Alex Rodriguez and Doug Mientkewicz spent lone 1 twelvemonth arsenic teammates successful the large leagues, truthful it whitethorn marque consciousness they would not person the champion narration ever.
However, that was not their lone clip arsenic teammates - the 2 played some shot and shot unneurotic astatine Westminster Christian School extracurricular of Miami.
However, contempt knowing each different since childhood, Mientkewicz unloaded connected his erstwhile teammate, a three-time MVP and World Series champion with Hall of Fame numbers.
Doug Mientkiewicz, #11, and Alex Rodriguez, #13 of the New York Yankees, locomotion connected the tract earlier the crippled against the Texas Rangers connected May 8, 2007 astatine Yankee Stadium successful the Bronx borough of New York City. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
"I’ve ever said this, he’s going to dice a lonely man," Mientkiewicz said connected "Foul Territory." "This full ‘father of the year’ stuff, God bless him with his daughters, due to the fact that it’s got to travel a agelong way. But it’s like, ‘You’re conscionable trying to get into eden now.’ I’m inactive friends with my precocious schoolhouse team. We inactive substance often, not arsenic often arsenic we should, but we inactive text, radical thread, perpetually badgering each other. He’s conscionable distanced from it. I don’t attraction however bully oregon however large you go and however acold your vocation goes, you ne'er hide your precocious schoolhouse dudes."
New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez, #13, and Doug Mientkiewicz, #11, upset successful their dugout during Game 1 against the Cleveland Indians successful Cleveland Oct. 4, 2007. (Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
Mientkewicz said that Rodriguez precocious attended a solemnisation for their aged precocious schoolhouse manager to observe "his 3 millionth win," but Rodriguez was "in his [Minnesota] Timberwolves garment sleeping successful a chair."
The brace teamed up successful the majors with the 2007 New York Yankees, but Mientkewicz recalled a clip erstwhile catcher Jorge Posada told him the Yankees should person acquired him agelong prior, due to the fact that helium would enactment Rodriguez successful check.
"He's similar ‘Alex is wholly antithetic astir you.’ And I'm similar ‘it’s connected you guys. You guys fto him get distant with this s--- …,'" helium said. "He'd marque a kid transportation his mitt and his loop … and I'm like, 'what the f---? You can't transportation your ain belt? What's incorrect with you? Put it on. Everyone present is making $30 million, too.'"
Rodriguez, though, did not instrumentality the favor.
"That was really strange, due to the fact that I ever considered Doug a friend," Rodriguez told USA Today. "I was shocked and surprised. My daughters sent maine the articles, my mom, my brother, each radical that truly similar Doug. I was truly adjacent with his ma and dad.
New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez moving to 3rd basal successful a regular play crippled against the Boston Red Sox played astatine Yankee Stadium successful Bronx, New York. Red Sox defeated the Yankees 11 - 4 connected April 27, 2007. (Bryan Yablonsky/Getty Images)
"One happening I'll ne'er bash is talk poorly astir immoderate of my teammates, particularly 1 of my precocious schoolhouse teammates, truthful I privation him well."
Rodriguez won the AL MVP Award the 1 twelvemonth they were teammates erstwhile helium led the majors with 54 location runs, 156 RBI, and a 1.067 OPS portion hitting .314. However, those Yanks were bounced successful the American League Division Series by Cleveland successful 4 games.
Mientkewicz was portion of the 2004 Red Sox that came backmost from 3-0 down against the Yanks successful the American League Championship Series and yet went connected the interruption the Curse of the Bambino by winning Boston's archetypal World Series successful 86 years.