ORLANDO, FL—Members of the Yankees couldn’t help but notice that the resort’s iconic mascot Mickey Mouse made a special effort to avoid Alex Rodriguez during the team’s trip to Walt Disney World to celebrate its World Series victory. “I thought it was weird that whenever Alex would yell, ‘Mickey, over here,’ Mickey would just walk in the opposite direction,” said teammate Johnny Damon, adding that he would never have noticed Mickey’s many attempts to avoid the third baseman had Rodriguez not been following the cartoon character around with a little autograph book. “But then we had breakfast with the characters, and Mickey went around and hugged Derek [Jeter] and Mark [Teixeira], even our bullpen catcher. Then he just kind of peeled off when he got to A-Rod.” Rodriguez was later seen having an intense, one-sided conversation with Rescue Rangers Chip and Dale about being a famous athlete living in New York City.
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