Yankees: Did A-Rod Forget To Check His Baggage?

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Yankees Instructor Alex Rodriguez arrived in camp for his second tour of mentoring this weekend. But did he forget to check his baggage at the gate?

The Yankees have liked everything they’ve seen from Alex Rodriguez in his newly appointed task of providing instruction and mentoring for the Baby Bombers who are still in camp. And for the most part, it’s been a “feel-good” story for most fans as well.

But things may have taken a turn for the worse when A-Rod decided, or maybe was ordered by his other half, to bring along his new dating partner, Jennifer Lopez.

No doubt, this was a delight to the virile young men who play baseball for a living.  And who wouldn’t want the chance to, shall we say, rub elbows with Lopez?

But really Alex, did you make the right choice for the Yankees? Because on the surface, it sparks of the old me-me-me Alex.

We get it and we’re happy for you. And so are the Yankees who have demonstrated time and time again that they want nothing but the best for you in your retirement years.

But how many ways can you spell D-I-S-T-R-A-C-T-I-O-N?

To his credit, though, Rodriguez got down to business once he stepped on the field and spent a considerable amount of time with Gleyber Torres and Tyler Austin. Rodriguez was also seen around the batting cage chatting with Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman.

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If anything was said to Rodriguez by either Girardi or Cashman, it was spoken in a whisper.

The team will also use Rodriguez as a roving minor league instructor for at least this season when they are on the hook for $21 million in salary owed to him. Beyond this year, anything further in the relationship is not cemented.

Rodriguez has signed a multi-year deal with FOX as an analyst and has also been mentioned for a similar role with the Yankees YES network.

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Following a 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, the Bombers take to the road to play the Houston Astros in a 1:05 p.m. game.

Yesterday’s highlights included a home run by Billy McKinney, his third of the spring, and two RBI for Gary Sanchez, raising his total to 13 for the spring.

Newly acquired reliever, Ernesto Frieri, took the loss.

CC Sabathia made the start and went four innings giving up three earned runs with five strikeouts. Sabathia now has a 9.45 ERA for the spring.