(CBS) As Alex Rodriguez’s last game as a Yankee — and likely as a big leaguer — comes Friday, it’s high time for reflection of the good, the bad and the hilarious.
Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio has a story pertaining to the latter. The playing careers of the veteran Bosio and young Rodriguez overlapped from 1994 to 1996 in Seattle, and the Mariners treated Rodriguez, well, like a youngster.
“There was a lot of tough love, trust me,” Bosio said on the Mully and Hanley Show on Wednesday morning. “I’ll share a story with you. We were in Kansas City for early hitting, and Alex had never been to Kansas City. It’s about 106 out there on the turf, and Alex showed up with a bag of Taco Bell, and he’s sitting in the dugout and says, ‘Hey guys, anybody want a taco?’ Jay Buhner, a really high-spirited Texan bald dude, you know, had a really mean demeanor but he was as a puppy dog, he walks up to Alex and goes, ‘What are you doing? How come you’re not out here early?’ He goes, ‘Oh man, I’m just having some food, I was starving.’ Jay goes, ‘Wow man, that’s awesome, you got Taco Bell. You going to get that for everybody?’ Alex goes, ‘Oh yeah, I brought plenty.’ And Jay picks the bag up, throws it up in the air, takes his bat and swings and just smashes it all over the wall of the dugout and goes, ‘Don’t ever be late for early hitting again, rookie. Now clean up this ****!’
“It was outstanding. There’s my Alex Rodriguez story.”
Listen to Bosio’s full interview below. He also has plenty to say about the Cubs’ starting rotation, the Tommy La Stella saga and more.