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Right about now, Yankee Alex Rodriguez
is probably wishing he never agreed to that interview in Details
magazine. It's not that the interview, which appears in the magazine's April issue, is more revealing than any other, it's actually quite tame, maybe even boring. It's mostly an issue of bad timing. A photo from Rodriguez' Details shoot.
isn't exactly hard-hitting journalism, and the interview isn't meant to be an expose. Still, what it does is accidentally expose the fact that the once untouchable third baseman has gone from A-Rod to Alex Rodriguez* in the blink of an eye. The interview for the cover story, titled "Confessions of a Damned Yankee," was done only hours before A-Rod's 2003 steroid use was revealed by Sports Illustrated
Because of this, the story paints an unfortunate picture of a once on-top of the world baseball star, painfully unaware that the world around him is about to come crashing down. He sits down to dinner, chats about his life and seems more concerned with revealing his favorite Madonna
song than the scandal that's about to break.
Rodriguez tells Details
: Listen, I was thinking about one thing that I spoke about -- it's something that's kind of trivial but will give me a hard time for no reason, the song. The last thing I want to do is go to every stadium and have them playing that song."
Alex Rodriguez lays in front of a mirror in a photo featured in Details.
The pictures are possibly even more revealing. A vulnerable A-Rod laying on his side looking longingly into a mirror. The baseball star standing up against a mirror, lip to lip with his reflection, apparently locked in some sort of self-absorbed kiss.
The whole package really shows Rodriguez to be what everyone thinks: An arrogant athlete, the kind of guy that leaves his wife and children and dates an equally narcissistic singer. The all-American star that thinks that he can do no wrong.
Was he really so secure with his career at the time that he could simply ignore the impending steroid scandal? Or did he actually have no idea everything was about to hit the fan?
The article's author Jason Gay writers: Looking back, his preoccupation seems surreal. Just the day before, Selena Roberts, a reporter from Sports Illustrated, had confronted Rodriguez at a Miami gym, asking for his reaction to evidence that he'd tested positive for illegal steroids in 2003. And now here he was, sweating a Madonna song."
Regardless, only days later, a different Alex Rodriguez sat in front of teammates, coaching staff, Yankee management and a room full of blood thirsty reporters waiting for him to break, cry – anything. He may have apologized to his team and to the world, but with the release of this interview, it's obvious his reputation will never be the same.