Fans jeer Rodriguez as Yankees fall to White SoxCHICAGO - Alex Rodriguez finally got cheered. All he had to do was get hit by a pitch to quiet the jeers.
Chris Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda into the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees, 3-2, on Tuesday night.
In his second game back and a day after being hit with a long suspension, A-Rod reached base three times and again heard it from the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field. They continued to boo him nearly nonstop, pausing only when a pitch from Sale grazed his elbow near the belt in the third inning.
Then, the fans let out a big roar. And that did not sit well with manager Joe Girardi.
“There’s something wrong with that,” he said. “I often think that it starts from the adults. And if it was their child, would they want them to be hit? Because the kids will only repeat what the adults do.”
If Rodriguez was bothered by it, he wasn’t saying. He insisted he loves the Chicago fans, just as he did after they laid into him on Monday, and that he was more upset that he forgot to put on his elbow pad.
“It was the weirdest thing,” Rodriguez said. “Probably the first time in 2,000 at-bats. And walking up to the plate I said, ‘Whatever you do, just don’t get hit in the elbow.’ Second pitch I get hit in the elbow. I couldn’t believe it. I love the fans in Chicago.”
They certainly don’t love him. They let him hear it in his season debut on Monday, hours after Major League Baseball slapped him with a 211-game penalty for violating its drug agreement and labor contract, and it was more of the same on Tuesday.
Rodriguez was the designated hitter this time after playing third in his first game after offseason hip surgery. At the plate, he followed up a 1-for-4 performance by going 1 for 2 with a single and walk in addition to being hit by a pitch. AP