the $189 million luxury tax threshold in 2014.
Sending one of their lineup’s senior citizens to finish his career in Florida would be a start.
“As far as I know, we’re OK,” Girardi said. “It’s not something I wanted to do. All of you know that. But I don’t have any signals that he’s mad at me.”
A-Rod, as always, tried to say the right thing.
His stay in New York always was a marriage of money.
After giving A-Rod a record $252 million contract, Texas traded him to the Yankees after three seasons and even agreed to pay $67 million of the $179 million remaining _ an amount reduced by $21 million when A-Rod opted out of that deal following the 2007 season. Then the Yankees re-signed him to an even more massive megadeal, as much a weight on their payroll as his bat has become in the batting order.View Entire Story
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