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Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy expects no love from Fenway crowd for Alex Rodriguez

Fans reacts as Alex Rodriguez of the New

Fans reacts as Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 17, 2013. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

If Joe Girardi can tolerate a few more Alex Rodriguez dramatics, he will insert the retiring Yankee into the lineup Tuesday night in Boston and let the Fenway Park crowd take it from there.

No one expects any tributes to be forthcoming.

“I think it’ll be nasty, just people booing,’’ longtime Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy said Monday. “I don’t think there’ll be appreciation. He’s a pariah here, they’re very territorial here. It’s not going to be anything like Mariano [Rivera] or {Derek] Jeter.”

Jeter and Rivera both were celebrated by the Fenway crowd, as was the case with crowds across MLB, in the years they retired.

“I don’t think we’ll see bygones be bygones,” Shaughnessy said. “I think it’ll be harsh. I don’t know that the Sox are going to acknowledge anything. Personally, I think it would be a mistake. I like Alex. I just don’t think he’ll get any love here.’’

The complete opposite reaction is likely when retiring Red Sox slugger (and Yankee-killer) David Ortiz plays at Yankee Stadium for the last time next month.

“There’s something about David,’’ Shaughnessy said. “Nothing sticks to David. It’s all good. It’s always amazed me, the treatment in New York. They don’t even pitch him inside. It’s like they’re delivering meatballs to him on a platter for 15 years and enjoying the beating they take, so I’ve never understood that.’’

Rodriguez gets no such free pass from Red Sox Nation. The fans still remember him slapping the ball from the glove of pitcher Bronson Arroyo in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS and fisticuffs with Jason Varitek earlier that season.

And, of course, the substance-abuse allegations.

“They think he’s a cheater and they think that his gains are not deserved and they invalidate everything,’’ Shaughnessy said. “And he never played for them and now they’re glad.”

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