Hold the chatter on a possible 2017 return to the baseball diamond by star-crossed slugger Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod tweeted a link to an “Ocean Drive” magazine story Monday, and the profile piece on Rodriguez paints him as a 41-year-old content in retirement.
“For me, those days were literally a blur,” Rodriguez says to a question about what his final days in pinstripes were like. Rodriguez’s last game with the Bombers was Aug. 12. “Saying good-bye to the game was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I have great memories of that last day. That was a special day. I look forward to coming back to Yankee Stadium as an advisor.”
Rodriguez’s contract with the Yankees ran through next year, but the club parted ways with A-Rod this summer and owner Hal Steinbrenner said he would work as an advisor to younger players next season. The arrangement does not preclude Rodriguez from signing with another club, however. Rodriguez’s spokesman said earlier this year that Rodriguez would not play baseball for the rest of 2016 after his release from the Yankees.
On Saturday, the ex-Yankee dropped what seemed to be a hint that a baseball comeback next season might be possible. During a Fox Sports pregame telecast — the network A-Rod is working for during the MLB postseason — Rodriguez was asked by Pete Rose about Red Sox slugger David Ortiz retiring after this season. “He might be lacing his shoes up (Sunday) for the last time,” said Rose before turning to A-Rod and asking, “How’s that feel, Alex?”
“Stay tuned,” said Rodriguez.
Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, another analyst on the Fox show, then yelled, “Breaking news!”
But the “Ocean Drive” story drops just as many hints that retired life suits Rodriguez, who has 696 career home runs.
“I just retired a few weeks ago, so I don’t know,” Rodriguez tells the magazine, when asked what his retirement plans are. “But the one thing about Miami is that it seems like a big city from afar, but when you live here, it’s really a small town. I love the fact that Mrs. Harper at St. Stephen’s [Episcopal Day School] taught my ex-wife, Cynthia, and also taught both of my daughters.”
The adjustments Rodriguez has had to make in retirement?
“I’m still processing the whole thing, but one of the perks is being around my girls all the time, and being able to sleep in on the weekends,” says Rodriguez. “The two things I’m focusing on most is spending more time with my girls and getting more involved in the community with organizations that I’ve been with a really long time, like the Boys & Girls Club and the University of Miami.”
Rodriguez says Hall of Fame Pedro Martinez “in his prime” is one of the pitchers he won’t miss facing.
“He’s one of the all-time greatest competitors — he was fierce on the mound, and he was going out there to destroy you every night. He had three almost unhittable pitches. The combination of his stuff and his competitiveness made him a handful,” Rodriguez says.
And what will Rodriguez will miss most about baseball?
“I’ll miss my four at-bats every day. I’ll miss the fans, and I’ll miss the clubhouse,” says Rodriguez.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News