A-Rod pays visit to old kids' club where he grew up

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 11:21 hrs

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez skipped a series of events and stayed home to sign scores baseball bats and balls to give to kids at the Hank Kline Boys and Girls Club in Coconut Grove on Saturday.

A-Rod joined the club when he was only eight, where he met unit director Eddie Rodriguez, who mentored and coached him through the baseball program, putting him on the road to stardom.

Both of them have remained fast friends, and Eddie is a regular face in the crowd at Yankees games.

Alex, along with his daughter Natasha and girlfriend Torre Wilson visited the club and handed out hundreds of gifts to the kids.

"This club, and the kids here, mean a lot to me," the New York Post quoted A-Rod, as saying.

Eddie described as a father figure to Alex and still working full time with the boys and girls at the club, watched proudly.

"When Alex first came here, he was a skinny 8-year-old with a lot of energy. By the time he was 11, we started seeing his real talent. He wanted to play football and basketball, but we focused on baseball. I am proud of what he has and will continue to achieve," Eddie said.

Eddie added, "And it is amazing what he has done for the kids here." (ANI)

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