By Selena Roberts
Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid participant within the background of baseball, a once-in-a-generation expertise poised to damage a number 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 online game, and months later he signed a freelance that will preserve him with the Yankees throughout the finish of his occupation. His recognition replaced enormously in February 2009 whilst 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 fellow teammates name "A-Fraud" was once nonetheless hiding the reality. within the first definitive biography of Alex Rodriguez, Roberts assembles the strands of a extraordinary and amazing lifestyles: from his boyhood in long island and the Dominican Republic via his near-mythic highschool occupation and speedy music to the massive leagues, the complete 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 formative years to bare a guy torn by means of legal responsibility to his relatives 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 top of his six-year marriage. Roberts sheds new gentle on A-Rod's abuse of performance-enhancing medicinal drugs, a tradition he looks 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 most modern 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 fellow as soon as thought of the fresh exception of the steroid new release published as an unmistakable fabricated from its greed and dissolution.
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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. Rich Hofman says he is surprised by these accounts and denies any knowledge of Alex’s steroid use in high school. “Whatever he was doing, he was doing it somewhere else,” he says. His son, David Hofman, did not respond to messages asking for his recollections.
Victor still left, though. He didn’t turn back. There would be no father to shield a boy from the mineﬁeld of opportunists ahead, all of whom believed one thing: that Alex could be the best ballplayer of all time. Chapter Two THE PHENOM OF WESTMINSTER To watch Alex Rodriguez swing a bat in Yankee pinstripes is to witness a split-second gala of force and grace and conﬁdence. The clumsiness comes after the game, when questions sometimes result in awkward answers and contradictions. “I don’t think Alex is very good at communicating,” says Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.
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. Once, just before his sophomore year, he told his family he hated baseball. He was burned out. He wanted to quit. “I’m tired,” he said as he ﬁdgeted in a dining table chair, surprising his mother. ” No one in the family could believe it.
A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez by Selena Roberts