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Alex Rodriguez Opens Up About His Steroid Scandal And What It Means Being Engaged To J.Lo

Alex Rodriguez is one of the most polarizing stars in all of sports. Known for his years as a star of the New York Yankees, Rodriguez is having a resurgence in his career. Rodriguez is now engaged to Jennifer Lopez and a studio analyst for ESPN covering baseball. Before all this, Rodriguez was mired in controversy for using performance-enhancing drugs and violating the MLB’s anti-doping rules. In 2014, Rodriguez was suspended for the entire season for using steroids which was a huge blow to his image. In a new interview with the New York Times, Rodriguez is opening up about the infamous scandal and life with J.Lo.

Three years after his final game, Alex Rodriguez is newly engaged and has become a respected baseball broadcaster.

Rodriguez has completed a full comeback story after being one of the most hated players in baseball due to multiple instances of doping. In his interview with the New York Times, Rodriguez says he looks back at the suspension with a different view than previously.

“When the suspension first happened, I was pissed off at everyone. I was blaming everyone. It wasn’t until I got deeper into it that I said, ‘No, it’s not their fault. It’s your fault,'” Rodriguez said. “I tried to build a certain image while I was playing, and that plan failed miserably. [Now] I have more clarity.”

He also acknowledges his shortcomings when it comes to how he perceived himself through the media. Rodriguez says he worried too much about making things right with the media before taking care of himself.

“Coming out of the suspension, I wanted to be honest, be accurate and be fair with the media — and mix in levity. I could not wait to make fun of myself. Doing that made everybody relax about me,” Rodriguez said. “I’d wake up the next morning thinking I was going to get crushed by them for a mistake I’d made. But then I’d see that they’d barely be talking about my [expletive] up because I’d beat them to the punch. I still think that, for the most part, I had a good relationship with the media, but it became excellent post-suspension.”

Rodriguez opened up about his mixed relationship with fans,which ended on a tough note.

Initially, Rodriguez was hurt by the backlash he received from fans after the suspension. He was labeled as baseball’s “bad-boy” for his actions and attitude he displayed throughout his career. But now Rodriguez looks back at it and agrees he deserves some of that reaction.

“I felt that being the tough guy who had all the answers and being robotic was the right thing to do,” Rodriguez said. “I was wrong, and now I think it’s OK if I say, ‘I don’t know the answer.'”

In cleaning up his image, Rodriguez has also learned to be himself again. He says that in the past he would take things too seriously and try to display himself as someone he really wasn’t.

“Today I showed up here with you, and I didn’t know anything you’d want to talk to me about, and I’d rather have it be that way. Before, I would have studied for six months before sitting down with you,” Rodriguez said. “I wanted to be more buttoned-up and have done due diligence and seen what your angle was. Now I just trust we’re going to have a good conversation, and I go for it.

He also opened up about his recent engagement with J.Lo.

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After Rodriguez proposed to Lopez earlier this year, the couple has been the talk of Hollywood ever since. In the interview, he discussed the impact that Lopez has had on his life and what he’s learned from her.

“I’ve never met anyone who’s more honest. She’s so authentic and genuine. It was strange to see someone of such magnitude be so normal, be such a great mother and partner and friend,” Rodriguez said. “How can you be like this and then go perform in front of 80,000 people? But that’s her superpower.”

Rodriguez says Lopez still finds ways to surprise him everyday and is one of the big reasons he loves her. “The other day, Jennifer said something brilliant at, like, 2 in the morning. I reached over to get my notebook, and everything falls on the floor. Then I grabbed it and wrote it down.”

It’s safe to say Rodriguez has come full circle with his career and the roadblocks that prevailed him from being A-Rod. We’re all looking forward to what comes next for both Rodriguez and Lopez.

Read the full article at The New York Times by clicking here.

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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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Talk about a girl with a big heart.

It turns out, kids have no qualms about leading the example when it comes to selflessness and kindness in today’s time of uncertainty. While so many of us bemoan our lack of access to entertainment, friends, and personal care, young generations are looking to offer support where they can. Just look at this 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut who understands the importance of empathy, compassion, and love during this time of quarantine.

She worked on a pretty big project to make sure kids her age felt all three.

Chelsea Phaire has spent her time in quarantine sending kits to more than 1,500 children in homeless shelters and foster care homes.

Phaire explained in a recent interview with CNN that she wanted to create the kits to give children something to look forward to and feel positive about. Phaire’s art kits include paper, coloring books, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. They are being sent to schools and shelters across the country as part of an organization founded by Phaire and her parents called Chelsea’s Charity.

“Since she was seven, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity,” Candace Phaire, Phaire’s mother, told CNN. “She was so persistent, every couple of months she would ask, ‘Are we starting Chelsea’s Charity yet?’ When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it.”

Set to enter the 6th grader this coming fall, Phaire and her parents launched Chelsea’s Charity on her birthday in August 2019.

At the time, Phaire asked party guests to donate art supplies to the charity instead of giving her birthday gifts. Soon after her birthday party, Phaire made the decision to use all of the donations she’d been given to send out her first 40 art kits. The kits were collected and sent to a homeless shelter in New York. It wasn’t long before Phaire and her parents set up an Amazon wishlist account for the art supplies.

Before the pandemic, Phaire and her mother delivered almost 1,000 kits to kids in foster care homes, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and schools impacted by gun violence.

At the time, Phaire and her mother traveled around to give kids their kits in person. Since the start of the pandemic, however they’ve mailed the kits. “I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits,” Phaire explained. “I have definitely grown as a person because of this. Now my dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art. Who knows, maybe if we do that and then our kids do that, we’ll have world peace!”

Residente Tried Out For The Chicago Cubs And Javy Báez Was There To Coach Him

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Residente Tried Out For The Chicago Cubs And Javy Báez Was There To Coach Him

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Residente and Javier “Javy” Báez playing baseball is the kind of sporting moment we needed.

MLB is rolling out an original series on YouTube and it will give you a chance to see some celebrities take to the field and try their stuff. “The Tryout” started May 18 and the first celebrity up to bat is Puerto Rican rap superstar René “Residente” Pérez Joglar. The show merges both baseball and entertainment in a new and fun way. The show is centered around baseball because, well, MLB, however, it does create special moments of the athletes and celebrities. There is an ease to their conversations that is akin to an interview but just feels like a conversation between friends.

Now, Residente was pretty confident in his abilities to play the game. After all, he has spent his life playing the sport because it is one of his favorite hobbies. Though he tried to temper everyone’s expectations, Residente did say that he would do decent at tryouts. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the “Atréve-Te-Te” singer played catch, caught some ground balls, and batted. Yet, the conversations they had about the best Latino baseball players and their beloved Puerto Rico are where the magic happened.

While warming up, Residente and Báez spoke about Hurricane Maria. It has been three years since the hurricane devastated the Caribbean island they both call home. Maria left millions of American citizens living in Puerto Rico without power, running water, and essential services for many months. When the hurricane happened, Báez and Residente knew that they had to do something.

Residente and Báez swapped stories about where they were during the hurricane and what they did in response. Residente was on tour in Chile and Argentina when the 2017 hurricane killed thousands of people. He immediately went into action and began collecting supplies the people of Puerto Rico needed and sent it all by military plane.

Báez had a similar reaction. The Chicago Cubs player was playing a game when the hurricane hit Puerto Rico. Báez wanted to do something so he was able to convince his manager to send some help. At first, Báez said his manager was concerned he was going to try to go to Puerto Rico but he told the manager that wasn’t possible so they collected supplies and sent them by plane to the people.

There are more episodes of “The Tryout” coming to YouTube soon.

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