The many faces of Suspended A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to excellent photos (see

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and

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A-Rod put on an absolute facial expression clinic during his

pre-game press conference, his first comments since being suspended

through 2014.

Here are some of the best snapshots — and it’s a pretty

impressive array for a 10-minute press conference — along

with a quote from him that more or less sums up the photo. Which

one is your favorite?

No. 1: The nightmare

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(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

“The last seven months have been a nightmare. Probably the worst

time of my life, for sure.”

No. 2: The deer in headlights

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“By any means, am I out of the woods? This is probably just

phase two just starting. It’s not going to get easier. It’s

probably going to get harder.”

No. 3: The hope on the horizon

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“What we’ve always fought for is the process and I think we have

that and I think at some point we’ll sit in front of an arbiter and

we’ll give our case.”

No. 4: The staring contest

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“I’m not going to get into that today.”

No. 5: The fatigue

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“(It’s been hard) dealing with the circumstances at hand. And

also dealing with a very tough surgery. And a rehab program. And

being 38.”

No. 6: The sad reflection

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“I’m a human being. … I’m fighting for my life. I have to

defend myself. If I don’t defend myself, no one else will.”

No. 7: The thinker

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“I gotta tell you, I haven’t thought that far ahead, but I’m so

excited to have an opportunity to wear this uniform and help this

team win.”