Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/9/12
Alex Rodriguez played Santa and gave presents to a group of lucky kids at a toy giveaway in Miami on Saturday, but it was the New York Yankees who got a visit from Christmas past when A-Rod vowed to return from upcoming hip surgery in enough time to lead the team to the World Series — just like in 2009. The Yankees 37-year-old  third baseman, who is scheduled for surgery in mid-January to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, said he will rebound from last year's forgettable season and be back at the plate in time for the playoffs. "Look, I know it's a challenge to get to the World Series and I know it's going to be a long road back," Rodriguez told reporters at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade Saturday. "But my job as a leader is to help my team to the championship no matter what." Rodriguez just endured a coal-worthy post-season after a not-so-nice 2012 regular season campaign. The Yankees slugger batted a miserly .120 (3-for-25) with no RBI in the playoffs and manag...
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