Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/4/13
All along, all Alex Rodriguez had to do was buy Derek Jeter more dinner. That’s oversimplifying the art of being a good teammate, but Rodriguez — who has spent most of his career attracting heavy criticism for how he conducts himself around the media and fellow players — seems to have finally figured out the basic steps to goodwill in his latest minor league comeback. Rodriguez didn’t log a hit for a second straight game playing for the Charleston RiverDogs, but he did leave his stint with the Yankees’ Single-A club with his teammates lauding his presence. The way to a bunch of young players’ hearts? Dinner — two nights in a row. Rodriguez paid for the team meal the two nights he played with Charleston, including steak from Outback one evening, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. He also spent time mentoring players before a game. “It was a great experience to talk to someone of his stature in the game, one of the all-time greats to ever play baseball,” first baseman Greg Bird said. “What he’s gone through is a great experience for us. … We’d love to have him come back.” Perhaps the most telling part of what Bird said to Nightengale, however, was another comment about Rodriguez’s professionalism. “He taught us the consistency of a routine, how it starts the night before a game, all of the way to what he eats for breakfast, lunch, and gets ready for a game,” Bird said. Presumably, steak is part of any winning diet. Nightengale tweeted that Rodriguez will be “greatly missed” by his teammates after shelling out for the meals. Rodriguez is expected back in the big leagues July 22 when the Yankees play the Rangers, Nightengale said. Rodriguez has grounded out three times and struck out once in his four at-bats so far, but he said he’s not going to focus on the results until he gets more looks at the plate. One thing he was quickly discounting was the opposing pitcher, Mauricio Cabrera, who pumped a 101-mph fastball past Rodriguez to start an at-bat. “The good news for me is I didn’t hit 101 before hip surgery,” Rodriguez said. “The kid was throwing gas. “It’s a process. I’m most interested to see how my body reacts in back-to-back games. I felt good. To me, that’s the barometer I’m looking for, to come back-to-back games. I don’t mind if I save all my hits for New York.” Maybe he’ll save some dinner money, too.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Alabama vs. Wisconsin showdown not selling many tickets

Report: Last-minute Deflategate settlement deal very unlikely

Aaron Rodgers doesn't want to play in 2016 Hall of Fame Game

Floyd Mayweather Sr.: Manny Pacquiao a 'liar with no skills'

Reports: LeSean McCoy's Week 1 status still uncertain

Jay Feely told Deflategate judge about 2009 kicking incident

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jon Gruden calls Marcus Mariota a ‘double-edged sword’

Report: Bills expected to cut Matt Cassel

Garcon: RG3 can be ‘great player on any team that he goes to’

Report: Cavs ‘convinced’ LeBron would not leave Cleveland again

Fred Jackson is upset Bills GM Doug Whaley wasn’t honest

Report: Jaguars won’t let Justin Blackmon leave for CFL

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker