Major League Baseball dropped the hammer yesterday on the players involved in the Biogenesis scandal. Twelve players accepted 50 game suspensions effective immediately. New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was the highlight of the penalties and had a 211 game suspension levied against him.
Alex Rodriguez said he would appeal the suspension which is why he was able to play last night. Yankees manager Joe Girardi put Rodriguez in the clean-up spot.
A-Rod was consequently mercilessly booed by the Chicago White Sox fans. The booed during pre-game warmups and introductions, they let him have it when he went to the batters box to lead off the second inning.
A-Rod recorded a single, but it seemed more due to a lack of a play on the White Sox part as opposed to a good hit.
At one point the Sox fans were chanting “Steroids! Steroids!”
A-Rod is currently 38 and trying to hold onto his career. He has missed all of the season to this point because of hip surgery.
“There’s nothing about it that’s been easy,” Rodriguez said. “All of it has been challenging. I’m sure there’s been mistakes made along the way. We’re here now. I’m a human being. I’ve had two hip surgeries. I’ve had two knee surgeries. I’m fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don’t defend myself, no one else will. There’s a process. I’m happy with the process. In due time, hopefully whatever happens, happens.”
At 39 years old coming off a suspension thats lasted over a season his career could very well be over if he can’t successfully appeal.