Maybe Alex Rodriguez isn't a gigantic douche after all.

A-Rod—who started a rehab stint in the minor leagues with a short two-day stay with the Charleston RiverDogs earlier this week—apparently made nice with his new teammates. He paid for dinner two nights in a row. He was pleasant in the clubhouse. And he even gave up a bunch of his time to talk to the RiverDogs' young guys about what it takes to make it in the major leagues.

"It was a great experience to talk to someone of his stature in the game, one of the all-time greats to ever play baseball," RiverDogs first baseman Greg Bird said yesterday. "What he's gone through is a great experience for us. He taught us the consistency of a routine, how it starts the night before a game, all of the way to what he eats for breakfast, lunch, and gets ready for a game. It was just a great experience being able to play with one of the greatest baseball players ever. We all got to shake his hand and say, 'Thanks.' We'd love to have him come back."

They'd love to have him come back? Wow. It sounds like he left quite an impression on the young guys. Now let's see if he's able to keep it up as he moves on to his next rehab stint and, eventually, back to the major leagues. We wouldn't necessarily count on it. But hey, stranger things have happened, right?

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[via Big League Stew]