Obnoxious Sports……Alex Rodriguez will play the final game of his career Friday at Yankee Stadium and will then be unconditionally released by the Yankees. Leaving with a scarlet letter A-Rod is a huge example of how rough professional sports can be if you can no longer produce. Plus his doping scandal has forever left a bad taste with the Yankees.
Rodriguez will then become a special advisor and instructor with the Yankees through the end of the 2017 season. In his new role, he will report to team owner Hal Steinbrenner.
“This is a tough day. I love this game, and I love this team. And today, I’m saying goodbye to both,” Rodriguez said, pausing several times to collect his emotions, at a press conference Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium. “This is also a proud day. I was 18 when I broke into the big leagues. I never thought I could play for 22 years. At 18, I just wanted to make the team.
“Saying goodbye may be the hardest part of the job, but that’s what I’m doing today.”
Rodriguez has roughly $27 million owed to him on his landmark 10-year, $275 million contract that ends after next season.
“He gets everything he deserves, the contract he negotiated in full force,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “Every aspect he’s owed will be paid.”
Rodriguez’s march to 700 homers has slowed to a crawl and he’s stuck on 696, which ranks fourth all-time.