By Selena Roberts
Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid participant within the background 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 online game, and months later he signed a freelance that may hold him with the Yankees throughout the finish of his occupation. His attractiveness 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 document 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 most costly agreement in significant League Baseball background. even if 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 amazing existence: from his boyhood in ny and the Dominican Republic via his near-mythic highschool occupation and quickly song to the massive leagues, the total of A-Rod's occupation 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 way of legal responsibility to his relatives 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 top of his six-year marriage. Roberts sheds new gentle on A-Rod's abuse of performance-enhancing medications, a tradition he appears to be like 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 newest record-breaking agreement with the Yankees, and examines the insecurities that compel him to hunt help from a motivational guru ahead of 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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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. He wants to please.
Everyone was using it back then,” says the source. ” Baseball sources in Miami believe Caruso also gave steroids to up-and-coming ballplayers—including Alex Rodriguez. “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.
There were recruiting battles among the powerhouse baseball schools that grew ugly at times, with ﬁnger-pointing between coaches over alleged payments and charges of player stealing. Arteaga understood the intensity of Miami baseball—and its promise. He believed Alex had baseball stardom in his blood. He was the one who placed Alex on club teams with older players to sharpen his skills. He was the one who had the connections to help Alex prosper. “Mr. Arteaga knew the movers and shakers of the baseball world; and we were relatively new to Miami,” Susy recalls.
A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez by Selena Roberts