New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has said that he is refusing to quit, despite the fact that many fans want him to leave the club.
Rodriguez had admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his career, after previously denying the accusations, and was expected to retire after picking up his hip injury this year.
But, the 37-year-old is determined to carry on playing and force he way back into the Yankees starting team, as he continues with his rehab.
In a defiant interview with USA Today, he said: “I know people think I’m nuts.
“I know most people wouldn’t want the confrontation. Most people would say, ‘Get me out of here. Trade me. Do anything.’
“But I’m the crazy man who goes, ‘I want to compete. I want to stay in New York. I refuse to quit.’
“Maybe it’s stupidity, I don’t know, but I’m wired to compete and give my best. I have a responsibility to be ready to play as soon as I can.”
Rodriguez also admitted that he thought he was the ‘underdog’ now, for the first time in his career, although he remains one of the highest players in baseball.
The Yankees are currently in sixth position in the American League and face the Baltimore Orioles later today.
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