Alex Rodriguez had a difficult childhood growing up. Rodriguez’ father left his family after saying he was going to work for awhile in New York but then never returned. Alex’s Father introduced him to the game and even spent a lot of time playing back in the Dominican Republic.
Rodriguez told Sports Illustrated for Kids in July 1997, “It was hard. I did my best to help out around the house and bring home good grades to make my mom proud.”
After seeing his parents’ divorce and seeing his mother strive to support his family by working two jobs, he was motivated to become an honor student and a star shortstop at Miami’s Westminster Christian School. He became the starting shortstop in tenth grade, where his coach Rich Hoffman not only helped him improve his hitting, but also helped arrange for his financial aid. Rodriguez ended up batting .419 with 17 HR, 70 RBI, and 90 SB in 100 games. His team won the high school national championship his junior year. In his final year in high school he was selected as the USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year and Gatorade National Baseball Student Athlete of the Year. Rodriguez now plays 3rd base for the New York Yankees and has become a huge Latino celebrity in sports and in Baseball.
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Rodriguez appeared on the cover of LatinTRENDS Magazines premier issue in September of 2001, which was then known as “Dominican Times”