It’s not easy finding love in the big city at the best of times, but when you’ve gotten out in all but five of your twenty-five plate appearances this postseason, and your manager has pulled you from the game on multiple occasions for a pinch-hitter, it’s downright near impossible.

So, perhaps, we might find some forgiveness in our hearts for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez taking a proactive approach to his love life on Saturday night when, after being replaced by Eric Chavez in the eighth inning of his team’s 6-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers, A-Rod was spotted attempting to procure the telephone numbers belonging to a pair of women sitting behind the Yankees dugout.

A witness, who spoke with the New York Post (who else?), explains:

I watched him flirt with two admittedly very cute young women nearby. Alex was holding a pen and wrote a note on a ball which was thrown at the women by a ball boy. The girls, who had already caught two balls, seemed bemused at first and tried to hand the ball to another fan, but other fans noticed the note on it and yelled at them to read it.

The note asked them to write their phone numbers on the ball and throw it back, One of the girls, with darker blond hair, wrote . . . on the ball and threw it back at A-Rod, who gave her a big smile. They exchanged a few glances after that.

The ol’ baseball-throwback-pickup. A classic. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to work as well for normal people as it does for baseball players.

Of course, the only problem with this is that if Rodriguez was genuinely concerned with busting his slump, he wouldn’t be focusing on “admittedly very cute” women. As we all know, in the misogynist world of baseball superstition, he should have been trying to find the least attractive woman in the stadium.

Typical A-Rod. Always thinking about himself first, and attractive ladies second.