Alex Rodriguez Hits His First Spring Training Homerun of 2015
Alex Rodriguez went yard today for the first time since September 20th, 2013. In a day game at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, the New York Yankees hosted the Boston Red Sox. While the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-6, the most significant news to come out of the game was A-Rod’s home-run and Chris Capuano straining his right quad while covering first base.
Capuano signed a one-year, $5 million dollar deal with the Yankees in the offseason and was slated to be the number 4 or 5 starter. Capuano was taking a throw from first basemen Garrett Jones in the first inning when he looked like he stepped awkwardly on the bag and limped up the first base line, throwing the ball into the dirt. Capuano will undergo an MRI on Wednesday afternoon.
The A-Rod home-run came on Alex’s 2nd at-bat of the ballgame. It was a solo shot to left-center field off of right-hander Brandon Workman. It was A-Rod’s fifth hit of the short Spring Training season. His batting average is .455. Rodriguez also started at 3rd base.
While it may just be a Spring Training home-run, it does show that Rodriguez is working hard to earn whatever position he can on the New York Yankees opening day lineup. Barring any injuries, it seems likely that A-Rod will be the designated hitter for Opening Day. While I’m not the biggest A-Rod fan, it’s good to know that he can still hit the long ball without the use of performance enhancing drugs. While he’ll never earn back the trust of most fans, he can retain some of the credibility he had as a ballplayer by proving he can perform clean.
I was in attendance when he hit his 500th home-run at Yankee Stadium in 2007. It was my first and only trip to Yankee Stadium. What seemed like a boring match-up between the Yankees and the Kansas City Royals turned into a party when Rodriguez hit a home-run in his first at-bat of the game. He became the youngest to hit 500 hr’s in the history of major league baseball. Rodriguez was in a slump before that game… stuck on 499 for over a week, and I would joke with my brother saying that A-Rod was waiting for us to show up. It was safe to say that I was a fan of Rodriguez’s that day. I saved the ticket stub and kept the newspaper article thinking it would be worth something someday. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
For that reason alone, I’m rooting for Rodriguez to show us that some of his home-runs in the past were true home-runs. I would like to think on that day in 2007; he hit that home-run clean. While he ruined his reputation and tarnished his legacy in recent years, baseball can be a game of redemption. He has a long way to go, but working hard every game is the first step.