There have been few athletes, if any, that have been as polarizing and publicly scorned as Alex Rodriguez. Love him or hate him, there is no denying that he is one of the most talented and enduring players to ever play baseball. As he continues to set records, he also continues to have the legitimacy of those records called into question. He has 687 home runs in his controversy-filled career and sits just 27 dingers short of Babe Ruth’s 714. Approaching 41 years of age, he still has two years left on his current contract which gives him a very good chance to break the Babe’s mark.
He is well known to alienate teammates and coaches. Fellow players openly refer to him as “A-Fraud” and a previous coach has called him a “diva” and a “pretty boy.” He is routinely called a liar and a cheater by fans, media and other players. Despite all of the criticism, Alex Rodriguez continues to play and he continues to make his mark in the record books.
Being A-Rod can’t be easy. It’s not easy to be a fan of his either, but there are many who adore him and are willing to overlook his flaws. They simply recognize his on-field accomplishments which are too numerous to mention. There are still a few things that fans would rather not remember. Here is a list of 15 things fans would love to forget about New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.
Alex Rodriguez married Cynthia Scurtis in 2002. They had two children but their relationship became heavily strained when rumors of Alex’s infidelities began to surface. Rodriquez was seen in newspaper photographs in the company of other women. He was spotted with a blonde-bombshell in Toronto. He was then believed to be canoodling with Madonna. This did not sit well with his wife, Cynthia, who filed for divorce in 2008.
13 Being a Diva
Former Yankees coach Joe Torre has been known to be critical of A-Rod. Torre referred to Rodriguez as a “diva” in the clubhouse who didn’t fit in with his teammates. The former skip cited an incident in which A-Rod wanted his own clubhouse attendant when there were four or five assigned to the whole team. Knowing that there was already a divide between Rodriguez and his teammates, Torre took Alex aside and suggested that he at least get his own coffee.
12 What’s Your Number?
11 Rodriquez, You’re Batting Eighth
10 Terrible Timing: Opting Out of His Contract
On October 28th, 2007, the Boston Red Sox were in the 8th inning of their World Series clinching game against the Colorado Rockies. There was a lot of anticipation as the close game was finishing. The Red Sox would be champs, Mike Lowell would be MVP and Alex Rodriguez was not in anybody’s thoughts. That is until it was announced during this game that Alex Rodriguez was opting out of his contract and looking into free agency.
9 How Did I Look Striking Out?
8 Dissin’ Derek
7 Ha, I Got it!
Some fans might forgive Alex Rodriguez for trying to win at all costs. He has been known to do some bush league things though. The Yankees were on a losing streak and in danger of being swept by the Blue Jays. Rodriguez was on first and was off and running after Jorge Posada popped up to the third-base side of the infield. Howie Clark was pursuing the fly-ball as Rodriguez rounded second base. Alex yelled something to the effect of “Mine” which prompted Clark to stop and give up on the ball. The ball dropped in for a hit and the Yankees won.
6 Leaked Incriminating Document
5 A Mound of Dirtbaggery
4 Pants on Fire
Back in 2009, Alex Rodriguez was still in the denial phase of his PED controversy. That year saw Sports Illustrated publish an article that claimed Rodriguez had tested positive for PEDs back in 2003 while still a member of the Rangers.
3 The Slap
2 Hung Like a Horse
If there is one theme that A-Rod stories seem to feature, it is his uncontrollable obsession with himself. Alex’s ex-wife Cynthia told US Weekly, and therefore the whole world, that Alex had two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. Apparently one of the paintings hung proudly over his bed. She didn’t clarify whether or not he was depicted as the top part or the horse’s rear. Perhaps he had a thing for Newton from the classic Hercules cartoon or, more likely, he is even more obsessed with himself than we could possibly imagine.
For years, Alex Rodriguez maintained that he did not take steroids despite rumors and mounting evidence to the contrary. It wasn’t until 2009 that the proof became too insurmountable and Rodriguez was forced to start facing reality. A 2009 Sports Illustrated article blew things open with evidence that A-Rod was doping. He held a press conference where he admitted steroid use between 2001 and 2003. Of course, he blamed everyone else and played the victim.
He got out of this controversy without suspension.
Then, the Bio-Genesis scandal broke in which Rodriguez was revealed to be involved. After his usual denials, his hand was forced and he revealed his role. This time, MLB was able to punish him by hitting him with a 211 game suspension and he was lucky not to be prosecuted. His suspension was reduced to 162 games.
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