A-Rod's thoughts with Boston girl
Eighth-grader Rodriguez attacked by hawk during Fenway tour
NEW YORK -- Those A-Rods have to stick together. One day after 13-year-old Alexa Rodriguez was attacked by a red-tailed hawk during a tour of Fenway Park, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said that his thoughts were with the young student.
"I prayed for the girl," Rodriguez said. "She's all right, isn't she? My prayers go out to her."
Rodriguez visited the Boston landmark on a school trip Thursday and was clawed by the hawk, drawing blood. The eighth-grader was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and was treated for a small scratch on her scalp.
Vince Jennetta, a teacher who chaperoned her class trip from Memorial Boulevard Middle School in Bristol, Conn., told The Boston Globe that Alexa is "a little shaken, but OK."
The hawk was perched on a railing in the upper deck behind home plate while the group toured the stadium. The hawk flew at the girl and swooped with its talons extended, scratching her scalp.
A single egg lay in the hawk's nearby nest in an overhang near the stadium's press booth. The nest and egg were removed at the direction of state wildlife officials.
The Yankees' Rodriguez, of course, is no stranger to less-than-welcome receptions at Fenway Park: souvenir photographs of Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek clawing at Rodriguez's face in a July 2004 scuffle still do brisk business on Yawkey Way.
The Yankees visit Boston for the first time this season on April 11.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.