Although we don't yet know whether Alex Rodriguez's MLB career is over, we can say with 100 percent certainty that his days with the New York Yankees are over. A-Rod's time in pinstripes came to a close on Friday against the Rays, as Rodriguez drove in a run and played a little third base -- all while being properly celebrated by a team that didn't always appreciate him. Here are 13 photos that sum up A-Rod's big night.
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A typically warm welcome
Before the festivities started in the Bronx, one dedicated fan arrived early just to boo Rodriguez at batting practice. It wouldn't be a day in the life of A-Rod with the Yankees without a New York heckler.
Taking part of the Yankees with him
Rodriguez stands with his daughters Natasha and Ella, as he looks at an autographed base given to him by the team during a presentation in his honor.
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Rain before the big game
There was something poetic about storm clouds gathering on A-Rod's final day with the Yankees. I'll let you decide how to interpret that bit of coincidence.
A celebration of family
"With all my screwups and how badly I acted, the fact that I’m walking out the door and Hal (Steinbrenner) wants me as part of the family, that’s hitting 800 home runs for me," A-Rod told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal before the game. While the night was a celebration of A-Rod's time with the Yankees family, one of the most endearing moments came in a show of affection from his mother Lourdes.
Mother Nature helps set the mood
Once the rain cleared, the sky stayed lit in dramatic fashion -- an appropriate backdrop for A-Rod's final game with the Yankees.
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Who could ask for a better start?
In the first inning, Rodriguez hit an RBI-double to get the Yankees on the board. It was his only hit of the night, but that's fine. Getting on-base during his first at-bat ensured the night would be a success for A-Rod, no matter what came next.
One last time on base
A-Rod looks to the outfield following the RBI-double that started his night. It's a view he'll likely never forget -- and never see again.
Taking it all in
Fans never put down their cameras (or phones, or tablets, or whatever) when Rodriguez was on the diamond or at the plate. There were too many memories to capture forever, as every moment was a little slice of history.
You can't win them all
Rodriguez's night at the plate ended in anticlimactic fashion. He was 1-for-4, including a strikeout in the fifth inning. History will forget the outs, however, in favor of lionizing that last hit.
A surprise at third base
“I wanted it to be something he never forgot," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of A-Rod's last game. He helped make that a reality by giving the former Gold Glover one last chance to play in the field in the ninth inning with New York up by three runs.
The curtain call
After one out at third, Girardi pulled A-Rod and let him soak up the adoration from the Yankees crowd.
Even more mementos
On his way off of the field after the game, Rodriguez made sure to grab a couple more souvenirs -- two of the game-used balls from his Yankees finale.
The end brings tranquility
Once the night was over, Rodriguez took the podium for one final time at Yankee Stadium. He told reporters that he was at peace, and the smile on his face confirmed it. Wherever he goes from here, A-Rod's free.