The 7 Weirdest Things We’ll Miss About Alex Rodriguez, Who’s Retiring After 22 Years

Alex Rodriguez announced on Sunday that he is retiring from baseball. He will play his last game on Friday.

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After 22 seasons in the majors, A-Rod is walking away. In more than two decades as a professional, Rodriguez hammered out 696 home runs (4th all time, behind only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth) and 3,114 hits (only 30 people have ever accomplished this). He also won the MVP title three times and helped the Yankees win their 27th World Series championship in 2009. By all accounts, he should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but in all likelihood, his admittance to using performance-enhancing drugs (more on that later) will likely keep him out of the Hall for some time. But instead of focusing on that, we’re going to focus on something that made A-Rod great: His constant ability to make us say “WTF, A-Rod!” Below, in no particular order, are our favorite weird A-Rod moments.

The Mirror Kiss.

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We’re leading off in the strongest way possible: That 2009 image from a “Details” magazine photoshoot where he’s basically making out with himself. When it’s all said and done, this awfulsome picture will define A-Rod’s legacy as much as his accomplishments on the field and his steroids scandal. It’s as if the photographer told A-Rod to be normal, and the ballplayer’s natural response was to indulge his narcissism. We are here for it.

The two alleged paintings in his apartment that portray him as a centaur.

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Speaking of rampant narcissism, in 2009 (holy crap, that was a particularly rough year for him, huh?), “US Weekly” published an interview with an anonymous ex-lover who claimed that A-Rod has not one but TWO massive paintings in his apartment that portray him as a centaur, the Greek mythological creature that’s half-horse and half-man. TBH, if we had his hundreds of millions of dollars, we’d do the same thing. After all, when you’re that rich and successful, you can afford to give zero f*cks.

That really weird time Cameron Diaz fed him popcorn during the Super Bowl.

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When he wasn’t busy making out with himself, A-Rod spent a lot of quality time with famous women. The Yankee slugger dated Madonna, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz, among others. (He’s currently dating Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe and ex-wife of one of Google’s founders.) This being A-Rod that we’re talking about, even his romancers were on the unusual side of things. Perhaps no other moment was as publicly bizarre as that time during Super Bowl XLV when Cameron Diaz shoved a handful of popcorn into his mouth. On paper, there’s nothing wrong with a little PDA, but the way he reacts, like a child being spood-fed his meal, is very much #onbrand.

The Slap.

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Not every A-Rod shenanigan took place out of the ballpark. Rodriguez made a name for himself for messing with opponents. Perhaps the most famous example of this took place during game six of the 2004 American League Championship Series (you know which series we’re talking about). Down two runs and trying to stop what would become one of the greatest sports comebacks of all time, A-Rod slapped the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s hand because… hey, you gotta do whatever it takes to win right?

“Ha! I got it!”

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A-Rod has always been a competitor, which means he’s done some pretty assholish things to win. Nothing exemplifies this better than that May 2007 game against the Toronto Blue Jays, where A-rod allegedly yelled “I got it!” while in between third baseman Howie Clark and shortstop John McDonald. The ball would drop on the dirt, resulting in a much-needed Yankee run. A-Rod would later claim that he yelled “ha!” to distract the opposing team.

That time A-Rod finally admitted to using steroids.

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You can’t talk about about A-Rod and not bring up his year-long suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs. After fighting and denying his involvement with Biogenesis, the anti-aging Miami clinic that pretty much shot him and other athletes with banned steroids, A-Rod admitted to the feds that he had indeed taken steroids. Instead of holding a press conference to tell his fans what he did, Rodriguez wrote a personal letter, in cursive and all, saying he was sorry.

This at-bat from May 2016. Just Because.

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For all the bad things you can say about him (trust, there’s so much more; we only scratch the surface), we’re gonna miss A-Rod and his weirdness. His juicing aside, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and we hope he gets there some day.

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Suffering From Covid-Related Heart Inflammation


Boston Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Suffering From Covid-Related Heart Inflammation

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There is still a lot that we do not know about Covid-19 and the longterm effects of the virus. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is learning the hard way how the virus attacks the body after a patient is “cured.”

The baseball world was excited to welcome Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez back.

As the MLB keeps pushing to salvage their Covid-postponed season restart, the virus has shown itself in a different way. After half of the Miami Marlins team tested positive for the virus, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox is suffering from health issues because of Covid.

Rodriguez is suffering from myocarditis, a heart condition.

The baseball player is suffering from a heart condition that is directly tied to his Covid-19 illness. While Rodriguez survived Covid-19, the heart condition is proof that there is so much more to know about what this virus does. Despite overcoming Covid, Rodriguez is still suffering from the effects of this unknown virus.

The lingering health effect is a reminder of the importance of not contracting the virus.

“That’s the most important part of your body,” Rodriguez told WEEI. “The first time I hear, I was kind of scared a little. Now that I know what it is, I’m still scared, but now I know exactly what it is. I just talk to my mom, talk to my wife, let them know what I have, and now I’ve got to take the rest.”

There is more to Covid-19 than the immediate death and recovery rates.

Health experts and doctors have been warning people about the unknown effects of Covid-19. Rodriguez’s ongoing battle with Covid-19 is a hard reminder that not even the most in shape and athletic people are immune from the devastating effects of the virus. Be safe. Be careful.

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Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend


Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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An outbreak of Covid among MLB players and coaches has postponed the highly anticipated and very hyped return of the season. It took less than a week since the sport came back for there to be a viral outbreak within the league.

The Miami Marlins are dealing with a Covid outbreak within the team before their opening games.

Half of the players for the Miami Marlins are positive for Covid-19 before the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles. The Marlins’ season has been paused through the weekend and the lineup was changed up to make sure the season can continue.

“Obviously, we don’t want any player to get exposed. It’s not a positive thing,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday night on the MLB Network. “But I don’t see it as a nightmare.” He continued: “We think we can keep people safe and continue to play.”

Phillies Outfielder Andrew McCutchen took to Twitter to vent his frustration about MLB communication.

Apparently, McCutchen didn’t know that the Phillies game against the New York Yankees Tuesday was canceled until getting on Twitter. The weekend schedule was thrown into turmoil after news broke about the outbreak on the Miami Marlins. The outbreak comes as some have criticized the MLB for not trying a bubble conference, like the NBA and NHL.

Other teams in the league are showing their own discomfort with the current situation.

The Nationals were supposed to play in Miami this weekend but the surge in Covid cases in Florida put an end to that. The Washington Nationals voted to postpone and the MLB followed their lead and canceled that series.

In a statement by the MLB, the Miami Marlins are the only confirmed team to have a Covid outbreak. The league recently conducted 6,400 tests among players and coaches and haven’t found other outbreaks on the remaining 29 teams.

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