In the bottom of the 9th inning with one out and the Yankees down a run to the Baltimore Orioles, the game was on the line. New York decided to pinch-hit for the highest-paid mediocre baseball player in history: the ice cold A-Rod.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi chose instead to go with the power-hitting outfielder off the bench, Raúl Ibáñez.
It's not that Ibáñez isn't good, but he's old, and has been relegated to the bench this year. His best days are decidedly behind him.
Ibáñez hits it out! Tie game!
Even A-Rod looks happy!
No seriously, he was really impressively gracious! He was the first one up in the dugout to meet Ibáñez.
I know. It's sad to be impressed by what should be a natural reaction, but this is a guy who literally kissed a mirror in a photo shoot and was rumored to have a portrait of himself as a centaur in his room.