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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 turned the youngest participant, at 32, ever to hit 500 domestic runs, solidifying his prestige because the maximum participant in the fashionable 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 medicinal drugs in the course of his 2003 MVP season with the Texas Rangers. Her document 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 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 strange and outstanding existence: from his boyhood in big apple and the Dominican Republic via his near-mythic highschool occupation and quick tune to the massive 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 through legal responsibility to his kinfolk and the pull of his insatiable hedonism, a conflict--epitomized via his dating with Madonna and devotion to Kabbalah--that resulted in the tip of his six-year marriage. Roberts sheds new mild on A-Rod's abuse of performance-enhancing medicines, a convention he seems to have started as early as highschool and that prolonged into his Yankee years. She chronicles his secretive actual property bargains, will get contained in the negotiations for his newest record-breaking agreement with the Yankees, and examines the insecurities that compel him to hunt aid 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 guy as soon as thought of the fresh exception of the steroid iteration published as an unmistakable manufactured from its greed and dissolution.

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He was able to dunk as a freshman at Christopher Columbus Catholic High School, where he played before transferring to Westminster his sophomore year. “Actually he came to Columbus to play basketball,” says Brother Herb Baker, the Columbus varsity baseball coach. “He was a very good basketball player. He had the quick feet, all right. And when he came over to play baseball he was just a little . . well, the bats were too heavy for him. He was a good hitter, but everything went to right. ” Sometimes Alex wondered if basketball would be the better sport for him to pursue.

Joe Arriola had been a youth-league coach of Alex and was the uncle of major leaguer Alex Fernandez, a client of Boras. “Alex’s first choice was Shapiro,” Arriola recalls. ” Boras didn’t come to Alex bearing gifts. One agent had taken Alex to Hooters, where he tried to entice the young star with an equipment bag full of goodies: balls, bats and gloves. It was insulting to Alex. Boras promised a more cunning inducement: a job at his agency for Susy. “Boras got to her,” says Hofman. ” Seattle Mariners scout Roger Jongewaard had devoured all the video of Alex and had no doubt he was seeing something special.

He would know by the sound of it—heavier, slower, getting heavier and slower—when he could sneak in, wiggle in between them and fall asleep in a human sandwich. “When we woke up, there was Alex,” Victor recalls. Even though they were scratching out a living, Alex’s parents made sure their son went to a good school. “I always sent him to private schools,” Victor says. ” The Good Son 29 One day, when Alex was eight, he watched a team practice on a field next to his elementary school. The coach, Juan Diego Arteaga, a warm man with a thick mustache, saw Alex sitting alone next to a tree.

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