OK, that’s a bit premature. But we do have game action!
Alex Rodriguez was booed, then homered in his first game since admitting he used a banned substance.
The New York Yankees slugger started the spring training season with a two-run home run and two walks Wednesday at the Toronto Blue Jays’ ballpark. The third baseman left the exhibition opener in the fifth inning.
There were a lot of cheers, a smattering of boos and occasional cat calls from hecklers. Earlier this month, Rodriguez said he used the banned substances from 2001-03 while with the Texas Rangers.
Rodriguez walked on five pitches in the first inning. Many in the crowd at mostly filled Dunedin Stadium stood and cheered as he circled the bases after homering off Ricky Romero in the fourth.
Since this was against the Jays, it’s just as possible that the boos were for the nearly two year-old “I’ve got it”-gate than they were for the PED stuff. At least I hope so, because irrational, long-held grudges make me smile.
But hey, baseball, babies!