Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/13
He has next to nothing to do with the Yankees’ season being finished by the first week of August. In fact after missing four months recovering from hip surgery and morphing into the face of the Biogenesis scandal he has looked better than expected. Yet tonight at Yankee Stadium a frustrated Yankees fan base likely will greet Alex Rodriguez who makes his Bronx season debut with a shower of boos. Rodriguez is saying hello while the reeling Yankees are saying good-bye to postseason hopes. Rodriguez has played in three games since his 211-game suspension was announced Monday and the Yankees are 0-3. He filed a formal appeal Wednesday and health permitting will be around for the season’s final 49 games in which the only thing worth watching will be Mariano Rivera’s countdown to retirement. After Wednesday night’s crushing 6-5 loss in a dozen innings to the White Sox the Yankees spent yesterday’s off day knowing they were a season-high 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox and seven lengths out of the second wild-card slot. Booed in Chicago every time he came to the plate or fielded a ground ball Rodriguez said he doesn’t know what the reaction toward him will be at the Stadium. “I am not sure’’ Rodriguez said when asked what type of noise awaits him. Asked how he would like it Rodriguez said “The same way you would like it.’’ There is no chance the Stadium will rise as one to welcome back the 38-year-old three-time MVP. Not after the Biogenesis mess. Not after he batted .120 (3-for-25) with a dozen strikeouts in last year’s postseason when a hip injury turned his swing into goo. Not when he was caught by a Post photographer flirting with a pair of women behind the Yankees’ dugout during a playoff game he wasn’t playing in. Rodriguez will have sympathizers but they will be outweighed by those looking to vent at a player who has been a lightning rod since the 2004 day he arrived in town. “I am just super excited to get home and put on the pinstripes in front of the greatest fans in baseball’’ said Rodriguez who went 3-for-11 with three singles in three losses to the White Sox. “I am looking forward to getting back home. I have waited a long time. It’s a privilege to get home on a Friday night.’’
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