A-Rod on benching: “I’m not happy and disappointed”

Alex Rodriguez met with the media on the field while the Yankees were taking batting practice this afternoon prior to ALDS Game 5, discussing manager Joe Girardi’s decision to bench him in favor of Eric Chavez for the decisive game of the series against the Orioles.

Here is the transcript:

On Rodriguez’s reaction:
“Obviously I’m not happy and disappointed. You want to be in there in the worst way, but as I keep telling you guys, this isn’t a story about one person. This is about a team, and we have some unfinished business today. Our objective is to win one game tonight and keep this thing moving.”

On helping off the bench:
“Without question. I do know in 27 outs, a lot can happen. I’ll be ready.”

On feeling singled out:
“No. It is what it is. I can’t control that. The only thing I can do is go out and try to have some quality at-bats and help this team win.”

On being unhappy with himself or Girardi’s decision:
“It’s never about Joe. I always have to look in the mirror and do what I can do to do the best I can. Don’t assume you’ve heard the last from us or me.”

On if being benched is different than being pinch-hit for:
“I’m not going to get into that. We’re ready to go today. We’ve got one game and I’m part of this team. I’m ready to roll. I’ll be ready.”

- Thanks to MLB.com’s Steven Miller.

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