The 2013 season has been a season filled with controversy and the national spotlight for New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez, as he is playing this year while appealing a 211 game suspension for allegedly purchasing and using performance enhancing drugs, but since his return to the team on August 5; A-Rod has mainly focused on baseball.
In 36 games for the Yankees, Rodriguez is hitting .283 with six home runs and 14 RBI and has really been a force in the middle of the lineup, giving them the right-handed power they desperately needed as they strive towards playing in October baseball.
While A-Rod has been keeping quiet on the legal issues outside of baseball, he's been the perfect teammate to the other players on the Yankees, saying all of the right things in public interviews, which includes his feelings on longtime Yankee and retiring closer Mariano Rivera, who has been in the middle of his farewell tour all over baseball; the latest being in Fenway Park over the weekend. On Monday, Rodriguez shared just how high he thinks of A-Rod.
"The biggest compliment or the biggest way I can share with all our fans and specially Mariano Rivera fans is that when the moment gets really, really, really tough, and New Yorkers can appreciate this about Mariano, the best Mariano Rivera always stands out. And he’s my hero and a role model and a dear friend."
The anti-Rodriguez and anti-Yankees people will try to take these comments and likely find a way to twist them so it makes Rivera look bad, but there is really no wrong you can find with it.
The truth is, if there has ever been one player to look upon as a true role model in the sport, it is absolutely Rivera, who has gone about his professional and personal life with as much class as one could ever hope, and if any young athlete wanted a how-to manual on how to act as a professional athlete, it should be modeled after Rivera.
So for A-Rod to say that Rivera is his role model, whether it's a new one or always has been, is a very wise and smart choice to make and publicly say.
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