Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Diaz, and Popcorn: A-Rod's 20 Most Ridiculous Moments

April WeinerCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2011

Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Diaz, and Popcorn: A-Rod's 20 Most Ridiculous Moments

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty I
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    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

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Actor Cameron Diaz watches Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Jurgen Melzer of Austria during day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2010 in the Flushing neighbo
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    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

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    TAMPA - FEBRUARY 17: Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees talks during a press conference February 17, 2008 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees third baseman admitted to taking a substance known as 'boli' acquire
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    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

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after he score in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx
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    "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

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees during a press conference after practice on February 24, 2004 at the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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...

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 15:  Baseball player Alex Rodriguez and wife Cynthia host a Christmas party at The Boys and Girls Clubs Of Miami on December 15, 2004 in Miami.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09:  (L-R) Alex Rodriguez #13 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees talk behind the batting cage against the Minnesota Twins during Game Three of the ALDS part of the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2010 in the Br
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    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

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 08:  Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn clap as Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees steps up to bat against the Boston Red Sox during their game on August 8, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo
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    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

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01:  Alex Rodriguez (R) of the New York Yankees and his wife Cynthia attend the match between Nicole Valdisova and Sharar Peer during day six of the 2007 U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2007 in
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    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

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    BOSTON - JULY 25: Fans hold pictures of Madonna as Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees prepares to bat against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 25, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 24:  Manager Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 24, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Ge
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    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

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after flying out in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 8, 2007 in the Bronx borough
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    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

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    ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees waits on deck during the forth inning as his agent Scott Boras (R) looks on in Game Three of the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Angel Sta
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    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

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    JUPITER, FL - MARCH 3:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Dominican Republic congratulates Jose Reyes #7 after Reyes scored against the Florida Marlins during an exhibition game at Roger Dean Stadium March 3, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty I
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    Alex Rodriguez said he wished Jose Reyes was on the Yankees. He wanted Reyes leading off the roster because of his speed.

    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

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    6 Aug 2000:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees talks with Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Seattle Mariners during practice before the game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Mariners defeated the Yankees 11-1.Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire  /Alls
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    "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

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 19: Alex Rodriguez #13 (L) and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrate an inning double play against the Baltimore Orioles during their game at Yankee Stadium on September 19, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Pho
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    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

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    TAMPA - FEBRUARY 17: Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees talks during a press conference February 17, 2008 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees third baseman admitted to taking a substance known as 'boli' acquire
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    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

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    DENVER - MAY 18:  Third baseman Howie Clark #19 of the Minnesota Twins plays defense against the Colorado Rockies during Interleague MLB action at Coors Field on May 18, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Twins 6-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensing
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    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

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Pitcher Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Boston Red Sox has the ball knocked out of his glove by batter Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees on a tag-out at first base as first baseman Kevin Millar #15 looks on in the eighth inning
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    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

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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 09:  Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics is taken out of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the sixth inning during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 9, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (P
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    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

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texa
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    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?