The New York Yankees might be delaying Alex Rodriguez’s comeback, and they might not want him on the Bronx. But third baseman Alex Rodriguez has stated that he will not quit on the Yankees, even if they’ve given up on him.
“I know people think I’m nuts,” the embattled Rodriguez said, via ESPN.com. “I know most people wouldn’t want the confrontation. Most people would say, ‘Get me out of here. Trade me. Do anything.’
“But I’m the [expletive] crazy man who goes, ‘I want to compete. I want to stay in New York. I refuse to quit.’
“Maybe it’s stupidity, I don’t know, but I’m wired to compete and give my best. I have a responsibility to be ready to play as soon as I can.”
Alex Rodriguez is 37 years old, and his production has dropped off. Some in the Bronx wonder if his production is worth the head ache or if its just time to move on. His name has once again been brought up in PED rumors and he could be facing a 100-game suspention as well.
“You hear all of the doubters,” he said, “and that just fuels me. They don’t know me. I’m not giving up. I never will. I’m not wired that way.
“This is the hardest fight I’ve ever had. There have been days, like, ‘Holy [expletive], how am I going to get through this day?’ But you keep getting after it, keep pushing.”
He sits 53 homeruns shy of the 700 mark. That could be what is fueling his desire to keep playing. But A-Rod wants to point out that he isn’t taking the easy road here and that he is swimming upstream.
“The easy thing would be to give up,” he said. “But I didn’t get to where I am by taking the [expletive] way out. I refuse to start now.
“There’s a lot of fight left in me.”