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Posted on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 1:30 p.m.

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez visits Michigan athletic facilities

By Kyle Meinke


The Michigan basketball coaching staff poses for a photo with Alex Rodriguez during the third baseman's tour of the Wolverines' athletic facilities.

Courtesy of LaVall Jordan's Twitter account

RichRod is gone -- but how about a little A-Rod?


Former Michigan captain Zack Novak, left, poses with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Zack Novak's Twitter account

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was seen around Ann Arbor on Wednesday, a visit that included a tour of the Michigan basketball team's Player Development Center. He also was seen around the baseball and football facilities, where he was offered some apparel by Jon Falk, the Wolverines' director of equipment operations.

The Yankees are in the midst of a four-game series in Detroit against the Tigers. It is unclear why Rodriguez was in Ann Arbor.

"Just met A Rod in the PDC after my workout," former Michigan basketball captain Zack Novak tweeted. "He's a real nice guy. I told him not to beat up on my White Sox.

"A-Rod's good point for leaders: You pick on things when ur winning and pick up spirits when ur losing. Most ppl do it backwards."

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 2:26 a.m.

He "knew" Michigan's Madonna. But then again who didn't.

Top Cat

Thu, Aug 9, 2012 : 12:45 p.m.

The last time I was in Yankee Stadium, A-Rod was in a prolonged slump and every time he came up, the jokers in the upper deck started chanting, "Paycheck! Paycheck!"


Thu, Aug 9, 2012 : 11:11 a.m.

Nice to know that someone (even an non-alumnus) can just stop by U-M and "hang-out". Just another unknown (until now) amenity of our local public institution. Thanks for the muckraking journalism BTW could you set me up for spot on Friday, say ten-ish. . .


Thu, Aug 9, 2012 : 12:09 p.m.

Perhaps when you are a well known professional athlete making millions and have access to other such athletes, your influence might be sufficient to justify your hanging around UM. Maybe they will give you a hat.


Thu, Aug 9, 2012 : 2:47 a.m.

Why's everyone dissing him? He showed up at UM and hung out. He's teammates with Jeter, a HUGE Michigan fan, so maybe he wanted to check it out for himself. Either way, that's pretty cool that he swung by, imo.


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

Nice of him to stop by.


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

I just like hearing the whole "RichRod is gone" thing.


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 7:55 p.m.

"RichRod is gone -- but how about a little A-Rod?" Um...No.


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

@ Worthless, Spit Rod also comes to mind

Stephen Landes

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

PS: I believe the series is four games, not three.

dading dont delete me bro

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 7:15 p.m.

yet ANOTHER stellar story from!