In an age of rampant Hollywood revivals and reboots former baseball star Alex Rodriguez says he’s working on his.
Rodriguez, who retired as a player last year and was once suspended from Major League Baseball for performance-enhancing drugs, reveals plenty about his struggles and his new outlook for the future in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday.
Rodriguez, now a baseball analyst on Fox Sports, talks about his new career, his relationship with Jennifer Lopez and his struggles during his suspension.
“There were nights in Miami when I was close to tapping out,” Rodriguez states in the interview.
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“It’s probably too soon for me to say this, but maybe in 10 years I’ll be able to say that the ‘ sabbatical’ was one of the best things that happened in my life…..I’ll say this: That year off I just had to [expletive] change and stop being a jerk.”
Rodriguez, a high school star at Westminster Christian in Miami, went on to make $500 million during his baseball career which spanned 22 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.
Rodriguez finished his career with 696 home runs, which ranks fourth all-time, and 2,086 RBI, making him one of only three players along with Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth to total over 2,000 in the category.
Rodriguez speaks about his legacy and what he misses about playing baseball in the interview.
“I think that is to be determined,” Rodriguez told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I left it all on the field. My best two years happened at 19 and as a broken-down 40-year-old. I hadn’t played in basically two years, two hip surgeries, two knee surgeries, scandal. And if you think about that arc, that tells you a hell of a story, right? The mistakes I’ve made are loud and clear. But one thing I am proud of is, I did not let those mistakes define who I am. I kept getting up.”