Via George King -
Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz shared a late meal Saturday night on the eve of Rodriguez’s 33rd birthday at JER-NE restaurant and were joined by somebody Rodriguez predicts will develop into a star.
Sitting with the perennial All Stars was Yonder Alonso, a Coral Gables, Fla., resident, former Miami University star and the seventh pick (by the Reds) in last month’s draft who Rodriguez predicts will sign a $7 million contract soon.
“Manny (Ramirez) and (Ortiz) are [my] close friends,” Rodriguez said when asked if he often socializes with opponents before the Yanks’ 9-2 loss to the Red Sox last night.
Alonso is more than a friend to Rodriguez, a fellow Coral Gables resident.
“He hits at my house every night, still does,” Rodriguez said of left-handed hitting first baseman Rodriguez compared with a young Jason Giambi . “He was my shadow for four months during the winter.”
Somehow, thirty years ago, I don’t think you would have found Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk breaking bread together during a Yanks-Sox series. Nor would you have found Rick Burleson and Lou Piniella buying each other a round of drinks.
Actually, this change may just be a recent thing – say, since around 2003. (Remember Manny and Enrique Wilson being caught partying together?) I don’t think you would have found many Yankees of the late ’90′s…like Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, Joe Girardi, Chad Curtis, Scott Brosius, or Jorge Posada…hanging out with Mo Vaughn or John Valentin the evening after (or before) a game with the Red Sox.