(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The New York Yankees are on the brink of elimination and third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been the subject of criticism for his playoff slump. In an effort to boost his spirits, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has offered his support to Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is hitting just .130 in the postseason with 12 strikeouts in 23 at-bats. He’s also been benched during the playoffs, most recently last night’s Game 3 loss.
Bryant, who is a good friend of Rodriguez’, offered his support to the former MVP.
“I just say to him, ‘Your Alex Rodriguez. You’re A-Rod. You’re one of the best ever to do it,'” Bryant said. “I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, ‘Hell with it’ and just do your thing.”
Rodriguez’ postseason struggles are nothing new to Yankees fans. In 2011, he batted .111 and in 2010 he batted .219. Although, when the Yankees won their last World Series back in 2009, Rodriguez hit .365.
The 37-year-old Rodriguez still has five more years left on his contract with the team.
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Jill Martin, CNN