Former Yankees third baseman and current team adviser Alex Rodriguez said he understands what it's like to be a big star new to New York, like Giancarlo Stanton.
"There's always a place for helping players get adjusted to New York," Rodriguez said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "No matter which generation you're talking about, that is probably the most challenging thing I've ever had to do. Having players come from secondary or tertiary markets to the No. 1 market in the world, it's something that is very difficult."
Rodriguez, who spent 12 of his 22 seasons with the Yankees, joined New York in a February 2004 trade with the Texas Rangers and was expected to be the franchise's star in a lineup that already featured Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Jason Giambi.
Stanton, the reigning National League MVP, joined the Yankees in December in a trade with the Miami Marlins. But Stanton's situation is moderately different than Rodriguez's. With 267 home runs and four All-Star Game appearances, he's among the most experienced players on a roster that features budding stars Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird.
"He's willing to do anything, whatever makes the most sense from a lineup standpoint," manager Aaron Boone said, according to Hoch, about Stanton. "That kind of unselfishness that we've seen in these initial days for an MVP, I think he understands where he's at and all that comes with it. He's in such a good place from a focus standpoint of it really being about winning. I believe that will carry him."
Rodriguez said he believes the current group of Yankees has immense potential.
"[The lineup] has an opportunity to be record-breaking and put up numbers that we have not seen in a really long time," Rodriguez said. "I can't remember seeing this type of lineup, 1 through 9."