Via Michael Geffner -
Alex Rodriguez may not have Derek Jeter as a clubhouse ally, but he has his old high school teammate and new Yankee first baseman, Doug Mientkiewicz, now.
“Any time Alex wants to come to me about anything, a problem on or off the field, I’m here for him,” said Mientkiewicz, who played baseball and football with A-Rod at Westminster Christian High School in Miami. “I know that he’s such a proud man. He wants to figure everything out on his own. That’s being a man to him. He puts a lot of pressure on himself, is his own worst enemy at times. But, hopefully, if something is bugging him and he needs a familiar face to go to — we’ve known each other since we were 16 — I’ll be the first one he wants to sit down with. Not that I’m a psychiatrist or anything like that. That’s just what being a good teammate, a good friend is all about. And if he wants to open up to me, or if he doesn’t, I’m not going to pressure him either way. He may or may not come to me, I don’t know for sure. But I know he knows I’m here for him. I don’t have to say anything to him.”
It also probably helps that Rico’s wearing #11 this year – he’ll get to locker near Alex on the road in most clubhouses, I would imagine, because their numbers are so close.