Alex Rodriguez probably woke up this morning, looked at his phone and went, “oh crap.”
It’s safe to assume the Yankees slugger received an electronic message of some sort this morning alerting him to a story in Tuesday’s New York Post alleging he spent the later innings of Game 1 of the ALCS last Saturday night flirting with two female fans seated behind the Yankees dugout.
It’s also safe to assume Rodriguez is not looking forward to meeting the media later this afternoon in Detroit prior to Game 3 of the ALCS.
According to the report, after being replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning, A-Rod had a ball with a note asking two ladies for their phone numbers sent their way via a ball boy.
“Alex was holding a pen and wrote a note on a ball which was thrown at the women by a ball boy," a witness told the paper.
“The girls, who had already caught two balls, seemed bemused at first and tried to hand the ball to another fan, but other fans noticed the note on it and yelled at them to read it. The note asked them to write their phone numbers on the ball and throw it back," the witness said.
“One of the girls, with darker blond hair, wrote … on the ball and threw it back at A-Rod, who gave her a big smile.”
During the 12th inning of Game 1 Saturday night, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter broke his ankle.
“The flirtation stopped once Derek Jeter got hurt,” the source said.
The Post report said they contacted Rodriguez’s representative for comment, but they were referred to a Yankees team spokesman, who did not respond.
“I was absolutely stunned that even … A-Rod would not be focusing on such a critical game, supporting his teammates, and was instead more interested in adding another couple of phone numbers to what must be a very, very large collection," one witness said.
Rodriguez and Yankess are currently trailing the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in their best-of-seven ALCS. Game 3 goes tonight in Detroit at 8:07 p.m. ET. Phil Hughes will start for New York against Justin Verlander of Detroit.
You can watch it live on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.