The New York Yankees won Game 3 of the ALDS in dramatic fashion last night, largely due to the fact that Alex Rodriguez wasn’t on the field. Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for the superstar third baseman, and his two homeruns secured the victory. Kobe Bryant (A-Rod’s friend), wants to make sure Rodriguez — who seemed to take things in stride — isn’t too distraught. Per Arash Markazi and Greg Beacham: “Kobe, a Yankee fan, didn’t crack a smile when told of the Yankees finish tonight. He considers A-Rod a good friend. ‘I don’t like that. That’s not good for the chemistry of the team. I’m going to have to call A-Rod.’ [...] ‘I’m gonna have to call A-Rod, talk him off the ledge.’”