Alex Rodriguez’s long, slow road to recovery took another step yesterday when he played professional baseball for the first time since the last year’s playoffs. He debuted with the Charleston RiverDogs, a Yankees Single-A affiliate (along with Eduardo Nunez, but who cares about that guy?) and didn’t receive the warmest welcome, if video footage is to be believed.
The reason I say “video footage” is because, according to the New York Daily News, A-Rod got “warm standing ovation for warmups” and the “ovation was even louder when he took his position for the first pitch.” Either those people left after warmups, or they were drowned out by all the people in this guy’s section:
Note the difference between Nunez’s intro and A-Rod’s? Well, that might have been some boos mixed with cheers. How about the actual baseball portion of the game? As it turns out, he went 0-2, striking out looking in his second at-bat. The people of Charleston weren’t pleased about that (his at-bats start at the 1:40 mark):
At least he stuck around to sign autographs and… interact with the fans? Kinda sorta?
And so another chapter in the life of Alex Rodriguez has begun. This one is called “Dude, Even People In Charleston Don’t Like Me?”
[Videos via Bob’s Blitz]