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A-Rod feels better about his hitting than about fan

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees gestures while playing against the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the ALCS. (Oct. 16, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

ARLINGTON, Texas - As the game's highest-paid player, and as someone who seems to possess a gift for drawing other people's wrath, Alex Rodriguez regarded Monday night as just another shift at the office.

Well, pretty much.

The fan who stormed on the field in ALCS Game 3 reportedly wanted to attack him, although A-Rod said he hadn't heard that firsthand from the New York City Police Department.

"He's very upset," Rodriguez said with a smile of the man, identified in multiple reports as Grim LeRogue, who put up a strong fight against Yankee Stadium security officials. However, A-Rod added yesterday, more seriously, "It's not a good feeling. Obviously, anybody who's out on the field, playing in front of so many people . . . Obviously, that can be very scary."

Asked if he has received threats throughout the years, he responded, "Not too many."

He could use that answer about his 2010 playoff highlights, too. He enters Game 6 with a .333 on-base percentage and .235 slugging percentage in the ALCS. "I feel really good," he said. "I know sometimes the numbers don't say how I feel, but if I'm able to do exactly what I did the last two or three games . . . If they come into the strike zone, I'll hit the ball hard. If not, walk, pass the baton and use your legs."

Meanwhile, he can revel in the fun he's having. "It's great," he said. "Any time you're playing for your life, these [games] are life or death, literally."

He presumably meant for the teams in 2010, not the players.


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