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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez 2016 (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Baseball star A-Rod plays his last game for the Yankees


Alex Rodriguez, baseball's most notorious star from the past two decades has swung his bat for the New York Yankees for the last time. He played his final game on Friday night, against the Tampa Bay  Rays in front of a sellout crowd of 46,459 people.                         

"I've given these fans a lot of headaches over the years and I've disappointed a lot of people," he said after the Yankees 6-3 victory, "But like I've always said, you don't have to be defined by your mistakes. How you come back matters, too, and that's what New York's all about."

He tips his Yankee hat to the crowd one last time. 

The rambunctious crowd of Yankee supporters were chanting "We want A-Rod!" all night long.

When he was finally sent to third base for the first time in 15 months, at the start of the ninth inning, the stadium organist played "Thanks for Memory." Before getting to his position on third base, Rodriguez stopped, bent down and grabbed a handful of dirt to mark the occasion. 

Rodriguez went 1-for-4 on Friday night which left him with a .200 average, nine home runs and 31 RBIs in his 12th and final season with the Yankees. 

What's next:

Rodriguez will be cut by the Yankees on Saturday as the team tries to pivot towards its younger players. The 41-year-old shortstop, third baseman and designated hitter isn't sure whether he will ever play professionally again.

His coach, Joe Girardi tearing up. 

Regardless, someday that bat will be worth thousands on eBay. Maybe. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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