Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Diaz, and Popcorn: A-Rod's 20 Most Ridiculous Moments
Alex Rodriguez is always in the news. It used to be because of his talent, but that changed at some point.
Now, sometimes he is in the news for the ridiculous things he does on the field. Other times, it is the ridiculous things he does off the field. And then there’s the ridiculous things he says too.
Here's the top 20 of his ridiculous moments.
20. Cameron Diaz Feeding Alex Rodriguez Popcorn at Super Bowl XLV
This really needs no explanation. When couples feed other food it’s usually cute.
If they’re in high school or just started dating.
It seems ridiculous when a 35-year-old is fed popcorn by his latest celebrity girlfriend.
19. Alex Rodriguez Doesn't Know What He's Putting In His Body
Alex Rodriguez knew he wasn’t taking “Tic-Tacs,” as he so famously said. But that’s the extent of how much A-Rod knew about the steroids he was using.
This from a supposedly fastidious health nut, who is overly cautious about what he puts into his body. Unhealthy food, no. Foreign performance-enhancing drugs, why not?
18. It's Tough to Be Alex Rodriguez
"Mussina doesn't get hammered at all. He's making a boatload of money. Giambi's making ($20.4 million), which is fine and dandy, but it seems those guys get a pass. When people write (bad things) about me, I don't know if it's (because) I'm good-looking, I'm biracial, I make the most money, I play on the most popular team..."
It’s not that, it’s probably because you’re so humble and take responsibility for your actions, they just want to go after the good guy.
The above quote is what Rodriguez had to say in a September 25, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated about his image in the media.
17. Alex Rodriguez Was Excited to Be Captain of The Texas Rangers
For a couple weeks. On January 25, 2004 he was excited about the prospect of the Rangers’ future.
The Rangers had just tried to trade Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox, but the deal was vetoed by the MLBPA. So the Rangers then named Rodriguez captain of the team.
Then, on February 16, he was traded to the Yankees. I guess he was excited about the Rangers’ future because he wouldn’t be in it.
16. And The Father Of The Year Award Goes To...
Alex Rodriguez was there for the birth of his first daughter. He spent hours in the delivery room while his wife endured an agonizing experience.
Rodriguez decided that things would go down differently the second time around so, he missed the birth completely. He arrived after his second daughter had been delivered.
As if that wasn't enough, not only did he miss it, but he then shared the story by describing it as “perfect timing.” Perfect because he didn’t have to get his hands dirty?
15. Emulation Of Derek Jeter
According to Selena Roberts’ biography of Alex Rodriguez (which we must take with a grain of salt), Rodriguez is obsessed with Derek Jeter.
He follows Jeter and tries to emulate everything he does like a lovesick puppy.
According to Roberts’, he even went so far as wearing the same clothes Jeter did. Apparently at one MLB event the players were given free clothes. Rodriguez had no interest in them.
Until he saw Jeter wearing his free clothes. Suddenly Rodriguez had to wear them too.
That’s really not going to get you back in his good graces, A-Rod.
14. Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz
After divorcing his wife, A-Rod didn’t waste a lot of time. He moved on to Kate Hudson for awhile. Then, he moved on to Cameron Diaz.
Perhaps this is A-Rod’s way of trying to be like Derek Jeter, who is known for his celebrity relationships.
13. Alleged Infidelity
The tabloids, the New York tabloids especially, will make anything up about famous people. That being said, they’ve been right before too.
They claimed A-Rod had cheated on his now ex-wife Cynthia Rodriguez with exotic dancers and even call-girls. Supposedly, ostracized former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's go-to madam arranged call-girls for Rodriguez.
Then, when he was going through his divorce, there was the whole relationship with Madonna. Did he cheat on Cynthia with Madonna? Was Madonna the cause of the divorce?
We'll never truly know, but it the whole situation was pretty ridiculous.
12. Madonna and Kabbalah
The Madonna-A-Rod relationship merits its own mention. Supposedly, Rodriguez was cheating on his wife Cynthia with Madonna while she was pregnant with their second child.
Once Rodriguez began publicly seeing Madonna, he joined her in her practice of Kabbalah. It was even reported that he held the Torah during a Yom Kippur service.
Alex Rodriguez definitely equals devout Jew. Even Derek Jeter probably found it ridiculous declining to comment when probed. When asked if he too was planning on joining Kabbalah, Jeter gave a definitive "No."
11. The Birth Of A-Fraud
Joe Torre wrote a book about his time with the Yankees. He didn’t think very highly of his third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
He claimed that other employees within the organization didn’t think highly of Rodriguez either. He claimed that Rodriguez made prima-donna requests that the club attendants found ridiculous.
These requests him the variation of his nickname, A-Fraud because they felt he was phony.
10. Opt-Out Of New York Yankees Contract
In 2007, Alex Rodriguez wasn’t in the World Series. The Boston Red Sox were there, about to win their second ring since lifting the curse in 2004. The spotlight wasn’t on A-Rod.
