While Alex Rodriguez’s baseball career came to a sudden halt Friday, his tenure as a Miami baller has no limits. He’s going to have a lot of free time on his hands to prove that, too, despite a “special adviser” role he will assume with his beloved New York Yankees. A-Rod will also have a lot of cash, receiving his entire salary at the end of his 10-year, $275 million contract. That’s a lot of wining and dining he can do down here — especially with members of the fairer sex who just happen to be blonde. But before he hits that last ball, we take a moment to reflect on the slugger’s top Miami moments.
▪ Despite rumors of on and off dalliances with Madonna and a relationship with Kate Hudson back in 2009, the blonde of A-Rod’s choice in our books was none other than Cameron Diaz, with whom he was seen all over town, mostly working out at Equinox rather than canoodling in South Beach clubs. There was that one night when the two were holed up in Prime 112’s private wine room, too. And while Rodriguez’s faithfulness to Diaz was questionable, she was comfy enough in their relationship to be seen with him in public sporting not a lick of makeup. She was smitten. Was he? Probably — until he hooked up shortly thereafter with pro-wrestler (and fellow blonde) Torrie Wilson. Factoid: Just before Diaz, A-Rod allegedly hooked up with a — wait for it — brunette! OK, well a dirty blonde. In 2010, he was seen around town with 25-year-old real estate pro Elaine Spottswood. The duo met allegedly through Spottswood’s ex: former FSU football player and A-Rod buddy Jesus Hernandez.
▪ Although he certainly had the money, in 2007, A-Rod changed his mind and walked away from his contract to buy Shaquille O’Neal’s Star Island estate for a princely sum of $32 million. He and his then-wife Cynthia Scurtis decided they’d rather stay in their — pshaw — six-bedroom oceanfront manse in Coral Gables instead. The two amicably divorced in 2008, and in 2013, A-Rod sold his ultra mod North Bay Road mansion, one that Simon Cowell stayed in when he was filming the now defunct American version of “The X-Factor,” for $30 million, and in May of this year, his brand new, Coral Gables mid-century modern home was featured on the cover of the June issue of Architectural Digest. That’s not all! In 2015, Rodriguez dropped $4 million for a penthouse at the yet-to-open GranParaiso tower in Edgewater because, well, why not?
▪ A-Rod may be a badass baller, but he’s a bad liar. Despite insisting that he never used any banned substances, Rodriguez was finally busted for spending $12,000 a month over a period of two years to a fake doctor at his fake anti-aging clinic. In fact, we think he may have visited Biogenesis more than he did Prime 112.
▪ Despite the aforementioned, Rodriguez has actually done some mitzvahs for those in need, especially to those at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade, which he credits for keeping him in the right place at the right time when growing up. In addition to paying for the organization’s Alex Rodriguez Computer Center, he visits often and teaches kids some of his secret (legal) baseball skills. He also donated $3.9 million to the University of Miami’s college baseball program in the form of a ballpark named after him.