Alex Rodriguez: Will Split with Cameron Diaz Affect A-Rod's Performance?
Alex Rodriguez's Love Life Could Affect His Performance at the Plate
The pinnacle of Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz's relationship—at least for outside observers— came during the Super Bowl when they were caught on TV popping popcorn into each other's mouths.
Now that the relationship is over, will Rodriguez return to the field with a more singular focus? Or allow the story to affect his game?
These question are especially relevant to Rodriguez. Although his recent stats have been good (.370, two steals and a home run over the past two weeks), slumps are always possible—even for the best players.
When he first arrived in New York, fans questioned his ability to handle the spotlight. When the steroid allegations first came out, Rodriguez was thrust onto the front page of newspapers across the country.
Now, with a break-up and his controversial cousin's presence on road trips putting Rodriguez in headlines again for all the wrong reasons, is a slump on the horizon?
Rodriguez has seemingly allowed outside distractions to affect his performance before. It took him 28 at-bats to to get from 499 home runs to 500 with hype surrounding every at-bat and a record 46 at-bats to get from 599 to 600.
He also cited "pressure" as his reason for using steroids, according to Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated.
"[Rodriguez] did feel overmatched. He felt intense pressure to live up to the contract, to his reputation, to the expectations that were now even greater than before. And that's what drove him to juice," Posnanski wrote.
Pressure to perform from Yankees fans is constant, and Rodriguez appears to have grown accustomed to the everyday variety. But previous A-Rod slumps have coincided with women issues, like this 2007 incident covered in the New York Post.
If Rodriguez does start slumping, regardless of the actual reason, his split with Diaz will be cited by fans far and wide.
With upcoming series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (arguably the best rotation in baseball this year), the Boston Red Sox (speaking of pressure) and the Cleveland Indians (the best record in the AL), Rodriguez can't afford to struggle. Not now, at least.
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