In general, A-Rod can buy any restaurant he eats at, so why has he been packing a lunch?

To be sure Alex Rodriguez, with a 10-year $275 million contract, doesn't have to worry about paying the check, but he's been bringing his own food to restaurants lately. The NY Post reports Rodriguez is looking out for his diet as he gets ready to start spring training.

Paparazzi spotted the Yankees star at a trendy South Beach hotel over the weekend with girlfriend Torrie Wilson. However, instead of ordering from the menu like the common man, Rodriguez brought his own cooler filed with food. A-Rod embarrassingly asked the waitress at the Mondrian Hotel to warm up his out-of-the-ordinary meal. Meanwhile his girlfriend ate like a normal person by the pool.

The youngest player to hit 500 and 600 home runs, Rodriguez admitted using steroids from 2001 to 2003 when playing for the Texas Rangers. He's coming off a bewildering 2011 season, in which he batted .276 with just 16 homers and 62 RBI's while playing in just 99 games because of various injuries.

Hoping to have a big comeback season, A-Rod is on a special high-protein diet which according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provide greater satisfaction, less hunger, and weight loss.

Finally, Rodriguez spent part of the weekend partying with Bronx Bombers teammate Derek Jeter at Michael Jordan's 49th birthday bash in Miami.

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