Alex Rodriguez uplifts Stony Brook University Hospital docs in Zoom happy hour

Not much can surprise the battle-hardened doctors of New York — but A-Rod crashing their Zoom happy hour certainly did.

Some two dozen surgeons from Stony Brook University Hospital in Suffolk County were shocked when the former Yankees slugger hopped on their call with words of encouragement for their frontline fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“You’re only going to go as far as your attitude. Attitude will determine altitude,” A-Rod said during the Zoom meeting Friday at 5 p.m. “I wish everybody luck, and we’ll be better and stronger when we come out of this. Hang in there.”

Stony Brook surgeon Anish Shah, a Yankees fan who organized the weekly happy hours, said he reached out to Alex Rodriguez’s beer company, Presidente, and asked if the World Series champion and 14-time all-star would be game to speak to his colleagues.

“To have A-Rod join to tell us how much our work means to him and everyone else out there — you can’t ask for something more more uplifting,” Shah told The Post on Saturday.

“He said we’re going to come away from this pandemic better off because of it, and I think there is some truth to that. We’re going to learn a lot and gain a lot from it,” he added.

Shah was at Game 2 of the ALDS in 2009 with his buddies and fondly recalls watching A-Rod tie the game in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Minnesota Twins, a pivotal postseason moment in the Yankees’ path to their 27th World Series.

Shah said the happy hours have helped the surgeons’ connect and keep spirits high as they pitch hit to help treat COVID-19 patients.

“It’s a great way for us to keep in touch because we’re working different shifts in all different parts of the hospital, so we’re not together as much as we were before,” Shah said.

“We’re surgeons, and this is a respiratory disease, so as physically exhausting as this has been, there are lots of mental challenges as well. We’re not used to working with medicine, but we’re all going out of our comfort zones to help.”

Both Shah and A-Rod preached positivity during the health crisis.

“You’re going to see a more disciplined world, a world that’s more appreciative and more grateful,” A-Rod said.

“And I think I’ve noticed that people overall have been more generous more humble and I think that’s something this world welcomes for sure.”

Shah was already grateful for his colleagues and the collective efforts of health care workers around the country.

“Whenever we do something as part of a team, we can get through anything,” Shah said.

“Everyone has been so enthusiastic about helping out in as many ways possible and doing things to make sure we take care of these patients as best as we can to flatten the curve and overcome the pandemic,” Shah added.

“As hard as it’s been it’s been, it’s very rewarding, too.”

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