Alex Rodriguez arrived at 245 Park Ave. for the first day of the rest of his baseball life at 9:27 Monday morning climbing out of a black SUV in a sharp blue suit and accompanied by his high-profile New York lawyer Joe Tacopina.

Rodriguez who says he will attend every day of the arbitration in which he will challenge the unprecedented 211-game suspension handed down by commissioner Bud Selig for violating the game's collectively bargained drug agreement joined another of his attorneys David Cornwell for the hearing before a three-person panel that includes MLB vice president Rob Manfred MLB Players Association general counsel David Prouty and arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Looking shaken and nervous Rodriguez stepped through the media throng to shake hands with a group of supporters carrying Dominican flags and carrying signs that read "Bosch Liar!" and "Leave A-Rod Alone!"

Rodriguez is accused of procuring and using drugs furnished by Anthony Bosch the owner of the now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic Biogenesis at the heart of baseball's biggest drug scandal.

The media throng started lining up early along Park Avenue Monday morning with four television vans parked back to back in front of MLB's offices. Rodriguez's day of reckoning began under azure skies with the embattled Yankee third baseman set to begin his appeal.