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"It all started with Alex with the home runs, the game-tying home runs," manager Joe Girardi said. "The home runs that he hit in the seventh, the ninth or the 11th. We've had big players do big things."
The funny thing is that for all of his striving, the one thing Rodriguez could never quite manage was to be just one of the guys. The big contract and the photo shoots, the tabloid headlines and celebrity girlfriends always set him apart. But all of those things combined didn't make him feel nearly as isolated as leaving the batter's box empty-handed time after time in the playoffs.
"I just felt very happy and very blessed, and all I cared about this year was winning games," Rodriguez said.
"A lot of great players have never had the honor of playing in the World Series," he added a moment later. "I thank the good Lord for putting me with the greatest organization and 24 great teammates."
Then again, loved as Rodriguez might be at the moment, all it will take is a big drop in production when the World Series starts Wednesday in New York for the Yankee faithful to drop him like a bad memory. After all, there's a reason people like to say if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
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