1. A lot of people in New York have been hoping Girardi won't play him. Two things about that. First, as I've pointed out, Yankee third baseman have been the worst in the majors this year. If the team's going to make the playoffs--despite the injuries, the ineffectiveness of every starter not named Kuroda or Nova, and the circus surrounding you-know-who, they're only five games out of the wild card--even an old creaking Rodriguez would be a massive upgrade. Second, it's not like Yankee managers have been averse to putting the best team on the field.
2. Did you that under his contract, he gets a $6 million bonus for passing Willie Mays on the all-time home run list? Current standings: Mays 660, Rodriguez 647.