Alex Rodriguez was almost set up to fail from the beginning. If he wasn’t born with amazing skills, he developed them shortly thereafter and took to showing off his sensational ability while still in his teens playing for the Seattle Mariners. Then he became a free agent and Scott Boras made him rich - and screwed him up - with plenty of help from A-Rod himself. As the story goes, A-Rod wanted to play for his childhood favorite team, the New York Mets. Instead his agent, none other than barracuda Boras talked him into what agents do best - taking the most money, as in 10 years, $252 million with the Texas Rangers - the biggest deal in sports history (by $63 mil).
He got traded in 2004 to the New York Yankees where he flourished. And it wasn’t just baseball in which he excelled. There were beautiful women on his arm (arms?) seemingly everywhere he went. All were famous superstars in their own right. He was the absolute toast of the town. Yet his teammate, Derek Jeter was always a bit more popular. It was Jeter who was Mr. Yankee.
2007 was the end of that mega contract. Naturally, he was going to sign another (since he had just completed an MVP season). Rodriguez wanted to remain a Yankee for the rest of his playing days, yet Boras, accused of some people (all of them?) of being a media hound made the announcement A-Rod would opt out of the contract. And Boras let the world know of the decision during the eighth inning of Game Four of the World Series. Supposedly, A-Rod negotiated the new one without Boras’ assistance. This time he had to settle for 10 years and $275 mil.
Yet, after additional success on the field, he became the latest in a series of baseball’s best to admit steroid use (including others who have fought and lost in the court of public opinion). Rodriguez said he used during his Texas years. Now, he’s really struggling. He’s not had a good year, followed by a worse post-season, going so far as being benched.
During the latest game, after failing to reach base his first three at-bats, he was pinch hit for. Allegedly, he had a ball boy toss a baseball to a couple of women inscribed with a message asking them for their numbers. What happens next is anybody’s guess.
As has been said on television - and is one of my sons’ favorite lines:
“Unlike my hair, the plot thickens.”