NEW YORK -- After filing two lawsuits and sitting through his fifth day of hearings at Major League Baseball’s Park Avenue offices in midtown Manhattan on Friday, all Alex Rodriguez wanted was to go home, relax and enjoy a cold one.
"[The] truth is that I’m feeling really humble, really happy with the support," the Yankees third baseman said in Spanish, according to ESPN Deportes’ Adriano Torres, after exiting MLB’s offices just after 6 p.m. and signing autographs for about 10 minutes.
"It's been a difficult week. Now I want to go home [and] drink a beer with my family, but truthfully, with the support, I’m feeling really proud and I’m feeling really happy with the love and energy that they’ve given me."
A-Rod filed lawsuits against baseball Thursday night and New York Yankees team doctor Chris Ahmad and the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Friday night.
"We’re in a process. The process has to be respected," A-Rod said. "What I do know is that I'm very happy with the support. I want to give my thanks to all of the Hispanics in the entire world, here in New York City and [who've] been here the entire week. Keep supporting me. Thanks a lot."
A-Rod also said: "For us [the Yankees], it’s always about winning a championship. But for me, I want to work hard this winter and maintain myself for the upcoming year."
Rodriguez’s hearing for his 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy did not end Friday, though the cross-examination of Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch by A-Rod’s lawyers did, according to a source.
The hearing is expected to resume the week of Oct. 14, sources said.