by R. Lincoln Harris
The farewell tour has become a thing in recent years, with Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and now David Ortiz taking a victory lap in their final seasons in the majors. But such a tour was probably never in the cards for Alex Rodriguez, one of the most gifted–and most disliked–baseball players of his generation.
As the Yankees have gone to a youth movement to rebuild for the future, A-Rod’s playing time diminished considerably. And when he recently didn’t get a start against Bartolo Colon–who he has hit exceptionally well through the years–the writing on the wall could no longer be ignored. His retirement announcement came on Sunday, with his final game in Yankee pinstripes scheduled for Friday night in the Bronx.
A-Rod has just one short road trip this week, but what a trip it will be. Boston’s Fenway Park was the scene of a now legendary 2004 dust-up between Rodriguez and Jason Varitek, who shoved A-Rod in the face during a confrontation at home plate. Whether it was the spark that ended Boston’s championship drought or not, it’s pretty clear that Red Sox Nation has no place in their collective hearts for him. The chances A-Rod starts in any of the Yankees’ games in Boston this week are slim and none.
And then it’s home to Yankee Stadium, for one night only and one last time. Tickets for the game are available, and backed by GameHedge’s Good Game Guarantee. For those who haven’t seen any of the 2,781 regular season games he’s played in–tops among active players and 25th on the all-time list–you now have a very short window remaining.
Tue, Aug 9 New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Fenway Park, Boston MA
Wed, Aug 10 New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Fenway Park, Boston MA
Thu, Aug 11 New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Fenway Park, Boston MA
Fri, Aug 12 Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY
Keywords: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Alex Rodriguez, A-Rod, Farewell tours, MLB