Just In: Alex Rodriguez reacts amusingly to David Ortiz’s Yankees zinger

The New York Yankees hold the most retired numbers in Major League Baseball.


However, Alex Rodriguez, who spent the last 12 seasons of his stellar career in pinstripes, is not among those honored in Monument Park.


During Saturday’s FOX pregame broadcast, Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz asked Rodriguez when that will change as they walked around Monument Park at Yankee Stadium with Kevin Burkhardt and Derek Jeter.


Rodriguez responded quickly to Ortiz’s query, knowing that the accolade would most likely never come.


“Papi, you have a better chance of getting your number retired here than I do,” Rodriguez stated, according to FOX.


Ortiz is clearly viewed as a Yankees villain because of his Hall of Fame career with the Red Sox, which featured his heroics in the 2004 American League Championship Series against New York.


Rodriguez, who retired in 2016, had ups and downs while with the Yankees. He led New York to a World Series championship in 2009 and was awarded AL MVP in 2005 and 2008. With the Yankees, he batted.283, with 351 home runs, and 1,096 RBI.


However, Rodriguez’s career was derailed when he was suspended for the whole 2014 season for using performance-enhancing substances.


That is most certainly the black mark that will prevent Rodriguez’s number from being retired by the Yankees, and he is well aware of this.


However, he wishes things were different.


“Yeah, of course it bothers me,” Rodriguez admitted in October 2023. “It’s less about bother, but of course it would be nice to be recognized in one of the coolest places to be, in Yankee history, but that’s not my decision.”





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