A-Rod Needs To Be Welcomed with Open Arms at His Stadium

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 11, 2009

BALTIMORE - MAY 09:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees warms up before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 9, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

This Friday marks Alex Rodriguez's return to the Bronx and his first game at the new Yankee Stadium.

It's his opening day, nonetheless.

The timeline is long and it would have to be broken down over a few pots of coffee, but Rodriguez is back on the team.

After the offseason of steroid admission, the recent book release, and the return from a March 9 hip surgery, it is about time for Rodriguez to take a deep breath and relax.

Let's face it: booing someone who plays on the team you love, regardless of how your personally feel about him, can't be the brightest thing to do.

I can understand a boo here and there for a play, not ran out hard or trying to get someone out of a slump, but to boo him just for being him, is not cool.

Regardless of what he has done and admitted to, regardless of how you feel about him as a person and baseball player, he is a New York Yankee.

When he is on the road, he will hear all kinds of things, but when he is at home, he needs to be welcomed there. Yankee Stadium needs to be a place for Alex to call home with his time remaining in the league.

If you feel different then this, I would like to know why. It doesn't make sense to make the situation worse then it already is by a Yankee fan to bash him harder into the ground then he already is.

Look what he did on Friday. I bet even though you might not like him, you can appreciate the fact that he handed the Yankees a 3-0 lead right out of the gate at Camden Yards.

The Minnesota Twins will roll into the Bronx this weekend, and they don't care rather you boo or cheer A-Rod: they are there to win a series. 

We need to support our team and its players while we try to get back on the AL East throne.

Flame-throwing youngster Francisco Loriano is slated to be on the mound on Friday as he brings his two-game winning streak with him. After starting out 0-4, he is now two-four on the season. This will be his first career start against the Yankees.