It appeared 5 years in the past that Alex Rodriguez was going to change into a pariah. A PED suspension would maintain him out of baseball for the whole 2014 season.
Who would’ve thought he’d change into a part of an influence couple with Jennifer Lopez and in 2019 be the most well-liked determine in baseball? That’s the topic of Sports activities Illustrated’s newest cowl story, during which even Rodriguez expresses shock at the place he stands within the public eye.
“How the f— did I get right here?” Rodriguez stated he questioned as he sat within the second row on the Oscars in February, watching Girl Gaga and Bradley Cooper carry out on stage.
“It’s actually the comeback story of all comeback tales,” Yankees proprietor Hal Steinbrenner advised the journal.
Not solely did A-Rod shock the baseball world when he returned to the Yankees in 2015 and smacked 33 dwelling runs, he’s now a high broadcaster on each ESPN and Fox, has a podcast with Barstool Sports activities and seems on CNBC. He’s been the lead visitor on “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
“He’s the defining voice for baseball, in a bizarre approach,” Fox Sports activities coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais stated. “In a great way.”
Rodriguez turned extra personable by getting away from the Robotic, his identify for the model of himself who didn’t suppose he owed the media something. And his movie star grew when he started courting J-Lo, whom he texted, “YOU LOOK SEXY AS F—,” from the toilet throughout their first date in 2017.
The previous slugger runs A-Rod Corp and has an important thoughts for operating a enterprise, in line with Warren Buffett, with whom A-Rod generally has steak and ice cream in Nebraska.
“Alex could give me some credit score—however he doesn’t want me,” Buffett stated. “He’s received a cash thoughts. He simply will get issues, in the event that they’re business- or money-related.”
The 2 giant framed footage within the entrance corridor of their New York condominium give a peek into how A-Rod and J-Lo view themselves; one is of them, and the opposite is of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.
A-Rod is in the course of every thing today, even consulting MLB on tips on how to higher have interaction youthful followers. He believes he’s a modified man.
“I fell from the Empire State Constructing,” Rodriguez stated. “No person pushed me. I f—— jumped. No parachute. I’ve nobody responsible for myself. However what’s modified is, I received my ass humbled. I paid a deep penalty. I’ve realized classes. And I’m completely different.”