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 some of the sport's such a lot hallowed files. 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 might maintain him with the Yankees during the finish of his profession. His attractiveness replaced significantly in February 2009 while Selena Roberts broke the inside track in activities Illustrated that A-Rod had used performance-enhancing medicinal drugs in the course of his 2003 MVP season with the Texas Rangers. Her record brought on 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 fellow 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 notable existence: from his boyhood in ny and the Dominican Republic via his near-mythic highschool profession and quick tune to the massive leagues, the full of A-Rod's profession mirrors the increase and fall of the steroid new release. Roberts is going past the sensational headlines, probing A-Rod's adolescence to bare a guy torn by means of legal responsibility to his relations and the pull of his insatiable hedonism, a conflict--epitomized through 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 have all started 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 guy as soon as thought of the fresh exception of the steroid iteration printed as an unmistakable made of its greed and dissolution.
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Boras capitalized on Alex’s need for someone—particularly a male ﬁgure close to him—to deﬁne his identity for him. Boras liked to grind teams up for every dollar, so Alex was sure to be a holdout. The Mariners knew what they were up against but made the call, anyway. , the phone at the Arteaga home rang. This was where Alex wanted to be on draft day: where his memories of Mr. D. lived, where his family could surround him . . and with local TV cameras on hand to record it all. There were more than a hundred people packed into the family room and kitchen.
Neighbors recall seeing Alex’s eyes brim with tears at the slightest criticism. “I remember telling him not to play near my ﬂowerpots,” a former neighbor, Sandra Gonzalez, says. ” Alex cried when his team lost, when movies ended with sadness or with joy, when he sensed that his mother was worrying about something. Was she lonely, too? There was a sweetness to Alex that must have made it easy to baby him. In old family photos, his striking eyes, a pearlescent green, are almost always wide and bright as he makes himself a willing subject for every picture.
Although his father had been a catcher, Alex had never played behind the plate. But since it was Victor’s position, Alex knew enough to fake it. “Sure,” he said. ” That day, Alex caught a beautiful game, even though he was playing with boys two years older than he was. 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.
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