Wednesday marked Alex Rodriguez’s return to baseball and the most hated member of the New York Yankees went 1-2 with a walk in his 2015 spring training debut. Rodriguez is playing his first baseball of any kind since Major League Baseball suspended him for the entire 2014 season on August 6th, 2013. Rodriguez hit a line-drive single in the first inning that made headlines throughout the news world.

One such publication to make fun of Rodriguez’s hit was the NY Post, which posted the hilarious headline: “A-Rod Singles (Would have been a homer on the juice).” It also prefaced the headline with “First hit in two years.” Rodriguez was the target of a lot of mock and ridicule on the day as the troubled Yankees star looked old, slow, and extremely rusty in his appearances at the plate.

NY Post Headline The NY Post ran this hilarious headline after Alex Rodriguez went 1-2 with a single and a walk in his 2015 Spring Training debut. Twitter

“He was behind on pitches,” said one scout. “He looked rusty.”

Even the opposing team got in on the action as Philadelphia Phillies bench coach, Larry Bowa, said that he “looked slow” and “he’s a below-average runner.”

Rodriguez himself admitted that he wasn’t as sharp as he was when he last stepped to plate and preached patience to the media, fans and the Yankees as he tries to mold back into baseball shape.

“Two to three weeks from now, I’ll have a better feel,” he said. “Everything feels a little off right now. Everything feels a little strange right now.”

Rodriguez is a little over a year removed from the Biogenesis scandal that saw 13 players get suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season. Rodriguez was the only one of that group who was given a longer suspension, and he subsequently appealed. Rodriguez was accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and then subsequently blocking and obstructing investigations into that usage. After attempting to sue MLB, he finally dropped the lawsuit, his appeal, and served a shortened sentence of 162 games, the entirety of the 2014 season.

The Boston Herald reported on Wednesday that the end is near for Rodriguez after watching him swing the bat in one spring training game. Although their sentiment is not exactly the understatement of the year, it’s noteworthy that the Yankees are stuck with A-Rod for the 2015 season. Rodriguez’s contract is so large, and the spectacle that follows him is so distracting that nobody would trade for him. The Yankees can’t outright release him without eating his entire salary, so they are stuck with him for now. The best-case scenario would be to play this out and see if Rodriguez gets injured and is forced to miss time.