By Selena Roberts
Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid participant within the historical past of baseball, a once-in-a-generation expertise poised to damage the various sport's so much hallowed files. In 2007 he grew to become the youngest participant, at 32, ever to hit 500 domestic runs, solidifying his prestige because the maximum participant in the fashionable video game, and months later he signed a freelance that may retain him with the Yankees in the course of the finish of his occupation. His popularity replaced greatly in February 2009 whilst Selena Roberts broke the scoop in activities Illustrated that A-Rod had used performance-enhancing medicines in the course of his 2003 MVP season with the Texas Rangers. Her record triggered a contrite Rodriguez to admit unlawful drug use in the course of his 2001–2003 seasons with the Rangers, who had signed him to the costliest agreement in significant League Baseball background. even supposing he admitted to 3 seasons of steroid use, the guy teammates name "A-Fraud" was once nonetheless hiding the reality. within the first definitive biography of Alex Rodriguez, Roberts assembles the strands of a weird and wonderful and notable existence: from his boyhood in manhattan and the Dominican Republic via his near-mythic highschool occupation and quick tune to the massive leagues, the total of A-Rod's profession mirrors the increase and fall of the steroid iteration. Roberts is going past the sensational headlines, probing A-Rod's early life to bare a guy torn through legal responsibility to his family members and the pull of his insatiable hedonism, a conflict--epitomized via his dating with Madonna and devotion to Kabbalah--that ended in the tip of his six-year marriage. Roberts sheds new mild on A-Rod's abuse of performance-enhancing medicines, a tradition he seems to have all started as early as highschool and that prolonged into his Yankee years. She chronicles his secretive actual property offers, will get contained in the negotiations for his most up-to-date record-breaking agreement with the Yankees, and examines the insecurities that compel him to hunt aid from a motivational guru earlier than each video game. In A-Rod, Roberts captures baseball's maximum participant as a sad determine in pinstripes: the fellow as soon as thought of the fresh exception of the steroid new release published as an unmistakable fabricated from its greed and dissolution.
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D. was on that team. They lived two blocks from Alex. The two boys became close friends and played in every youth league Mr. Arteaga could ﬁnd for them. A year went by. Alex was still skinny but now tall with angular facial features, his xylophone ribs showing through his skin and his elbows as sharp as arrowheads. , and wanted to be a shortstop, just like Cal. If one of his idols swung a black bat, Alex would use shoe polish and a felt-tip pen to blacken his own bat. In one boyhood photo, Alex is wearing red shorts and a dark cap, smiling at the camera but batting left-handed.
Alex started carrying a little red bat [in the house],” Susy says. “He would not let go of that. He’d hit us with the bat when he got out of the stroller. You’d turn around and he’d be, like, pow! Or, if he wanted something and didn’t get it, he’d hit you. I had red marks on my back from that bat. He was a baby who would really throw ﬁts. ” As a child, Alex seldom did without. “He was doted on,” Susy says. He was excused when he wielded his bat wildly and coddled when he cried. “Once he was born, it seemed that everything in our house turned to plastic,” Joe once said.
I don’t think Alex is very good at communicating,” says Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. ” He doesn’t talk as reﬂexively as he hits. It’s as if he’s pulling the cord on a See ’n Say in search of the right phrase. Where does the arrow point? This scripted Alex reveals the frailty beneath the brawn, a layer not at all surprising considering the roots of his vulnerability. In the spring of 1993, Alex was a teen pinup in the ofﬁce of every major-league GM. The scouts practically had personalized 34 A-Rod parking spaces in Miami’s Westminster Christian School lot as they tracked Alex’s every throw, swing and slide during his senior year.
A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez by Selena Roberts