Manager Joe Girardi kept New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez, who is scheduled to play his last game with the club on Friday, on the bench amid Fenway Park fans' "We want A-Rod" chants during the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Fans were chanting "We want A-Rod" throughout the ninth inning, even before the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs off Craig Kimbrel. But Rodriguez, who sat on the bench far away from Girardi, according to the Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond, remained on the bench as the Yankees sent up Aaron Hicks with one on and two out in a three-run game.
Asked about his reaction to the chants, Girardi, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand, said, "I don't know, how am I supposed to react? It is part of it. But I have to do what I think is best."
Rodriguez will only play Thursday's series finale at Fenway Park before his final game with the Yankees on Friday instead of all four games before the team releases him from his contract.
"I'm disappointed," Rodriguez said before Tuesday's game, according to Marchand. "When I heard [Girardi] say I can play in all four games [during Sunday's press conference], I was really excited to get some at-bats. I don't know what happened so I guess I play on Thursday."
Rodriguez, 41, is hitting .204 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 62 games this season. After Friday's game, the Yankees will release him from his player contract, and he will take on an advisery role with the organization for next season.
He made his MLB debut at Fenway Park in 1994 and nearly joined the Red Sox prior to the 2004 season, but instead was traded to the Yankees after Aaron Boone suffered a severe injury in the offseason.
"It's a great chance to give me one big, loud boo on the way out and send me to Miami," Rodriguez said before Tuesday's game, according to the Associated Press. "The one thing is, I love Boston. It's a great city. I love Fenway Park. I started here. My mother and brother and sister were here. I want my girls to go to college somewhere in Boston -- I'm not going to say where. But somewhere in Boston. It should be fun."