A-rod, the reigning MVP and all-time home run king, and his long-time buddy, the Yankees’ Bonds, are back in the game.
They were in the same clubhouse Sunday, as Bonds walked off the field to celebrate his 30th birthday and A-rods teammates hugged him as they cheered.
They also have a bond, and the Yankees want to build that again, too.
The Yankees will hold a celebration in their ballpark Tuesday night, when the team plays the Pittsburgh Pirates.
But that will be just the first in a series of events to celebrate Bonds, who will be a part of the celebration.
“He’s going to be there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
“I don’t want to be the one to say ‘You’ve been a great teammate for 30 years,’ but he’s been an awesome teammate for 15 years.
I mean, it’s just great to see him again, and it’s fun to be a fan of his.”
Bonds is a Hall of Famer who won five batting titles with the Yankees, and he has become a household name.
“It’s great to be in that position,” A-rabbits Bonds said.
Bonds was an All-Star with the Phillies and Mets in the 1990s and led the majors with a .324 batting average, but his batting average dropped dramatically after his contract was purchased from the Mets in 2007.
He had three consecutive seasons of at least .300, and in 2010, he was hit with the first suspension in major league history when he was suspended for a season.
But he won a second batting title with the Orioles in 2014, and since then, he has been the face of the franchise.
“You can’t ask for a better role model for the young kids than him,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
A-Rods, who played for the Angels in the 1980s, is the Yankees third baseman of the future.
He was acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays on Sept. 22 and has been in the clubhouse with the other two Yankees, Brian McCann and Curtis Granderson.
“A-rood is a great guy and a great friend,” Girardi added.
“We’re going to have a great time.
You know, I know A-Rays is going to come up and celebrate.
We’re going down there, so I can’t wait to see A-ROOD, so it’s going for A-raff.
A good time.”
The Yankees have not played a game without A-Robds since 2013, when they played a one-game exhibition against the Mets.
A New York native, A-robds joined the Yankees at the age of 7 after the Yankees acquired him from the Phillies in a swap for Joe Blanton and a player to be named later.
The three have played together for 13 seasons and hit an average of .292 in that time.
Bonds, Arods and McCann are all expected to return for the game Tuesday.
The Blue Jays are 3-1 since the All-Stars game and are riding a six-game winning streak.
The first of three games is scheduled for Tuesday night.