Doug Mientkiewicz did not hold back when discussing his former Yankees and high school teammate Alex Rodriguez on a recent podcast appearance.
The former MLB first baseman, who played for New York in the 2007 season, seems to have very little respect for A-Rod now. He began talking about how Rodriguez’s PED suspension in 2014 seems to often be forgotten when discussing the former Yankee’s legacy.
“It’s painful,” Mientkiewicz said on the Foul Territory podcast. “It’s like, wait a minute, do you [forget] you got suspended 200 games? It’s like, ‘Come on, man. Stop it.’ I get it. I played a power position and didn’t have any. Did it cross my mind? Of course. You thought about it. But I was like, ‘You know what, I want to be able to walk when I’m 50.”
The critiques continued to get worse. Mientkiewicz takes offense to Rodriguez seemingly shutting out his former Miami’s Westminster Christian High School teammates.
“I’ve always said this, he’s going to die a lonely man,” Mientkiewicz said. “This whole ‘father of the year’ stuff, God bless him with his daughters, because it’s got to come a long way. But it’s like, ‘You’re just trying to get into heaven now.’ I’m still friends with my high school team. We still text often, not as often as we should, but we still text, group thread, constantly badgering each other. He’s just distant from it. I don’t care how good or how great you become and how far your career goes, you never forget your high school dudes.”
Mientkiewicz even mentioned a story in which Rodriguez fell asleep during a ceremony for their high school baseball coach. It sounds like the bond has been lost between the two, to say the least.