What should he do? Get his agent, Scott Boras, to call in to the telecast of the World Series to announce that he would be opting out of the rest of his contract with the New York Yankees.
This decision meant he would enter free agency. It also re-positioned the spotlight on himself, rather than players who were actually helping their team win a championship.
9. Opt Back In
The aforementioned plan worked to get the spotlight back on Alex Rodriguez, but it turned out to have a negative effect on his image. Who would have thought, right? It couldn’t possibly be A-Rod’s fault though, so he did the natural thing.
He blamed it on his agent Scott Boras.
He said that he had nothing to do with the public announcement. He then proceeded to initiate talks directly with the Yankees to expand his massive contract.
What a win for A-Rod. Get the spotlight, then get an even bigger deal from the Yankees without having to pay a pesky agent fee.
8. Alex Rodriguez Wishes The New York Yankees Had Another Shortstop
After realizing what he had said, he quickly corrected himself by saying that the Yankees do actually have speed in Brett Gardner on the team.
Um and they already have a pretty good shortstop too. Rodriguez just experienced a momentary lapse in memory recall.
7. Alex Rodriguez Is Chatty About Derek Jeter To Esquire Magazine
"Jeter's been blessed with great talent around him. He's never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun. And he hits second—that's totally different than third and fourth in a lineup. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie and O'Neill. You never say, 'Don't let Derek beat you'. He's never your concern."
That was Rodriguez on his self-described best friend Derek Jeter.
That’s some best friend. Jeter is so lucky to have a friend like Alex Rodriguez in his life.
Since the article was released during Spring Training, Rodriguez supposedly drove to the Yankees spring training site to try to talk to Jeter before he read it. How exactly does one go about explaining and making that statement not sound so bad?
6. Alex Rodriguez On His Changed Relationship With Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter likes to try to keep his life as private as possible. The magazine article with the quote about Jeter severed their relationship.
It had never been admitted until Rodriguez publicly announced the change in their relationship, saying that they don’t sleep over at each other’s houses anymore.
That may have more to do with the fact that they’re over 30 than the fact that Jeter doesn’t like or trust A-Rod anymore.
5. Alex Rodriguez Doth Protest Too Much
In a 2007 interview, Katie Couric asked Alex Rodriguez if he had ever used steroids. He gave the perfunctory response of “No." He then went further to say basically that he never felt it was necessary because he had enough natural talent.
That’s great to hear from a star player. What’s not so great is coming to find out two years later that it was all a lie.
Rodriguez had actually done steroids. He then proceeded to admit to using steroids during his time as a Texas Ranger, for just a two-year period.
Never as a New York Yankee though! Is that better? No, it’s not, but nice try A-Roid, as the New York media then dubbed him.
4. Alex Rodriguez Utilizes Misdirection
One way to prevent a fielder to catch a routine pop fly is to shout “Mine!” This from Alex Rodriguez’s guide to creative baseball tactics.
This will cause the Jays’ third baseman, or any other fielder really, to believe one of his teammates is calling for the ball and then not catch the ball.
What? A-Rod was just getting creative to get a win for the team. A five run lead wasn’t enough, they needed some insurance.
3. Alex Rodriguez Knocks the Ball Out of Boston Red Sox Bronson Arroyo's Hands
The 2004 ALCS between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox was a must-win situation for the Yankees. The Yankees had always dominated the Red Sox and they were anxious to continue that cycle.
The Red Sox were leading. Derek Jeter was on first base and Alex Rodriguez was coming up to bat. He hit the ball between the mound and first base. He was obviously going to get thrown out, but in true A-Rod style, he needed to come up with a creative way to get to first.
Run the pitcher down? No…just slap the ball out of his glove. That worked, Jeter scored! Except it was called back for interference. Rodriguez proceeded to throw a tantrum.
2. Alex Rodriguez Versus Dallas Braden
Who knew a New York Yankees-Oakland Athletics game could get so heated? Alex Rodriguez was on first base and moved over to third base on what turned out to be a foul ball.
Instead of going back the way he came, in the effort to save time, Rodriguez went through the infield to get back to first base. That’s because Rodriguez realizes that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
Unfortunately, A-Rod found out that crossing the mound happens to be an unwritten rule in baseball. Dallas Braden wasn’t going to let the superstar get away with it, ripping Rodriguez to the press.
To which Rodriguez responded (paraphrasing of course), this from a guy with only a few wins in his career? So basically what Alex Rodriguez is saying is that rule only applies to pitchers who have won a certain amount of games?
1. Alex Rodriguez Loves Himself...Literally
Alex Rodriguez was featured in Details magazine by Jason Gay. The interview included a photo shoot.
This photo shoot involved Rodriguez posing before a mirror and appearing to kiss himself. That’s ridiculous enough as it is.
It’s not all. It turned out that the day this photo shoot happened was the same day that Rodriguez found out that the story about his steroid use was about to break.
So that was just him comforting himself?