Number 13 was back on the field at the Yankees spring training facility last month. This time, though, he was there as Special Advisor to Hal Steinbrenner. There was a lot of talk about a comeback (“Zero chance”) and quite a few questions from reporters. In the end, though, it was the time with the young players that meant the most.

Alex will be back in camp in a few days to continue to mentor players, helping them by sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly from his 22 ½-year career.

“I think my value is taking them out to dinner and having a three-hour meal,” Rodriguez said. “Recognizing that the first hour-and-a-half, they will probably [be] pretty nervous and pretty tight. By the second half of that dinner, they will start asking real questions.”

It’s those real questions to which Alex is most looking forward.

Read a brief transcript of Alex’s first press conference of spring training here: