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Alex Rodriguez's call-in to radio show helps Don La Greca get mortgage paid by Michael Kay

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a two-RBI single in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Aug. 30, 2015 in Atlanta. Credit: Getty Images / Kevin C. Cox

Alex Rodriguez's most infamous radio interview came in November of 2013, when he stormed out of an arbitration hearing and into Mike Francesa's WFAN studio, where he pointedly denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.

These days, of course, there is a kinder, gentler, more popular and less contentious A-Rod working in the Bronx, which was reflected in another memorable local radio episode Thursday evening.

Earlier this year, Don La Greca, who co-hosts the Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York radio, had been promised by Rodriguez that he would make an appearance sometime this season.

La Greca decided the rainout against the Blue Jays was a perfect opportunity to get him to visit the show's small studio in the Yankee Stadium loading dock before he went home.

Kay, who has been highly critical of A-Rod on the air in the past, agreed to email Rodriguez on La Greca's behalf to invite him to stop by, even though earlier this season Kay had offered to pay a month of La Greca's home mortgage if Rodriguez appeared as a guest.

La Greca made several pleas on the air to have Rodriguez visit Thursday night, and eventually left the studio in search of Rodriguez. But he was stopped at the clubhouse door because the media access period following the rainout announcement had ended.

It turned out Rodriguez already had left the building, but after one more request from Kay, he called in from his car, saying he was doing it to help La Greca with his mortgage and in celebration of the recent success of La Greca's favorite team, the Mets.

Kay, La Greca and Ryan Ruocco briefly interviewed A-Rod about his season and about the Thursday night NFL opener, and that was that. Kay said he would pay the mortgage offer even though the guest appearance was not in person.

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