Whoo boy we have got to find a way to keep Alex Rodriguez in the game.

Even if he has to take an extended break. Even if he can’t play anymore. Even if he just stops by for Old-Timers’ Day and Biogenesis Reunion Day.

Will we ever have a better villain? Somewhere Barry Bonds is catching up on the latest A-Rod news nodding approvingly and saying out loud to no one “Well played Alex.”

With the clock ticking on his baseball freedom the 38-year-old put on a show for the ages at Arm & Hammer Park wowing a sellout crowd of 8080 — most of whom booed his first at-bat — with a monster home run in the third inning and then captivating a packed news conference with veiled conspiracy theories that obviously were targeted against his two nemeses — the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball.

The man isn’t hunting small game.

“The one thing I’ve gotten from so many people so many fans some teammates is ‘What is going on?’ ” Rodriguez said after the Yankees’ Double-A Trenton affiliate wrapped up a 6-2 victory over Reading. “There’s a lot of people that are confused a lot of people that don’t understand the process. A lot of layers.

“I will say this: There’s more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. That’s not my teammates and it’s not the Yankees fans.”

And with that A-Rod served up publicly what he has felt privately for a long time: That both the Yankees and MLB want him to go away the Yankees to get out from under the roughly $96 million they still owe him and MLB to blot out the image of a former legend turned baseball gangster.

MLB has informed A-Rod and his fellow players linked to Biogenesis they have until 6 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow to agree to suspensions with the announcements coming Monday. The other players involved all might accept punishments in the 50-games range whereas A-Rod hasn’t been amenable to a banishment through next season — which is why commissioner Bud Selig has been at least contemplating a lifetime ban. He also is considering suspending Rodriguez via the Basic Agreement’s “best interests of the game” clause (for allegedly obstructing MLB’s investigation) as opposed to the Joint Drug Agreement (for purchasing illegal performance-enhancing drugs.