What Alex Rodriguez had to say at his presser today, via mlb.com -
“Now that you taste [winning the World Series], you just want to keep doing it again,” Rodriguez said Thursday. “There’s no question for me that it wasn’t a monkey, it was a humongous gorilla that came off my back. And I felt that.”
“I’ve never had more fun in my life playing baseball than I did last year,” he said.
“I was at the very bottom, and a lot of people tried to give me a hand and encourage me,” Rodriguez said. “I just felt a love and a lot of support everywhere we went — not only with the Yankee fans, but across baseball. I think there was an appreciation for me coming out and doing what I did last year.”
“There might be a postseason or two where I don’t hit four or five or six home runs,” Rodriguez said. “And I know the way it goes. I’m going to get crushed, and that’s just part of it. But the one thing that no one can take away is what happened in 2009 with our team, with the way we came together like a family, everyone checking their egos at the door and winning a world championship. The feeling of satisfaction that I got from that will forever be mine.”
“I think I’m going to be fine,” he said. “If I do what I do and I stay healthy and I stay in the same frame of mind I was in last year, we’re going to have fun this year.”
Hearing this, I find myself thinking back to what Lou Ferrigno said, in the movie Pumping Iron, in response to those requesting him to make a birthday speech after two months of dieting: “I have nothing to say. I just wanna eat my cake.”
Today is cake day for A-Rod. Tomorrow is Day One of his next competition. Let’s hope that one’s a winner too.