David Phelps: Alex Rodriguez will be welcomed back by teammates 13


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Whether Yankees fans like it or not, Alex Rodriguez is coming back. However,  ex-teammate David Phelps says the only people Rodriguez needs to welcome him back with open arms is his Yankees teammates.

“One thing that starts all at the top with Joe (Girardi) and goes all the way to the bottom is that the team is a family,” Phelps told the New York Daily News in a phone interview. “The issue isn’t going to be player-to-player or coach-to-player. The circus is going to be what’s portrayed in the media, but that’s New York. It’s something you have to get used to playing there. I don’t think there’s going to be an issue between the players. He’s going to want to come back and help them win a championship.”

David Phelps was traded along with Martin Prado to the Miami Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones last week, and if there’s one person to credit for Phelps’s transition from the minors to the majors, it’s Rodriguez.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He’s an incredible teammate who went out of his way early in my career to help me out. My first couple outings, I’d be in the dugout or in the clubhouse and he would come over and pick my brain; things like, ‘Why did you throw this pitch in this situation?’ ” Phelps said. “Even when we were rehabbing in Trenton a couple years ago, he pulled me over and we talked about the business side of the game, protecting players’ rights, that kind of stuff. He’s incredibly intelligent on the field and with the business side of baseball. He has a lot to offer younger players.”

Although A-Rod has plenty to offer to young players, it’s questionable if he’ll offer plenty on the field after being away from the game for almost two years. The Yankees will figure it out when he arrives for Spring Training, but for now, Phelps is just grateful Rodriguez offered guidance in the beginning of his career.


13 thoughts on “David Phelps: Alex Rodriguez will be welcomed back by teammates

  • Rod

    Refreshing. I get so tired of the ARod haters. He did nothing worse than a ton of other major leaguers who do not get ostracized. Self confidence is not a defect. Hating the self confident is.

    • Guest

      It's one thing to do steroids and apologize about it for making the mistake it's another to constantly lie and try to deny it while turning it into a huge circus. I believed in 2009 he learned his lesson but that wasn't the case when he did it again.

    • @4CaSa_Rodriguez

      Amen !! Finally someone with some sense. I don't understand why everyone hated him but it reminds me how he must be pretty damn good because nobody would be hating on a loser.
      Love you ARod n we can't wait to have you back. Its been too long.
      We will cheer ARod on all day long !!
      #TrueFans

    • steve

      How would you know he's a dirt bag ? Did you ever meet him ? Did he come to you're house and piss on the floor ?
      I don't think so, don't believe everything you hear in the media. If you wanna know about a player ask his teammates. If the man hits 30 plus home runs you'll be the first to suck his dick and let him cum in you're mouth asshole.

      • dean chambers

        YOU MUST BE JUST AS STUPID AS YOUR COMMENT–HE HAS ADMITTED TAKING DRUGS–CAN'T YOU READ OR IS HE TELLING ANOTHER LIE.– JUST BECAUSE A GUY HITS 30 HOME RUNS DOES NOT MEAN HE IS NOT THE WORSE REPRESENTATIVE TO SWING A BAT FOR THE YANKEES. JUST THINK, HE AND BONDS CAN TALK ALL DAY ABOUT DRUGS–YOU KNOW- BECAUSE THEY ARE EXPERTS

  • DCD

    About the only other player who ever lied n denied as much as Arod was Clemens.
    Arod is an ego-maniac. A pathetic has been. Sad some still defend him.
    However 1 thing I'll agree with is his knowledge of the game & it's history.
    Still needs to be gone

  • Karen

    As a Yankees fan, I will welcome Arod back. He is part of our team and we should not boo one of our own. Also, as a matter of expediency, he would probably play better if he feels comfortable back with the team.

  • Les

    He might very well be welcomed back by his team however I seriously doubt that he is liked and it is highly doubtful if anyone respects him. He may well be the most hated athlete in all of sports.

  • Jukie

    Lets not forget – A Rod is probably the most talented player to come along in the last 30 years. Roids or not. If he was to start his career today, and fulfilled his potential, he most likely would go down as the greatest player of all time! Baring injury.

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