By Selena Roberts
Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid participant within the heritage of baseball, a once-in-a-generation expertise poised to damage some of the sport's such a lot hallowed documents. 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 trendy video game, and months later he signed a freelance that might maintain him with the Yankees throughout the finish of his occupation. His recognition replaced tremendously in February 2009 whilst Selena Roberts broke the scoop in activities Illustrated that A-Rod had used performance-enhancing medications in the course of his 2003 MVP season with the Texas Rangers. Her file caused 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 though 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 extraordinary and striking existence: from his boyhood in big apple and the Dominican Republic via his near-mythic highschool profession and quick tune to the large leagues, the complete of A-Rod's occupation mirrors the increase and fall of the steroid iteration. Roberts is going past the sensational headlines, probing A-Rod's adolescence to bare a guy torn by means of legal responsibility to his family members and the pull of his insatiable hedonism, a conflict--epitomized by means of his dating with Madonna and devotion to Kabbalah--that resulted in the tip of his six-year marriage. Roberts sheds new gentle on A-Rod's abuse of performance-enhancing medications, a convention he seems to be to have began as early as highschool and that prolonged into his Yankee years. She chronicles his secretive genuine property bargains, will get contained in the negotiations for his most modern record-breaking agreement with the Yankees, and examines the insecurities that compel him to hunt help from a motivational guru prior to 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 printed as an unmistakable made from its greed and dissolution.
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I think all those kids got drafted, and he was their three-hole hitter and shortstop. And he was playing against some of the better seventeen-year-olds in the world. That’s when I ﬁrst thought, This kid’s got a chance to be a big-time player. He was hittin’ balls out all over the ﬁeld. He was putting on a show in batting practice, and we were thinking, This guy could be the next Cal Ripken, Jr. ” Alex was playing out of his mind, but he was burdened with worry about the safety of his family. He had no idea where they were when Andrew hit with 145-mph winds.
Numbers would always form Alex’s identity.
They would see him take extra ﬁelding reps and linger in the batting cage long after everyone else had stopped hitting. “I think his work ethic was something special,” Hofman says. The scouts swarmed the Westminster team—ranked number one in the country by USA Today in 1992, with a national championship banner—with as many as 100 scouts watching its tournament games. Alex handled the attention, the scrutiny and the adulation well. He acted, spoke and thought like an old soul. He knew what people wanted to hear.