• A-Rod: My Dinner With Papi

    Posted by on July 28th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    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.

    Comments on A-Rod: My Dinner With Papi

    1. throwstrikes
      July 28th, 2008 | 10:09 am

      Both A-Rod and Papi have said many times they are friends. Them having a meal together is about as interesting to me as to whether George King has ever had lunch with Mark Feinsand, Tyler Kepner, Ed Price or Dan Graziano. They after all are his competition.

      It’s not uncommon for people who have things in common to form friendships. Sharing a meal with a friend is not news. A-Rod and Varitek having dinner together- now that would be news.

      What players do between the lines and in the clubhouse should be George King’s business. Who they choose to share a meal with is none of his or our business.

    2. Raf
      July 28th, 2008 | 10:35 am

      Dominicans first, ballplayers second.

    3. hopbitters
      July 28th, 2008 | 11:59 am

      “Manny (Ramirez) and (Ortiz) are [my] close friends,”

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      Hey Manny, if you’re tired of Boston, I know a certain lineup you would fit into.

    4. July 28th, 2008 | 12:48 pm

      >> Hey Manny, if you’re tired of Boston, I know a certain lineup you would fit into. >>

      And exactly how many tons of roofies would you have to put in Theo Epstein’s drink to get him to sign off on that….?

    5. hopbitters
      July 28th, 2008 | 1:04 pm

      And exactly how many tons of roofies would you have to put in Theo Epstein’s drink to get him to sign off on that….?

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      Three or four, maybe. I don’t see it happening, but you never know. The thing about Manny is that he can make himself such a nuisance that eventually almost any scenario where he’s gone sounds good.

    6. redbug
      July 28th, 2008 | 1:11 pm

      Arod couldn’t find one Yankee player to help celebrate his birthday?

      No surprise.

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