By Selena Roberts
Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid participant within the background of baseball, a once-in-a-generation expertise poised to damage the various sport's such a lot hallowed documents. In 2007 he turned the youngest participant, at 32, ever to hit 500 domestic runs, solidifying his prestige because the maximum participant in the trendy video game, and months later he signed a freelance that will preserve him with the Yankees throughout the finish of his profession. His popularity replaced enormously in February 2009 while Selena Roberts broke the inside track in activities Illustrated that A-Rod had used performance-enhancing medications 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 heritage. even if he admitted to 3 seasons of steroid use, the guy teammates name "A-Fraud" used to be 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 long island and the Dominican Republic via his near-mythic highschool occupation and speedy music to the large leagues, the entire 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 youth to bare a guy torn by means of legal responsibility to his kinfolk and the pull of his insatiable hedonism, a conflict--epitomized by means of his courting 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 medicinal drugs, a tradition he seems to have began as early as highschool and that prolonged into his Yankee years. She chronicles his secretive genuine property offers, will get contained in the negotiations for his most recent record-breaking agreement with the Yankees, and examines the insecurities that compel him to hunt help from a motivational guru prior to each online 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 made from its greed and dissolution.
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His mother cared deeply about Alex’s welfare, but she was working two jobs. His siblings— Susy and Joe—were there, but they were also trying to establish themselves after college. Alex relied on a circle of adults, from Eddie Rodriguez (no relation) at the Miami Boys & Girls Club on Southwest 32nd Avenue to an array of youth coaches, from mentors such as Jose Canseco to agents trying to woo him. His natural impressionability as a teen was heightened by the fact that he had no father standing sentry between him and the many adults who saw a payday in Alex.
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. “All he wanted to do was throw a baseball or swing a bat. ” On hot summer days, the family would sometimes venture to the area beaches, where Alex liked to build sand castles. “You’ll live in a castle just like this one day,” Victor told him.
They knew each other, for sure,” says Ludt. “I was at Caruso’s house one night when Alex called. He offered to ﬂy Caruso up to Seattle for his ﬁrst pro game. ” (Caruso has since left the dog-kennel business but still lives in Florida. He remains silent about his ties to Alex. ) A former Westminster player says Alex used steroids in high school and that Coach Hofman knew about it. Another Westminster graduate says Hofman’s son, David, who played on the football team with Alex, told him that he witnessed Alex’s use of steroids.