On Baseball: Alex Rodriguez Remains a Lightning Rod Until the Very End


The curtain falls on Alex Rodriguez’s career on Friday. His fame only rose with his infamy.

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

BOSTON — There were no gifts for Alex Rodriguez on Thursday, in his final game in Yankee road grays. So Rodriguez took one for himself before batting practice: the No. 13 from the famous left-field scoreboard at Fenway Park.

“I wanted to spend some time underneath, inside the Green Monster,” he said. “I thought that was cool. I’ve never been there.”

Rodriguez left a gift, too, giving his bat to a young Yankee fan in the stands. The Red Sox fans howled at him, as they always have, and Rodriguez went hitless in four at-bats. His…

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