Found October 12, 2012 on
Alex Rodriguez, once considered the greatest baseball player of a generation, will be relegated to cheerleader in the Yankees' most important game of the year on Friday afternoon. The New York third baseman was benched prior to the winner-take-all Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Yanks and the Baltimore Orioles. It's not the first time that New York manager Joe Girardi has had to make a difficult lineup decision with Rodriguez, opting to pinch hit for him in both Games 3 and 4 of the ALDS. "I think he's just going through a difficult time," Girardi said, according to USA Today. "He's meant a lot to our organinzation. But he's struggled against right-handers in this series. So I made the decision to start [Eric Chavez] today." Girardi also said that, somehow, he can sympathize with Rodriguez. "The man has a lot of pride and the man has accomplished a lot in his career," Girardi said, acco...
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