Alex Rodriguez has confirmed he intends to stick with the New York Yankees despite the controversy surrounding the three-time MVP.
The 37-year-old denies allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs from a Biogenesis clinic in Florida.
And Rodriguez drew criticism from Yankees general manager Brian Cushman for a tweet regarding his rehab from injury. Rodriguez has been out for the whole season following hip surgery.
But he insists he will not be driven from New York, and is committed to playing for the franchise again.
"I know people think I'm nuts," Rodriguez told USA Today Sports. "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's contribution has been dwindling in recent seasons, but he remains one of the finest hitters in the game. His 647 career home runs is fifth on the all-time list - 13 short of Willie Mays.
The injuries and allegations had prompted speculation the 37-year-old wouldn't play for the Yankees again, but he has reiterated his fighting desire to return to the diamond.
"You hear all of the doubters and that just fuels," continued Rodriguez. "They don't know me. I'm not giving up. I never will. I'm not wired that way.
"This is the hardest fight I've ever had. There have been days, like 'Holy [expletive], how am I going to get through this day?' But you keep getting after it, keep pushing."
Rodriguez's return from injury is not expected anytime soon. He's played two minor league games, but claims he'll need around 20 before he comes back into the fold for the Yankees.
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