>> This was the old A-Rod the sold out crowd at Yankee Stadium was hoping to see. Alex Rodriguez helping his team to victory Friday night in his final game in pinstripes. But there were no home runs for the 3-time American League MVP and 14-time All Star, just a run scoring double early in the game.
The highly controversial player spent this season and last mostly on the bench as a designated hitter after missing the entire 2014 season due to a doping scandal. The New York Yankees, eager to freshen up the team with younger players, announcing earlier this week they were dropping A-Rod whose batting average has sunk to woeful lows.
>> When you start playing as a little boy, you don't think about the end very often. I've often said it. Baseball has a funny way to tap you on the shoulder when you least expect it and tells you it's the end. And I'm at peace.>> Although he is fourth on the all time home run list behind Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron, and Barry Bonds, there was only a modest sendoff celebration to mark the end of his career.
Rodriguez, hanging up his glove after 22 seasons with Major League Baseball, the last 12 with the Yankees.